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

TLH057: Great Resources for Youth Ministry


Great resources for youth ministry can be the difference between an effective youth ministry and a struggling one.  With so many out there is can be difficult to navigate them and find ones that ar...
Apr-19-2018

TLH056: Tips for Getting Organized in Youth Ministry


Getting and staying organized in Youth Ministry can literally be the key to staying put for the longer haul. Since it is so important we're giving you some practical and helpful tips on getting or...
Apr-12-2018

TLH055: Youth Camp 101: How to Promote, Prepare, and Participate


Youth camp is an essential part of any youth ministry.  Getting camp right can make all the difference for your ministry. But it is the small things that can make or break you.  Since camp is so i...
Apr-05-2018

TLH054: Top 10 Youth Ministry Games


Youth Ministry games are what makes youth ministry well...youth ministry.  So in this episode we're giving you our list of top 10 youth ministry games. These games are our favorites for sure.  We'...
Mar-29-2018

TLH053: Fundraising for Mission Trips


In this episode Bubba Crowder joins us to talk fundraising for mission trips. Let's face it.  Fundraising and Youth Ministry often go hand in hand.  Fundraising for mission trips is almost always ...
Mar-22-2018

TLH052: Racial Diversity in Youth Ministry


In this episode Maina Mwaura joins us for an honest and direct conversation about racial diversity in youth ministry. Since racial diversity is an increasingly important issue both in youth minist...
Mar-15-2018

TLH051: Youth Ministry with Middle School Students


Ah, middle school students... They're full of energy, goofy, often smell bad, and are tons of fun.  I think most of us are just glad to have survived middle school and are glad we never have to go...
Mar-08-2018

TLH050: BIG CHANGES, Longevity Truths, and a Live Magician (really)


Episode 50 brings BIG CHANGES to the Longer Haul, we also dive into some serious truths about longevity in Youth Ministry and there is even a Live Magician (like for reals...a live magician). In t...
Mar-01-2018

TLH049: How to Deal with Criticism in Youth Ministry


How do you respond when facing criticism in youth ministry? Let's be honest, ministry can be very personal.  We generally pour ourselves into our youth ministry in practically every way.  So when ...
Feb-22-2018

TLH048: How to Foster an Evangelistic Youth Ministry


What does it take to see students in your youth ministry actively and consistently sharing their faith? Getting students to live out and share their faith can be tough.  I mean let's be real, gett...
Sep-21-2017

TLH047: 6 Reasons Youth Pastors Leave Youth Ministry


What might it be that causes you to leave youth ministry? Maybe that's easy to answer.  Maybe you feel like you're there now. There are lots of reasons you could leave youth ministry.  I've share...
Sep-14-2017

TLH046: When You Need a Downshift In Your Youth Ministry


What do you do when you feel overwhelmed, on the verge of burnout, and need a downshift in your youth ministry? One of the MAJOR keys to sticking around and have longevity in your youth ministry i...
May-18-2017

TLH045: Reaching Post-Christian Students in Youth Ministry


Let's be honest the culture has shifted drastically.  We can no longer assume that the teens who come into our ministry have an understanding of even the basics of the Christian faith.  This drasti...
May-11-2017

TLH044: Surviving a Downturn in Youth Ministry Numbers


If you stay in youth ministry long enough you will face a season of a downturn in your youth ministry numbers.  Knowing how to push through this and strengthen your ministry in light of it is essen...
Dec-29-2016

TLH043: Secrets to a Great Guest Speaker


Bringing in a guest speaker for you youth can be a great thing...or it can go terribly wrong.  So what are the secrets to a great guest speaker? In this episode Chase Snyder and I tackle this and m...
Dec-22-2016

TLH042: Choosing to Stay in Youth Ministry When You Can Leave


What happens when you choose stay in Youth Ministry when you could leave?  It won't take long serving in Youth Ministry before you will hit a point where you feel you could--or should--leave the po...
Aug-11-2016

TLH041: Fighting Pornography Addiction


Fighting pornography addiction is a battle not to be taken lightly.  If you're in ministry it definitely affects you.  Whether in the lives of the teens you serve, their families, or maybe you're o...
Aug-04-2016

TLH040: Ministering to Introverted Students


In ministry we are constantly finding ourselves ministering to many different types of people.  This seems especially true in youth ministry. One group that is often lost in the mix are introverts...
Jul-28-2016

TLH039: Staying Organized in Youth Ministry with Evernote


Struggle with staying organized in youth ministry?  How can you keep track of everything without going crazy along the way?  How can you keep track of all those receipts?  Wait...anyone else strugg...
May-26-2016

TLH038: Getting the Most Out of a Youth Ministry Conference


Ever feel overwhelmed at a Youth Ministry Conference?  I know I do. There's always so much to do.  There's so much to see and hear.  Often times if I'm honest I come back more tired than when I le...
Mar-24-2016

TLH037: Dealing with Expectations in Youth Ministry


What kind of expectations do you find yourself having to navigate? In this episode we talk all about dealing with expectations in youth ministry.  We talk about what some of those expectations are...
Mar-17-2016

TLH036: Must Haves for Longevity in Youth Ministry


When it comes to longevity in youth ministry there are many things that are important to consider.  If you fail to do so, you will never make it in youth ministry over the long haul. In today's ep...
Feb-18-2016

TLH035: How to Set Goals in Youth Ministry


Knowing how to set goals in Youth Ministry is extremely important.  Setting the right goals and setting them correctly is even more important. In today's episode you'll find how to set goals in yo...
Jan-07-2016

TLH034: How to Read at Least One Book Every Week


If you want to be an effective leader you MUST be a consistent reader.  Reading is one of the best (and cheapest) way to learn and grow.  Many struggle with reading consistently or at all though.  ...
Dec-17-2015

TLH033: A Youth Ministry that Builds Disciples


What does it mean to really build disciples in your Youth Ministry?  What does it take? In today's episode Duffy Robbins joins me to talk about how to build a youth ministry that builds disciples....
Nov-26-2015