The Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast

The Longer Haul’s Jody Livingston helps 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 http://www.youthministrypodcast.com/

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

TLH032: Helping Youth Share the Gospel at School


Every Youth Pastor wants youth who share the gospel at school.  Wanting that in our students and creating that in our students is an entirely different thing altogether. In today's episode David M...
Nov-19-2015

TLH031: When Youth Pastors Leave Too Often


I don't think most Youth Pastors take a position thinking they will leave soon.  The reality is though that for many this is the case.  Many times Youth Pastors leave too often.  The damage left be...
Nov-12-2015

TLH030: Avoiding Burnout in Youth Ministry


If you've been in Youth Ministry for more than a day or two you know that burnout is a real possibility for anyone in ministry. In today's episode Ben Trueblood joins me to talk about burnout in Y...
Oct-15-2015

TLH029: Lessons When Assuming Additional Responsiblities


As a Youth Pastor you often find yourself wearing many hats.  There also come times when you must assume additional responsibilities.  In this episode I'm giving you six lessons for taking on addit...
Sep-17-2015

TLH028: Question and Answer New and Volunteer Youth Pastor


It's a little Q & A today on the podcast.  What things should a youth pastor do when first starting out?  How should a volunteer or bi-vocational youth pastor best spend their time? Links mentioned...
Aug-20-2015

TLH027: Serving in a Dual Role in Youth Ministry


Youth Pastors often find themselves serving in a dual role within their church.  How do you manage it?  How do you get it done?  In this episode we tackle how to do it well. Links mentioned: Downlo...
Aug-06-2015

TLH026: Tools to Manage Your Youth Ministry


Having the right tool for the job is essential.  This is especially important in youth ministry.  In this episode I'm giving you the top 5 tools to help manage your youth ministry. Links mentioned:...
Jul-30-2015

TLH025: Getting Your Youth to Share Their Faith


Teaching your youth to share their faith is one thing...getting them to actually share it is another thing altogether.  In this episode of the podcast Dr. Alvin Reid shares how to help get your you...
Jul-23-2015

TLH024: Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry


Are you effectively partnering with parents in your Youth Ministry? In today's episode Jeremy Lee from ParentMinistry.net shares why this is important, and some helpful tools to do it effectively....
Jul-16-2015

TLH023: How and When to Write Your Own Youth Ministry Curriculum


When should you write your own Youth Ministry curriculum and how do you do it well? In today's episode we are giving you practical and helpful tips for creating curriculum that will really teach y...
Jul-09-2015

TLH022: Getting Adults To REALLY Pray for Your Students


What if you could REALLY get Adults to pray for students in your Youth Ministry? In today's episode we are tackling that very topic.  Tony Souder shares about the Pray For Me Campaign and how you ...
Jun-18-2015

TLH021: Making The Most of Summer in Youth Ministry


Summer in Youth Ministry can look WAY different from the school year.  With summer comes huge potential for your Youth Ministry. This doesn't happen automatically though.  It cannot be assumed.  S...
Jun-11-2015

TLH020: Qualities of a Vibrant Youth Ministry


What does a vibrant Youth Ministry look like?  You might be surprised.  In today's episode Mark Oestreicher (Marko) shares 4 qualities of a vibrant Youth Ministry.  These are qualities that ANY You...
May-21-2015