199 episodes

Welcome to the Youth Ministry Booster podcast. The most honest podcast in student ministry. We are the biggest fans of youth ministry leaders. Hosted by Zac Workun, Chad Higgins, Kristen Lascola, and Will Cumby. Enjoy weekly episodes as the team asks the toughest questions related in student ministry, interviews thoughtful guests, and challenges the norms for youth pastor health, success, and expectations. We hope that this weekly dose of honesty and humor boosts youth workers and youth pastors. New episodes weekly. Find out more @ http://www.youthministrybooster.com

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Welcome to the Youth Ministry Booster podcast. The most honest podcast in student ministry. We are the biggest fans of youth ministry leaders. Hosted by Zac Workun, Chad Higgins, Kristen Lascola, and Will Cumby. Enjoy weekly episodes as the team asks the toughest questions related in student ministry, interviews thoughtful guests, and challenges the norms for youth pastor health, success, and expectations. We hope that this weekly dose of honesty and humor boosts youth workers and youth pastors. New episodes weekly. Find out more @ http://www.youthministrybooster.com

    199: The no longer underestimated importance of digital communication in youth ministry: Seth Muse 2

    199: The no longer underestimated importance of digital communication in youth ministry: Seth Muse 2

    In episode 199 of the Youth Ministry Booster Podcast Zac chats with church communications guru Seth Muse. We recorded this pre-COVID, but wow it feels almost prophetic.

    About the guest:
    Seth, "met Jesus while fighting with his cousin over a bike.We professed our passionate hatred for one another in an exchange that ended with a stunning comment that I’ll never forget. That cruel statement would later lead me to Christ." He was called to ministry in high school and have been chasing down God’s call on my life for the last seventeen years. Seth is a pastor, innovator, and coach for those looking to improve the most important weekly function of church leadership [communicate].

    Check out more from Seth Muse here.

    You can hear more from Seth and friends for free @ the InstaSummit! https://www.theinstasummit.com/
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    • 41 min
    198: How the first century youth ministry has a discipleship plan for twenty first century w/ Heather Quiroz Youth Cartel

    198: How the first century youth ministry has a discipleship plan for twenty first century w/ Heather Quiroz Youth Cartel

    In episode 198 of the Youth Ministry Booster Podcast Zac sits down with new author and new mom Heather Quiroz to talk about her book "First-Century Youth Ministry: Exploring Our Jewish Roots to Reclaim Discipleship."

    About the guest:
    "Heather loves Jesus, youth ministry, laughing at silly things, and eating at Indian lunch buffets. She’s the wife of Rodrigo and is a gifted teacher and speaker with over fifteen years of youth ministry experience. She and her husband recently welcomed a baby girl to their family. Heather is learning to speak Spanish (hola) and is the student ministries pastor at Shelbyville Community Church in Shelbyville, IN. She also works as a staff consultant with Ministry Architects and holds a master’s degree in youth ministry leadership from Huntington University."

    Check out more from Heather here.
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    • 34 min
    197: Youth Pastor In A Time Of Pandemic, What Does It Take To Lead Where You Have Not Gone?

    197: Youth Pastor In A Time Of Pandemic, What Does It Take To Lead Where You Have Not Gone?

    In episode 197 of the Youth Ministry Booster Podcast Zac and Chad break it down as real, struggling, pastors, and humans. This is a difficult and unprecedented time. It requires muscles and leadership that we have never exercised so we lack the endurance.

    However, there is a hope, there is a faith stronger than ours. We turn to that in this time of increasing weakness to find promise beyond our current circumstances.

    Show Notes: 
    This is a season to fix the deeper problem.Our pain is not a problem to be solved or program to be tweaked but an existential pain to experience, to walk through, and deepen our trust and faith in God. The real fix we need in this season is in our willingness to abide in him.Check the source of your strength and fortitude. We can no longer fake it. Stop pretending like this is happening to someone else. Don’t allow this challenge to become our character, but to change our character. Above all, your people need a pastor who will walk with them through this as it is happening, guide, care, and point them back to the Love that is with us through it all.

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    • 22 min
    196: Why Your Senior Pastor Is Important For Youth Ministry

    196: Why Your Senior Pastor Is Important For Youth Ministry

    Everybody answers to somebody. In the world of youth ministry this usually means your senior pastor, leader, or direct report. No matter what size church you serve there is someone senior to your youth ministry leadership and that person and your relationship with them is vital for your ministry and for you.

    It's true. Better working relationships with senior leadership is the number one improvement metric for most exiting youth ministers.

    In this episode co-host Kristen takes the driver seat to ask her senior leader Chris Brown about leadership and the importance of youth pastor and senior pastor relationships.

    Check the show notes and quotes for some goodies about humble leadership and teaming up for better ministry.

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    Show Quotes Notes:
    "The bridge that truth travels over is relationship. Ministry is always incarnational."

    "There was not one moment of leaving, there was a constant feeling of those thoughts of leaving."

    "If there is anything else you would rather do, pursue that first. When it is absolutely clear that you cannot be satisfied doing anything else, then come back and do ministry."

    "Don’t commit to this for a job. Get another job and do this for volunteering."

    "The greater you can lead is directly parallel to the thickness of your skin."

    If you are not good with people being frustrated with you then do it a different way.
    If you don’t feel called then become the high powered volunteer who is praised.

    "Leadership means living with low level of frustrations toward you"

    “Senior pastors remember back... Do you remember when you were an intern? Do you remember when you were in youth ministry? How important was the investment of the senior leader in your life?"

    My teaching gifts are not alone to draw and keep the crowds. Families will come to church if their kids are loving church. 

    "Your senior pastor is probably feeling more insecure than you are feeling right now."

    "Your senior pastor is you, just 20 or 30 years older. None of us feel like when have what it takes."

    "Do the job your senior leader should be doing relational. Ask them out to lunch, coffee, or soft drinks."

    "Shared leadership is better than your leadership.
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    • 41 min
    195: When Youth Ministry Talks Too Much, The Importance Of Silence

    195: When Youth Ministry Talks Too Much, The Importance Of Silence

    It's alive! It's alive! Well Zac is at least back alive and healthy (after Flu B and some quasi-tragic recovery).

    In this holiday recorded episode Zac and Chad talk about the necessity of the practice of silence for the the lives of youth pastors and their youth ministry.

    Check the show notes and quotes for some goodies and let's have a conversation about the things we aren't saying. Hit us up on social!

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    Show Quotes Notes:
    According to Chad you have gotta read the Starlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson 

    "Only guy I know in Eddie Bauer button-down wearing Sunoco brand undershirts."

    Why do we fear the silence? 
    1. It exposes our worries or anxieties 
    2. We fear of what could happen in the unexpected 
    3. We worry that we didn't fill enough time

    "We are missing out on the neutral space of contemplation"

    Have you made space for silence in your ministry, in your life? 

    The importance of Silence for:  
    Hearing from GodProcessing what was just saidDisruption: Pushing back on
    "Youth ministers love to subvert MTV and Disney culture. Silence is a way to do that."

    "Youth ministry is cultural when it emulates where it makes sense and subvert and push back where it is not right."

    "There is a truth in the silence that your sermon words will never convene."

    "Silence will free us from having to say everything all the time."

    "We speak and ask for response but we never allowed silence to speak in between." 

    "Youth ministry is most formative when it helps students do things they can’t do themselves."

    "Your students are longing for peace."

    “The Presence Is More Important Than the Program” A.W. Tozer

    “If the Holy Spirit didn’t show up would we even notice?” A.W. Tozer
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    • 29 min
    194: How To Care For Hurting Students: Trauma Informed Youth Ministry: Dwight Johnson

    194: How To Care For Hurting Students: Trauma Informed Youth Ministry: Dwight Johnson

    What's up everybody! This episode is an important word of care for both your students and you the student minister. Hear the encouraging words of our new friend Dwight Johnson share about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how being more informed and trained about trauma will better serve you to serve your students.

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    Show Quotes: 


    How well do you know the room?Walk the roster. Whose student’s story do you not know? Their formative experiences will shape how they hear from you, how they engage with your ministry. We need to listen and adapt so that we may help.We so often put ourselves on islands of serving others, but living alone.Too often, we place all the worry of what needs to happen on our shoulders. Our work is to put a team together around our students to walk through the trauma well. Doing ministry well comes through training. Vicarious Trauma. The painful resonance of working with people We need people to help us when we take the work home with us.  We are not exempt from facing our own trauma.Resting isn’t sleeping.
    Resting is your work ethic.
    Resting is worship.
    We need eyes in on our lives, for the purpose of being whole, aware, and healed.When the people of God learn how to rest, the Holy Spirit will give everything we truly need.Acknowledge your brokenness. God wants to heal your busy and broken body.There are valleys and mountains to this work and God is in both places.Support the show (http://community.youthministrybooster.com/)

    • 38 min

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140 Ratings

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