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. Co-Hosts Chad Higgins and Zac Workun weekly share honest stories. After9, the most honest podcast in youth ministry. New episodes every Wednesday night After 9 PM CST

93: What's The Most Important Thing I Can Do For My Youth Ministry This Week?


In a word, join a mastermind group. Seriously! In episode 93 of After 9 Zac and Chad talk about how Zac found success in pulling off the biggest change in the history of his youth ministry (Hint: i...
Aug-16-2017

92: Hunter Gillis Youth Minister CA: BP Church


In this interview episode Zac sits down with Hunter "Gatherer" Gillis of Calgary, AB to talk about youth ministry in Canada and what working with your spouse in ministry really looks like. Hunter h...
Aug-09-2017

91: What Is Successful Youth Ministry?


You may have used different words to describe it, but we know that sometime this week you thought, "is this successful? am I successful?" In episode 91 of After 9 Zac and Chad have got your back as...
Aug-02-2017

90: Justin Wren: Fight For The Forgotten: Water4 Dig Deeper


In a special episode of After 9 Zac sits down with MMA fighter and missionary Justin Wren to talk about his work in the Congo and his fight to end the water crisis in Africa. Even though Justin is ...
Jul-26-2017

89: Shark Week Special: Youth Ministry Megashow: Ben Trueblood Kenny Elle Campbell Ryan Baker Zac Hummer


In a very special and most ridiculous episode of After 9, Chad and Zac honor that most sacred of seasons, Shark Week. So this year we invited a bunch of our amazing youth ministry podcast friends t...
Jul-19-2017

88: What's In It For Me In Youth Ministry?


In episode 88 Zac and Chad open up to the question of purpose that every youth worker and student pastor faces from time to time. In the busiest seasons of church ministry, we can feel like we give...
Jul-12-2017

87: Summer Youth Ministry Camp Stories Remix


In this episode of After 9 we look back on some favorite camp stories and celebrate the cool things that are just around the corner! SHOW NOTES: Updates: GIVEAWAY! Visit after9.show/contest...
Jul-05-2017

86: Joshua Hurley NewStory Church Youth Minister


In this interview episode Zac sits down with Joshua Hurley from NewStory Church Chicago and unfortunately only one of them has pizza. However, there is great insight here for anyone that felt calle...
Jun-28-2017

85: When I Feel Discouraged As A Youth Minister What Do I Do?


It's episode 85 and the boys are back together. Chad has returned from medical leave and Zac has questions, while Chad has humor and stories. Enjoy this important reflection on what to do when disc...
Jun-21-2017

84: Jason Taylor: Youth Pastor & Worship Leader FBC Joplin MO


In this episode of After 9 Zac interviews youth ministry veteran of 27+ years Jason Taylor. As both a student pastor and worship leader JT has a lot of insight for you. Jason has been a friend of t...
Jun-14-2017

83: Why Do I Need A Summer Vacation, I'm A Youth Minister?


In episode 83 After 9, Zac and Kristen outline the reasons you should take a vacation this summer. Yes you, a busy student minister, should find time for a vacation this summer. Youth pastors need ...
Jun-07-2017

82: Jon Coombs: Blogger, Youth Pastor Rowville Baptist Church AU


In this episode of After 9 Zac interviews aussie blogger and youth pastor Jon Coombs. Hear the ministerial honesty from half a world away as one of Melbourne's finest student pastors shares his hea...
May-31-2017

81: What Do High School Youth Ministry Students Want? w/ Harrison Engage Community Culture Podcast


In this special interview episode Zac sits down with high school student Harrison, of the Engage podcast, to talk about starting a podcast and what high school youth ministry students are looking f...
May-24-2017

80: What Do Middle School Ministry Students Need?


Middle school students, what do they want? what do they need? what even are they? In this special episode of After 9 Zac and Chad reach out and interview a few middle school students to help youth ...
May-17-2017

79: Johnathan Baldwin: Central Ministries Youth Pastor


In this episode of After 9 Zac interviews blogger, minister, and reluctant doctor Johnathan Baldwin. Leading up from the midwest in Fort Wayne, Indiana Johnathan is a prime example of God's call fo...
May-10-2017

78: How Do You Feel About Senior Sunday? High School Graduates Not Senior Adults


In episode 78 of After 9, Zac and Chad share mixed feelings. It's May, so Senior or Graduate Sunday season is upon us. How do you feel about it? Bitter, Sad, Frustrated, all three? Yeah, us too. It...
May-03-2017

77: Kristen Lascola: North Coast Church


In this episode of After 9 Zac interviews blogger, speaker, and middle school minister extraordinaire Kristen Lascola. Listeners will love her story of falling into ministry time and time again. Le...
Apr-26-2017

Episode 76: How Do I Recover From A Ministry Hangover? PostEaster Edition


In episode 76 of After 9, the guys are tired. Are you worn out from a busy Easter season? Are you feeling motivationless? Has the glow of post-Holy week worn off? Feel like you just can't even? ...
Apr-19-2017

Episode 75: Ben Trueblood: Director of Lifeway Student Ministry


In this episode of After 9 Zac interviews Ben Trueblood director of Student Ministry for Lifeway. It's a big job but somebody has got to do it. Listen in as your hear Ben share his heart for youth ...
Apr-12-2017

Episode 74: How Do I Handle Being Backstabbed In Youth Ministry?


In episode 74 of After 9, Zac and Chad open up about the ways in which relational wounds can inhibit our ministry and divert our direction. The feelings of betrayal, deceit, and hurt that can happe...
Apr-05-2017

Episode 73: Mike Keahbone: Pastor and Host Of The Devo


In this episode of After 9 Zac interviews Mike Keahbone youth pastor turned senior pastor and the host of an upcoming podcast, The Devo. Listeners will love Mike's heartfelt spirituality and warm s...
Mar-29-2017

Episode 72: How Do I Get More Money For My Youth Ministry?


In episode 72 of After 9, Zac and Chad debate the value of fundraising and give you a plan on how to get more budget money for your student ministry. Hear us on this one youth pastor; money, budg...
Mar-22-2017

Episode 71: Ryan Baker: When You Gonna Be A Real Pastor?


In this episode of After 9 Chad interviews Ryan Baker from the amazing youth ministry podcast "When You Gonna Be A Real Pastor?" Ryan shares his wealth of 17 years of youth worker wisdom and rem...
Mar-15-2017

Episode 70: Can I Discipline The Students In My Youth Ministry?


In this episode of After 9, Zac and Chad talk honestly about discipline and behavior issues in student ministry. As a youth pastor you are going to face youth and young people that don't behave, bu...
Mar-08-2017

Episode 69: Zach Hummer: When You Gonna Be A Real Pastor? A Youth Ministry Podcast


In this episode of After 9 Zac chats with another Zach from another amazing youth ministry podcast. Zach Hummer is on the podcast this week answering the tough After 9 questions and sharing wisdom ...
Mar-01-2017