207 episodes

Today's youth need youth pastors, mentors, teachers, volunteers, and most of all, they need YOU! Youth Worker On Fire is designed to give you the knowledge and inspiration you need to be the best youth worker possible.

Youth Worker On Fire podcast is full of valuable information from people who work with youth on a daily basis. It is also packed with interviews with former students (years later) in their adult life and how student ministry, or the lack of it, effected their future. Many are are changing their world and the world at large because of the influence of youth workers in their adolescent years. Listen as they share their stories of mentoring and positively influencing adolescents in today's world.

Youth Worker On Fire Podcast Doug Edwards

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Today's youth need youth pastors, mentors, teachers, volunteers, and most of all, they need YOU! Youth Worker On Fire is designed to give you the knowledge and inspiration you need to be the best youth worker possible.

Youth Worker On Fire podcast is full of valuable information from people who work with youth on a daily basis. It is also packed with interviews with former students (years later) in their adult life and how student ministry, or the lack of it, effected their future. Many are are changing their world and the world at large because of the influence of youth workers in their adolescent years. Listen as they share their stories of mentoring and positively influencing adolescents in today's world.

    Youth Pastor Summit - Orlando, Florida - Experience and Review

    Youth Pastor Summit - Orlando, Florida - Experience and Review

    Youth Pastor Summit is a premier conference and training for next gen pastors, youth pastors, educators, and their teams. Youth Pastor Summit (presented by Student Leadership University) is conference designed to encourage and equip every leader. This conference includes breakout / small group sessions, labs, worship, lunch, fun activities (free day at Universal Studios Orlando we chat about in this episode), and free resources for student ministries.
    Our team here at the Youth Worker On Fire Podcast have been to this conference many times, as well as, had many students attend Student Leadership University at their locations all over the world!
    Caleb Turner of Factory Church (located in Concord/Charlotte, North Carolina), who we interviewed a few months ago (EP 195), went to his first Youth Pastor Summit this year (2024). In this episode, we dive into Caleb's firsthand experience at YPS Orlando, Florida and how it has enhanced his vision for student ministry.
    If you haven’t been to a Youth Pastor Summit, then check out their website we've listed below to sign up when registrations become available for next year. Make sure to sign up quick, because they do fill up fast!
    Learn more about Youth Pastor Summit here: https://slulead.com/yps/
    Pick the YPS city that is closest to you here: https://slulead.com/yps/attend/
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    Looking for a new student ministry resource? You can read my book “Burn Up Not Out: A Student Ministry Fire Builder’s Guidebook” here: https://amzn.to/3PtBTIy
    Listen to more episodes from the Youth Worker On Fire Podcast here: https://bit.ly/3saDyYq
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    EPISODE CREDITS
    Email us at: youthworkeronfire@gmail.com
    Hosted by: Doug Edwards
    Theme Song: "The One and Only" by The 808 : Listen to more at https://bit.ly/3FTYIAJ
    Intro/Outro Voiceover: Michael Helms : https://www.youtube.com/@MichaelTheSoundGuy 
    Edited by: Secret Roots Music House

    • 19 min
    Stories Sell

    Stories Sell

    There’s an old saying that still stands true, “Facts tell and STORIES SELL.”
    Jesus often told stories, some as parables, to illustrate the truth of God. There was no written Bible for many years after Jesus died and rose from the dead. It was the stories by word-of-mouth and the reading of the Old Testament, Jewish scriptures, and letters of the apostles, which were not highly distributed amongst the people. They would recite them or tell others about those letters from memory. In the first 70 years, there were witnesses to the events. Their stories changed the world!
    The stories that are developing in student ministry matter. It’s important that you tell stories and let your students share their stories with the people who support you. The stories of your students and their families will transform your churches and communities.
    Don’t under estimate the power of a truly great (and honest) story!
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    Looking for a new student ministry resource? You can read my book “Burn Up Not Out: A Student Ministry Fire Builder’s Guidebook” here: https://amzn.to/3PtBTIy
    Listen to more episodes from the Youth Worker On Fire Podcast here: https://bit.ly/3saDyYq
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    EPISODE CREDITS
    Email us at: youthworkeronfire@gmail.com
    Hosted by: Doug Edwards
    Theme Song: "The One and Only" by The 808 : Listen to more at https://bit.ly/3FTYIAJ
    Intro/Outro Voiceover: Michael Helms : https://www.youtube.com/@MichaelTheSoundGuy 
    Edited by: Secret Roots Music House

    • 22 min
    Let Them Talk

    Let Them Talk

    You may be an amazing speaker. You are probably an incredible person, but people listen and believe you are who you are when other people, students, staff, parents and colleagues say great things about you (what you and/or your ministry have accomplished).
    It’s still happening to me. People are still talking about good things, God things, that we accomplished. We accomplished the most and gained the most in all of the ministries that I headed up when student’s started publicly telling how their lives were changed. I could talk all day about these moments, but it was their testimony, their witness, that changed the course and growth of all we did in Jesus name.
    It will happen to you. Stay true. Stay the course. Let others talk!
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    Looking for a new student ministry resource? You can read my book “Burn Up Not Out: A Student Ministry Fire Builder’s Guidebook” here: https://amzn.to/3PtBTIy
    Listen to more episodes from the Youth Worker On Fire Podcast here: https://bit.ly/3saDyYq
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    EPISODE CREDITS
    Email us at: youthworkeronfire@gmail.com
    Hosted by: Doug Edwards
    Theme Song: "The One and Only" by The 808 : Listen to more at https://bit.ly/3FTYIAJ
    Intro/Outro Voiceover: Michael Helms : https://www.youtube.com/@MichaelTheSoundGuy 
    Edited by: Secret Roots Music House

    • 15 min
    Opening Doors

    Opening Doors

    “Do for others what you want them to do for you.” Have you ever had someone hold a door open for you when your hands or arms were full? Felt pretty good knowing someone cared. How many doors have you held open for people? Some of those doors you opened were emotional, spiritual, life changing, job or vocation changing doors.
    This episode includes a NASA scientist, his 3 interns, and a 75 year study on relationships and love. Lastly, it includes 2 young business ladies who talk about the lies taught to their generation.
    Opening Doors will change your life!
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    Looking for a new student ministry resource? You can read my book “Burn Up Not Out: A Student Ministry Fire Builder’s Guidebook” here: https://amzn.to/3PtBTIy
    Listen to more episodes from the Youth Worker On Fire Podcast here: https://bit.ly/3saDyYq
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    EPISODE CREDITS
    Email us at: youthworkeronfire@gmail.com
    Hosted by: Doug Edwards
    Theme Song: "The One and Only" by The 808 : Listen to more at https://bit.ly/3FTYIAJ
    Intro/Outro Voiceover: Michael Helms : https://www.youtube.com/@MichaelTheSoundGuy 
    Edited by: Secret Roots Music House

    • 24 min
    Mackenzie Balmer - Apex Missions

    Mackenzie Balmer - Apex Missions

    Mackenzie Balmer was a girl who grew up without the church. When she encountered Jesus, she found out that God had a wonderful plan for her life already in place. She and her husband Zane have a unique love story and they both have a ministry profession.
    Mackenzie is with Apex Missions for students with the EFCA (Evangelical Free Church of America). She helps youth pastors and their youth groups get onto the national and international mission field. She also works with Apex's Mission and Leadership Team and their "TEN:Two Team", so students can serve Christ and His Church during the summer.
    Listen in as we dive into Mackenzie's story!
     
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    You can learn more about Apex Missions here: www.apexmissions.org
    You can connect with Mackenzie and the Apex Team at: apex@efca.org
     
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    Looking for a new student ministry resource? You can read my book “Burn Up Not Out: A Student Ministry Fire Builder’s Guidebook” here: https://amzn.to/3PtBTIy
    Listen to more episodes from the Youth Worker On Fire Podcast here: https://bit.ly/3saDyYq
     
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    EPISODE CREDITS
    Email us at: youthworkeronfire@gmail.com
    Hosted by: Doug Edwards
    Theme Song: "The One and Only" by The 808 : Listen to more at https://bit.ly/3FTYIAJ
    Intro/Outro Voiceover: Michael Helms : https://www.youtube.com/@MichaelTheSoundGuy 
    Edited by: Secret Roots Music House

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Model It

    Model It

    This episode is about taking action! Especially, acting like (aka modeling) the person you want your children and/or students to be like.
    “Do what I say and not what I do!” Was an old saying. It didn’t work when it was popular and it doesn’t work now. What do you want your children, grandchildren, students, volunteer staff to be like? Whatever that is... you need to be modeling exactly that. You will start seeing the results!
    Jesus modeled to his disciples, family and friends who he wanted them to be. You do the same and you will see the results.
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    Looking for a new student ministry resource? You can read my book “Burn Up Not Out: A Student Ministry Fire Builder’s Guidebook” here: https://amzn.to/3PtBTIy
    Listen to more episodes from the Youth Worker On Fire Podcast here: https://bit.ly/3saDyYq
    _______________________________
    EPISODE CREDITS
    Email us at: youthworkeronfire@gmail.com
    Hosted by: Doug Edwards
    Theme Song: "The One and Only" by The 808 : Listen to more at https://bit.ly/3FTYIAJ
    Intro/Outro Voiceover: Michael Helms : https://www.youtube.com/@MichaelTheSoundGuy 
    Edited by: Secret Roots Music House

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Yachty Yae ,

Glad our paths crossed

A father, a grandfather, a mentor, a friend. Love ya Doug!

CalebHurley3 ,

Dr. Fred Hill

Dr. Fred Hill was my grandfather. I am the son of his daughter, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your kind words. It is so great to see my grandfather being remembered. I am now in college to be a Wesleyan minister and my grandfather was a great influence in my life as well. Thank you for what you do!

Michael The Sound Guy ,

Changing Lives!

It's wonderful to hear about the positive influence that mentors, teachers, coaches and volunteers have had on the lives of so many people. It reminds us how important it is to reach out and make a difference in the lives of today's youth.

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