In episode 98 of After 9 Zac chats with Greg Stier from Dare 2 Share about youth ministry, evangelism, and the missing ingredients from your student ministry. Youth pastors of churches of any size will enjoy Greg's passion for evangelism and equipping your ministry. Also, a fight breaks out that the Holy Spirit Bruce Lee punches to stop
In episode 97 Zac, Chad, & Kristen talk about appropriate expectations for middle school aged youth in your student ministry. Seriously, are we all off-base? Why is it so hard to communicate with middle students, are they not capable of deep thoughts? What is the right amount of time to teach them? How many games should we play each week? Why is tilapia not a safe fish to throw and catch?
In this interview episode of After 9 Zac sits down with Professor Andrew Zirschky the Academic Director Center for Youth Ministry Training. Stories of near-death, new life, and dynamic ways to rethink youth ministry are all present in this thoughtful episode. Enjoy Dr. Z's energy, humor, and experience (and turn your assignments in on time!
In episode 94 Zac interviews author, coach, creative, and youth minister Stephen Ingram about leadership and establishing organic systems in youth ministry that are sustainable enough to outlive a youth pastor. Hear the 20 years worth of wisdom and insight from an author who has lived it and now works to help other student pastors glimpse a new vision of youth ministry leadership.
In episode 93 of After 9 Zac and Chad talk about how Zac found success in pulling off the biggest change in the history of his youth ministry (Hint: it wasn't more budget dollars or a better communicator). A youth minister mastermind group can help you identify the challenge, clarify the work, and evaluate the process. Whether you are plowing ahead or working to make big changes in your student ministry this episode is for you
In this interview episode Zac sits down with Hunter "Gatherer" Gillis of Calgary, AB to talk about youth ministry in Canada and what working with your spouse in ministry really looks like. Hunter has served as a volunteer small group leader, camp leader, and on staff as a student pastor. His humorous stories about middle school ministry will make you chuckle and his insight to working as a youth minister a part of team will guide you.
You may have used different words to describe it, but we know that sometime this week you thought, "is this successful? am I successful?" In episode 91 of After 9 Zac and Chad have got your back as they deep dive on what the term success even means for youth ministers and student pastors and how we even begin to describe or achieve it.
In a special episode of After 9 Zac sits down with MMA fighter and missionary Justin Wren to talk about his work in the Congo and his fight to end the water crisis in Africa. Even though Justin is not a youth minister in the tradition sense his work with young people and sense of vocation are inspiring to those who work with young people. Enjoy Justin's warmth, story, and renewed purpose.