184 episodes

Helping Youth Workers Keep Going

Youth Ministry Sherpas DYM Podcast Network

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Helping Youth Workers Keep Going

    99: The Pandemic Is Over…Now What? (Part 4)

    99: The Pandemic Is Over…Now What? (Part 4)

    Okay, we admit it’s wishful thinking. The pandemic isn’t quite over. In some places it’s as bad as ever. But we are both vaccinated, so we are feeling like we’ve awakened from a bad dream and are ready to move forward.

    Today, we wrap up our series about church and youth ministry post-covid. While we thought our first two conversations were helpful, our topic today is the most important of all.

    How do we care for our souls as youth workers in this crazy, post-pandemic world?

    We are excited to share the rest of our conversation with our two friends.

    James Sabin is the Youth and Family Pastor at Kingdom Community Church in Morgantown, WV, where he has served for 11 years. He is also the host of the Youth Ministry Soul Keeper Podcast on the DYM network or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    Jessica Sanchez is a trained spiritual director, a long-time youth ministry volunteer, the Director of Marketplace for Download Youth Ministry, and co-host of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast with Doug Fields, Josh Griffin and Katie Edwards.

    Let’s face it – this year was hard on our souls. We experienced stress, interruption, disruption, conflict, isolation, loss of relationships, and even loss of life. As pastors and youth workers, we found ourselves being asked for answers while we were searching for them ourselves. We would be remiss if we didn’t take some time to reflect on this experience and what we can learn from it. Our conversation covered such tough topics as, how to respond when you are angry at how other Christians are responding, how to implement personal spiritual practices to help us avoid falling into the busy trap we were in before covid, and how to lead not only our students, but our congregations, into healthier spiritual habits for the next season.

    All of this with two friends of ours who are honest, vulnerable, humble and wise. You will be blessed.

    You can follow them here:

    James Sabin
    @jamessabin13
    @ym_soul_keeper_podcast

    Jessica Sanchez
    @Jesssanchez25
    @downloadym

    Authors mentioned:
    Henri Nouwen
    Brennan Manning
    Alan Fadling

    Get your whole volunteer team trained in one morning. It’s the best deal in the history of youth ministry!
    https://trainmyvolunteers.com/

    Steve spent hours updating our website. Pay us a visit!
    https://youthministrysherpas.com/

    If you send us an email, we promise to respond. We might even send you stickers!
    youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

    We are proud members of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network!
    https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @youthministrysherpas.

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    98: The Pandemic Is Over…Now What? (Part 3)

    98: The Pandemic Is Over…Now What? (Part 3)

    Okay, we admit it’s wishful thinking. The pandemic isn’t quite over. In some places, it’s as bad as ever. But we are both vaccinated, so we are feeling like we’ve awakened from a bad dream and are ready to move forward.

    Today, we continue our series about the church and youth ministry post-covid. While we thought our first two conversations were helpful, our topic today is the most important of all.

    How do we care for our souls as youth workers in this crazy, post-pandemic world?

    We are excited to welcome two guests on our show today.

    James Sabin is the Youth and Family Pastor at Kingdom Community Church in Morgantown, WV, where he has served for 11 years. He is also the host of the Youth Ministry Soul Keeper Podcast on the DYM network or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    Jessica Sanchez is a trained spiritual director, a long-time youth ministry volunteer, the Director of Marketplace for Download Youth Ministry, and co-host of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast with Doug Fields, Josh Griffin and Katie Edwards.

    Let’s face it – this year was hard on our souls. We experienced stress, interruption, disruption, conflict, isolation, loss of relationships, and even loss of life. As pastors and youth workers, we found ourselves being asked for answers while we were searching for them ourselves. We would be remiss if we didn’t take some time to reflect on this experience and what we can learn from it.

    Our conversation covered such tough topics as, how to respond when you are angry at how other Christians are responding, how to implement personal spiritual practices to help us avoid falling into the busy trap we were in before covid, and how to lead not only our students but our congregations, into healthier spiritual habits for the next season.

    All of this with two friends of ours who are honest, vulnerable, humble, and wise. You will be blessed.

    You can follow them here:
    James Sabin
    @jamessabin13
    @ym_soul_keeper_podcast

    Jessica Sanchez
    @Jesssanchez25
    @downloadym

    Authors mentioned:
    Henri Nouwen
    Brennan Manning
    Alan Fadling

    Get your whole volunteer team trained in one morning. It’s the best deal in the history of youth ministry!
    https://trainmyvolunteers.com/

    Steve spent hours updating our website. Pay us a visit!
    https://youthministrysherpas.com/

    If you send us an email, we promise to respond. We might even send you stickers!
    youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

    We are proud members of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network!
    https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @youthministrysherpas.

    PLEASE LEAVE US A ***** FIVE STAR REVIEW ***** ON I-TUNES SO THAT OTHERS WILL FIND US, TOO!

    • 46 min
    97: The Pandemic Is Over…Now What? (Part 2)

    97: The Pandemic Is Over…Now What? (Part 2)

    Okay, we admit it’s wishful thinking. The pandemic isn’t quite over. In some places it’s as bad as ever. But we are both vaccinated, so we are feeling like we’ve awakened from a bad dream and are ready to move forward.

    That being said, there are some serious challenges ahead. The “return to normal” we’ve all clamored for isn’t reality. There will be a new way forward, and things will never quite be the same.
    So now that the pandemic is over…what’s next?

    To that end, we are presenting a new 3-part series.

    In part 2, after we discuss Steve’s new pizza oven, we talk about YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAMMING. What is next for youth ministry world? We are all clamoring to get back to “normal,” and first inclination is to immediately begin everything we were doing before. We miss the energy, the excitement, the room full of students and the bus trip to camp every other weekend. But is that the wisest thing? Would we be better served to step back and evaluate what we were doing before to see if it’s the best thing to do in the future?

    We think so. We think this is an unprecedented (that freakin’ word again!) time to throw everything on the table, wrestle it to the ground, and decide if it’s the best idea or just the thing we’ve always done.

    And here are two killer questions to ask ourselves along the way:

    Are we willing to kill our own sacred cow?
    And are we willing to support ideas we don’t like, but might be best?

    In the meantime, we suggest doing at least one thing that feels like throwing candy from a float this summer.

    Hope you enjoy episode 97.

    Next up – Post Pandemic Soul Care with our good friends Jessica and James in episodes 98 and 99.

    Get your whole volunteer team trained in one morning. It’s the best deal in the history of youth ministry!
    https://trainmyvolunteers.com/
    Steve spent hours updating our website. Pay us a visit!
    https://youthministrysherpas.com/
    If you send us an email, we promise to respond. We might even send you stickers!
    youthministrysherpas@gmail.com
    We are proud members of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network!
    https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @youthministrysherpas.

    PLEASE LEAVE US A ***** FIVE STAR REVIEW ***** ON I-TUNES SO THAT OTHERS WILL FIND US, TOO!

    • 35 min
    96: The Pandemic Is Over…Now What? (Part 1)

    96: The Pandemic Is Over…Now What? (Part 1)

    Okay, we admit it’s wishful thinking. The pandemic isn’t quite over. In some places it’s as bad as ever. But we are both vaccinated, so we are feeling like we’ve awakened from a bad dream and are ready to move forward.

    That being said, there are some serious challenges ahead. The “return to normal” we’ve all clamored for isn’t reality. There will be a new way forward, and things will never quite be the same.

    So now that the pandemic is over…what’s next?

    To that end, we are presenting a new 3-part series. In today’s episode we talk about THE CHURCH and what it will be like in the future. Who won’t be returning? What will the impact of this tumultuous season be on pastors? Barna says that fewer than 50% of Americans will be attending church. What will become of the church in America? It’s not all butterflies and roses, but we believe God will ultimately bring good from it.

    Mathew decided to get out of ministry before he had to figure it out. Lame!

    Just kidding. Here’s a heartfelt discussion from two guys who have been doing this for over 50 combined years.

    In the next two parts of the series, we will discuss YOUTH MINISTRY and SOUL CARE in the post-pandemic world.

    We are steaming towards episode 99 and the end of our spring season. Woohoo!

    Get your whole volunteer team trained in one morning. It’s the best deal in the history of youth ministry!
    https://trainmyvolunteers.com/

    Steve spent hours updating our website. Pay us a visit!
    https://youthministrysherpas.com/

    If you send us an email, we promise to respond. We might even send you stickers!
    youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

    We are proud members of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network!
    https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @youthministrysherpas.

    PLEASE LEAVE US A ***** FIVE STAR REVIEW ***** ON I-TUNES SO THAT OTHERS WILL FIND US, TOO!

    • 33 min
    95: Mathew’s Big Announcement

    95: Mathew’s Big Announcement

    Mathew has something huge to tell us.

    Meanwhile, Steve can’t even…

    Today we reveal something we’ve known about for a while. After 30 years in youth ministry and 16 years at his current church, Mathew is leaving the pastorate and heading out into the great unknown called “Life Outside of the Church.” This raises so many questions. How did he arrive at this decision? Why would he do such a thing? What’s he going to do next? What existential crisis does this create in Steve? And of course, the biggest question of all and the one we know you are asking with fear and trepidation, “What does this mean for the future of the Youth Ministry Sherpas Podcast?” We answer all of that and more (well, at least we try) in this episode.

    Plus, stories about our amazing November recording getaway, why Mathew walked into the Sherpa studio like a drunk man, and the strange tale of some dude who got a driveway full of oil-soaked pennies.

    Episode 95 is monumental!

    Get your whole volunteer in on the best deal in the history of youth ministry!
    https://trainmyvolunteers.com/

    Steve spent hours updating our website. Pay us a visit!
    https://youthministrysherpas.com/

    If you send us an email, we promise to respond. We might even send you stickers!
    youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

    We are proud members of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network!
    https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @youthministrysherpas.

    PLEASE LEAVE US A ***** FIVE STAR REVIEW ***** ON I-TUNES SO THAT OTHERS WILL FIND US, TOO!

    • 32 min
    94: Creating a Culture of…FAMILY!

    94: Creating a Culture of…FAMILY!

    Today we continue our series “Creating a Culture of…” The most important part of being a successful youth pastor isn’t teaching, meeting with kids, or planning events. It isn’t how charismatic we are, or how big our budget is. The most important thing is building a culture, what we call the “environmental architecture of a healthy ministry. Over time, our culture becomes a living entity, a self-perpetuating lifeform, allowing our ministries to grow and flourish year after year. It’s bigger than us and bigger than our current crop of students or leaders.

    For this series, we’ve identified four key elements of any youth ministry culture – fun, outreach, leadership, and family.

    Today, Mathew and Steve discuss how to create a cult. (Just kidding. See our Instagram account). Actually, we saved the best for last. This one is near and dear to our hearts. Creating a culture of family is one of the things we are most committed to. The best youth ministries aren’t the ones with the flashiest youth rooms, the best worship band, or the killer speaker. The best youth ministries are the ones where every kid who comes—whether they are regulars or first-timers--feels like they are known and loved. We help create this culture by removing barriers and cliques, providing intense shared experiences, building a sense of mission, using warm and inclusive language, and developing a natural and deep vulnerability. The amazing thing is that this aspect of our culture will serve all the others, bringing kids into the fold and ultimately into a relationship with Jesus. Who wouldn’t want to be part of a family that loves everyone? Our greatest reward is when kids graduate from our ministry and tell us, “You are like a family to me.”

    Always remember, “The Greatest Need of the Human Heart is to Belong.” Just remember to attribute that to Steve when you hang the sign on your wall.

    By the way, we do not recommend pledging for youth ministry!

    Send us a picture of your refrigerator! Mathew thinks he has the bougiest!

    Steve spent hours updating our website. Pay us a visit!
    https://youthministrysherpas.com/

    If you send us an email, we promise to respond. We might even send you stickers!
    youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

    We are proud members of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network!
    https://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com/

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @youthministrysherpas.

    PLEASE LEAVE US A ***** FIVE STAR REVIEW ***** ON I-TUNES SO THAT OTHERS WILL FIND US, TOO!

    • 38 min

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