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The Ministry Leader Podcast is a series of weekly conversations designed to equip and inspire volunteer ministry leaders for greater impact with young people. Brian Biedenbach and Chase Wagner are your hosts.

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The Ministry Leader Podcast is a series of weekly conversations designed to equip and inspire volunteer ministry leaders for greater impact with young people. Brian Biedenbach and Chase Wagner are your hosts.

    69. Recapping the Ministry Leader Conference (Fort Wayne)

    69. Recapping the Ministry Leader Conference (Fort Wayne)

    Did you miss it? Not close enough to attend? No worries!

    The Ministry Leader Conference is hosted by Youth For Christ chapters across the United States. We hosted the conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 25 and it was awesome. In this episode we recap the conference and share some of the biggest take aways from the main stage and every breakout session.

    IN THIS EPISODE
    0:00... Intro
    2:57... Main Session focus: Courageous Faithfulness (2:57)
    5:36... Breakouts
    5:47... Boundaries for Leaders
    6:24... Understanding Generation Z
    6:53... Leading from Your Sweet Spot
    8:28... Adverse Childhood Experiences
    10:58... Sharing Your Story
    11:41... Change Talk

    12:51... Wrapping up
    RESOURCES
    Boundaries for Leaders Resources:
    Podcast: The Benefits of Boundaries
    Podcast: 4 Boundaries You Need to Consider

    Understanding Generation Z Resources:
    Podcast: Meet Gen Z
    Podcast: Gen Z's Search for Community and Why You Need to Be a Part of It
    Podcast: 5-Star Reviews

    Leading from your Sweet Spot Resource: Discover Your S.H.A.P.E. (adapted from Saddleback Church)
    Adverse Childhood Experiences Resource: ACE's Infographic
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    68. Helping Young People Navigate Romantic Relationships

    68. Helping Young People Navigate Romantic Relationships

    Regardless of how you feel about dating in middle school and high school, it’s happening and it’s probably happening in your ministry. So how are you addressing that topic with your students?

    IN THIS EPISODE
    Intro (0:00)
    Beyond the PDA policy (1:18)
    4 questions to help students evaluate their romantic relationships (2:32)
    Are you in a place where a relationship is a good thing for you? (2:49)
    Does this relationship more life giving or draining? (4:05)
    Does this relationship cause me a lot of physical temptation? (5:26)
    Are you the person the person you're looking for is looking for? (c/o Andy Stanley) (7:11)

    (11:09)
    RESOURCES
    Book: The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating by Andy Stanley

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    67. Those Crucial First Steps - Follow Up With New Believers

    67. Those Crucial First Steps - Follow Up With New Believers

    It's an exciting moment when a young person makes a commitment to follow Jesus. But we know that is just the beginning of their faith journey. In this episode we offer eight ideas to consider for those crucial first steps.

    IN THIS EPISODE
    Intro (0:00)
    The need for follow up (0:35)
    Do it quickly (1:32)
    Set appointments (2:12)
    Celebrate with them (2:34)
    Ask a lot of questions (3:21)
    Allow them to ask a lot of questions (4:24)
    Use simple resources (5:24)
    Get them connected to other believers (6:50)
    Have a follow up strategy before any trip you plan (8:07)
    RESOURCES
    The Life Book
    The Life
    Conversations With Jesus
    TMLP Episode 58: 5 Underrated Ideas to Help Connect Kids to the Local Church
    TMLP Episode 66: The Absolute Worst Way to Lead a Small Group

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    66. The Absolute WORST Way to Lead a Small Group

    66. The Absolute WORST Way to Lead a Small Group

    A small group is a great way to deepen relationships, learn young people's stories and point them to the scriptures. But if you have never led a small group you may have some questions about what it might be like. In this episode we have some fun sharing tips for leading the absolute WORST small group ever.

    IN THIS EPISODE
    Intro (0:00)
    Tips for leading the worst small group ever (0:36)
    Don't prepare (0:52)
    Organize for chaos (1:39)
    Always offer your opinion first (2:23)
    Never stray off topic (if you took the time to prepare) (3:12)
    Fill silence quickly (4:07)
    Never spend time together outside of your scheduled small group time (5:31)
    Share more than you allow other group members to share (6:16)

    Recovery all our bad advice (7:21)
    RESOURCES

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    65. Staying Safe on Social Media

    65. Staying Safe on Social Media

    As youth workers we need to meet young people where they are, on their turf. But more and more that is online where guidelines for interaction can be a little fuzzy and unclear. In this episode, we offer a few thoughts to help keep you and your students safe online.

    IN THIS EPISODE
    Intro (0:00)
    DISCLAIMER: Talk with your primary ministry leader or organization to find out what your ministry's practices and guidelines are on the safe use of social media (1:52)
    Scripture to guide us (3:28)
    Consider first what your social media communicates about who you are (4:37)
    Consider social interaction in "public spaces" (6:50)
    Accountability is key (9:30)
    Consider the hours you interact through social media (10:09)
    Don't make these decisions on your own (11:30)
    RESOURCES

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    • 13 min
    64. Handling Hard Conversations

    64. Handling Hard Conversations

    We've all lost sleep over conversations we knew we needed to have but continuted to put off. In this episode we'll share a few tips that might help the next difficult conversation be a little less scary and a little more productive.

    IN THIS EPISODE
    Intro (0:00)
    Defining hard conversations (1:19)
    Confessions of poorly handled conversations (2:27)
    Better ideas for handling hard conversations (4:23)
    Anticipate a positive outcome (4:41)
    Approach with humility and respect (5:06)
    Seek understanding (5:55)
    Be direct (7:34)
    Don't put it off (8:46)

    RESOURCES
    The Ministry Leader Conference

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    • 11 min

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