The Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast

The Longer Haul’s Jody Livingston and Chris Trent help 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, scalable tools to have a greater influence on teens with the gospel.  Find show notes at youthministrypodcast.com

TLH109: Youth Ministry After Quarantine


I think it is safe to say we're all tired of doing youth ministry under quarantine... In this episode, Chris had the chance to jump on (yet another) Zoom call with our friends at the Georgia Bapti...
May-25-2020

TLH108: Listener Episode! What We’re All Going Through


WE LOVE OUR LISTENERS!!! Because our listeners LOVE teenagers! Last week we got a bunch of YOU together for a zoom call where we talked about what we're all going through. It turned out to be a gr...
Apr-21-2020

TLH107: Recovering from Illness and from Social Distancing


A couple of weeks ago Chris got word through social media that his friend, Patrick Thompson, like many, right now had gotten sick. It was super encouraging to hear over the last few days that he ha...
Apr-09-2020

TLH106: Youth Ministry in Quarantine


Like all of you, it has been a CRAZY couple weeks for us as we've adjusted to our current normal of not meeting with teenagers in person. So, we decided to take a moment and share a quick update re...
Mar-30-2020

TLH105: Radical Reevaluation of Youth Ministry


Have you ever wondered if we're doing all we can do to reach students for Jesus in a way that will last into their adult years? After hanging out with teenagers and trying to point them to Jesus fo...
Mar-09-2020

TLH104: The Heart of Fundraising


For many youth workers, fundraising is a necessary part of helping our student experience programming that we believe could help point them to Jesus. We know that for many of our students to be abl...
Feb-17-2020

TLH103: The Importance of Helping Students with Identity


We are just returning from attending a great conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We had a BLAST at Conclave! While there, we were able to sit down with some great youth ministry thinkers. Today ...
Feb-03-2020

TLH102: Youth Ministry Lessons Learned From the Past Year


Our hope for you as 2019 comes to an end is that 2020 gets off to a great start. We can't thank you enough for trusting us with your time each week. We don't take that for granted, so we want to be...
Jan-06-2020

TLH101: Family Ministry with Nick Blevins


Family ministry can mean a lot of different things in the context of ministry. For some, it means that their entire ministry is family-focused and inclusive. For others thinking in a youth ministry...
Dec-02-2019

TLH100: Leading in a World of Distraction


Here we go! Episode 100!!! Wha what! Thanks for hanging with us and trusting us with your time. We're celebrating episode 100 with Clay Scroggins, Lead Pastor of Buckhead Church in Atlanta, Georgi...
Nov-18-2019

TLH099: Encouraging and Equipping your Youth Ministry Volunteers


We all love to be appreciated! I know I do! When it comes to volunteers in our youth ministries, we big-time need to know how to encourage and appreciate what they do for teenagers. In this episod...
Oct-28-2019

TLH098: Networking in Youth Ministry


It's safe to say that the reason Jody and I are doing the Longer Haul Podcast together is that we first met while attending a network meeting. We've both greatly benefited from networking with othe...
Oct-07-2019

TLH097: Navigating your first year at a new church


We believe in longevity, but we know that all of us eventually have to experience a transition and work for a new church. How you approach the first year of ministry at your new church is crucial. ...
Sep-16-2019

TLH096: Summer Recap


Whoa! What a summer! We both had an amazing summer, but we have been BUSY! If you're like us, you LOVE summer youth ministry. But by the end of summer, you're completely worn out. Youth ministry w...
Aug-05-2019

TLH095: Discipling Students During Short Term Missions


We love student mission trips! Sometimes those trips are fairly close to home and sometimes they're super far away, but they're almost always incredible. There is something about getting kids outsi...
Jul-08-2019

TLH094: Raising Kids in Youth Ministry


Almost 19 years ago, Wendy and I (Chris) had our first kid. I remember being overwhelmed at the thought of being a Dad. We had no idea what we were doing and we had no idea how it was going to impa...
Jun-24-2019

TLH093: Youth Ministry Budgeting 101


Under the category of "things you didn't know you'd have to know as a youth pastor"... Budgeting. Whether having to create a budget, maintain a budget or fundraise to get a budget, youth pastors ha...
Jun-10-2019

TLH092: 5 Great Summer Youth Ministry Ideas You Can Use Now


Today we're opening the youth ministry vault and sharing with you 5 great summer youth ministry ideas and here's the bonus... We both share 5 each so it ends up being 10! Plus a bonus idea, so real...
May-28-2019

TLH091: Dealing with Discipline in Youth Ministry


Recently on our super secret Facebook Group, we were asked to address the topic of how to deal with discipline with teenagers. We immediately loved the idea as we remembered how much of a challenge...
May-06-2019

TLH090: Old School Youth Ministry


Episode 90! We're pumped! We both started doing youth ministry in the '90s so we thought it'd be fun to do an episode highlighting all of the things we've seen change over the years... can you say...
Apr-15-2019

TLH089: Staying Encouraged in Youth Ministry


Trust us when we say that there comes a time in all ministry callings where something will not go your way and you will face discouragement. Don't get us wrong! We love what we get to do! Youth min...
Apr-08-2019

TLH088: Trusting God When Your Calling Changes


We had a chance to sit down with teaching pastor and youth ministry communicator, Nick Person. Nick LOVES youth pastors and clearly has a heart for youth ministry. We're all likely going to face c...
Apr-01-2019

TLH087: Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Youth Ministry


When Alan Smith found out he was going to be transitioning at his church from being the youth pastor to the campus pastor, he also learned he'd be mentoring the youth pastor that took his place. Al...
Mar-25-2019

TLH086: Within Reach an Interview with Ben Trueblood


Ben Trueblood knows his stuff. As the Director of Student Ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources, Ben and his team are passionate about pointing students to Jesus through everything they do. Year...
Mar-18-2019

TLH085: How to Help Teenagers Dealing with Self-Harm and Suicide


Some of our episodes and interviews can be tough. This week's episode is one of those episodes. The truth is though, that if you've been in youth ministry very long, you've probably had students in...
Mar-07-2019