After 9 Youth Ministry Podcast

Welcome to After 9, the most honest podcast in youth ministry. Hosted by Zac Workun, Chad Higgins, and Kristen Lascola. Enjoy weekly episodes as the team asks the toughest questions related to student ministry and youth pastor health, success, and expectations. We hope that this weekly dose of honesty and humor help you fellow youth worker or youth pastor. New episodes drop every Wednesday. Find out more @

187: Mark Matlock Faith For Exiles And Hope For Youth Ministry In A Digital Babylon

What is the future of youth ministry? What hopeful work should we as youth ministers engaged with today?

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186: NYWC19 YS Giveaway Winners Revealed and How We Get More Adult Volunteers Connected To Students In Our Youth Ministry

This is episode 186 and today we give away something really nice...

This is the weekly bonus episode on Friday featuring the voices of members of Youth Ministry Booster's network featuring audio fro...


185: Reaching Students Just Outside Your Door For Your Youth Ministry

Episode 185 is here and it's clear that youth ministry fall season is in full swing! 

Kristen and Chad are back for a fun discussion about vegan food fairs and reaching students just outside your do...


184: When Should Students Lead Worship For Youth Ministry

Today’s show is a quick and extra special one!
This is episode 184 and it is something really really nice....

We are celebrating 184 episodes and we are taking this opportunity to share that in a fe...


183: Context Is King In Youth Ministry, Learn to love your where!

WE ARE BACK! Episode 183 is a kick-off to a whole new year and season of Youth Ministry Booster (with some big prizes and announcements in the works!) 

After much-needed summer rest and reset the po...


182: Andy Root 2 What Does It Mean To Youth Pastor In A Secular Age?

Dr. Andy Root is back y'all! With a new book and summer session on the history, hope, and reimagination of what it means to be a pastoral figure in this new age we are living!

Episode 182 is only t...


181: Focus To Get Your Goals Accomplished In Youth Ministry

Hey, student ministry leaders how hard is it to get the stuff done we know is important?

It's a continuing part of monthly them on setting and getting our goals done! 

In this episode, Chad Higgins ...


180: Matt Overton; Mentorship, Youth Ministry, And The New Marketplace of Innovation

This interview episode with Matt Overton is a jam! Engaging and energetic for those who are feeling a need for fresh wind in youth ministry (Matt would appreciate the boat joke).

Grow volume 3 drops...


179: Philip Nation; Disciple Making Disciplines For Gospel Centered Student Ministry

In this warm and wise interview episode with Dr. Philip Nation we examine what it means to make disciples. You are going to love the wit and wisdom that takes shape in the next 45 minutes.

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178: Daniel IM; Valuing Vision For Leading Youth Ministry

In episode 178 Zac sits down with Daniel IM to talk about the importance of vision, strategy, and values for leading in a church and a youth ministry.

Get Grow Curriculum + Booster for one low pric...


177: Take Care Of Your Self Youth Minister. Successful Alignment Starts With Ministry Self-Care

In this positive, challenging, and encouraging bonus episode, Will and Zac talk about the importance of self-care, alignment, and reflection.

We love you youth ministry friend! Be encouraged, stay ...


176: How To Make This Easter Really Special In Youth Ministry

Hey everybody! Chad is back! And Easter is almost here! Prepare yourself for the season and the rest will follow! Celebrate in your heart the resurrection of our Lord and allow the hope of the seas...


175: Youth Ministry Booster Sherpas Crossover and The Origin of Community Care For Youth Ministry

Episode 175 is a big fun crossover with our pals the Youth Ministry Sherpas Matthew and Steve! These guys remind us of who we want to be when we grow up in youth ministry. Kind, thoughtful, caring,...


174: Why Is Alignment So Important For Youth Ministry Success?

In episode 174 Zac, Kristen, and Will chat about the importance of alignment in leadership. An important and effective team requires the constant work of adjustment and alignment. We are going to s...


173: Mike King YouthFront Camps CEO Youth Ministry's Life Work

Attention Youth Pastors! You need the wisdom of this episode more than you know. 

Mike King is a 44 year veteran of youth ministry and he has wisdom for you. 
There is a deep truth in blooming where ...


171: Ben Trueblood 2: What Is Ministry After Youth Ministry?

In episode 171 Zac and Ben Trueblood of Lifeway Students talk about ministry after student ministry.

With 2 new books of research and pastoral concern Ben presents some of the findings and hopes fo...


170: Heather Lea Kenison "How Is Your Soul Youth Ministry?"

Hey-oh! It's episode 170 of the YMB podcast with special guest Heather Lea Kenison. Heather is a YM who knows the value of connecting with other YMs and we love her heart for connecting with other ...


169: Dan Istvanik: Stop Preaching, Start Teaching In Youth Ministry

We are back! After a much needed holiday hiatus the most honest podcast in youth ministry is back with a powerful interview featuring our friend, blogger, minister, father, husband, and good dude D...


168: Who Are The People You Talk Honestly With In Youth Ministry?

This one gets really good really fast!

In episode 168 Karl Romeus, Will Cumby, and Zac Workun talk about what it means to have the honest talks in youth ministry, with ministry peers, mentors, and y...


167: Do What You Have Been Called To Do Youth Ministry Leader! #WomenInYM

In episode 167 Kristen and Zac wrap up for our month long celebration of Women In Youth Ministry.  You will be blessed by this encouraging and challenging word!

Again big congrats to our giveaway w...


166: Anne Wilson "Brokenness is our most abundant youth ministry resource" #WomenInYM

In this interview with Anne Wilson of Traders Point Christian Church Zac learns much about brokenness and the return to youth ministry after some time away. This is a good one people don't miss it!...


165: Amy-Jo Giradier "Longevity In Youth Ministry Means Recommitting" #WomenInYM

In episode 165 Zac interviews Amy-Jo Giradier from Brentwood Baptist Church who brings 17+ years of youth ministry experience and a lot of them at the same church and community context. Glean great...


164: Jaclyn Miles "Youth Ministry Is Parent Ministry" #WomenInYM

In episode 164 Chad interview the one and only Jaclyn Miles. Speaker, pastor, leader, mother, wife, and amazing human: Jaclyn "Smiles" has bright insight to guide you youth ministry friend. Don't, ...


163: Caitlyn Smelser "When Your Mom Questions Your Call To Youth Ministry" #WomenInYM

In episode 163 Chad interviews Caitlyn Smelser, the Student Team Leader at Connection Pointe Church in Indiana. Hear from her leadership insight, wisdom, and practical advice for those who are youn...


162: Renae Pemberton "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself In Youth Ministry" #WomenInYM

In episode 162 Chad interview Renae about the real struggle of being a introvert in youth ministry and carving out enough time so you can lead!

Renae Pemberton from Eclectic United Methodist Church...