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Ever wonder what your students think about being in your small group? In today’s conversation you’ll hear from Village Youth students Rocco, Emma, and Mackenzie as their youth pastor (Justin) interviews them all around their experience in their small groups. They discuss things like: Wanting more time in their small groups How their group has impac…
 
As life is changing once again, are you prepared to be thoughtful about what you’ve learned from this past season? Some things that you have been part of over the pandemic have actually been really helpful and useful. Some things haven’t. It’s critical to take ownership (both personally and thinking about your ministry) over what should continue an…
 
No matter your context, there are certain responsibilities every youth worker has. On today’s episode, Sid and Jason break down four core responsibilities that can and should shape the work you do as a youth worker. When you are clear about what matters most, you and your ministry will be more confident that what you are doing makes an eternal diff…
 
Crisis is bound to happen in your ministry, and no matter the magnitude there are certain things you can always do to faithfully walk your students through. Sid and Jason will walk you through what it means to be patient, present, and prayerful, even in the midst of difficult crises. Today’s conversation between Sid Koop and Jason Ballard is a spec…
 
COVID forced us all to pivot and to pivot fast. We had no choice but to react, and reactions don’t often make for the best of decisions. Even so, and as the world starts to open back up, now is a great time to reflect on what worked well and what you are glad to leave behind. Join Kaitlyn and Jesse on today’s episode as they talk about their four b…
 
We know that experiences are the one thing that nobody can take from you or your students. That’s why things like camp and serving together can make as much (or even more) of a difference in a student’s life as a year of programming. But what if you could create space every week for students (and you) to experience God in amazing ways? On this week…
 
A student in your ministry experiences a loss… What should you say? What shouldn’t you say? What should you do? Is there a right way to process grief? What do you do when a student uses their losses as a means of generating more attention? These are big questions and worth processing with someone who has professionally trained lots of folks for min…
 
Historically it’s been challenging to have various faith organizations and denominations partner together, but the Canadian Foodgrains Bank has managed to bring many together with the common goal of ending world hunger. Listen in as Pugeni and James chat about why there is still hunger, its local and global complexities, and the ways you can join t…
 
Summer camp has historically been a pivotal place for the spiritual development of the next generations. We know camp might look different this summer, but that doesn’t change the fact that if you have students connected to a summer ministry that you can help make that experience even better. Listen in as we chat with Deniel Sewell about the connec…
 
Do you want to engage with more students? Outside of their home, the number one place students spend their time is school. But schools are often off-limits to Christian leaders… Or are they? Join Janna and Jared from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as they share about their time in schools… even public schools! You can access the documents that J…
 
As Christians, Jesus calls us to feed the hungry. As youth workers, we are called to disciple the next generation in the ways of Jesus. Sometimes those calls feel simple, and other times insurmountable. And oftentimes it can be challenging to process both of those calls in light of each other. Listen in as Roberta Gramlich from the Canadian Foodgra…
 
We genuinely believe that to be a good youth worker you need to be a student of Christ and a student of culture, and this episode is all about the ways that Christ meets us in our current culture! Join Colin Lancelot, Holly Bishu Goetz, and Austin White as they talk about the ways your youth group can view the world through Kingdom eyes and treat e…
 
We all need extra encouragement and hope in this season, and today’s episode with Laura Bronson brought us just that! She is doing phenomenal ministry in Ontario, Canada, and what better way to be encouraged than hearing about the work God is doing through Laura with students that wouldn’t necessarily show up to church! You can follow her on instag…
 
Sometimes asking students questions can feel a bit like an awkward one-sided conversation. Other times, questions lead to faith-cementing moments that students will remember for a lifetime. So… how can you move from “What’s your favourite colour?” to “How did that change how you thought about God?” Join Spencer Conway, Kara Allison, and Kiara Mosha…
 
Storytimes. Unboxings. Tutorials. All things that had very different meanings a decade ago, and have now taken over student’s lives for better or for worse. In a world that is constantly engulfed in narratives and stories, how do you help a generation tell a better story? Join Hannah Bartlett, Deniel Sewell, and Peter Yoon as they talk about leadin…
 
A few years ago, the Renegotiating Faith study found that young people who had someone stay in touch with them as they transitioned from high school to university to connect them to a community of faith were FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY to stay connected to a community of faith by the end of their first year. So it clearly matters, but what does that con…
 
You hear people sharing stories of breakthroughs and phenomenal faith-shifting moments with their students, and you start to think about the last time you could say the same about students in your ministry. Whether you can’t remember the last time or it was just last week, there are certain practices you can engage in that will leave a lasting impa…
 
We all have faith questions, and none of us have all the answers. But when students are asking deep questions, the way that you respond matters deeply. For example, do the 10 commandments really matter anymore? Can’t you just ask for forgiveness after sinning and be free and clear? Isn’t God kind of angry in the Old Testament? Does the Bible really…
 
Some days it seems like everything has changed -- even the way we do ministry. But has our core mission and purpose changed? There is no doubt we are living in a unique season, but are there still questions that we should always be asking ourselves? Join us this week with Dr. Rob Blackaby, President of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and Col…
 
When a teenager discloses a traumatic part of their life it can be difficult to know how to process it and what your responsibility is as a youth worker. Listen in to today’s conversation as a police officer, social worker, counsellor, and youth pastor take time to talk through some of the most difficult parts about journeying with teenagers. Speci…
 
Prayer usually falls in our lists of critical spiritual disciplines, yet it can be challenging to know how to help teenagers make it a priority. For example, what exactly are good personal prayer practices? And how should you as a youth worker really inspire your group to make those practices part of their rhythm? And are there things you should be…
 
Sabbath is something clearly modelled in Scripture, yet it can be a challenge to understand how to apply it in today’s world. What does it actually mean to take a Sabbath? Can you encourage teens to take a Sabbath during their week and what would that look like? Can you take baby steps towards a practice of the Sabbath? You know your students are c…
 
If you follow your students on social media, you might have realized that some struggle with hypocrisy. That is, they talk and act a certain way when they are part of your ministry and then a completely different way once they walk out the door. This kind of double living can be extreme, but it can also be fairly mild. Sometimes there’s teenagers t…
 
Personal reflection will make you a better youth worker. That’s because personal reflection will make you healthier, and healthier youth workers honestly make better youth workers. For that reason, take some time with today’s episode to ask yourself three challenging questions. And if you discover that the answers are more complex than you’d like, …
 
“The youth groups that reach the most, pray the most for the lost.” If you and I don’t equip teenagers to lead their friends to Jesus then we’ll likely continue to see the trend of adolescent disengagement from faith. The stats are startling, but after talking to someone like Greg you realize that the future doesn’t have to be grim. It can be fille…
 
Crossing the line of faith. Inviting Jesus into your heart. Repent and believe. Follow Jesus. There’s lots of ways that you can describe what it means to become a disciple of Jesus, but sometimes actually talking someone through those early steps of faith can be confusing. As a youth worker, you should feel confident in leading a teenager to Jesus …
 
When you are volunteering and the person that you report to leaves their position it can create lots of challenges. But the great news is that you have the opportunity to help that transition go well with a few simple steps. No matter what the reasons for their departure, this conversation will walk you through the things you can do to make sure th…
 
Merry Christmas from our team to you! As we mentioned, we are having a special giveaway draw for one set of AirPods (2nd generation). You can enter by sharing one of the following posts below. Draw will happen in January. Thanks for listening! Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJJGIopryHF/ Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/ywcommuni…
 
With so many mission trips, service projects, and ministry opportunities on hold, how are you able to create experiences for your teenagers that allow them to understand God’s heart for justice? How can they be taken out of their comfort zone while staying in their household bubble? Alyssa and the team at Compassion have an idea to do just that. Wh…
 
Do you find it difficult to help teenagers make Scripture a priority in their own lives? How can you inspire them to make daily Bible reading a routine? And once they are reading, how should you guide them to process what they are reading? Access this interactive webinar to get those questions answered! Just for signing up you’ll also receive a 10 …
 
Do you find it difficult to help teenagers make Scripture a priority in their own lives? How can you inspire them to make daily Bible reading a routine? And once they are reading, how should you guide them to process what they are reading? Not only will Sid and Jason talk through those questions, you can also view this interactive webinar to get th…
 
Michael McDonald is the Director of Global Focus and Strategic Relationships at the Bible Project. Learn more about the work that Mike and the Bible Project are up to through their website or Youtube channel. Do you find it difficult to help teenagers make Scripture a priority in their own lives? How can you inspire them to make daily Bible reading…
 
The quality and effectiveness of your ministry is directly related to the quality of the relationships you have with the teenagers in your group. That’s because when you have truth and rapport with teenagers the conversations are deeper, the accountability is stronger, and their openness to you is clearer. But how do you build those kinds of relati…
 
You can find more about the Youth Worker Coaching Cohort here. All youth workers are welcome to join in this unique coaching experience that will help you be better, dream again, and find people that know what it’s like to be a youth worker. Lisette has written a book about Waking Up to the Stories about Race and Reconciliation. As a long time yout…
 
Not every teenager in your community is able-bodied, which means that in order for everyone to experience a gospel-centered community there must be ministries that are welcoming for teenagers with disabilities. Perhaps your group has teenagers with physical disabilities that are easy to spot, or maybe you’ve noticed that some teenagers struggle cog…
 
Whether you are a returning veteran or a first year youth worker, the start to every season is a critical time to refocus on the most important behaviours. Mapping out key actions will not only give you confidence heading into the ministry season, but it will also help you be the best small group leader, mentor, or youth leader in the lives of yout…
 
Whether or not you are in a leadership position at your youth ministry you are recognizing that there are new complexities when it comes to ministering to teenagers. Everyone is adapting and trying to learn from each other so that the evangelism and discipleship of the next generation continues in every community. That’s why today’s conversation is…
 
There’s no doubt that large events have made an impact on people’s spiritual lives in recent decades. Whether you talk about tens of thousands at a Billy Graham event or thousands at a regional youth conference, there are countless stories of decisions made to follow Jesus during those events. So what do we lose if we can’t access those types of ev…
 
Join the conversation today as we hear from Holly, a point youth worker in Vancouver, BC, as she unpacks her experience as a student in youth ministry and then now as a point leader. She is thinking strategically about responding and leading in our current cultural situation and in particular around how we make sure our youth ministries are places …
 
You are invited to two events that will train you on the most important things pertaining to ministry this fall. One for youth ministry staff. One for youth ministry volunteers. You’ll walk away with practical strategic actions that you and your team can take to better disciple students. Learn more about the Youth Ministry Online Summit here. The v…
 
Jeremy invited you to a webinar about how to talk about porn with students. That is happening on July 23 and you can find more details HERE. Breaking an addiction is a tremendous task and breaking a pornography addiction is no exception. To understand the unique challenges that come with this addiction it’s helpful to realize the emotional and chem…
 
If you would like to book a time to chat with Marv about Youth Ministry or the Coalition, you can email him at marv@youthworker.community. To learn more about the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence visit coalitionforministry.com Today’s conversation is one that we think veteran volunteers will appreciate the most. If you’ve seen a number of tr…
 
Sid invited you to a webinar about how to talk about porn with students. That is actually happening on July 23 and you can find more details HERE. Today’s conversation is critical when you realize how pervasive and how destructive pornography is within your youth ministry. Teenagers' brains are being rewired, their understanding of intimacy is bein…
 
Marking the faith of a teenager through baptism (or another practice, depending on your faith tradition) is one of the greatest joys of youth ministry. As a mentor in the life of adolescents, you can spark tangible faith discussions with those in your group by talking about baptism. In today’s episode, we’ll talk more about why this is such a valua…
 
No matter what your youth ministry has planned this summer, a great use of your time would be building a better bridge to the parents of the teens in your small group. Thinking strategically about that connection will not only help the whole family, but it will make your ministry stronger this fall. The interactions we talk about today are accessib…
 
As your social media feed shifts away from the conversations about racism there’s a danger that we’ll move on too fast, missing the chance to process and enact change. As a youth worker, how can you continue to have the right discussions with those in your youth ministry? What are the right questions to ask and the most helpful posture to take as y…
 
Headlines and social media have been filled recently with the awful reality of racism in our world today. Emotions are high and there’s a sense that this could be an important turning point moment. It’s critical to remember that when it comes to justice, the Scriptures have a lot to say. Yet in some youth ministries, it can be challenging to wade i…
 
Can you take students to places spiritually that you haven’t been going yourself? How bad is it if it’s been a while since you had a quiet time? What are you missing out on if you aren’t working on spiritual disciplines? Are you disqualified from ministry if you haven’t prayed in a while? These are questions that can be difficult to bring up in you…
 
It might have been interesting at the start, but over time you’ve started to experience some digital fatigue. After all, you didn’t sign up for this type of ministry. It’s more challenging to stay engaged and you are wondering how long this is going to last. Is it bad that you are just showing up out of duty, not out of joy? Don’t forget -- you can…
 
Stuff comes up that you can plan for and stuff comes up unexpectedly. But no matter what, at some point you won’t be able to honour your volunteer commitment. What should you do so that you don’t disrupt the ministry? How can you support the point leader and what do you say to your small group? We referenced a great conversation with Vince Parker o…
 
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