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Youth ministry veteran Derry Prenkert talks about longevity in youth ministry and how to stay in it for the long haul. My Third decade is a proud member of the DYM Podcast Network.

My Third Decade in Youth Ministr‪y‬ DYM Podcast Network

    • Christianity
    • 4.1 • 138 Ratings

Youth ministry veteran Derry Prenkert talks about longevity in youth ministry and how to stay in it for the long haul. My Third decade is a proud member of the DYM Podcast Network.

    55: 5 Values to Drive the Youth Minister in this Season

    55: 5 Values to Drive the Youth Minister in this Season

    The show has been on a 2-month quarantine for various reasons, but it’s back in this weird season of youth ministry. Here are 5 values I landed on at the outset of this unprecedented season. As you walk through trying to figure out how to do the best youth ministry possible in this season, may you let the “why” drive the “what’.

    Welcome to three new amazing shows on the DYM Podcast Network:
    Youth Ministry Sherpas: https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/youth-ministry-sherpas/
    Middle School Ministry Podcast: https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/middle-school-ministry/
    Youth Ministry Soul Keeper Podcast: https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/youth-ministry-soul-keeper/

    Check out the “Grow on Your Own” resources at the DYM Store: https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/shop/online-ministry/grow-on-your-own

    Find me online:
    Twitter and Instagram: @mythirddecade
    Facebookpage: http://facebook.com/mythirddecade

    • 20 min
    55: 5 Questions I’m Asking My Team

    55: 5 Questions I’m Asking My Team

    As I get rolling at a new church and in a new role, I’m asking lots of question. In Episode 53, I gave you 5 questions I’ve been asking myself. In this episode, I give 5 questions I’m asking the team I’m now leading. Whether you are transitioning or not; Whether your team is a staff or volunteers, these questions could be valuable for you as well.

    Sponsor to this Episode:
    I Still Believe (In theaters March 12… Take your Group!!)
    https://istillbelievemovie.com/

    Other Sponsors:
    DYM University. If you haven’t, jump in on this online volunteer training course that 20,000 other youth ministry workers are already taking part in. By purchasing through this link, you actually help this show out! https://www.dymuniversity.com/a/10524/2Hn9zuot

    Give Central. Your online giving solution. http://givecentral.org

    • 17 min
    54: Remembering My Friend Allison Williams

    54: Remembering My Friend Allison Williams

    Ms. Allison Elizabeth Williams, 36, of Seymour, lived a life of ministry and was a source of infectious joy to those around her. She was loyal, playful, passionate, and smart. Opinionated, yet humble. Through acts of bringing joy to others with simple gifts from the Dollar Tree or showing up for life events, Allison embodied how to live in Christ and how to be Christ to others. She first learned to be this example through the witness of her parents, Ted and Lisa.
    Allison was a graduate of Johnson University and served Seymour for fifteen years, eleven of those years at Reddington Christian Church. With her creativity and love for youth ministry, she joined DYM, serving thousands of youth workers around the world. As a second parent for "her kids" she always protected and pushed them to be and do better. She encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones to be witnesses, and at the end of every lesson she would say, "Carry this and teach all your friends."
    She now has the view for which she worked her entire life!
    Allison met her Savior on Monday, January 20, 2020. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to Ted and Lisa (Jarrell) Williams. She is also survived by her; brother, Nathan (Desiree) Williams; nieces, Fiona and Elsa; aunts, Julia (Chris) Warren and Ruth Jarrell; cousins, Kevin Morris, Mary (Robert) Park, and Paul (Beth) Jarrell as well as several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Roy and Annette Jarrell; paternal grandparents, Theodore and Florence Williams; and uncle, Robb Jarrell.
    (Shared from Allison’s Memorial Page: https://www.vossfuneralservice.com/obituaries/Allison-Williams-3/#!/Obituary

    Listen to Allison share as a part of the National Youth Workers Convention Women in Youth Ministry Panel: https://s3.amazonaws.com/…/Break+Out+-+ALLISON+WILLIAMS%2C+…

    Sponsor to this Episode:
    I Still Believe (In theaters March 12… Take your Group!!)
    https://istillbelievemovie.com/

    Sponsors:
    DYM University. If you haven’t, jump in on this online volunteer training course that 20,000 other youth ministry workers are already taking part in. By purchasing through this link, you actually help this show out! https://www.dymuniversity.com/a/10524/2Hn9zuot

    Give Central. Your online giving solution. http://givecentral.org

    • 12 min
    53: 5 Questions I’m Asking Myself

    53: 5 Questions I’m Asking Myself

    As we go into 2020 and I continue to get acclimated to a new youth ministry setting, I’m asking myself some question. Here’s 5 of them.

    Mentioned in the Show:
    I Still Believe (In theaters March 12… Take your Group!!)
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnxHyBbYwQQ

    What does the Bible say about who you are in Christ: https://vintagelawrence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ANDERSON_WhoIAmInChrist.pdf

    Sponsors:
    DYM University. If you haven’t, jump in on this online volunteer training course that 20,000 other youth ministry workers are already taking part in. By purchasing through this link, you actually help this show out! https://www.dymuniversity.com/a/10524/2Hn9zuot

    Give Central. Your online giving solution. http://givecentral.org

    • 24 min
    52: 24 Years, 24 Events that Shaped Youth Ministry

    52: 24 Years, 24 Events that Shaped Youth Ministry

    It’s another Time Capsule. I walk through one key event, trend, device, or social media platform for each year 1996-2019 that had a significant impact on Youth Ministry.

    Mentioned in the Show:
    Time Capsule Episode: 23 Years, 23 Movies: https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/34-mtd-time-capsule-23-years-23-movies/
    Evolution of Dance on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMH0bHeiRNg
    Steve Jobs 2007 Keynote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7qPAY9JqE4
    Kony 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc
    YM Lab Episode on Tik Tok: https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/14-tik-tok-church/


    Check out Derry's resources on Download Youth Ministry: https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/shop?author=28


    Sponsors:
    DYM University. If you haven’t, jump in on this online volunteer training course that 20,000 other youth ministry workers are already taking part in. By purchasing through this link, you actually help this show out! https://www.dymuniversity.com/a/10524/2Hn9zuot

    Give Central. Your online giving solution. http://givecentral.org

    • 41 min
    51: 20+apalooza (Live from NYWC Tampa 2019)

    51: 20+apalooza (Live from NYWC Tampa 2019)

    It’s a plethora of youth Ministry Veterans dropping some rapid fire Wisdom!
    Thanks to all who showed up for the party!

    Mentioned in the show:
    •Center for Parent/Youth Understanding: http://cpyu.org
    •Youth Culture Matters with Walt Mueller: https://cpyu.org/resource_category/podcast/
    •The Longer Haul Podcast: https://thelongerhaul.com/
    •The Youth Ministry Sherpas: https://youthministrysherpas.com/

    Check out Derry's resources on Download Youth Ministry: https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/shop?author=28

    Sponsors:
    DYM University. If you haven’t, jump in on this online volunteer training course that 20,000 other youth ministry workers are already taking part in. By purchasing through this link, you actually help this show out! https://www.dymuniversity.com/a/10524/2Hn9zuot

    Give Central. Your online giving solution. http://givecentral.org

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

DanDaleJr ,

Funny, Normal and Helpful

I feel like a lot of podcasters are out there trying to make a name for themselves. I love that Derry seems to authentically care about youth workers experiencing health and longevity. The episodes with his wife (especially the most recent about their move) are my favorite.

MyiPhoneBroker ,

Best Out There

I so appreciate Derry inviting us into his journey, and the crazy turn that journey has taken in the past few episodes is both affirming and encouraging.

Keep pressing on, Derry.

tspranger13 ,

Just what I need

I’m towards the beginning of student ministry and it’s great hearing the perspective of someone who had done it for so long. It’s great encouragement and great reminders.

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