98 episodes

Veteran youth workers Erik Ullestad and Jake Bouma have close to 30 years of youth ministry experience. They also work as product developers for Sparkhouse, giving them a unique perspective on youth ministry topics.

Youth Ministry Podcast Sparkhouse

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Veteran youth workers Erik Ullestad and Jake Bouma have close to 30 years of youth ministry experience. They also work as product developers for Sparkhouse, giving them a unique perspective on youth ministry topics.

    Episode 105: Greatest Hits

    Episode 105: Greatest Hits

    After 104 episodes, it's time for the Youth Ministry Podcast to release its Greatest Hits album. Today, Jake and Erik discuss their favorite episodes from the past two years and say "farewell" (for now) to this podcasting endeavor.

    • 45 min
    Episode 104: If Only I'd Known

    Episode 104: If Only I'd Known

    They say hindsight is 20/20. Today Jake and Erik look through the lens of their combined 30 years experience and ruminate on what they would've told their younger selves when they were starting out in youth ministry. Also, Jake asks listeners for some help.

    • 47 min
    Episode 103: Design in Ministry

    Episode 103: Design in Ministry

    You have a lot to think about as a youth minister, and most of it is related to what's in front of your face every day: registration forms, staff meetings, lesson planning, receipts, and the clogged sink in the youth room. Who has time to consider things like user experience and graphic design? YOU, that's who! Today Jake and Erik offer some suggestions for how to step away from the daily grind and design meaningful ministry moments at your church.

    • 41 min
    Episode 102: Leaving Gracefully

    Episode 102: Leaving Gracefully

    Departing from a congregation is almost never easy, and yet most ministry professionals will say “goodbye” to several churches during their career. In this episode, Jake and Erik discuss ways to leave a church with grace for yourself and grace for your congregation.

    • 39 min
    Episode 101: Digital Catechism

    Episode 101: Digital Catechism

    Teens spend an average of nine hours online each day. Social media is ubiquitous. Young people and figuring out their online and in-person identities on the fly every day. How can the church support young people and their parents as they encounter the complicated and wonderful world of social media? In this episode Jake and Erik talk about their recent interactions with parents and teens on the topic of social media and offer suggestions for how to facilitate these conversations at your church.

    • 46 min
    Episode 100: 100th Episode Lock-In Spectacular!

    Episode 100: 100th Episode Lock-In Spectacular!

    Live, from Sparkhouse Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN – it’s the 100th episode of the Youth Ministry Podcast! In this very special episode, Erik and Jake are joined by members of the Sparkhouse team to give you a look behind the scenes of the ministry of publishing. Plus they’ll give you a recap of all the shenanigans that took place during their outrageous lock-in.

    • 46 min

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