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 @ after9ministry.com

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...

Jun-06-2019

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 ...

May-23-2019

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...

May-15-2019

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.

May 16 2...

May-09-2019

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...

May-03-2019

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 ...

May-01-2019

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...

Apr-18-2019

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,...

Apr-10-2019

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...

Apr-03-2019

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 ...

Mar-28-2019

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...

Feb-27-2019

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 ...

Jan-30-2019

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...

Jan-23-2019

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...

Nov-14-2018

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...

Nov-12-2018

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!...

Nov-01-2018

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...

Oct-31-2018

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, ...

Oct-29-2018

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...

Oct-26-2018

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...

Oct-25-2018

161: Mary Margaret West Lifeway Students "Changes For Girls Ministry In Youth Ministry" #WomenInYM


In episode 161 Zac sits down with Mary Margaret from Lifeway Students to talk about the changing face, direction, and thinking about girls ministry in your youth ministry. For our month long emphas...

Oct-24-2018

160: Stephanie Collins "Accidentally In Love With Youth Ministry" #WomenInYM


In our 14th installment of #WomenInYM Chad Higgins sits down with Stephanie Collins of Munice Indiana
NextGen Pastor at The Gathering Muncie
Studied Master of Divinity at Anderson University School ...

Oct-23-2018

159: Amber Gaddis "Trust The Talent Of Your Youth Ministry Volunteer Team" #WomenInYM


Hello episode 159! Chad interviews middle school minister Amber Gaddis is the fun and funny episode about what #MSM and #JHM can truly be! Amber serves as the Assistant Director of BMMC and Jr. Hig...

Oct-18-2018

158: Natalie Frisk "Are You Wired For Youth Ministry?"#WomenInYM


In episode 158 Chad interviews Natalie Frisk from the Meeting House CA. This is one of those heartfelt, moving kind of interviews so get your tissues ready. Natalie's story is deeply true and reson...

Oct-17-2018

157 : Angela Amerine "The Best Thing You Can Do In Youth Ministry" #WomenInYM


In episode 157 Chad sits down with youth ministry director Angela Amerine to talk about falling into the calling and restoring the joy in youth ministry. The insight that she shares is timely for a...

Oct-16-2018