Over the last couple of years we’ve seen the number (and quality) of youth ministry related podcasts sky rocket, and so we decided to create this list to help you find what’s available. We’ve researched every youth ministry podcast we could find and formatted them for easy consumption.
We plan on updating this list on a regular basis, and our rankings are determined by this criteria and not our opinion:
- Has published an episode in the last 18 months
- Number of episodes in the top 25 on iTunes
- Number of reviews on iTunes
- iTunes search results
If you’d like a more detailed explanation of how we calculate our rankings, you can read more at the bottom of this post by clicking here.
1. YOUTH MINISTRY ANSWERS PODCAST
A bi-weekly podcast hosted by Kenny and Elle Campbell from StuffYouCanUse.org. Every episode of Youth Ministry Answers features a question about youth ministry and student ministry submitted by youth workers, youth pastors, and volunteers just like you! You ask the youth ministry questions, we search for the answers. Submit yours at YMAnswers.com!
2. THE LONGER HAUL YOUTH MINISTRY PODCAST
The Longer Haul’s Jody Livingston helps you survive and thrive in your Youth Ministry or Student Ministry by giving you practical helps, tips, resources, and how-to’s. Get help through interviews and training to be more effective in your preaching, teaching, leading, partnering with families, building Youth Ministry teams, Youth Ministry events, managing your Youth Ministry and more. Whether you are a veteran, rookie, paid, or volunteer Youth Pastor, Youth Minister or Youth Worker, you will find encouragement and practical tools to have a greater influence on teens with the gospel.
3. LIFEWAY STUDENT MINISTRY PODCAST
The LifeWay Student Ministry Podcast is designed to encourage and inform student ministry leaders at every level. Each episode Ben Trueblood will join with student ministry leaders and guests to talk about issues, both practical and philosophical, relating to student ministry and leadership. Our goal is to encourage student ministry leaders serving in the local church and to share insights learned from the student ministry community at large.
4. THE DOWNLOAD YOUTH MINISTRY WEBSHOW
Join Doug Fields, Josh Griffin, Katie Edwards & Jason Carson for another weekly “team meeting.” They will dive into your youth ministry questions, take time to encourage you, discuss ministry, and laugh together. It is just enough youth ministry so you don’t feel guilty for listening.
5. AFTER 9 YOUTH MINISTRY PODCAST
It’s time for honest reflection in youth ministry. There is a lot to be learned about student ministry and even more to be shared. We hope that this weekly dose of honesty and humor will help to heal and renew hope for you and yours. Hosts Chad Higgins and Zac Workun weekly share honest stories. After9, the most honest hour in youth ministry.
6. THE STUDENT MINISTRY PODCAST
Student Ministry Podcast is for any person serving and leading teenagers and young adults. The show is fun and conversational. Overall, the podcast is dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and equipping youth workers, as well as introducing them to a myriad of great tools and resources that will be helpful in student ministry. The podcast is hosted by student ministry expert, author, and speaker Kenneth Ortiz. The podcast is produced and sponsored by Blue Sky Missions.
7. NICK BLEVINS FAMILY MINISTRY PODCAST
The Nick Blevins Family Ministry Podcast is where you can hear from top leaders in children’s ministry, student ministry and family ministry. You’ll learn the principles and practices they use to lead families with the goal of helping you maximize the potential in your ministry.
8. THE ELLE CAMPBELL YOUTH MINISTRY PODCAST
Hi, friends! I’m Elle and I blog about youth ministry and student ministry at ElleCampbell.org. Each episode of this podcast is the audio version of one of my blog posts. We’ll talk about stuff like training volunteers, partnering with parents, creating environments that students love, and building a healthy small groups culture. Hope it’s helpful!
9. THIS WEEK IN YOUTH MINISTRY PODCAST
This Week in Youth Ministry features Terrace Crawford interviewing with youth workers all around the US including Rob Bell, Mark Ostreicher, and Perry Noble on different issues in Youth Ministry. Episodes include “How to Engage Your Local Schools”, “The Most Important Skills for the 21st Century Youth Worker” and “How to Grow a Movement of Disciple-Makers.”
HOW WE CALCULATE OUR RANKINGS:
Like we mentioned at the top, we’re ranking these podcasts solely on iTunes’ statistics. It’s not a perfect system but they’re the only public numbers we have to go on. By importance, the criteria is: the number of episodes in the top 25 of plays for the searches “youth ministry” and “student ministry”, the number of positive reviews the show has on iTunes, the show ranking of search results for “youth ministry” in iTunes.
Here’s our data from our last search. We plan on updating this list on a regular basis…