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

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

TLH084: What is a DiscipleNow?


We all probably recognize the importance of discipleship when it comes to our youth ministries.  While there are a ton of different ways to approach this, we've not seen any that are more effective...
Feb-28-2019

TLH083: The Magical Impact of a Youth Pastor


One of the major challenges in youth ministry is that often we can serve for years and years before we actually see fruit from the seeds we've planted in the lives of teenagers. We're convinced, t...
Feb-21-2019

TLH082: Youth Pastor Compensation Survey


When it comes to serving in youth ministry, it can be really challenging navigating the world of finance and salary. We often have questions like: Am I getting paid fairly? How am I supposed to sup...
Feb-07-2019

TLH081: Longevity in Youth Ministry


We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Seth Buckley from First Baptist Spartanburg. He's been a youth pastor since 1982 and is still going strong. You'll want to listen to this interview ...
Jan-31-2019

TLH080: Jimmy Fallon’s Rules for a Great Youth Ministry


Let's face it. Jimmy Fallon is funny. Well, at least most of the time. Don't get us wrong. We're not making a major moral endorsement for who and what he's all about. But rather, we want to take a ...
Jan-17-2019

TLH079: Evaluating and Goal Setting in Youth Ministry


It's a new year! How are those resolutions going so far? Regardless of how you feel about New Year's resolutions, the start of a new year is always a great time to evaluate how things are going in...
Jan-10-2019

TLH078: UPDATE:Where have we been and where are we now?


What the heck happened and where did we go? Whew! It's been a crazy few weeks and months for both of us and a little while since the last episode. We've had a ton of listeners and members of the ...
Dec-20-2018

TLH077: Finding a Youth Ministry Job


So why an episode on finding a youth ministry job? Hopefully, you know that our goal at the Longer Haul is to help you achieve longevity in youth ministry.  For us we think of this in two ways, st...
Nov-01-2018

TLH076: Reasons to Leave Youth Ministry


We, the Longer Haul Podcast team, are committed to... well... the Longer Haul. That's why we do the podcast. We know though, from experience that there are times when God makes it known that it's t...
Oct-18-2018

TLH075: Helping Youth Find their Identity Through Jesus Colored Glasses


This weeks interview tackles identity in Christ head on. Todd Jones has written an excellent book called Jesus Colored Glasses. Besides our being jealous of his coming up with a super catchy super...
Sep-27-2018

TLH074: Insights into Gen Z


Many of us have been guilty of thinking that the teenagers of today are pretty much like all the teenagers that have gone before them. Ahhhhh, if only it were that easy! Research tells us that ther...
Sep-20-2018

TLH073: Changes in How Teens Respond to the Gospel


We all want to see our students sharing their faith.  We would all love to have students leading other students to Jesus.  But what is it that is really keeping this from happening? Look we get it...
Sep-06-2018

TLH072: Be Soberly Reminded


Over the years we've heard people say that we're only one bad decision away from disqualifying ourselves from ministry. Over and over again throughout the years we've heard of friends and peers hav...
Aug-30-2018

TLH071: Partnering with Parents to Navigate a Hyper-sexualized Culture


Let's face it... we live in a hyper sexualized culture! Ok, either you're giggling like a middle schooler right now or tempted to close this and move on. Stick with us for a second. Parents are ove...
Aug-23-2018

TLH070: All About Youth Ministry Volunteers


Ah, youth ministry volunteers... Doing ministry by yourself can be a lonely and unsustainable plan long-term. And let's face it, finding youth ministry volunteers can often be incredibly challengi...
Aug-09-2018