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Ministry Coach: Youth Ministry Tips & Resources

Author: Kristen Lascola

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Kristen Lascola from North Coast Church gives weekly insight and tips on how to build healthy leaders, teams and churches in Youth Ministry. With over 17 years in Student Ministry, Kristen shares her knowledge and experiences and frequently features guests from various ministries, churches and leadership roles so that you can use proven strategies to increase your impact from your leadership role. This podcast will help you grow your leadership skills, enhance your ministry, build a volunteer staff, grow your influence and create a healthy work environment so that you can help take the ministry God has you in to the next level. Hit subscribe and get ready to advance your leadership! 

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Do you have a youth group that has a tendency to be wild and a bit out of control? Youth ministry can be a delicate dance of being able to ramp up the excitement, but also reign it in and channel it into a time of focus. In this episode, we discuss the balance of student ministry where we can keep things fun but not let things get out of control. These 4 tips will help your youth pastor leadership skills and planning so you can develop a youth group that keeps a healt...
**FOR A PDF OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUMMER OLYMPIC YOUTH GROUP GAMES - EMAIL US AT MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com - and put in the subject or description "SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES" and we will send it over to you!** What better activity to do during the summer this year than a Youth Ministry Summer Olympics Event! In this episode we will be going over how to plan, promote and perfect a Summer Olympic Event for your youth group. In addition to that, we will also be giving you a ton of ...
Do you ever find yourself questioning how to elevate your teaching to resonate with your student ministry? In this episode, we will guide you through a journey of self-improvement in youth ministry teaching. We promise to leave you with actionable insights and new-found confidence if you follow these 3 youth pastor tips. As a youth pastor, the message you craft is a bridge between the biblical text and the hearts of your students, and we're passionate about helping you construct those b...
Is your desire to create a healthy and authentic worship culture? Today, we will be sharing 5 tips to help enhance your youth group's worship experience, not simply for the outward physical expression, but the inward spiritual connection. This episode will hopefully offer a jolt of encouragement for those times you might question the impact of your student ministry based on what you see—or don't see—during worship.Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? Check...
Leadership in youth ministry isn't for the weak...it takes thick skin and a tender heart. In this episode, we share the unvarnished truth about what it takes to guide the next generation as a youth pastor. We'll equip you with four essential principles that'll transform your leadership approach so that you can better serve the students and leaders in your student ministry.Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? Check outGrowYourYouthMinistry.com *****==...
Have you ever equated the success of your youth ministry with the number of seats filled? Or have you ever looked at a larger youth ministry and quietly judged them in your heart...possibly without even knowing the whole truth? Join us as we take a look at leadership within small youth ministries, and reveal why chasing after a packed room might be a misguided goal. Despite what you might think, this episode isn't just about numbers; it's about taking pause to look at your leadership an...
Youth pastors wear many hats within youth ministry and often times it causes them to get bogged down with so much of the weight to bear. In this episode, we take a look at some specialized teams that can be a game changer for student ministry. These teams can not only make your life easier, but your youth ministry so much better!Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? Check outGrowYourYouthMinistry.com *****=======We love hearing from you all and we do ...
Summer is coming, and with it, the usual youth ministry challenges—inconsistent attendance and scarce volunteers. However, we're here to tell you that keeping your youth group thriving through these warm months is not only possible but vital. In this episode, we have 5 things that youth pastors need to do this summer in their student ministry to be a lifeline for building momentum, deepening relationships, and fostering discipleship. Are you looking to grow the size and health of your y...
Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? Check outGrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** Youth ministry can be broken down into 4 main phases, which one of them are you currently in? Navigating the ebbs and flows of student ministry can often feel like an uphill battle, but the view from the top makes every step worth it. From learning to building to fine-tuning and striving for excellence join us for this episode to help you identify where you are at in your p...
Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? Check outGrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** Are your youth ministry discipleship efforts missing on critical element? Discover the key ingredient to transformative youth discipleship and puts practicality directly into the forefront. We will be looking at Jesus's model of discipleship and discuss how to equip your students with not just knowledge but real-world experiences that will foster their spiritual growth.&nb...
Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? Check outGrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a midweek youth group program, trying to focus on the announcements or message, only to be sidetracked by a pair of teenagers cuddling in the corner? It’s a situation many church leaders know all too well, and it's the heart of our latest episode where we grapple with the challenge of public displays of affection (PDA) in youth ministry.&nb...
Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? Check outGrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** Ever wondered what can make or break the effectiveness of a youth ministry? Join us as we expose 3 red flags that could be stifling your ministry's impact. This episode is a revealing look at how to sustain your passion and maintain consistent effort—no matter the inevitable ups and downs. It's a frank discussion calling for stronger leadership frameworks, acknowledg...
Have you ever felt like a deer caught in the headlights when leading a youth ministry? Today's podcast is here to guide anyone feeling the weight of imposter syndrome through the wilderness of youth ministry. We'll unpack the layers of student ministry and show you how to evaluate and enhance your confidence with some step by step actions. In this excerpt from an "Ask Me Anything" episode, we answer a question from Flowerful29 in regards to gaining confidence as a youth pastor.📕 R...
Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry?GrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** Has your student leadership team become a clique within your youth group? In this excerpt from an "Ask Me Anything" episode, we answer a question from Jesse Howell in regards to avoiding a student leadership team becoming an alienating group within your youth ministry. We unpack the dangers of creating a 'members only' clique and how that can disastrously impact a youth group's dynamics. I...
Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry?GrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** Are you ready to inject some serious energy & life into your youth ministry? In this episode we will be highlight the keys to a program that keeps students coming back for more! We will be discussing the balance between free time and structured activities and sharing our secrets to creating an environment that's both engaging and inclusive. If you've ever struggled with tailoring your ...
**FOR A PDF OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR EASTER YOUTH GROUP GAMES - EMAIL US AT MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com - and put in the subject or description "EASTER GAMES" and we will send it over to you!** In this episode, we discuss 4 Super fun, super easy Easter Games for your youth ministry! Email us to get 8 MORE Easter Games which can work for a variety of youth ministry sizes! SHOPPING LIST BELOW... ***If you are looking to GROW your youth ministry, check out the Youth Ministry ...
Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry?GrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** Youth ministry spouses often find themselves in a delicate balance of supportive partnership and individual identity. As we peel back the curtain on the pros and cons of being a student ministry spouse, we invite you to join us for a candid discussion filled with stories, challenges, and laughter. This episode isn't just about the unique pressures and expectations we face; it's about...
Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry?GrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** In this episode, we will be focusing on how small groups play such a vital discipleship role in our youth ministries. These aren't just casual meetups; they're the very lifeblood of discipleship that cultivates deep connections among young believers. You'll learn how to craft a nurturing space where questions aren't just welcomed, they're encouraged—where faith can flourish in the rich soil of h...
📕 Book Mentioned in this Podcast: Growing Young by Kara Powell ***** Ever wondered what it looks like when teenagers aren't just spectating but actively shaping their faith community in youth ministry? In this episode, we will be highlighting the profound effects of lifting up youth in student ministry, revealing how roles of responsibility can ignite personal and collective spiritual growth. We will also be discussing some practical ways for you to help platform the students in y...
The reputation for you, the youth pastor, and of your youth ministry needs to constantly be given attention. So how do you receive impeccable reputation in the world of youth ministry? That is what this episode is all about! We're handing you the blueprint to ensure every interaction with staff, parents, and students reinforces the integrity and impact of your leadership. From the echoes of our reputations shaping discussions in our absence to the profound influence of the s...
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