Youth Ministry In Motion Podcast

The podcast to keep youth workers motivated and their youth ministries moving forward.

Help! My Youth Ministry Is Stuck!


You know that time your car got stuck in the mud? Who did you call How did they get you out? They probably brought a big rope or chain, tied it to your car, hit the gas and yanked you out. That's e...
Nov-19-2018

11 Essentials Of A Great Camp Speaker


Greetings all. I hope you had a fantastic week! If you're thinking about youth camp already, you are in the right head space. You have to book speakers, plan dates, etc, and today's podcast is what...
Nov-11-2018

Develping Small Group Leaders Who Care


If you have small groups, you have small group leaders. Do the small groups leaders you have care? They may care enough to show up and teach a lesson, but how do you get them to care beyond that? T...
Sep-07-2018

How To Handle Adversity In Ministry


Adversity is not a fad but a fact of life. We all have it at some time or another, but do we run into it or run away from it? If you're going through something right now, this episode may change th...
Aug-31-2018

Ideas For Launching A Young Adult Ministry


It's the beginning of a new quarter and you might be thinking, "What am I going to do with these young adults?" This episode throws out some ideas that are worth thinking through and could be the s...
Aug-24-2018

How To Get The Youth Ministry Job You Want


What keeps us from having the youth ministry job we really want? I say it's desperation and gullibility. We take job because we need them or we talk them without really doing our homework. In thi...
Jul-20-2018

10 Important Youth Ministry Practices That Could Prevent A Suicide


Suicide among teens happens far too often, but, as youth workers, we can set up speed bumps to slow down that slow walk to despair until help arrives. If you want the free Discipleship Dilemma ch...
Jun-15-2018

I Resigned, Now What?


No, this isn't clickbait, I have actually resigned my position after eight years. I go in-depth as to why I made this decision (nothing bad)and what's next. Join me. New Resource: Psalm 119 Volum...
May-18-2018

Losing Students Without Losing Yourself


This episode was inspired, in part, by the Walking Dead character Morgan. He is the loner in the group who does not cope well with loss. Many of us do not cope well with loss. If we lose student, w...
Apr-20-2018

Six Simple Truths of Communication Every Youth Pastor Should Practice


Youth Pastors, and pastors in general, do a lot of communicating. We often have to share hard truths, but we do not have to share them harshly. Let me offer six tips for communication that I learne...
Apr-13-2018

Working With The Fatherless In Youth Minstry


As one who grew up without a father, I appreciated having this conversation but even if you had a dad, I hope this conversation encourages and equips you to reach those who do not. Today I interv...
Mar-30-2018

Do We All Have To Preach Like Steven Furtick?


Have you every felt the pressure to preach like someone else? To meet some unattainable oratory level of perfection? This interview wiht Lane Sebring of preachingdonkey,com is about to set you free...
Mar-16-2018

What To Do In A Crisis with Jim Hancock


They say you are either going into, are in, or coming out of a crisis, and in youth ministry the spaces between those seem very short. That’s why I have my new friend Jim Hancock on the show with m...
Feb-23-2018

Ministering To "Weird" Kids


Let me start by saying, I am a weird kid. I was that kid who was "fairly normal" but leaned "weird". We all have our definitions of weird based on our own experiences, but we can't allow out biases...
Feb-18-2018

Helping Students Develop A Dynamic Devotion Life


My friend Chase Snyder stops by to talk about how he gets his kids stoked to read their Bibles. If you're looking for ideas to connect your kids to Jesus through daily devotions, you've come to the...
Jan-26-2018

Are You A Leader or A Chaperone?


This is the last episode in my five part series of The 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Volunteers. I hope you've enjoyed it. Let me know what you think of the series style or the shorter lengths, b...
Jan-24-2018

What's Your Role In God's Story?


Welcome to question number four in our series on questions we should be asking our new volunteer or as a way to re-evaluate our old volunteers. This question, posed right and plumbed well, will rea...
Jan-22-2018

How To Get Your Volunteers On Mission


Back with question three in the five part series on questions we should ask our volunteers. Today is all about mission. How do you get your volunteer on mission? I share a few thoughts on what I am...
Jan-19-2018

Increasing Your Volunteers Passion Level


Welcome to question two in my series on questions we should ask our volunteers. In this episode I ask you to ask your volunteers (and yourself)about their passion level and how to take it up a notc...
Jan-17-2018

5 Questions To Get The Most From Your Volunteers


And now for something new. This week kicks off a five part series on the five questions to get the most from your volunteers. These questions are valuable for recruiting, evaluation, or re-evaluati...
Jan-16-2018

Four Keys To Goal Setting


Does setting goals feel like a trip to the dentist? Do you dread it? Feel pressured by it? In today's episode, my co-author of Prepared For Impact, Ryan Latham and I interview each other. We each s...
Jan-03-2018

Preparing To Make An Impact: Greg Davis Interviews Me About My New Book


How prepared are you to make an impact on the students you serve? Preparing to make an impact is more important than the actual event, message, or outreach we employ. Today I offer you an interview...
Dec-22-2017

Navigating Critical Relationships In the Church


Not gonna lie. This episode is going to blow your mind. Today I interview Ryan Schmall and he shares so many good things about how we can navigate the toughest relationships in the church. To get...
Dec-19-2017

Video Games, Culture, and Parenting With Christ Centered Gamer


Whether you're a Christian who happens to game, a parent looking for some insight on video games, or a youth pastor wondering about the best system for your youth room, there is something for every...
Dec-12-2017

God Adventures From The NYWC


Happy December everyone! Today I share a few of my God Adventures from the National Youth Workers Conference that was held in Memphis this year. I share a few stories and some exciting news about m...
Dec-05-2017

The Art of Youth Ministry Interview with Jeff Goins


Incredible discussion today with best selling author Jeff Goins. Jeff is the author of five books including the bestselling Art of Work and his latest Real Artists Don't Starve. You can buy Jeff'...
Nov-02-2017

3 Reasons I Live Stream Our Youth Meetings


Are live streaming your youth services? If your not your missing out on some valuable opportunities. In today's episode I offer you a few reasons why I have started live streaming our youth service...
Oct-20-2017

The Danger of Study, Preach, Repeat


It happens to us all. We can get into a cycle of studying and preaching without absorbing the word for ourselves. If we hope to stay in ministry, long term, we have to be able to take care of our o...
Oct-09-2017

Alone Sucks interview with Timothy Eldred


Alone is a word youth workers understand to well. We sense the aloneness in leadership, when we make tough calls, or when we are just feel out of place in the church. That's way this conversation w...
Sep-28-2017

10 Tips For Delegating Like A Rock Star


Want more time to do what you are good at and empower others to do what they are good at? Then you are going to need to develop some delagating skills. Good thing this is what this episode is abo...
Sep-22-2017

10 Ways To Get Your Mojo Back After A Bad Youth Meeting


It usually hits us the day after our youth meeting, the blahs. The blahs are the that nagging voice telling us about all the things we didn't get right at the youth meeting and it can be a serious...
Sep-15-2017

The Power Of Showing Up with Amber Gaddis


I loved having Amber Gaddis on the show today. Amber is down to earth and has put in the work. I hope you enjoy the tips she shares about showing up and pease forgive us if it sounds like we're hav...
Aug-25-2017

7 Back To School Rules


Its that time of year again! Summer is over and kids have gone back to school, can I get an amen! Today I want to share with you seven of my rules for heading back to school. Enjoy. If you would ...
Aug-15-2017

4 Post Mission Trip Must Do's


I am back from Honduras and wanted to share some of my post mission trip rituals with you so you can make an impact with your missions trip story. Here's the links I mentioned in the podcast Lay...
Jun-14-2017

7 Concepts Graduates Should Grasp


It is graduation seasons once again and I am asking the question, "Did I spiritually prepare these graduate enough to face the world ahead? " Join me to hear how I have broadened my idea of creatin...
May-11-2017

Re-Branding Your Ministry In Three Questions


Are you wanting to re-brand your youth ministry? Our maybe you just want t now how to plan better to meet kids needs. This episode covers the three main questions I asked my youth ministry and how ...
Apr-28-2017

Teens, Music, and Three New Bands You Shoud Know


I got an interesting Facebook invite from one of my students to a private group to talk about a band from the early 2000's. Weird? Not so much. In this episode I talk about my own personal musical ...
Apr-08-2017

Stop Praying About It And Do Something


This is the last in my series of The Ten Excuses Youth Pastor Make (And How They're Killing Your Youth Ministry). Let me be clear, we cannot and should not attempt to do ministry without prayer. Wh...
Mar-24-2017

Launching The Imperfect


Almost to the end of the Excuses series. This is Excuse #9, It's Not Perfect. Are you holding back the imperfect because of critics? Then you're robbing us of your best stuff. Listen how to overcom...
Mar-20-2017

Don't Quit Until You've Learned These Three Things


Are you thinking about quitting? Don't just yet. There are a few things you may still have a few things to learn. Quitting is the easy way out and an excuse that stunts our growth. Don't forget to...
Mar-18-2017

Overcoming The Fear To Change


Fear can be real, but most often it's founded on false ideas. Its becomes a great excuse to not try something new or put ourselves out there. In this episode I take about why fear is a lame excuse ...
Mar-17-2017

Working Smarter and Harder- Impact vs Effort


Should I work harder or smarter? Both. We've leaving a lot undone, and making a smaller impact because we don't put the extra effort into an event, message, or bible study. In this episode I talk a...
Mar-16-2017

The Key To Having True Power In The Ministry


Do you want real power in the ministry? You won't get it by fighting for it, you'll get it by serving others.. In today's episode I break down some thoughts from the book The Power Paradox: How We ...
Mar-15-2017

Maximizing Your Time In Youth Ministry


Have you ever said, "I don;t have time." We all have, but what we were really trying was, "I am so busy with trivial things, I dint have time for important things." Today I share a few thoughts ab...
Mar-14-2017

Keeping A Healthy Self Image In Youth Ministry


Today I explore how to have a healthy self image in youth ministry. It's tough to maintain a healthy self image when everyone wants something different from you and we are only good at half at what...
Mar-13-2017

Wrong Team or Wrong Dream?


Today we tackle Excuse #2 But I Don't Have A Team. Not having a team is a great excuse to not attempt anything great, but it is also the starting blocks of building the team we desire. If you enj...
Feb-13-2017

10 Excuses That Are Killing Your Youth Ministry


Excuses are assassins. They are sneaky, well trained, well armed assailants whose sole job is to kill your hopes and dreams. Now, what are you going to do about it? Follow me on Instagram to catch...
Jan-06-2017

9 Questions You Must Ask Your Students


Every student ministry should do an end of the year review but many do not for fear of what might get said. To help with that process, ad take the sting out of criticism, I share the nine question...
Dec-15-2016