215 episodes

Helping Youth Workers Keep Going

Youth Ministry Sherpas DYM Podcast Network

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 47 Ratings

Helping Youth Workers Keep Going

    108: Giving Thanks

    108: Giving Thanks

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    It’s Thanksgiving Week, and before Mathew overdoses on carbs and Steve spends 20 hours in the car, we thought it would be good to show our gratitude. I mean, who isn’t thankful for free t-shirts, Fabreeze, and youth group leftovers? But in all seriousness, we are thankful for many things, both youth ministry and personal. We are even thankful for each other. And Taylor Swift.

    Episode 108 is a good reminder that we get to live the best life!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! We are thankful for YOU!

    Thanks


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    • 28 min
    107: Surviving for the Crash

    107: Surviving for the Crash

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    It’s Sunday night, and you are riding the spiritual high from all the great ministry that took place at the retreat this weekend. All your planning, effort, and prayer came together in an amazing weekend. Lives were changed. The Spirit was there! You were fulfilled. Life is great!

    Until Monday. The Day After.

    Or for some of us, Tuesday. The Day After the Day After.

    Because the crash is coming. It always does. Just ask Moses. Or Elijah. Or any youth worker ever.

    On today’s episode, Mathew puts Steve on the therapist’s couch following his big fall retreat. The emotional, physical and spiritual toll of a big weekend or week in youth ministry is no joke. Even after 30 years of doing this and even knowing it’s coming, Steve is feeling it big time. What can we do so that the crash is more of a gentle touchdown instead of a full-blown disaster.

    Consider this episode two old windbags serving as two life-saving air bags for your next big event letdown!

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    • 38 min
    106: Raising the Bar vs. Raising Grace

    106: Raising the Bar vs. Raising Grace

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    Kids are going to mess up. That’s a fact.

    Blame it on their undeveloped frontal lobe. Blame it on their non-Christian friends. Blame it on yourself. Whatever the case, teenagers are going to mess up. They are going to disappoint us, embarrass us, and leave us wishing we could send them to timeout.

    In fact, both of us have done that before. And we are starting to regret it.

    While we want the best for our students, have high expectations for them, and want them to lean into the life God has for them, what if our response when they fail to meet our expecttions actually does more harm then good?

    What if we raised the bar of grace as high as the bar of behavior?

    Just some random thoughts today as we discuss the topic of what to do when our students do not meet our youth pastor expectations.

    We hope it’s helpful.

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    • 31 min
    105: 3 Big Questions that Change Every Teenager

    105: 3 Big Questions that Change Every Teenager

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    An interview with Brad Griffin!

    So much of youth ministry is built on programming, hype, and fun. But under the surface of all of that great stuff lies the existential workings of the teenage mind. That’s where we need to go, and where we go in today’s episode.

    What are teenagers really thinking about? What are the deeper questions they are wrestling with? A new book from Fuller Youth Institute digs deeply into this subject and supplies us with a simple framework from which to have better conversations with the students we love.

    https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/3-big-questions

    Brad Griffin, co-author of the book, is on today’s show. Brad is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the co-author of over a dozen books, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.

    https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/

    And what are the 3 big questions?

    Who am I?
    Where do I fit?
    What difference can I make?

    This is fascinating and insightful conversation you may even want to share with parents in your ministry. At the very least, you will want to read the book and get it into the hands of your youth leaders and families in your church.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    104: Consistently Satisfactory (part 2)

    104: Consistently Satisfactory (part 2)

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    Youth ministry is all about the teaching, right?

    “You killed that message!”

    “That was a homerun!”

    “You were on fire!”

    Yeah, maybe. But the truth is, for most of us, teaching is a bit of a grind, a grind which is not enhanced by the pressure we put on ourselves. Sometimes we might be really good; other times not so much. We are not called to be great all the time. We are called to faithfully talk to our students about Jesus and help them grow spiritually. Nothing more, nothing less.

    We are called to be--in the terminology of today’s report cards--consistently satisfactory.

    In the second part of our series, things get real. We have some honest confessions. Steve sometimes prepares on Sunday afternoon right before his group meets. Mathew once did the same message three weeks in a row until someone noticed. But beyond that, we get into the nuts and bolts of teaching. How (and when) do we prepare? What parts of the presentation are important to us? How long should messages be? And we discuss the controversial question Jesus wrestled with – slides or no slides?

    All this, plus dead bodies flying out the window!

    It’s Episode 104 – Consistently Satisfactory

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    • 36 min
    103: Consistently Satisfactory (part 1)

    103: Consistently Satisfactory (part 1)

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    Youth ministry is all about the teaching, right?

    “You killed that message!”

    “That was a homerun!”

    “You were on fire!”

    Yeah, maybe. But the truth is, for most of us, teaching is a bit of a grind, a grind which is not enhanced by the pressure we put on ourselves. Sometimes we might be really good; other times not so much. We are not called to be great all the time. We are called to faithfully talk to our students about Jesus and help them grow spiritually. Nothing more, nothing less.

    We are called to be--in the terminology of today’s report cards--consistently satisfactory.

    In this episode, Steve and Mathew take some of the pressure of being great in front of students. It’s easy to compare ourselves to everyone’s best as portrayed on social media, but our students benefit most from the ones who know them and love them best, even if we aren’t as good as Francis Chan (or the youth pastor down the street).

    So let’s go easy on ourselves when it comes to judging our teaching. Be good. Be prepared. But be easy on yourself. Teaching is important, but it’s not everything.

    It’s Episode 103 – Consistently Satisfactory

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    Listen to our friends Andrew and Tim at the Morning After Ministry Podcast
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-morning-after-ministry-show/id1349907674

    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!
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    • 34 min

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47 Ratings

47 Ratings

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I feel like we’re friends...

As an old guy who has gone back into student ministry, these guys feel like old friends that continue to encourage me and keep me going. Can't say enough about how much I love this podcast.

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I’ve spent a lot of time planning for how to make our youth ministry better... the Sherpas have helped me recognize the need for ME to keep growing and be a better youth pastor which has made an impact on all areas of our ministry!

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