Youth Ministry In Motion Podcast

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

The Root of Ungratefulness


Are you finding it hard to be thankful this year? Many youth workers are struggling with thankfulness because of hand the pandemic dealt their youth ministry but the real root of unthankfulness isn...
Nov-15-2020

Changing Your Narrative with Cassandra Smith


We all have a story and, at times, gave the pen to our story to people who wrote some unpleasant things. Cassandra Smith is here to day to talk about how to get your pen back and finish your story ...
Oct-26-2020

A Simple Social Media Formula For Online Youth Ministry


Are you doing your church's social media? Stop it. That's what Justin Nava, from Mr. Church Marketer, says in this episode. He also shares two social media hacks that will make whoever does your ch...
Oct-11-2020

Chris Sligh On Ministry, Fame and Country Music


If the name Chris Sligh sound familiar it's because Chris was on the sixth season of American Idol and was a top ten finalist. This is a bit of a re-introduction to who Chris is, what he's been up...
Sep-30-2020

Apologetics For Adolescence


Are you afraid to get into apologetics with your students becaus eyou don't feel equipped to talk about it? No worries, my guest Trevor Hamaker and I have a great conversation to empower you to tak...
Sep-28-2020

Empowering Youth To Serve In Any Size Church


If you are looking to dive into Student Led Ministry, this episode is for you. Sean Buono and I break down the process for laying the foundation for student leader ministry. For an abbreviated, w...
Sep-06-2020

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Youth Pastor


If you've been in youth ministry for a little while, you've discovered that there are a few things your teachers or parents didn't tell you about youth ministry and are now just discovering it. Wel...
Aug-24-2020

The Jesus Challenge


What is the Jesus Challenge? That is what my guest Gregg Farah is here to discuss today. Gregg has a course for those who want to deepen their relationship with God and become a stronger follower o...
Aug-12-2020

9 Killer Communication Tips For Youth Pastors


Whether you are on Zoom or in person, communication is critical. Today I offer you nine tips on how to improve your preaching/speaking. Be sure to grab the free gift, The Preachers Scorecard bel...
Aug-02-2020

Teen Speak: What Is A Hero?


What is a hero? In today's episode we explore what teenagers think a hero is an how you can use what they say to point to the ultimate hero Jesus Christ. Check out the show notes here https://th...
Jul-20-2020

Raising Up A Micah 6:8 Generation


Today is an important episode. Today I share with you interview with a former student on how to raise up a Micah 6:8 Generation; a generation that knows what to do, does justice. loves mercy and wa...
Jun-02-2020

The Identity of The Youth Pastor


You'll want to listen to this before you're next youth meeting. It's a reminder about your identity and why it's so important to your youth ministry. Become a youth ministry maverick and support ...
May-17-2020

Stop Asking "What's Next?" and Ask This Instead


Everyone in youth ministry and the church world is wondering What's Next?, but I think the question should be Who's Next. Terry and I talk about how youth workers should be shifting from program to...
May-03-2020

Serve Your Pastor Save Your Job


Is your church in crisis? If it is, that may mean that your job is in danger, but remember the two most popular words in scripture, Fear Not. Today I have my friend and co-author of Prepared For Im...
Apr-17-2020

The Youth Pastor's Guide To Self Care


Times are crazy for youth workers like you and in all this quarantining, it's possible you are not doing well. I understand. As one who deals with anxiety and depression himself, I know the highs a...
Apr-02-2020

7 Ways To Keep Your Students Connected During The Pandemic


Virus's, pandemics, no youth or church services, what can a youth worker do to keep their students connected during this time? I have seven tips you can start using right now and there all free, al...
Mar-21-2020

Ministering To Teens In Trauma


Do you know what trauma is and which of your teens are going through it. My guest Paul Ward breaks down what trauma is and how to minister to those going through a trauma in our youth ministry. P...
Mar-06-2020

Exploring The Jewish Roots of Youth Ministry


Have you ever thought about how close your youth ministry resembles the first century world of Jesus? In this episode, Heather Quiroz the author of First Century Youth Ministry: Exploring Our Jewi...
Feb-21-2020

The Worst Thing You Can Say To Your Students


Are you building something for your youth? Stop, before you say this egregious statement to your students, "We built this for you". In todays episode I give you three reasons why this statement is ...
Feb-14-2020

Youth Ministry From A Parent's Perspective


If you’re not a parent, how often do you look at your youth ministry form a parent’s perspective? It could change how often you have conflict with parents. It could open doors for parents to become...
Jan-17-2020

How To Stretch Your Influence Beyond The Church Walls


Welcome! If this is your first time listening to the podcast, thank you for giving it a try. If you’re a regular, back for more, you will not be disappointed. Lenita Abouchabake’s passion for heal...
Jan-10-2020

The Best Youth Pastor Job Search Tips for 2020


Are you on a job hunt? Are you thinking about transitioning for one job to another? Then, you are going to want to listen to what Brian Aaby from the Slingshot Group has to say about trends in how ...
Jan-03-2020

Don't Be Afraid To Be Great


This is not a drill, we are the number one youth ministry podcast on the planet! Thank you for all your support!! If you would like the full show notes visit here https://thediscipleproject.net/d...
Dec-18-2019

Five Ways To Make Your Church More Thankful For You


It's almost Turkey Time! I love me some turkey. In the midst of preparing messages about being thankful, it's easy to forget to cultivate a heart of gratitude ourselves. Today I share five ways to ...
Nov-17-2019

Ministry, Money and Side Hustles


Some episodes you just have to let roll, and this is one of those episodes. My guest, Jason Mayfield, and I talk about money, ministry and side hustles because many youth workers do not make a fair...
Oct-19-2019

Let It Go and Laugh A Lot


The goal of this episode is to make you smile. To do this, I brought my friend Steve Case in to talk about humor and joy and to talk about his new book Great Moments In Biblical Flatulence. Yes, it...
Oct-06-2019

Three Big Promises You Need To Make To Make About Your Youth Ministry


If you want more students to check out, stay in and become leader of your youth ministry, you need to start making and keeping bigger promises. Here are the resources I talked about Gideon: From...
Sep-23-2019

3 Ways To Evaluate Your Youth Ministry


Evaluation is a big part of the success of any organization. If no one is paying attention, you can't make changes as they need to happen. I hope you enjoy today's episode. You can find the full ...
Sep-06-2019

Being A Prophetic Voice To Your Youth Ministry


Welcome back all. Schoo is in session for many of you and youth ministry is in full swing. Today I want to share what a difference it makes when you use the prophetic gift within you to share a tru...
Aug-26-2019

Stop "Surviving" Your Youth Meeting


Greetings!! Glad you're back. Are you just "surviving" your youth ministry? It doesn't have to be like that. In today's episode I share my thoughts on youth meetings, why kids are really leaving th...
Jul-17-2019

7 Sticky Situations Your Youth Ministry Needs A Policy For


In my younger days I was not a big fan of policies and procedures. I just wanted to have fun and the kids to have fun and by God's grace, He allowed me to survive. There are situations you need a p...
Jun-25-2019

21 Ways To De-Escalate A Situation


It's going to happen. If you work with teenagers, there is going to be drama and how we handle drama will make all the difference in how the situation turns out. I found a great article from a teac...
May-02-2019

When Everyone Wants To Run The Youth Ministry


Everyone thinks they're helping you when they give you advice, but you have to discern the good from the bad. In this episode I share how to filter out the bad advice and how to respond to well mea...
Mar-27-2019

How To Say No To Your Pastor


Do struggle with telling your Pastor no? It's a sticky situation to be be stuck in, but today I offer some ways to unstick yourself. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review. Super Model Serie...
Mar-19-2019

Ministering To Stressed Out Teens


The pressure on teens today is enormous. They're just trying to make it through the school day without freaking out. In this episode I offer a few ideas about ministering to teens during exams and ...
Mar-08-2019

Equipping Teens To Study The Bible


Hey! Welcome back ! Thanks for returning or check out the podcast if this is your first time. One the next few weeks I'll be answering a bout a dozen questions I received over my hiatus and in shor...
Feb-28-2019

How To Have The Best Year In Youth Ministry, Ever!


I know I said I was taking a few weeks off, but I created something that could give you the best year in youth ministry you have ever had. The new year is coming and you might be thinking of being ...
Dec-12-2018

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

Dealing With The Difficult Parent


It has happened. is happening or will happen. That parent is not going to like something you are doing and you are going to have to deal with it. In this episode I share a few thoughts on being emp...
Oct-17-2018

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