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Kristen Lascola from North Coast Church gives weekly insight and tips on how to build healthy leaders, teams and churches in Youth Ministry. With over 17 years in Student Ministry, Kristen shares her knowledge and experiences and frequently features guests from various ministries, churches and leadership roles so that you can use proven strategies to increase your impact from your leadership role. This podcast will help you grow your leadership skills, enhance your ministry, build a voluntee ...
 
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How can we run big ministry with a small budget? Not all churches are fortunate enough to have mega-church money backing their student ministries; but, whether you have a big youth group or a small one, we have 6 ways to succeed in stretching, strategizing and growing your youth ministry budget. We love hearing from you all and we do our best to pr…
 
As youth pastors, we are always encouraging our students to invite their friends to youth group...but are they? Are they forgetting to ask or do they just not want to ask their friends? Today, we are taking a look at 5 ways you can motivate students to invite their friends to church. We will be going through 5 aspects of your youth ministry that ma…
 
In this episode, we go over 5 important things that every youth pastor should be doing, if they aren't already. There are obviously a ton of things that youth ministers need to be doing in student ministry, but today, we are talking about 5 important ones that may get overlooked, but are extremely important. Make sure you stick to the end for the q…
 
Icebreaker games can be a fun way to get the energy up in your youth group. Whether you are using icebreakers as a short game before your main game, or if you are using them for your actual game, they can be super fun! Today, we are sharing our favorite 5 icebreaker games for student ministry! **FOR A PDF OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL OF THESE GAMES …
 
Whether you are looking to write your own talk sheets based off of your sermons, or if you are looking to add a talk sheet to a curriculum you use, this episode will give you step-by-step directions of how you can write an effective talk sheet for your youth ministry's small groups. Small group time is one of the most powerful aspects of student mi…
 
How can we be intentional about not just training the people we work with but actually coaching them? In student ministry, we feel we are going a good job with our team if we have trained them well; however, can we go to a deeper level with them if we are actually coaching them? Today, we interview Zac Workun (Co-Host of Youth Ministry Booster podc…
 
Why do churches and youth groups make such a big deal about small groups? Are they valuable? Are they really necessary? How would your student ministry benefit from having them? In this episode, we go over 3 key aspects of small groups and what they can add to the dynamic of your youth ministry. If you are already doing small groups, this may give …
 
Summer camp is such an excellent time for building those relationships with our youth group students and helping them grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus! It's a time when great messages are preached, awesome moments of worship are had, fun games are played and the quality time spent out in nature to unwind and focus on God is unmatched...the…
 
Maybe you need a reminder as to why being a youth pastor, a youth director, a youth minister is the best job in the world! It can be easy to get discouraged with our jobs and too many bad experiences in youth ministry can cloud our vision and lead to the feelings of burnout and doubt; however, sometimes we just need to stop for a second and realize…
 
A key ingredient for time management and avoiding burnout in youth ministry, is understanding prioritization. As Youth Pastors, if we can get our priorities in alignment, we can manage our time better and in turn will love our job that much more! Check the Links below for the book referenced in this episode! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE for more tips and t…
 
Dodgeball is by far one of the most popular games to play at youth group, but sometimes changing up HOW we play dodgeball, can make it even more fun. Today we are talking about 7 different dodgeball variation games that you can add to your youth ministry game rotation. Some of these are a twist on dodgeball while others are completely different but…
 
This episode is Part 2 of 2 on 9 traits of an effective leader. Youth pastors are notoriously "thrown into the deep end" when it comes to leading a student ministry. No coach, no mentor, no support - just figure out how to swim...and that's hard! Do you know how to be a leader? Are you born with those leadership skills? Can you learn those leadersh…
 
This episode is Part 1 of 2 on 9 traits of an effective leader. Youth pastors are notoriously "thrown into the deep end" when it comes to leading a student ministry. No coach, no mentor, no support - just figure out how to swim...and that's hard! Do you know how to be a leader? Are you born with those leadership skills? Can you learn those leadersh…
 
How do we get parents more involved and connected to our youth ministry? Sometimes parents seem like strangers in a car that drop off and pick up their students for youth group. Are you are looking to just increase communication and ministry awareness with parents? Are you trying to get parents to be more actively involved in helping with your yout…
 
Youth group games are an excellent way to build community inside of your youth ministry. Unfortunately, not every youth group game goes with every group of students and not every game will automatically be a success; however, there are some things we can do to maximize the fun and energy of our youth ministry games. Today, we are covering 8 areas f…
 
In today's episode, we talk about some fun youth group games that will help students get to know each other better. It's that time of the year when a lot of youth ministries are promoting kids up a grade and you might have some new faces in your group. These student ministry games are a nice change of pace for everyone to get to know each other in …
 
As youth pastors, we often find ourselves in a season of frustration. Whether it's from an unsupportive senior pastor, difficult students, difficult parents, low turnouts, lack of overall support or just flat out being attacked by the enemy. How can we find motivation during these times? Today, we talk about 7 ways to navigate these tough student m…
 
Summer camp is one of the most effective ways of building relationships with students...but it can also be super expensive and not exactly budget friendly for your youth group. In this episode, we give 8 tips on how to keep cost low for your summer camp so that students, parents and the church can afford it. If you aren't doing a summer camp this y…
 
Whether you are looking to level up your game as a small group leader or you are a youth pastor leading a small group team, today's episode will give you a great framework for improving your youth group's Bible study time! We have 6 categories to work on so that you can build better connections with your students and keep your time productive. Here…
 
The midweek program for your youth ministry is probably your biggest turnout of the week. Today we are sharing some best tips and strategies to make your youth group night run smoothly so that students can have fun, connect, build relationships and worship Jesus. If you are feeling confused or stuck on how to make your student ministry more fun and…
 
** 50th Episode Giveaway!! Details below! ** To celebrate our 50th Episode, we are having a giveaway over the next 50 Days! Once per week, we will be randomly selecting 1 winner and on the 50th day, we will be selecting our Grand Prize winner. *Weekly winner receives: - 1 "SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL DONUT SHOP. GO TO CHURCH." T-Shirt. **Grand Prize winner …
 
Being a woman in youth ministry comes with a different set of challenges. In today's episode, we have a candid conversation about what being a female youth pastor is like and some of the struggles women in ministry face. Whether you are a male or female in youth ministry, this episode will be an interesting one for you to check out. Please support …
 
Youth ministry summer camps can be so impactful to your youth group with the connections made not only between leaders and students, but between the students and also between leaders. The downside is: church camp can be rough. Lack of sleep, lack of comfort, lack of personal space, etc. In this episode, we discuss some ways to make your student min…
 
For youth pastors to have a successful student ministry, communication needs to be very clear and consistent. In today's episode, we go over 8 areas of communication which will help improve your youth ministry and establish excellent relationships with parents. Some of the topics we will be covering are: gathering parent contact info, student info …
 
Sometimes it’s nice to play youth group games and not have to spend the entire day planning them. Today, we are going over our favorite LOW PREP Youth Ministry Games.. These might require some equipment or possibly a little work, but are generally very easy and FUN to pull off for your Student Ministry. If you'd like to have a PDF of these games (w…
 
Burnout is a real thing and it happens all the time to those working in ministry. As a Youth Pastor, there are steps you can take to help prevent burnout occurring in your volunteers so that they feel equipped, energized, cared for and ready to go. Since volunteers are so crucial to any ministry, it's so incredibly important to make sure that they …
 
For a FREE PDF of this weeks games list with instructions, email us at MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com In this episode, which is part 3 of our 3 part series, we go over the best games for Summer Camp. If you are looking for some fun camp game ideas, we break them down in categories of: Night Games, Field Games, Up in Front Games and finally Free Tim…
 
***Email us at MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com for THE ULTIMATE Youth Ministry Summer Camp CHECKLIST!*** Last week we went over the pros and cons of Prepackaged Camps vs. DIY Camps. This week, we go through the ultimate checklist for DIY Church Camp Planning to make your week go as smoothly as possible. In this episode, we go over from start to fini…
 
Are you trying to decide between a Pre-Packaged Camp or a DIY Camp? Today we take a look at the pros and cons of both. This is the 1st in a 3 part series we will be covering for church camp ideas. This episode compares several aspects of both styles of camp to see which may be right for your youth ministry. Does your youth group prefer larger or sm…
 
Service projects can be an excellent way of not just serving your community, but also growing your youth group in their discipleship, their compassion for others and their connection to each other. Today we list 6 different service project ideas that you can implement into your youth ministry that will impact your youth group and your community. La…
 
If you are looking to start a student leadership team in your youth ministry or maybe you are just looking to refresh your current student leadership program in your youth group, this episode is going to help you do that from start to finish. In this podcast, you will learn how to announce your student leadership team, see who should be eligible to…
 
It's hard to ever be fully prepared for any job you are just beginning, but as the years go by, you learn valuable information and experience that you only wish someone had told you about before you began your journey. Today, we talk about 5 things I wish I knew before I became a Youth Pastor. Also, make sure you stick around to the end of the vide…
 
"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." - Benjamin Franklin. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your workload in youth ministry, this might be a good time to take a look at how well you are planning your weeks. In today's episode, we give practical time management tips and strategies so that you can be more productive at work. When your d…
 
We've all been there...your message is ready to go, worship is dialed in, you have all of your announcements in order and all of a sudden you realize !!!!!! You have no game planned!!! That's okay, we've got you covered! In this episode, we talk about 7 easy and fun NO PREP games for your youth group. If you'd like to have a PDF of these games (wit…
 
What's the #1 reason students don't come back to your youth ministry? Getting kids to come to your youth ministry is usually a top priority but getting them to stay needs to be equally important. Today we are talking about some of the best practices for getting new students connected to your youth group. We also go over some of the things you shoul…
 
A New Year, a new budget in your Youth Ministry! In today's episode we talk all about how to plan your budget so that you can do the big events you want to do (camps, retreats, missions trips, outreach events, etc.) as well as the week to week needs to maintain your ministry (Bibles for students, game supplies, incidentals, etc.). We also talk abou…
 
Back in Episode 027, we shared some embarrassing moments and ministry fails with you guys and today we are back sharing more, but this time they are from YOUR submissions! Thank you for those of you who contributed!!! Stick around until the end to hear some more bloopers from this podcast as well. Enjoy! To contact us, please email us at MinistryCo…
 
In our last two episodes, we discussed onboarding your new volunteers as well as getting them trained...as a bonus, today we are talking about the Three C's of Leadership: Character, Chemistry and Competency and how seeking these qualities in your staff can help you have the most effective team in your youth ministry. Be sure to check out Episode #…
 
**For a FREE PDF of the Student Ministry Volunteer Application, email us at MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com and we will send one to you!** Now that you have your volunteer(s) onboarded and acclimated to your team, it's time to train them the right way. In today's episode, we go over the 4 week training schedule of how to get your new volunteer(s) re…
 
**For a FREE PDF of the Student Ministry Volunteer Application, email us at MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com and we will send one to you!** Back in Episode #011, we covered the best way to get the RIGHT volunteers for your ministry and today we are taking that to the next level by going over some best practices of onboarding and training your new vol…
 
When it comes to our PERSONAL Social Media accounts, we have the freedom to post whatever we want...right? Today, we are taking a look at what Social Media looks like for Youth Pastors and staff and where can we draw that line of what we post or comment on. This episode is also available at our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ministrycoa…
 
Generation Z has been described as the loneliest generation. So how can we best connect with these students? Today, we talk about what Gen Z is looking for and how we can SEE, not only them, but the leaders in our ministries. This episode is also available at our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ministrycoach ***Book referenced in this ep…
 
SEE LINKS BELOW! It's not too late to get your Youth Ministry Team Christmas gifts! Ideally, you'd have set aside some money in your budget to buy some gifts, but even if you haven't, today we share some great ideas for you to get for your volunteer and paid staff team. These vary in prices so hopefully you should be able to find something in the p…
 
"Fails" in Youth Ministry is inevitable - whether it's with game disasters, students getting injured, embarrassing moments with parents, saying something ridiculous on stage, etc. Today, we wanted to offer something a little light hearted and share some of those moments from Kristen's years in ministry. Although this is not ALL of them (because the…
 
In today's episode, we are looking at ways to increase your value, worth and influence within your church. The three keys to doing this are outlined in this "Heart, Hunger, Hustle" model that we go over. This is also a great way to analyze possible candidates within your ministry for promotion. Don't miss this one! This episode is also available at…
 
Although it may not happen often (thankfully), dealing with an upset or angry parent can be a difficult situation. Today, we discuss some of the best practices to turn a potentially devastating interaction into a win for you, the parent and the ministry. *Book referenced in this episode: Carey Nieuwhof "Didn't See it Coming" https://amzn.to/2TiI8lS…
 
Your leadership team and volunteers are the most powerful part of your ministry, but how can you find people who are equally invested, passionate and motivated as you are? Today we discuss 5 ways that will help you raise up and pour into your right hand man, or woman, to be the kind of leader needed in your ministry. ===============================…
 
Christmas in October?? Well, even though it might be a ways off, it's not too early to start planning for your Christmas event for your youth group! Today, we are talking about 3 great events for you to do with your youth group this Christmas! These CAN BE budget friendly, depending on how elaborate you may choose to get with them. Also, as an earl…
 
Today we go over 7 super fun and socially distanced games which work well for smaller youth groups (although they can work for larger ones too). If there is ever a topic you'd like for us to cover, please email us at MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com - we would love to hear from you! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE for more tips and tactics for your Youth Minist…
 
***BE SURE TO SUPPORT JEFF in the FCA Golf Fundraiser!*** Link Below! In today's episode, we interview Chace Steeves (Area Rep for FCA & Associate Pastor at North Coast Church / Fallbrook) about his journey and obedience to God of going from Youth Pastor to joining Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as discussing the current state of campus m…
 
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