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Welcome to the Embrace the Awkward Podcast, where we have one goal in mind! To help you handle awkward better! Join DJ and Kyle each week to discuss the weird and fringe moments of life and ministry!
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Summer can totally sneak up on you, and guess what. It is here! In episode 37, DJ and Kyle give five practical tips and tricks to help you plan an AMAZING summer! Share this episode with someone who has made your summer awesome in the past!
Have you or a loved one looked at the date recently and exclaimed, "Wow, it's May?" As we wrap up another school year, Kyle and DJ want to bring you some practical tips and tricks for wrap up your school year well, and finish strong!
In this episode, Kyle and DJ share some practical tips and tricks for planning your mission trip. Have questions? Need more info? Be sure to check out our instagram for some extra tips and tricks!
In this episode, DJ interviews Kyle about his experience on his mission trip to Costa Rica during COVID-19.
What? Yep, you read that right. Even though you might not think it, there IS a downside to short term missions. In this episode, DJ and Kyle talk about some of the things we often dismiss or don't think about in mission trips. If you haven't listened to episode 32, go check it out now!
As youth workers, missions is obviously so important. In this episode, DJ and Kyle are talking about the positive and negative sides of short term mission trips. Maybe surprisingly, there might be a few negative sides, but the positives are so, so great. Tune in for this episode full of wisdom from Kyles years of mission trips!
In the second installment of the Awkward Book Club, DJ and Kyle review a few well-aged ministry books. Be sure to share with us your dust collecting books from your shelf!
If you haven't listened to our last few episodes, GO DO IT NOW! In this episode, DJ and Kyle give their top ten tips for multi-sensory preaching and teaching, which engages more senses than one, and will DRIVE YOUR ENGAGEMENT UP wildly. 
In this episode, Kyle and DJ talk about how we can be better at teaching and preaching by using more senses than just hearing. You have a powerful message, and that message deserves to be said in a powerful way. 
How can you get the most out of your time on stage? We all want to be great speakers. How can we be engaging speakers with a lasting effect. As youth workers, our message is important. In this four part series, Kyle and DJ want to give you practical tips and tricks to be a better speaker, increase your engagement, maximize your stage time, and amp up your illustrations game through multi sensory teaching. 
In this episode, Kyle and DJ talk about increasing the audience engagements in your sermons and messages. What you say is important. How can you keep your audience interested?
In this episode, Kyle and DJ are joined by the amazing Jake Stemo, leader of Presence Worship. Jake brings amazing experience and passion for the Kingdom, and in episode 26, discusses everything from starting a youth band from nothing to the importance of true worship in John 4. 
In this episode, Kyle and DJ are joined by the amazing Jake Stemo, leader of Presence Worship. Jake brings amazing experience and passion for the Kingdom, and in episode 26, discusses everything from starting a youth band from nothing to the importance of true worship in John 4. 
In this episode, Kyle and DJ talk about their predictions (some strange, some scary, some passionately accurate) for the year. 2020 was a year like no-one could have imagined. What are your predictions for the church in 2021? Let us know on the Embrace the Awkward Podcast community on Facebook!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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In the last episode, Kyle and DJ talked about the awkwardness of following a really bad youth worker. You might seem like the savior! There are, however, two sides to every coin. Sometimes, you might follow a really good youth worker. You might have to win favor, or overcome a preconceived notion about yourself. 
The reality is, someone will come after you. In your case, you probably came after someone! What do you do when the person you are following was pretty bad? In this episode, Kyle and DJ discuss how to start your job on the right foot when you find yourself in this position. In part 2, we flip the coin and take a look at how to follow a great youth worker.
In the inception episode of the ABC (awkward book club) DJ and Kyle review several very outdated books. Times have certainly changed, and it can be fun to look back and see the evidence of that. 
Episode 20, WOW! We are thankful that you share life with us, and listen to us week after week share about the awkwardness of ministry. In this episode, DJ and Kyle talk about some of the ways to kill game time. Games are necessary for youth ministry, how can we make sure we use them effectively?
Hey parents! Welcome to the Embrace the Awkward Podcast! As you'll hear, we have one goal in mind, and that is to help you handle awkward better. Parenting can be awkward, we know that. Especially when navigating a teen through the world of social media. We recorded this episode specifically for you, and packed it full of helpful hints and encouragement for you as you parent your student. 
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