The Think Orange Podcast is a podcast with ideas and conversations to help you influence the faith of the next generation.
The Orange Leaders Audio Blog helps family, youth and children’s ministry leaders influence the faith and character of kids and teenagers. Five days a week, Monday through, Friday, we will share the best strategies, tips and ideas from the Orange Leaders online blog. Each episode will cover relevant family ministry topics with posts from leaders like Reggie Joiner; Carey Nieuwhof; Kristen Ivy; Adam Duckworth; Sue Miller; Mike Clear; Jim Wideman; Dan Scott; Meaghan Wall; Frank Bealer; Dr. Jim Burns; Yancy Richmond; Nick Blevins; Brooklyn Lindsey; Geoff Surratt; and Kenny Conley. Each guest contributor is an Orange Leader – someone who passionately engages both the church and families to influence the next generation. If that’s you, you are part of an incredible, global community helping kids have a better future. We are for you and the development of your leadership in ministry. For additional resources and episode transcripts, visit www.OrangeLeaders.com.
Rank #1: OLAB 355: Creating A Healthy Volunteer Culture.
Culture is everything when considering the alignment of your volunteer team. In today’s episode, you’ll learn how to create a plan that nurtures a healthy volunteer culture.
Rank #2: OLAB 445: Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast.
Culture dictates how your team will fulfill the duties and vision of your ministry. Today, you’ll learn what makes up a healthy culture.
The Nick Blevins Family Ministry Podcast is where you can hear from top leaders in children’s ministry, student ministry and family ministry. You’ll learn the principles and practices they use to lead families with the goal of helping you maximize the potential in your ministry. For more content and notes, head to nickblevins.com.
Rank #1: Episode 003: Volunteers: Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining With Christine Kreisher.
In this episode, I talk with Christine Kreisher, Discipleship Pastor at GT Church in Reading, PA. We talk about the book she co-authored, entitled The Volunteer Project: Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining. Christine would suggest we prioritize volunteer retainment over recruitment, and by doing that we can help do both well.Christine KreisherConnect with Christine on Twitter | FacebookGT ChurchLinks Mentioned in This EpisodeStopRecruiting.com – Download resources from Christine7 Practices of Effective Ministry (book)Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week (book)A sample Serve Spotlight Video (played in serve to highlight serving)Subscribe | Share | Rate | CommentTo make sure you never miss a post, hit the subscribe button in iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or Tune In radio. Keep your friends and co-workers up-to-date as well by sharing it with them via email or social media.Leave a rating and a comment in iTunes to let me know how this podcast is helping you and your ministry. Also, let me know how we can make it better!Next Episode: Jim WidemanIn the next episode, we talk with Jim Wideman, a friend, mentor, and Children’s Ministry pioneer who has more wisdom and experience than you can imagine. We talk with Jim about an issue that affects everyone who serves on staff in a local church, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it! The post Episode 003: Volunteers: Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining With Christine Kreisher appeared first on nickblevins.com.
Rank #2: Episode 054: Partnering With Parents With Will Hutcherson.
In this episode, I talk with Will Hutcherson of NextLevel Church in Fort Meyers, FL. Will and I talk about clarifying the win for family engagement and their five-part strategy for partnering with parents. He shares a lot of practical things they have done to simplify and maximize this strategy, and what it looks like all throughout the year.Will HutchersonConnect with Will on Facebook | Twitter | InstagramEmail: Will@nextlevelchurch.comNextLevel ChurchLinks Mentioned in This EpisodeParent Survey from WillOrange – An organization that values the church and parents coming together to make a lasting impact on the next generation by providing curriculum and resources for both partiesJust a Phase – A project by Orange that helps parents understand how to win at each phase in their kid or student’s lifeParent Ministry – An organization that comes alongside the church and helps them know how to partner with parentsChampion Tribes – A resource that helps busy dads connect with their sons in unique and life-changing waysStrong Fathers, Strong Daughters (book) – Dr. Meg Meeker talks about why the father-daughter relationship is crucial and shares ten secrets every dad should know13 Reasons Why – How Do We Respond as Parents? (Article) – A blog post to help parents know what conversations to have with their kids and students about this new Netflix showPartnering With Parents: 5 Part Strategy Celebrate major milestones Reactivate felt needs Connect parents with each other Resource parents when they need it and create a bridge between the small group leader and parent Cue weekly Partnering With Parents: Developing a Strategy Survey parents Ask: If we could do anything, what would we do Consider current resources–people, money, and organizational energy Create a plan Present it to key leaders Launch and then begin to automate/delegate Action Items Clarify the win for parent partnership at your church Evaluate what you are currently doing to partner with parents Brainstorm ideas for partnering with parents with some key leaders at your church, and then map out a plan for the next year Partner with small groups or adult ministries at your church to help connect parents with other parents Subscribe | Share | Rate | CommentTo make sure you never miss a post, hit the subscribe button in iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or Tune In radio. Keep your friends and co-workers up-to-date as well by sharing it with them via email or social media.Leave a rating and a comment in iTunes to let me know how this podcast is helping you and your ministry. Also, let me know how we can make it better!Next Episode: Tomy CumminsIn the next episode, I talk with Tomy Cummins of Woodmen Valley Chapel. Tomy and I talk about what student ministry looks like at his church. He shares an overview of what their programming looks like throughout the year, and then we dive into some specifics about trips and volunteer culture. The post Episode 054: Partnering With Parents With Will Hutcherson appeared first on nickblevins.com.
The Rethinking Youth Ministry Podcast is for youth ministry leaders, pastors, volunteers, workers, and anyone who cares about middle school and high school students. Each episode, we hope to raise the bar for youth ministry by asking questions, interviewing thinkers, and having real, honest conversations about what it looks like to lead the next generation. Rethinking Youth Ministry is a podcast from the Orange Students team. Our mission is to help you, the youth leader, influence the next generation. We do that through this podcast, other resources, and our weekly curriculum, XP3. If you'd like to learn more, check out OrangeStudents.com.
Rank #1: RYM 018: Understanding Teenage Brains With Mark Oestreicher.
Have you ever looked at one of your students and thought, “What were you thinking?” Well, thanks to new discoveries in adolescent brain development, we’re starting to find out. The truth is, a teenager’s brain changes dramatically throughout their middle school and high school years. This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation with Mark Oestreicher about the teenage brain and how we can leverage the development of the brain to set our students up for a vibrant faith.
Rank #2: RYM 049: Why You Should Never Talk About Purity Again In Youth Ministry.
For so long, the Church has approached the topics of sex and sexuality through the lens of purity. But with all the baggage associated with the word purity, could there be something better to use in its place? On this episode, join ministry leaders as we discuss the differences between sexual purity and sexual integrity—and how understanding these differences could change the way we lead students.
The Kids Ministry 101 Podcast is designed to train, resource and encourage Kids Ministry Leaders and Volunteers! Each episode considers current trends and resources and how to best communicate these to the kids you serve! The LifeWay Kids team brings conversations and interviews with some of the leading voices in children’s ministry to the table to help you hear more about how to best serve the children and families in your ministry.
Rank #1: Mobile Kids Ministry: Serving In A Church Plant.
Serving in a mobile ministry means leaders face unique challenges but also are positioned for great opportunities. In this week’s episode, Jana Magruder, Director of LifeWay Kids, joins Chuck to discuss her […] The post Mobile Kids Ministry: Serving In A Church Plant appeared first on Kids Ministry.
Rank #2: How to Lead When You’re Not the Leader.
Matt Morgan discusses practical ways you can use your position to support and to lead those above you. Matt Morgan is Kids Pastor for Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, […] The post How to Lead When You’re Not the Leader appeared first on Kids Ministry.
Be the parent you want to be.
Rank #1: PCL 59: How To Talk To Your Younger Child.
How to listen: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | SoundCloud | TuneInSarah Jensen, founder and educator of KIPP Memphis Preparatory Elementary School, shares her insight on how to effectively and supportively communicate with younger children in today’s episode of the Parent Cue Live podcast. YOUR CUE Remember your kids are learning in every moment. You’ve had your chance to learn and form your own opinions, now it’s their turn. Your kid has only been on this planet for a few months, so they’re processing absolutely every experience. Give them the space to explore. Take a step back and put yourself in their world. You might think you have the answer to the current problem, but your answer is likely one of many alternatives. Get on your kid’s level and try to see the experience from their view. In this way, you honor their feelings and they feel heard and supported. Experience everything with your child. Instead of focusing on doing things for your child, try doing things with him or her instead. Be curious about them and play with them. Try to meet them where they are as much as possible. EPISODE RECAPTrying to communicate with your toddler or preschool-aged child often feels like running full speed into a brick wall, backing up, and doing it all over again. You want so desperately for them to understand the feelings they’re experiencing aren’t that big of a deal, but in the end, your kid’s even more frustrated and you find yourself looking at the clock wishing it was bedtime already.What if we told you there was a way to not only communicate with your young child but also eliminate some of the frustration that comes along with getting through to them? You only need a few tools in your parenting arsenal to tackle this mission and the main one? Changing your perspective.Managing your expectationsThe way Sarah Jensen, founder and educator of KIPP Memphis Preparatory Elementary School, talks to and understands kids is nothing short of magical. She says the key to not losing your mind while trying to better communicate with your kid is to remind yourself they’re learning in every moment. It’s easy for parents to forget our children have only been on the planet for a few months, so they’re bound to react in a way we deem unnecessary. Instead, we should change our expectations of them.And what about those times when our kid flings themselves to the floor in a fit of rage in the middle of Target and your reaction to their tantrum is more #parentingfail than #parentgoals? Sarah says we should look at these reactions from our kids as a good sign — they’re communicating with us (albeit loudly), which we should view as healthy and constructive.Also in this episode, Sarah gives tips on how to communicate effectively while maintaining discipline, what common mistakes parents make when communicating with their kids, and how to build your child’s vocabulary so you can understand each other better. Tune in!MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEKIPP Memphis Preparatory ElementaryFind out moreQUOTES IN THIS EPISODEKids are brand new social beings who are learning in every moment.Click To TweetFor a child, your voice will likely become their inner dialogue.Click To Tweet“The way you speak to them is the way they’ll learn to talk to themselves, the way they’ll learn to talk to their future partner, the way they’ll talk to their best friend, and it’s the way they’ll make a friend.” —Sarah JensenThe post PCL 59: How To Talk To Your Younger Child appeared first on Parent Cue.
Rank #2: PCL 56: How To Parent Annoying Kids.
How to listen: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | SoundCloud | TuneInJosh Shipp, award-winning teen expert featured on MTV, CNN, and in The New York TImes, shares honest, helpful tips on how to parent effectively through some of your kids’ most annoying traits. YOUR CUE Make an honest effort to see the annoying trait positively. It may be hard in the moment, but remember the trait that annoys you most now will likely be what will make them a successful teen and adult. Pause and remind yourself this trait serves a purpose. Nurture the annoying traits. Create boundaries and opportunities for your kids to express these traits in a constructive way. Empathize with parents who are going through the same thing. The best thing you can say to a parent who is annoyed with their child is, “I understand.” Provide some perspective on how their child’s behavior will serve them well in the future. EPISODE RECAPSometimes, kids are annoying. Admitting that fact doesn’t make you a bad parent, but an honest one. Although you love your kids immensely, it’s difficult not to get overly frustrated and react when they’re pushing buttons you didn’t even know you had. On good days, you’re able to keep your eyerolls and sharp responses inside your head, but on bad days . . . well, we all have them.Josh Shipp, a father to an eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter, is all too familiar with annoying kid traits. His son is unbelievably persistent and his daughter is bossy and stubborn. He finds himself regularly annoyed with their behaviors.But what if instead of getting angered by our kids’ behaviors, we look at them as traits that will help them grow into successful adults? In today’s episode, parents will learn:Why it’s easy to empathize with a kid’s behavior if it’s similar to their own How to see their kids’ annoying trait from a positive perspective How to empathize with other parents How to preserve annoying traits MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Annoying Traits – Strength in Disguise Bossy – Leadership Defiant – Determined Demanding – Assertive Fearful – Thoughtful Impulsive – Bold Liar – Creative Writer Loud – Confident Manipulative – Negotiator Mean – Powerful Quiet – Learner Stubborn – Persistent Sensitive – Caring QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE“What if a kid’s most annoying trait is their biggest talent in disguise?” — @JoshShippClick To TweetWhat does it look like to both draw the line with a kid but point to another line available?Click To Tweet“As adults, it’s easy for us to lose that sense of empathy with a child.” — @Kristen_IvyClick To TweetThe post PCL 56: How To Parent Annoying Kids appeared first on Parent Cue.
A weekly podcast hosted by Kenny and Elle Campbell from StuffYouCanUse.org. Every episode of Youth Ministry Answers features a question about youth ministry / student ministry submitted by youth workers, youth pastors, and volunteers just like you! You ask the youth ministry questions, we search for the answers. Submit yours at YMAnswers.com!
Rank #1: 60 | How To Grow As A Leader In Youth Ministry.
Tyler Reagin president of Catalyst, joins Kenny and Elle to talk about growing as a leader in your youth ministry. Links:Grow Youth Ministry Curriculum We Need Your Help:Did you like what you heard? Please help us out by taking a few seconds to rate and review our podcast on iTunes. It really will go a long way to help us spread this tool to youth workers all over the world. Click Here To Rate And Review Be A Part Of The Discussion:We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and share your thoughts and ideas, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!
Rank #2: 06 | Controlling A Room Of Middle Schoolers In Your Youth Ministry.
Scott Rubin joins Kenny and Elle to answer the question “How Do You Control A Room Of Middle Schoolers In Your Youth Ministry?” Here is a quick peek into the answer… 1. Think more than control – think transformation 2. Keep expectations high 3. Think about your ratio of adults to students Links: Blog Post From Tom Shefchunas: http://uthmin.net/dont/ The first half of the bloggers who helped us launch… Gina Abbas from A Woman in Youth Ministry JC Thompson Jen Bradbury Joel Wood & Geoffrey Turner from Radical Parents Justin Herman Ken McIntyre Nick Blevins Nick Diliberto from PreteenMinistry.net Ryan Reed Stephen Ingram from Organic Student Ministry Tim Gough Tom Pounder from YM Sidekick We Need Your Help: Did you like what you heard? Please help us out by taking a few seconds to rate and review our podcast on iTunes. It really will go a long way to help us spread this tool to youth workers all over the world. Click Here To Rate And Review Leave A Question: Do you have a youth ministry related question? Leave it via the audio player here and maybe it will get featured on an upcoming episode! Be A Part Of The Discussion: We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and share your thoughts and ideas, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!
Marriage. Real. Fun. Simple.Because when your marriage is better, everything is better.
Rank #1: MP 071: What can the Enneagram tell me about my marriage? (with Beth & Jeff McCord).
This week, we’re excited to be focusing on a subject that we’ve mentioned quite a few times already on this podcast—the Enneagram. For those of you who haven’t been swept up in the Enneagram mania yet, it’s sort of like a personality test. But it actually goes deeper than that to show the motivations behind our actions and thoughts. To help us with this complex topic, we brought in a couple who knows the Enneagram well—Beth and Jeff McCord. Beth is the creator of Your Enneagram Coach, which helps introduce people to the Enneagram and connect them with a personal Enneagram coach. Her husband, Jeff, is the executive pastor at Southpointe Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Beth and Jeff have been married for over 20 years have two adult children. Interview Can you tell us about yourselves and how you got into the Enneagram? We’ve been married almost 24 years and have two kids in college. We started learning about the Enneagram in the early 2000’s. We were in the stage of life with little kids when you’re trying to live like Christ, but find your internal world derailing all the time. I wanted to be at my healthiest but was struggling. That’s when someone showed us the Enneagram and it helped me understand why I veer off course and what my healthiest was. We felt whatever tool we found had to be paired with the gospel. The Enneagram will tell you why you think, feel and behave in particular ways. Can you explain what the Enneagram is? The Enneagram has been around for thousands of years and used in lots of different sectors. It’s become more modernized with psychology since the 70’s and we’ve looked at how the tool can help illuminate our heart condition. I want people to realize that the Enneagram is a great tool, but the gospel is what transforms us. We’re always safe and secure in our identity in Christ, but sometimes we have times we’re not doing well. We want it to be a wakeup call to the patterns that aren’t best for or your relationships. Jeff, can you tell us about your role? I’m an executive pastor. I’ve been pastoring in the local church since 2002. When we started using the Enneagram as a couple, we started in the local church at our dining room table. Even back then, we would bring the insight of the Enneagram and apply the gospel to see hearts change. My beautiful bride is a type 9, who had a tendency to hide her talents, but she brought the depth to that conversation. How do your two Enneagram types interact? Jeff: Let’s start by talking about my love for ice—I love ice and cold drinks. Beth: We have a great ice story. I’m a 9 and our thought process is that we don’t matter—our voice doesn’t matter, our presence doesn’t matter. It’s a common theme for 9s. Jeff: I’m a type 6 and there’s a roaring committee of thoughts in my head all the time. Beth: For the 9, who feels like their presence doesn’t matter, when I do talk I want his full attention. When he looks at his phone what happens instantly in my mind is, “see, my voice doesn’t matter”. If I’m healthy I can navigate around that. Jeff: I often get a little impatient with her pace—9s meander in storytelling. So as she was telling a story one day, I decided to take a little break while listening. Beth: Jeff got up to get some water behind me and has a 32oz glass. The fridge is crushing ice into his Yeti and I’m still talking. He is getting his ice and I’m thinking: “see, he doesn’t want to listen to me”. Ordinarily I would shut down and stop talking and we start this dance and start to spiral. But that’s when the Holy Spirit came in and he’s told me time and time again that he is listening. So while he was still crushing ice, I’m thinking” “He loves me, we’re best friends, he’s just getting ice and it doesn’t have to spiral out of control”. And we’re able to move forward. Jeff: There are four things we hear from people as we talk to them about their dances: I didn’t understand my spouse and now I have clarity It’s compassion – I’m so sorry that’s what you’re feeling I understand our dance and our dynamics The Enneagram gives us great language to able to talk about it How does the Enneagram reveal both people’s strengths and weaknesses? The Enneagram is going to tell you like it is—blunt and straightforward. You’re going to see some things that are really hard to swallow. But if you’re able to recognize that Christ has already taken care of things, you can see these trouble spots and not be overcome with self-condemnation, fear and shame. You have to own it and ask for forgiveness but you’re able to do that because you’re already free. What are the benefits and challenges of each of your types? Jeff: There’s a book out there that talks about how we marry people who bring out a good we desire for ourselves. There’s something about Beth’s peacefulness, steadiness and sincerity that is very safe to me. Beth attunes to me in a way that brings peace and rest to my heart. I appreciate her strength, resolve, quiet perseveres and the attention she gives to me and our home. I want to be better at that because I’m not naturally at rest. Beth: The strengths that Jeff brings is absolute commitment and loyalty, hard work and being able to see what I miss. When you use this in marriage, your spouse cannot come through for you in the way you long for but Christ did. Everything has to hinge on Christ or you’ll be back in the ditch again. What have you learned about Jeff being a 6? Beth: 6s really need safety and security. They’re not all the same—my mom is a 6 and wants physical security (food, money, health). Jeff is more relational security. When we are in an argument and I withdraw, that is only saying to him “abandonment”. I’m not intending to do that to him. When I feel myself starting to check out I can say to him, “I know this is important, but I need some time to settle down and process”. That’s so much more helpful to me and communicates to him that I know safety and security are important to him. Jeff: The work for me is to believe it—that after 15 or 30 minutes she’s going to re-engage. And even if she doesn’t, I’m still secure in my relationship with Christ. It ends up creating a very hospitable dance between us. What resources do you have available for people who want to learn more? Jeff: This is going to be a big year for us. We’ve written a book called, Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage. It’s really the foundation to a number of other resources. We’re going to be releasing a new marriage assessment in June to help couples get an introduction to their dance and what they think about their dance and that’s going to be free. We’re also going to be doing date night events throughout the United States beginning in June. Those are going to be fantastic opportunities where we’re going to introduce the idea of the dance. Beth: We are developing 45 marriage courses. The reason there’s 45 is because there are 45 couple types. So there’s a course for you and your spouse and we’re going to specifically talk about your dance and get into your kitchen. Not only will we show you the negative parts of your dance but also the redeeming factors of Christ and what He brings. That will be coming out in June. We also have a free assessment if you don’t know your type. And then we also have Discovering You which is a cliff notes version of the Enneagram if you’re new to the Enneagram. If you know your type you can do Exploring You where I do pre-recorded coaching sessions where I break down your personality type into bite sized lessons. We’ll have 9 more books coming out in December—one on each of the types. Your One Simple Thing this week Get your Becoming Us marriage course and get insight into yourself and your spouse. Show Closing Thanks for joining us for the Married People Podcast. We hope you’ll subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and leave a review—they help us make the podcast better. We want to hear from you! Share with us on Facebook, Instagram or our site. If you want more resources, check out the MarriedPeople membership or Ted’s book Your Best Us. You can find more from Beth and Jeff at Your Enneagram Coach.
Rank #2: MP 049: How can I deal with sexual baggage in my marriage? (with Mo Isom Aiken).
Mo is a New York Times bestselling author and a nationally sought-after speaker. Her newest book Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot is about the role the church can play in the conversation about sex and sexuality. Mo lives in Atlanta with her husband, Jeremiah, and their two daughters, Auden and Asher. Interview Tell us about your sports background. I played soccer at LSU for four years and realized going into my senior year that every NCAA athlete gets five years of eligibility, but only four in one sport. I was going to finish soccer in four years without interruptions. I’d always played with the guys in the football facility about joining their team. I trained with the team for 22 months—lifting weights, doing agility training. By the time I tried out we had gone from two specialists to eight specialists, so I didn’t make the roster. Tell us a little about yourself and your family. My family is my greatest blessing and the best part of myself. My husband Jeremiah is like 6’5” and a blessing from the Lord. He leads our family so well. I’m 6’1” so we’re a tall family. My kids are two and a half and ten months and they’re both already toddler size. We’re just big people and have a fun household. I want to be someone who will support whatever my kids want to do, but I don’t think they have a choice but to be in sports. I just need them to show some coordination! Talk about your book and why you gave it that title. The title came to me a few years ago—Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot. In 2015, my husband and I had just married and were just walking into this season of sex within marriage in the confines of a covenant. I was struggling with so much from my past, so much that no one had ever talked to me about. I had struggled with promiscuity, pornography and feeding my flesh. I came to know Jesus and I was so confused. I remember reading an article about a girl who waited to have sex until her wedding night and regretted her decision. It broke my heart. Even though I was confused, I still recognize the beauty within marriage. I was still figuring a lot out, but I knew sex was a gift from God. I needed to find healing and wholeness in my own life and marriage. I knew someone should reclaim sex for the glory of God and I finally realized I should. The title and all that I wanted to share just hit me one day in my kitchen. I never would’ve imagined the felt need it would hit when it released. So many people, across the board, have so many questions and are figuring it out. If we want to see a shift in our culture, we have to have wholeness in our own hearts first. What sexual baggage did you brought into marriage? We live in a culture in the church where we’re supposed to deny, deny, deny sex during singleness and then we’re supposed to stand at the alter and flip a switch. When you get married, now sex is amazing and totally permissible. It’s confusing if we don’t understand what sex is and why it matters. I was raised in a Christian home and the church had a lot to say about the rule following behavior modification. But I didn’t know heart transformation so I pushed the envelope as far as I could. I rationalized and waived a banner of virginity, but didn’t know anything of purity. When I was younger, I came across some of my dad’s pornography and it seared something in me. I developed a decade long struggle and many women in the church are struggling with it. I lost my dad unexpectedly to suicide and tried to fill that void in college with physicality. I gave so much of myself away trying to get a man’s heart. Sophomore year of college I came to know Jesus and it completely transformed my life and heart. God immediately started a transformation for me in this area and I started an ‘intimacy fast’. I called it ‘kissless till next Christmas’. I knew I needed healing and this went on for two years. The next man I met was Jeremiah and we moved through our dating relationship with a reframed understanding, but we still struggled. We came to such a point of conviction to either flee or marry. We prayed about it separately and God gave us the same word of coming together in marriage. We stood at the altar and were able to stand there with great conviction about why we were marrying. We both had pasts that we hoped we could brush under the rug. Right at the start of marriage, all this stuff came crashing down. My sister-in-law shared this quote with me about how before marriage, the enemy will do what he can to bring us together, and after marriage, he’ll do what he can to keep us apart. His goal is to divide us. We have to process, seek forgiveness, break off connections we had with people and fight for our marriage. How is this less about behavior modification and more about heart transformation? When we’re waiving this banner of virginity for the sake of virginity, it’s a works-based answer to a life-surrender question. God is asking for all of our minds, all of our hearts and we’re like “what if I give you some semi-good behavior? But God is calling us to this greater heart condition of purity. Then virginity becomes a beautiful by-product. People are trying to modify their behavior but they’re not encountering true heart transformation. What do you suggest to other people who have baggage in their marriage? In the newlywed bed, especially, the enemy shames us into silence, confusion, and shame. This is where the gospel becomes practical. We have the strength and ability to break the chains of the shame and move through into healing. Whether you’re 30 years in or three weeks in, there’s beauty in coming to the person we’re in covenant with and having the conversation. It takes grace on both sides because processing through sexual stuff is scary. For my husband and myself, it’s a regular check in about what’s going on and there’s amazing freedom that comes from that vulnerability. What about the person who has tried to talk to their spouse and they don’t want to talk about it? The first place you can go is to talk to God about it. Prayer on behalf of our spouse is the best thing we can bring into the marriage covenant. Finding an accountability or prayer partner can also be really helpful. But navigating that in a careful way is important—not just gossiping about your marriage to someone. But having this person to carry our burdens can be really beneficial. And sometimes that can be a counselor. We can look at two stories to see who Jesus is in light of our sin—the woman at the well, who is a whore by all accounts. Jesus is at the well when she comes to draw water and he brings up all her sin and past. But in the face of her filth, he stays. And he offers her redemption and then sends her back to evangelize. Then with the adulteress to be stoned. Jesus says those without sin can cast the first stone. He stands with her and doesn’t cast a stone. This is who God is in response to our sexual sin. Sex is a unifying gift, a weapon against the enemy trying to divide us. There is power in healthy sexuality in marriage, and it’s worth it to work through the baggage. Talk a little bit about pornography, what it does, how to protect ourselves, and how to get healing. It’s important to remember that no temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man. Porn is a silent struggle and we are silenced by shame. This is an issue gripping the vast majority of people. I say that because it helps to understand how pervasively this has infiltrated our culture. The average school aged kid is exposed at nine years old; I was exposed at age eight. Porn is such a universal issue because it’s so accessible and is deeply dehumanizing us. One in five mobile searches is for porn. We are turning to quick fixes that sees other humans as body parts made for our pleasure instead of image bearing creations of God. It sickens and infects us and we become addicted to it. We have to stop rationalizing and see it as an all or nothing. When I first came to Christ, my prayer was “break my heart for what breaks yours, give me eyes to see the world as you do and make me more like you.” If we start praying that, we can’t see porn the same. There are some practical ways to help too—software like Covenant Eyes that will guard your devices. We have to practice some discernment about what we set before our eyes. Your one simple thing for this week: Start praying: “Create in me a clean heart, God.” Show Closing Thanks for joining us for the MarriedPeople Podcast. We hope you’ll subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and leave a review – they help us make the podcast better. We want to hear from you. Share with us on Facebook, Instagram or our site. If you want more resources, check out Your Best Us. You can find more from Mo on her website, Instagram, Twitter and her book. You can also set up Covenant Eyes on their website.
Join Doug Fields, Josh Griffin, Katie Edwards & Jason Carson for another weekly "team meeting." They will dive into your youth ministry questions, take time to encourage you, discuss ministry, and laugh together. It is just enough youth ministry so you don't feel guilty for listening. Check out some of the amazing resources and fantastic youth worker community at: http://downloadyouthministry.com
Rank #1: Episode 218 - We're Back!.
Join Doug Fields, Josh Griffin, Jason Carson & Katie Edwards for another weekly "team meeting." They will dive into your youth ministry questions, take time to encourage you, discuss ministry, and laugh together! Its just enough youth ministry so you don't feel guilty for listening. Check out more info and find ways to join the DYM community at: http://www.downloadyouthministry.com/webshow
Rank #2: Recruiting Volunteers, Training Volunteers, and When Things Go Sideways.
Josh Griffin, Doug Fields, and Katie Edwards talk about everything volunteers answering questions from youth pastors from around the world.Questions:06:14 What are some tips on being the new guy and still convincing people the importance of serving in student ministries?11:49 Asking for volunteers.18:16 Training volunteers.26:10 When things go sideways.==============================================Subscribe to The Download Youth Ministry YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMQq...==============================================Connect with DYM:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DownloadYMTwitter: https://twitter.com/downloadymInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/downloadym/Website: https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/Get $10 for FREE from the DYM store here: https://www.downloadyouthministry.com...Sign up for a Gold Member 30-day FREE trial: https://freetrial.downloadyouthminist...==============================================#youthministry #youthmin
Justin Knowles, Matthew Ferrer & Karl Romeus have open and honest conversations about real-life hacks in student ministry. This fearsome threesome will talk about things they do in student/youth ministry and have some friends come and join the conversation to share real life, helpful, time saving and efficient hacks to help you do ministry better.
Rank #1: Episode 05: Hacks On How To Change The Culture Of Your Ministry.
In this episode Matt and Justin chat through hacks in how to begin to change the culture of your ministry into something you as the leader desire to see. Chances are there are a few things that you want to change in your ministry. You want your students to respond better, take notes, you want your leaders to be an example of this. Whatever it is, this episode will talk through some hacks that you can begint to walk through with your ministry and hope take a step in the right direction.Here is the the DYM blog post mentioned:http://blog.downloadyouthministry.com/how-to-change-your-culture-to-something-you-desire/Use the hashtag #ymhacks and join the conversation. We would love to hear what you have to say!We want to answer your questions on the podcast, shoot us an email email@example.com
Rank #2: Episode 16: Hacks On How to Turn Vision Into A Movement with Terry Parkman of River Valley Church.
In this episode with Justin and Matthew sit down with Terry Parkman, the NextGen Pastor of River Valley Church in MN. They chat about how to turn your vision into motion. We talk through systems, vision, values and bahavior of how to carry out the vision that God has called you to for your ministry. Let me tell you, you are going to want to take notes. Justin and Mathew have listened to this, shared this with their teams and encourage you to do the same!TerryParkman.comCheck out Terry on IGhttps://www.instagram.com/terryparkman/
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Rank #1: Episode 65: Generation Z.
In this episode Ben and John Paul talk about Generation Z, how to minister to this generation, and cover stats that will help student ministers better understand this generation. About […] The post Episode 65: Generation Z appeared first on Student Ministry.
Rank #2: Episode 194: Developing Invested Leaders.
In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with Todd Adkins about how to develop invested leaders in your student ministry. Ben Trueblood Ben serves as the Director of […] The post Episode 194: Developing Invested Leaders appeared first on Student Ministry.
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
Rank #1: Episode 23: Sermon Prep w/ Sermonsmith Podcast.
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 @sermonsmithSupport the show
Rank #2: 141: What's Your Sermon Prep Like For Youth Ministry? .
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 Get Grow Curriculum and have a teaching plan for the whole year round! Support the show
The Longer Haul’s Jody Livingston and Chris Trent help you survive and thrive in your Youth Ministry or Student Ministry by giving you practical helps, tips, resources, and how-to’s. Get help through interviews and training to be more effective in your preaching, teaching, leading, partnering with families, building Youth Ministry teams, Youth Ministry events, managing your Youth Ministry and more. Whether you are a veteran, rookie, paid, or volunteer Youth Pastor, Youth Minister or Youth Worker, you will find encouragement and practical, scalable tools to have a greater influence on teens with the gospel. Find show notes at http://www.youthministrypodcast.com/
Rank #1: TLH076: Reasons to Leave Youth Ministry.
We, the Longer Haul Podcast team, are committed to... well... the Longer Haul. That's why we do the podcast. We know though, from experience that there are times when God makes it known that it's time to move on. There are seasons of change.The big question we all face is how do we know when it's time to leave? If God doesn't send a burning bush, how can we determine his plan regarding the current church we're serving in? These are hard questions and are often super emotional.In this episode, we tackle the reason WHY you should leave your church and the reasons why you should NOT leave your church. PLUS, Jody shares some personal news related to this very topic.PODCAST GROUP! Come and hang out and jump on some of our give-a-ways!Click here to join our Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast Facebook GroupLinks mentioned: When You Want to Stay and Can't Avoiding Burnout in Youth Ministry Be Soberly Reminded 25 Tips from 25 Years of Marriage While Serving in Youth Ministry Balancing Family and Youth Ministry Maturing as a Youth PastorResources mentioned7 Reasons to Leave Your Youth Ministry Position Consider This: The Youth Minister's Guide to Longevity by Chris Trent Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion by Wayne Cordeiro Is God Calling Me by Jeff Iorg IMMANUEL: 25 DAYS OF DEVOTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS/ADVENT by YM360SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR!YM360.comYM360 is the premier provider of youth ministry Bible study curriculum, student devotionals, Disciple Now resources, youth leader development, and summer camp experiences through GENERATE Camp by YM360.Check out YOUTH MINISTRY THREE SIXTY at YM360.com.For being a loyal listener use promo code: LONGERHAUL for 20% off your next order. some exclusions apply.HELP OTHER YOUTH PASTORS!If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss any future episodes, and please share it.Also, please leave an honest review for The Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They help others know the value of the show, and we read each and every one of them.
Rank #2: TLH020: Qualities of a Vibrant Youth Ministry.
What does a vibrant Youth Ministry look like? You might be surprised. In today's episode Mark Oestreicher (Marko) shares 4 qualities of a vibrant Youth Ministry. These are qualities that ANY Youth Ministry COULD have. There are some huge takeaways from this episode.Links mentioned:WhyIsMarko.com@markosbeardTheYouthCartel.comResources mentioned in this Podcast:Hopecasting: Finding, Keeping and Sharing the Things UnseenSaying Is Believing: The Necessity of Testimony in Adolescent Spiritual DevelopmentThe SummitIn this particular episode, you will learn:What qualities are needed for a vibrant Youth Ministry What students are thinking when they think of you Practical steps to implementing these qualities in your Youth MinistryI need your help! If you're enjoying the podcast please take a few minutes to subscribe and write a review on iTunes. It goes a long way in helping other Youth Pastors and Youth Workers find the podcast.You can do that right here!Support the Show
Want to grow as a youth worker but don't have a ton of time? Spend 15 minutes with Frank each week as he talks about what he is doing in his youth group and sharing what is on his mind regarding student ministry.
Rank #1: Episode 60: Youth Group As A Talk Show.
In this episode Frank explains how his entire service program has switched up to be like a talk show for the next couple weeks.Check out the sponsor Give Central! http://givecentral.orgSave$20 per student at Student Leadership Conference by using Promocode:PODCAST20Join the mailing list and follow me on social media! Go to http://FrankGil.meBowling CommercialMormon Haircuts VideoBox of LiesFUSE Camp CommercialLip Sync BattlePizza With A PastorService PDF
Rank #2: Episode 32: Students Sharing Testimonies & Free Youth Ministry Resources.
Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and get on our email list so you never miss an episode. This episode I talk about drinking ginger ale, students sharing their testimonies, and give away some free resources.
The Catalyst Podcast brings together change makers from across the globe to provide practical leadership and cultural insights through in-depth interviews with leaders, speakers, and authors. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rank #1: Episode 457: Priscilla Shirer // Aligning Your Priorities with His In Order to Fulfill Your Calling.
On this episode of the Catalyst podcast, Tyler Reagin sits down with Priscilla Shirer for a conversation about balancing the tension between ministry and family, finding the route to your calling, and her role in the new film, I Can Only Imagine
Rank #2: Episode 479: Francis Chan // If God had his way, what would the church look like?.
On this episode of the Catalyst Podcast Jason Haynes chats with Francis Chan about a biblical vision for the church. Is the American church still a community of radical, spirit filled believers who serve as a kingdom counter culture or has the church become mere observers and consumers. Listen in as Francis asks if God had his way, what would the church look like.
A Podcast About Leadership, Change and Personal Growth to Help Leaders Lead Like Never Before
Rank #1: CNLP 297: Gordon MacDonald Shares 8 Decades of Wisdom and Life Lessons, Father Wounds, the Dangers of Drivenness, Counselling a U.S. President, and What Leaders Struggle with Between Ages 32-42 and at Age 48 and Age 62.
Gordon MacDonald has written books read by millions, spoken to almost as many and has left a lasting impact on the leadership and heart of several generations.In this wide-ranging interview, Gordon...Read the whole entry... »
Rank #2: CNLP 173: Craig Groeschel Deconstructs His Approach to Preaching, Leadership, Success, The Future and More.
Craig Groeschel has become a virtual leadership encyclopedia. Plus he has a generous spirit and character to match it. In a wide-ranging interview, Craig deconstructs his method for sermon...Read the whole entry... »