Youth Ministry In Motion Podcast

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

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

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