Youth Ministry Volunteer Podcast


March 10, 2020


  • “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -  Abraham Lincoln 

  • Preparation is needed for great ministry. 

  • Without God, man cannot do anything. Without man, God will not do anything. 

  • Joshua was a great leader of the Israelites, leading them to the Promised Land. 

  • Joshua went through great preparation in order for God to do great things in and through him. 

    • Exodus 17:9,10,13-14 - Joshua led the victorious battle against the Amalekites

    • Exodus 24:13 - Joshua accompanied the Jewish leader to the mountain of God

    • Numbers 11:28 - Joshua was the attendant of Moses from his youth. 

    • Numbers 13:16 - Joshua’s name changes from Hosea (salvation) to Joshua (the Lord saves)

    • Numbers 14:6-10,30,38 - Joshua, with Caleb and 10 others, spied out the land of Canaan. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones who urged the nation to possess the land and, thus, they were the only ones who actually entered the land. 

    • Numbers 27:18-23 - Joshua was indwelt with the Holy Spirit, and was commissioned to serve the Lord for the first time. 

    • Numbers 32:12 - Joshua follows the Lord faithfully

    • Deuteronomy 31:23 - Joshua commissioned a second time 

    • Deuteronomy 34:9 - Joshua was filled with the spirit of wisdom

  • When we get to Joshua 1, I wonder if the trusting God was trusting in God above his experience. 

  • Still, preparation was key for Joshua to be who he was and how he was going to lead. 


  • Preparation does not mean knowing everything, but being ready for anything. 


  • Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction - 2 Timothy 4:2

    • The role of a youth leader is to teach the Word of God to their students. 

      • This can come in teaching in main session, large group - or through small group questions. 

      • Our role is to teach the Word of God, completely, to our students. 

    • Here, the word prepared (or to be ready), gives the idea of urgency or readiness, like a soldier prepared to go into battle.

    • That they are ready and able to teach God’s word when it’s popular and not popular, convenient or not convenient. 





March 5, 2020


  • Everything that we do as youth leaders is built on a foundation of trust. 

  • Trust is built with being present in the life of your student. 

  • Your student will not care what you know, until they know that you care. 

  • You need to be present in order for students to know that you care. 

  • When you are present as a youth leader, you begin to create an environment of community for those you are going to minister to. 

  • javascript:;You read throughout Acts how present people were - and you see the kind of life change that people went through. 

    • Acts 2:42-47 - the fellowship of the Believers 

      • There was devotion to teaching, and fellowship, and eating together. 

      • Those who believed were together and had things in common

      • They sold possessions for each other, and distributed the proceeds to each other. 

      • They were there for each other. 

      • They had glad and generous hearts towards one another. 

    • Acts 9 when Saul is converting to the faith. 

      • God speaks to Ananias and tells him to go look for Saul. 

      • Ananias is afraid that he will go to jail, but God tells him in verse 15 - that Saul (later Paul) was a chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel - Acts 9:15

      • We know the kind of man that Saul became, but part of his story is Ananias being present to minister. 

        • So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit” - Acts 9:17

    • Acts 8 Philip speaks with the Ehtiopian Eunuch

      • Angel of the Lord tells Philip to go to Gaza where he meets this Eunuch. 

      • Eunuch was reading passage (reading Isaiah)

      • Philip helps explain what the passage means and shares the gospel. 

      • The Eunuch sees a body of water and wants to get baptized

        • Desires to move forward in his relationship with God. 



How do we do this? 3 things



  • Show when you’re supposed to show up. 







  • Part of building great trust with students is  also showing up in random parts in your students' lives. 

    • Concerts

    • Football games

    • Recitals

    • Birthday parties

    • Family lunches and dinners (when invited)

    • Christian clubs (when invited)

  • You also randomly show up to things that are hard. 

    • Memorial services

    • Hospital visits

    • Death of family members

    • Divorce 

    • Bad days at schools 

You’re not a know it all and that’s a good thing

You’re not a know it all and that’s a good thing

February 25, 2020

Episode 13

You’re not a know it all, and that’s a good thing

  • Ever feel like you don’t know enough about the Bible or Christianity? Has that ever let you stop volunteering in youth or kids’ ministry? DON’T LET IT!
  • Youth group is about showing and growing the students into a relationship with Jesus, but it’s also about being a positive impact on them through our own life experience.
  • IF you don’t know a lot about the bible but have a passion to see student does not go down the same path you did, volunteer anyway and allow the youth leader to invest and disciple you!
  • Believe it or not, the youth leader wants to invest and disciple the volunteers, just as much as they want to invest in the students.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the youth leader to meet with you regularly for leader development and discipleship.
Attendance and Interaction are Key

Attendance and Interaction are Key

February 18, 2020

Episode 12

Attendance and Interaction are Key

  • Have you ever showed up to youth group and there was “nothing for your to do”? Great!!! That means you have more time to personal interact with students!
  • A lot of times, the biggest way you can support the youth leader, is just by showing up and interacting with the students. This frees the youth leader up to do what he/she needs to do, and it gives them peace of mind knowing that there are other adults in the room that care for the students and will make sure that no student feels lonely or unwelcomed.
Be there FOR THE students, not just with the Students.

Be there FOR THE students, not just with the Students.

February 11, 2020

Episode 11

Be there FOR THE students, not just with the Students.

  • Now that we have made the commitment to serve on a consistent basis, what are we doing while we are at youth group?
  • Many times, leaders tend to seek each other out and only talk to other leaders.
  • If you want to invest in the students’ lives, you have to get out of your comfort zone and interact with the students, not other leaders.
  • Just like going to the Gym and sitting in the lobby on a regular basis doesn’t impact your muscle growth, going to youth group events and talking with other adults or playing on your phone on a regular basis doesn’t positively impact the students in a discipleship manner.
Consistency An Impact Are Connected

Consistency An Impact Are Connected

February 4, 2020

Episode 10

Consistency An Impact Are Connected

  • When we sign up to volunteer in youth group, we must prioritize youth group meeting times above most other events. This is the only way that consistency in the lives of the students will take place.
  • IF you want to make an Impact in the lives of the teens you serve, you have to be consistent in their lives.
  • Consistency in youth group events, church meetings, students’ extra-curricular events are going to show the students that you truly care about them and have their best interests in mind for them.
Know why you are serving in youth ministry.

Know why you are serving in youth ministry.

January 28, 2020

Episode 9

Know why you are serving in youth ministry.

  1. Unless we know why we are serving it is hard for us to be able to fully commit to the commitment that is needed and required of us in youth ministry. 
  2. If we are not committed, then it’s easy to get complacent and or distracted with reasons why we can’t attend youth meetings, events, etc.
  3. Knowing why you are committed will give you longevity when youth ministry seems mundane or redundant.
Christmas Break Ideas Youth Ministry Volunteer Podcast Sunrise Church Junior High High School

Christmas Break Ideas Youth Ministry Volunteer Podcast Sunrise Church Junior High High School

December 24, 2019

Episode 8

Christmas Break Ideas

Christmas break is an easy time to connect with your students.

Here are 10 easy ways to connect with your small group over the Christmas break

  1. Go to Walmart and buy a box of 10-20 blank cards and send them out. Hand written anything is like gold these days
  2. The day after Christmas go grab some 50% off items and drop them off at the doorsteps of your group with a little note on it.
  3. Movies! There are always great movies at Christmas time. Send a group text to your small group and let them know you will meet them at the theater for a movie. I highly recommend PG or G! Find the latest animated movie. Make sure there are more than 1 that show up and/or have a spouse/friend join you. Find out about a movie beforehand at places like pluggedin.
  4. Youth ministry event - we are having a lock in. If there is some event your youth group is already doing...get your students to it!
  5. Movie night or game night in your home or a parents’ home. 
  6. Create an elf yourself video with you and the students in your group. Post it on social media. Send it to your group.
  7. Do a scavenger hunt. This is super fun to do. You can find all sorts of ideas online. Pinterest. etc.
  8. Go see the Christmas lights. There is always a “candy cane lane” type of place that could get on that show Christmas Light Fights
  9. Go caroling. Pick a neighborhood and carol with your group. 
  10. Have everyone bring $5 after Christmas. Go shopping at a store for the post Christmas sales and shop for some homeless family. Go and deliver it together.


Special Guest Justin Herman, Part 3 Youth Ministry Volunteer Podcast Sunrise Church Junior High High School

Special Guest Justin Herman, Part 3 Youth Ministry Volunteer Podcast Sunrise Church Junior High High School

December 17, 2019
Parents - if a parent disciplines one of your students...Don’t talk the parents down. Coach your students to engage with their parents and own what they new to own. 
Your student wins. 
Their parents win. 
You win. 
Win. Win. Win. 
Prayer - it’s so powerful. Let’s not just use it as a token moment. 
Apps - A couple of apps to keep track of prayer requests. EvernotePrayer Notebook
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Special Guest Justin Herman, Part 2 No student shaming & Follow up on missing students.  Youth Ministry volunteer podcast sunrise church

Special Guest Justin Herman, Part 2 No student shaming & Follow up on missing students.  Youth Ministry volunteer podcast sunrise church

December 10, 2019

Episode 6

Special Guest Justin Herman

No student shaming & Follow up on missing students. 
Don’t call out a student from the stage. 
That’s obvious. 
The key today is not shaming students for actions they are taking like dating. 
Try to put yourself back in your middle school and high school self. What you dealt with was the most important thing in the world to you. When you shake students for what they are in your shot down conversations. 
Follow up on students who aren’t there. 
This is especially key for small group leaders. When a student knows they were missed they will want to come back. When they don’t hear from anyone and they don’t come back they will remember that no one reached out. 
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