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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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Love them or hate them, lock ins / overnighters are part of youth ministry. Today, we're talking about my FAVORITE youth group lock in / overnighter: the GLOWVERNIGHTER. It's a fun & easy glow in the dark theme that our students love! We will be discussing planning, games, shopping list, schedule for the event & some of the best strategies to make …
 
Youth ministry means challenges and sometimes we face challenges that demand a kick in the pants or a pat on the back. How do you receive encouragement? There is a tension in church work, ministry leadership that we identify as internal vs. external. Or, how much can we really control? affect change? or relieve ourselves from when the challenge com…
 
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…
 
Ministry is difficult. Parenting is difficult. How do you face the challenge of doing both... well? In this episode Chad and Zac share honest and humorous stories of what is like to be both parent and pastor. The delight and difficult and the importance of presence above all things. Youth Ministry Booster Learn more about Youth Ministry Booster and…
 
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…
 
Why do we put stuff off? A: I don't know.... No but srsly, why? Well in this episode Chad and Zac get to the bottom of what and why we put things off. Sometimes it's obvious other times it's personal, really personal. Whether or not you think you do, or whether or not you think you know why, this is a really important listen for however you are thi…
 
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…
 
What is the greatest N64 game of all time? Why is professional ministry a lot like pro wrestling? Why do I feel competitive against the youth pastor down the road? In this episode Zac and Chad discuss pro wrestling, N64, and the youth pastor "down the road." Let's talk and tackle comparison that breeds competition and puts us in the cage of selfish…
 
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 …
 
Do you believe in hope? Do you believe in the word of believe? Are you watching Ted Lasso? In this episode Zac and Chad discuss Ted Lasso, the importance of honesty in our church strategy, and when the right idea is the wrong idea... Ted Lasso is Sports Gilmore Girls (2:14) The next season of Booster (5:38) The right thing done wrong (8:35) When sm…
 
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…
 
Hey, who is the wind in your sails? I know cheesy right... In this episode Zac and Chad discuss the upcoming Launch live event (8.19) Launch is basically TRL (4:38) The bellcurve of ministry maturity (7:33) Spirit-led youth ministry (9:01) Health of you the minister (12:13) Swimming in the dark (18:01) Launch 2021 Click here to get registered for L…
 
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…
 
And We're Back! After a long winter hiatus and the whole world turning upside down, Zac and Chad are back to podcast about youth ministry, honest leadership, and the changing culture of the church. This week's episode is about E-words: Entertainment Vs Engagement. Your students want engagement way more than entertainment, but what does that even me…
 
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…
 
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