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Welcome to the Youth Ministry Booster podcast. The most honest podcast in student ministry. Hosted by Zac Workun, Chad Higgins, and Kristen Lascola Enjoy weekly episodes as the team asks the toughest questions related to student ministry and youth pastor health, success, and expectations. We hope that this weekly dose of honesty and humor boosts youth workers and youth pastor. New episodes drop every Tuesday After 9 pm CST. 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. Hosted by Zac Workun, Chad Higgins, and Kristen Lascola Enjoy weekly episodes as the team asks the toughest questions related to student ministry and youth pastor health, success, and expectations. We hope that this weekly dose of honesty and humor boosts youth workers and youth pastor. New episodes drop every Tuesday After 9 pm CST. Find out more @ http://www.youthministrybooster.com

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This will have an amazing impact on your ministry!

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137 Ratings
Average Ratings
108
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27

A-MAZ-ING

By jeeeeebs - Jan 26 2018
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This will have an amazing impact on your ministry!

Keep up the good work

By Ronmash23 - Jan 09 2018
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You guys Rock!! Very helpful thank you
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Youth Ministry Booster Podcast

Latest release on Jan 16, 2020

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Rank #1: Episode 23: Sermon Prep w/ Sermonsmith Podcast

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Welcome to Episode 23 of After 9. Zac and Chad are happy to share the mic with a fellow pastor and podcaster, John Chandler of Sermonsmith. John has interviewed over 65 of the very best preachers alive today and he shares his wisdom and thoughtfulness on the importance of sermon preparation and pastoral attentiveness.

You can check out John's podcast Sermonsmith @ http://sermonsmith.com/ or follow his latest on twitter @sermonsmith

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Apr 18 2016

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Rank #2: 190: Successful Change Management In Youth Ministry

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When is it time to "make a change?" What does it mean to "make change" in your youth ministry?

If leadership for youth ministry is important then a measure of change is always necessary.

Hear from Kristen Lascola and Zac Workun as the discuss what it means to navigate change as a process and lead through change as a leader!

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Show Notes:
“When is the change necessary?”

“We need this move to be smooth.”

At a leadership level change is happening all the time. It may not always be huge, but there is always something to be changing towards improvement.

Some times the most important changes are not significant but subtle.

Where are you putting your relational energy?

Change Management is simply doing it what it takes, or making the changes to remove the friction to make ministry better. 

Who you are and is directly related to your characters and capacity to lead.

You have to know what you are best at, we can’t mis-guess this quality. 

You know you need to recruit more help when you are utterly dependent on the wireless mic. 

The minute you can go wired on your 

Stop trying to be the Swiss army knife of your youth ministry. 

“We all have been there, stop trying to stay there.”

“You could be all things to all people, but it doesn’t mean you should be all things to all people.” 

“If you have to be everything you are really a less version of who you are.”

“There is a critical point in your leadership where I am I no longer the touch point for everything in the ministry.”’ 

“Your role, your position, give so much value and authority to what you say to the leaders who show up to help you.”

“Your adult leaders are your small group to lead.” 

“The mark of the great is your ability to produce a great leader.”

“We are emotionally attached to some of our ministry tasks.”

“We are really protective of our titles.”

“Leadership preys on your insecurity.”

Inviting Folks Into The Process Helps To Make Leadership:

Less Scary
More Fun
Strengthening

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Nov 07 2019

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Rank #3: Episode 50: Elle Campbell: Youth Ministry Answers Podcast Co-Host, Stuff You Can Use Co-Founder

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Welcome to After 9 Episode 50: Elle Campbell In this episode, Zac sits down with Elle Campbell (from Stuff You Can Use, YM Answers, and the Pharisees game) and asks her the honest questions of youth ministry. Calling, quitting, self-doubt, perfectionism, and hope are all in the mix today. Listen close because you won't want to miss a word.

Thankful for Zac and Chad? Love After 9? Follow us on twitter @after9ministry and like us on Facebook. Want to support After 9? Visit www.after9ministry.com to find out how you can help make After 9 great!

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Oct 19 2016

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Rank #4: 189: Connect Students From School Campuses To Student Ministry: Matt Swifty Perry

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Hey-oh! It's time to talk about the important work of connecting with students just outside your door!

At Youth Ministry Booster, we believe that there is really important student ministry work to be done just outside the walls of the church. Campus ministry in multiple forms is an invaluable asset to the ways in which students can become connected into the life of a church community. It will always look a little different everywhere, but one thing is always true, schools are full of students who need the gospel of Jesus! 

Learn more how you can connect and collaborate with youth ministers nationwide and in your neighborhood.

We wanted to talk with someone who is leading out and has learned a lot about it.

Meet Matthew Swifty Perry

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Show Notes:
The Story behind “Swifty” 
He really likes Taylor Swift, like he is a “fearless” Taylor Swift fan!

“You’ve known about God, but now know about me!” - Jesus

“I knew that God had called to me to church plant one, so I knew I needed to leave home to go learn what I didn’t know.”

“Sometimes you get interns because you go out and recruit them, other times you get them because they recruited themselves.”

“Don’t wait around to get asked, go and invite yourself to see how you can help and learn.” 

"What did you learn in the first 6 years. Serving."

Your chance to lead is when you pick a vacuum after the service. 

Learn how to serve without being asked. 

Leadership 101: taking the initiative to start serving. 

My job as a leader is to learn. I don’t want to be the smartest person in the room.

“Everyone has something to teach us.”

‘There is nothing I can plan that will have better production than what students can see on TV or game on their phone.” 

“My competition wasn’t another church but it was all of the activities of downtown San Diego: food, concerts, and bands.” 

“It has to be student-led.” 

“Campus ministry is encouraging and empowering students”

“We have 15,000 students within a 15 mile radius of our church.” 
“I don’t want to reach 10% of my church, I want to reach 10% of my schools.” 

“I don’t want to just reach my church people, I want to reach the people of my city.” 

3 Roadblocks To Developing On Campus Ministry: 

Roadblock 1: Staffing and Resources: 
Have a prayerful, written plan for your senior leaders.

Communicating the Vision of Campus Ministry To Senior Leadership 

Finding fresh volunteers Recruiting moms, college students without Wednesday classes

“School campus time of 30 minutes is the best way to connect with new students.” 

“We moved everything to Wednesdays. AM into PM, 8am-9pm on Wednesdays.” 

“When it comes to spending your time and their finances, have clear communication on the front end and not the back end.” 

Roadblock 2: Mobilizing The Students: What Comes Next? 
“How do you get the students excited?” 

“It was more important to have a club and a presence and be on campus 

“We have 7 churches that are ready to be a part of this thing together.” 

“Campus ministry can be good for the hype, how do we make it good for the church?” 

Roadblock 3: What Has This Done For The Student Ministry of Your Local Church?

“Don’t be afraid to partner with what they are doing!” 
4 Things We Want To Happen For Every St

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Oct 31 2019

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Rank #5: 169: Dan Istvanik: Stop Preaching, Start Teaching In Youth Ministry

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We are back! After a much needed holiday hiatus the most honest podcast in youth ministry is back with a powerful interview featuring our friend, blogger, minister, father, husband, and good dude Dan Istvanik.

You probably recognize Danny-I's name from a number places where he writes, curates, and contributes (he's very prolific!), but Dan recommends you start at Middle Year Ministry.

Dan's Blog Central
http://www.middleyearsministry.com/

Youth Ministry Booster Intensives (Next Way For You To Grow!)
https://www.youthministrybooster.com/intensives
Key Takeaways: 

“When I was young, there was no junior high ministry for me”  

“I use my counseling degree everyday”  

Ducks, Bottle Rockets, and Underwater Explosive Training

"Networking has always been an important part of our longevity"  

One of the first things we did when we got here was we sought out and built a network to be available to other youth ministry leaders. 

"You need a network that will go with you beyond the address of the church you currently serve" 

"Sometimes we wait so long to find a network of care that when we share, people only know how to offer you pity"

"Part of your job is finding care for your job"

"Sometimes network meetings are necessary group therapy”  

“Parents can make amazing small group leaders they come pre-packaged with respect, life experiences, resources, and bring a lot to the table”  

"You can be young and be a great youth minister, just don't make young mistakes" 

"The greatest thing for you is when one parent compliments and defends you to another parent"

"Your greatest defenders and advocates are parents in your youth ministry” 

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Jan 23 2019

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Rank #6: 80: What Do Middle School Ministry Students Need?

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Middle school students, what do they want? what do they need? what even are they? In this special episode of After 9 Zac and Chad reach out and interview a few middle school students to help youth ministry leaders and youth pastors address what the wants and needs of middle school students are these days.

Check out more reading and show notes at after9.show/80

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May 17 2017

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Rank #7: 157 : Angela Amerine "The Best Thing You Can Do In Youth Ministry" #WomenInYM

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In episode 157 Chad sits down with youth ministry director Angela Amerine to talk about falling into the calling and restoring the joy in youth ministry. The insight that she shares is timely for a season of ministry so cluttered with opportunities and distractions.
About Angela Amerine:  I have been serving in Student Ministries for 14 years in Inner city and suburban settings, in small and large group contexts.  I currently serves as the Student Ministries Program Coordinator at Kentwood Community Church in the greater Grand Rapids Michigan area.  I met my incredible husband Jared while serving as a youth pastor, and as of this month we have been married for 12 years!   I am the mom to 2 amazing kids who I homeschool in my “free time”.   I did my undergraduate work in Elementary Education at Spring Arbor University, and graduate work in Worship Leadership at Azusa Pacific University.  Leading worship, raising up adult and student leaders, and coming up with creative ways to reach students for Jesus are some of my favorite things about what I get to do on a daily basis! 
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Key Takeaway: The best thing you could ever do is be dependent on the Lord

  • Learning to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit has been the biggest lesson for me 
  • The greatest success is seeing the ministry that we did impacted his life and his trajectory 
  • The best way to get a volunteer is to directly ask them  
  • Prompt volunteers to the best fit and not just helping out  
  • The best thing you could ever do is be dependent on the Lord 
  • Everyday praying to God, I cannot create a cool enough program, or do enough to change somebody’s heart.  
  • The moments of utter dependence...[are deeply true youth ministry]
  • The best thing any youth pastor can do is care for their own soul  
  • Don’t get distracted (even in our youth ministry realm) from the main thing 

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Oct 16 2018

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Rank #8: 177: Take Care Of Your Self Youth Minister. Successful Alignment Starts With Ministry Self-Care

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In this positive, challenging, and encouraging bonus episode, Will and Zac talk about the importance of self-care, alignment, and reflection.

We love you youth ministry friend! Be encouraged, stay motivated, do the hard work of self-examination for healthy leadership. Pull the car in the shop and do the evaluation before your big summer road trip. 
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#177 Show Notes: 

  • Seeking the kingdom is the heart check for what we really want in ministry. 
  • If we want the addition we have gotta have the alignment 
  • Alignment starts in the personal maintenance of studying the Scriptures of God’s promises
  • People want you to do life with them, pastor! Be with the people.
  • “Maybe the busy you see in me, isn’t the reward I think it is” 
  • “We are living comfortably, uncomfortable” 
  • “We have become accustomed to our dysfunction” 
  • “Thinking that it’s not that bad is… such a lie” 
  • “You always pay your debts, whatever toll you have taken out will eventually come due”  
  • “You can’t fix form overnight” 
  • "You will repeat what you fail to repair"
  1. Listen 
  2. Address 
  3. Correct

Thanks for listening. 


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May 01 2019

17mins

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Rank #9: Episode 28: Will Summer Eat Me Alive?

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Welcome to After 9 Episode 28: Will Summer Eat Me Alive? In this episode, Zac and Chad discuss summer plans, planning, and making the right kinds of space in your schedule. It's a busy season but that doesn't mean you should just be living life busy. Hear what the guys have to say about making the most out of summer.

Follow us on twitter @after9ministry and like us on Facebook. Want to support After 9? Visit www.after9ministry.com/support to give the guys a dollar or two of support. #chalupaspike

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May 18 2016

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Rank #10: 182: Andy Root 2 What Does It Mean To Youth Pastor In A Secular Age?

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Dr. Andy Root is back y'all! With a new book and summer session on the history, hope, and reimagination of what it means to be a pastoral figure in this new age we are living!

Episode 182 is only the warm-up for the live session. Don't miss it! 

Learn more with and from Dr. Andrew Root @ our FREE LIVE Webinar June 12th 2:00pm CDT

Show Notes & Quotes:
For both the yellow book and blue book the key writings in the background are, A Secular Age by Charles Taylor. 

Andy declares that A Secular Age is, "the first book of the 21st Century that will be read in the 22nd Century

Youthfulness and the importance of authenticity in this age. 

The hurt of pastoral identity in this secular age. “I know how to write a sermon and run a meeting, But when it comes to seeing God’s living presence in their lives I feel at a loss. “

“Where is the place of the pastor in the world?”

A Sketch Of History
What does it mean that in 1500 AD you can’t help but find Christians and evidence of Christianity? And now 500 years later it is harder and harder to find anyone that believes in God. 

That to do ministry is to have an encounter with the presence of the living God. 
This means working towards a deep connection with how God works in the world. 

The stakes are wrong. We misdiagnose what’s actually going on. It’s possible that Youth Ministers have been playing checkers in a chess world.

The game or environment is more complicated than we had originally thought. 

There is a whole cultural imagination that makes it difficult to live in the presence of a living God. 

Key Historical Figures Sketched Out In The New Book
St. Augustine
Thomas Beckett
Jonathan Edwards 
Henry Ward Beecher
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Rick Warren

In this new age, pastors are hurting and either they make the turn to self-blame or congregational blame. 

If Jesus is better than our church will be larger is the trap we have been lured into, so how do we talk about Growth as transcendence  

Forming imaginations and proclaiming where God is active in the world. 

When non-traditional people became pastors? 

Ministry itself, the sharing of a life with another, is the call to pastor. 

A refreshed theological lens. God as a minister. God as pastor. 

“The only God we can known is the God who is made known in

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Jun 06 2019

55mins

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Rank #11: 103: Scott Pontier Youth And Young Adult Ministry

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If you have ever been asked about millenials, young adult ministy, or starting something now for the next generation then Scott Pontier's After 9 has got your back. Join Zac and Scott as they talk what it means to think critically and imaginatively about young adult ministry.

Get the book and learn more about young adult ministry

Click here for Episode 103 show notes.

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Oct 25 2017

37mins

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Rank #12: 81: What Do High School Youth Ministry Students Want? w/ Harrison Engage Community Culture Podcast

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In this special interview episode Zac sits down with high school student Harrison, of the Engage podcast, to talk about starting a podcast and what high school youth ministry students are looking for. It is fun, exciting, and yes engaging! Harrison is wise beyond his years and helps to put a voice to the high school students experience. If you have ever been confused, frustrated, or in need of clarity when it comes to high school students and youth ministry then this episode is for you.

Learn more about this episode and check links @ after9.show/81

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May 24 2017

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Rank #13: Episode 32: Where Did These Helicopter Parents Come From?

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Welcome to After 9 Episode 32:Where Did These Helicopter Parents Come From? In this episode, Zac and Chad talk about "those parents," you know them, you love them? We hope so! The summer season is ripe for relational building and in the midst of that we can sometimes find ourselves at odds or edges with the most protective parents. This is an important issue, listen in as we talk about the relationships, the ministry, and becoming the minister for students and parents. Most parents want to do best for their kids, be a supporter, be an over-communicator!

Like us? Love us? Follow us on twitter @after9ministry and like us on Facebook. Want to support After 9? Visit www.after9ministry.com/support to give the guys a dollar or two of support. #chalupaspike

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Jun 15 2016

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Rank #14: 141: What's Your Sermon Prep Like For Youth Ministry?

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How do you prepare your sermons or talks for students in your youth ministry? Does it look the same every time? What's your secret sauce? In episode 141 Chad and Zac break down their routines and recipes for crafting thoughtful and actionable sermons. They also discuss leadership and the latest with Tyler "Ninja" Blevins implementation of the "Billy Graham Rule."

Show Notes:

Fortnite StreamerTyler "Ninja" Blevins FortNite Streamer & The Billy Graham Rule SermonSmith Podcast After 9 Podcast Episode 23 Interview of John Chandler from SermonSmith


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Aug 16 2018

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Rank #15: Episode 55: LIVE | How Do I Get The Most Out Of A Ministry Conference?

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Welcome to After 9 Episode 55: LIVE | How Do I Get The Most Out Of A Ministry Conference? This episode was recorded live in front of the conference audience at Oklahoma Youth Ministry Forum at Falls Creek, OK. Listen in as Zac and Chad talk the importance of the conference: fashion, etiquette, and learning with150 youth ministers, youth workers, and youth ministry volunteers from around the state of Oklahoma.

Thankful for Zac and Chad? Love After 9? Follow us on twitter @after9ministry and like us on Facebook. Want to support After 9? Visit www.after9ministry.com to find out how you can help make After 9 great!

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Nov 23 2016

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Rank #16: 154: Cheryl Johnson "Youth Ministry Is Not Your Identity" #WomenInYM

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In our 8th installment of #WomenInYM Chad chats with longtime Youth Ministry Booster member Cheryl Johnson. She's rad, witty, honest, loves tigers, and is totally Canadian (sorrie Cheryl!). You are going to be blessed by this one youth ministers. Remember the young women and men out there need to see faithful role models of all types for true encouragement!

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Key Takeaway: Youth Ministry Is Not Your Identity

  • I originally wanted to be a tiger trainer, but what I found is that I was really good with people. 
  • You may not know who you have blessed or encouraged.  
  • Don’t make youth ministry your identity. 
  • What you are doing is not who you are… 
  • You can save yourself a world of hurt if your identity is in Jesus first. 

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Oct 11 2018

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Rank #17: Episode 58: Justin Knowles: Download Youth Ministry Blogger And Editor

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Welcome to After 9 Episode 58: Justin Knowles: Download Youth Ministry In this episode, Zac sits down with Justin Knowles of DYM and SoCal. Justin is constantly writing and thinking about leadership in youth ministry and his heartfelt answers over this coffee shop conversation will engage you. The ministry work that matters most, and the way we make it work even better are vital topics for today's episode.

Thankful for Zac and Chad? Love After 9? Follow us on twitter @after9ministry and like us on Facebook. Want to support After 9? Visit www.after9ministry.com to find out how you can help make After 9 great!

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Dec 14 2016

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Rank #18: Episode 57: How Do I Minister To My Family This Christmas?

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Welcome to After 9 Episode 57: How Do I Minister To My Family This Christmas? In this episode, Chad and Zac gut check about the importance of being the minister in your home. If we bring our best, our energy, and humor to our ministry role then sometimes that means our families get the leftovers. Not this holiday season! Commit with Zac and Chad After 9 community. Make this season about our family, your spouse, your kids, your siblings, your framily. Grow in love for those who surround you. Also, wear more sweat pants and be less active on your cell phone.

Thankful for Zac and Chad? Love After 9? Subscribe on iTunes! Follow us on twitter @after9ministry and like us on Facebook. Want to support After 9? Visit www.after9ministry.com/support to find out how you can help make After 9 great!

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Dec 07 2016

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Rank #19: 161: Mary Margaret West Lifeway Students "Changes For Girls Ministry In Youth Ministry" #WomenInYM

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In episode 161 Zac sits down with Mary Margaret from Lifeway Students to talk about the changing face, direction, and thinking about girls ministry in your youth ministry. For our month long emphasis on #WomenInYM this is an important discussion related to the young women in your church's youth ministry today.

Mary Margaret West serves as the Girls Ministry Specialist for LifeWay, which basically means that teenage girls and the women who lead them are her favorite people on the planet. She served several churches as a Girls Minister, has a master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a former Event Coordinator.

Mary Margaret has a passion to equip girls and women to dive deeply into God’s word and live out their calling. Mary Margaret is married to Jonathan and they love living in Franklin, TN. Connect with her on Twitter or Instagram.

"Women in the church know the needs of teenage girls better than you do."

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Oct 24 2018

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Rank #20: 166: Anne Wilson "Brokenness is our most abundant youth ministry resource" #WomenInYM

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In this interview with Anne Wilson of Traders Point Christian Church Zac learns much about brokenness and the return to youth ministry after some time away. This is a good one people don't miss it! 

Follow @annemwilson on IG and Twitter 

Student Groups pastor  There and back again 

Key Takeaway: “In our weakness we experience we Christ, so if weakness is a ministry resource then we have an abundance of resources”

  • Reinvent that for myself when coming back to youth ministry 
  • Simmer down young student pastor
  • Be okay with going to counseling now
  • I realized that I had a lot of leftover issues from childhood that I was ministering out of and I needed to become more aware of those and adjust to that. 
  • Lead students to a leader that could be consistent in their lives. 
  • My codependency issues were showing up my ministry spaces. 
  • I’m leading in a space that is new and over my head, but it is in weakness that Christ does really powerful things. 
  • Mandy Smith “In our weakness we experience we Christ, so if weakness is a ministry resource then we have an abundance of resources”
  • We can minister our of brokenness and not be afraid of that. 
  • If we knew that we were going to insufficient we might be able to lead a little more humbly. 


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Nov 01 2018

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