136 episodes

Join Jody Livingston, a dedicated Student Pastor with boots-on-the-ground experience, as he guides both new and veteran Youth Ministry leaders toward sustainable success in The Longer Haul podcast. Whether you're a Youth Pastor, Youth Minister, or a volunteer in Student Ministry, Jody delivers principle-based, practical advice that transcends the typical how-to's.



Each episode is packed with actionable insights to help you foster longevity in your ministry. Delve into topics that bolster your preaching, teaching, and leadership skills, learn to forge stronger partnerships with families, and discover the best practices for building cohesive Youth Ministry teams. Jody’s hands-on approach to ministry planning and management will provide you with scalable tools designed to amplify your influence on teens with the gospel.



By focusing on the core principles that promote staying power, this podcast is your go-to resource for thriving in a Youth Group setting, no matter your level of experience. Tap into expert interviews, training sessions, and a treasure trove of resources that make a real difference.



Don't miss an episode—subscribe today for a regular dose of encouragement and expertise. Share the love with a review and join our vibrant community by signing up for our mailing list at thelongerhaul.com, where you'll also find detailed show notes and more.

Youth Ministry for the Longer Haul Podcast Jody Livingston: Youth Pastor | Youth Speaker | Youth Ministry Blogger

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.2 • 138 Ratings

Join Jody Livingston, a dedicated Student Pastor with boots-on-the-ground experience, as he guides both new and veteran Youth Ministry leaders toward sustainable success in The Longer Haul podcast. Whether you're a Youth Pastor, Youth Minister, or a volunteer in Student Ministry, Jody delivers principle-based, practical advice that transcends the typical how-to's.



Each episode is packed with actionable insights to help you foster longevity in your ministry. Delve into topics that bolster your preaching, teaching, and leadership skills, learn to forge stronger partnerships with families, and discover the best practices for building cohesive Youth Ministry teams. Jody’s hands-on approach to ministry planning and management will provide you with scalable tools designed to amplify your influence on teens with the gospel.



By focusing on the core principles that promote staying power, this podcast is your go-to resource for thriving in a Youth Group setting, no matter your level of experience. Tap into expert interviews, training sessions, and a treasure trove of resources that make a real difference.



Don't miss an episode—subscribe today for a regular dose of encouragement and expertise. Share the love with a review and join our vibrant community by signing up for our mailing list at thelongerhaul.com, where you'll also find detailed show notes and more.

    TLH136: Finding and Landing a Youth Ministry Job

    TLH136: Finding and Landing a Youth Ministry Job

    Brian Aaby, a veteran youth ministry leader now working with Slingshot Group, joins the show today to talk all about finding and landing a youth ministry job.



    We give practical advice for youth leaders considering a change in ministry roles or transitioning into their first ministry role. Brian stresses the importance of networking, preparing well for interviews, volunteering, and staying involved in youth culture during job searches.







    LINKS MENTIONED:



    An open letter to a departing youth pastor at BrianAaby.com



    BrianAaby.com



    RESOURCES MENTIONED:



    Seven Reasons You Should Leave Your Church



    Leadership and Self Deception by The Arbinger Institute



    Slingshot Group



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    • 55 min
    TLH135: Essentials for Large Church Youth Ministry

    TLH135: Essentials for Large Church Youth Ministry

    In this episode, Jody and Shay Osborne discuss the challenges and strategies for effective large church youth ministry. They provide practical insights and advice for navigating the unique dynamics of large church youth ministry. They cover the importance of community and building authentic relationships. Shay shares insights and personal experiences that highlight the benefits of being part of a supportive community.

    RESOURCES MENTIONED:



    Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni



    Getting Things Done by David Allen



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    • 46 min
    TLH134: Multi-Site Youth Ministry

    TLH134: Multi-Site Youth Ministry

    In this episode of The Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast, Abram Haley joins Jody and they discuss the experiences, challenges, and benefits of working in a multi-campus youth ministry setting.

    Abram Haley joins us to discuss various topics, including communication challenges, managing teams, handling large-scale events, issues with volunteers and teams, and teaching methodologies. You'll also hear insights into the complexities involved in multi-site ministry, the perception of larger churches, and the importance of collaboration among churches.

    We dive into our experiences in youth ministry, share tricks on how to handle large groups, and provide resources to help you grow in your youth ministry.

    RESOURCES MENTIONED:



    The Leadership Pipeline by Ram Charan



    The Art of Disciple Making by LeRoy Eims



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    • 50 min
    TLH133: Navigating Bi-Vocational Youth Ministry

    TLH133: Navigating Bi-Vocational Youth Ministry

    In this episode of the Longer Haul in Youth Ministry, Tommy Burkhart joins Jody on the show to discuss their experiences and insights into working as bi-vocational youth pastors.



    They dive into the core challenges in bi-vocational youth ministry, such as time management, financial constraints, and balancing expectations. They also discuss the advantages such as developing practical life skills, building relationships outside the church, and inviting participation in everyday activities to foster meaningful ministry.

    00:00 Introduction and Welcome

    00:31 The Importance of Subscribing to the Podcast

    00:42 Introduction to the Series on Different Contexts of Youth Ministry

    00:55 Discussion on Bi-vocational Ministry

    01:14 Future Topics in the Series

    02:33 Personal Experiences in Bi-vocational Ministry

    07:55 Challenges in Bi-vocational Ministry

    27:46 Advantages of Bi-vocational Ministry

    35:48 Practical Tips for Bi-vocational Ministry

    48:50 Closing Remarks and Contact Information

    RESOURCES MENTIONED:



    The Myth of Balance by Frank Bealer



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    • 52 min
    TLH132: Teens and Anxiety with Brock Morgan

    TLH132: Teens and Anxiety with Brock Morgan

    Welcome to a brand-new episode of The Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast!



    Today, we're diving deep into a critical part of youth ministry and addressing the pressing issue of anxiety among teens. Our guest, Brock Morgan, is here to share invaluable insights on this topic. You don't want to miss it!



    Brock, author of the book, "The Anxious Teen," has written an essential resource that's a must-have for anyone involved in youth ministry. In this episode, we explore how to effectively address anxiety in teenagers and point them to the hope found in Jesus.



    If you're a youth pastor, you're well aware of the widespread anxiety that plagues today's teens. So today, we're arming you with practical strategies and knowledge to skillfully navigate the challenging landscape of anxious youth in your ministry.



    Give this episode a listen for sure because it is packed with actionable advice, as we delve into the youth ministry and anxiety in today's adolescent culture. Brock Morgan's experience will equip you to make a lasting impact on the lives of the anxious teens you serve.



    RESOURCES MENTIONED:



    The Anxious Teen by Brock Morgan



    Youth Ministry Sherpas Podcast



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    • 51 min
    TLH131: Secrets to Youth Ministry Volunteers

    TLH131: Secrets to Youth Ministry Volunteers

    In this episode of The Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast Samm Simmons joins the show to talk all things youth ministry volunteers. In it we talk through recruiting, equipping, retaining, and encouraging youth ministry volunteers.



    This episode is filled with some practical ideas that you can take and implement into your youth ministry wherever and in whatever context you serve.



    RESOURCES MENTIONED:



    Engaging Gen Z by Tim McKnight



    Rethink Yourself by Trevin Wax



    Flip the Script



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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

Ryan.ATL20 ,

Best Youth Ministry Content Out There

I have been listening to the Longer Haul for over 3 years now. Jody and Chris do a great job at balancing great interviews with guests, along with their own unique perspectives as youth pastors in Georgia and California. With over 100 episodes of amazing material, I have loved the conversations that Chris and Jody engage in. I am an avid podcast listener and the Longer Haul is at the top of the heap. Keep up the great work guys, you have been super helpful for me in my walk with the Lord. Thanks!

geoffmgetts ,

Best YM Podcast Out There

Only 1 month into ym and I’ve scoured the podcast world bi he listening to 8 now. This is the best one out there. Personalities are great and everything is so practical. Keep it up gentlemen!

Tholt576 ,

Really helpful

Listening to these guys is super helpful to bring up both things I already know but have forgotten about and to think about new things and see how different people do youth ministry. Plus they are fun to listen to. I can tell they genuinely like each other and youth.

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