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A Wonderful Little Ministry….That You’ve Never Heard Of.

 —  June 13, 2013 — 2 Comments


I love how vast our little youth ministry world is! I really like discovering men and women who finding their own unique ways to minister to teenagers. If I was a millionaire I would seek out these “little guys” in the ministry world and fund the crap out of them (Yes, that’s my way of trying to make a deal with God!)!

Through a series of random events I recently met Larry and Leslie, the hosts of a podcast for teenagers called “Teen Christian Ministries Live”. Teen Christian Ministries Live is a series of 30(ish) minute podcasts hosted by Larry Roy and Leslie Lamb that tackles a variety of tough issues teenagers are facing. Here is the timeline of my exposure to TML:

– Like any young/small ministry would, TCM Live reached out to Saddleback asking if somebody there would be willing to check out their podcast. Their email was forwarded to me.

– I agreed (because, like I mentioned, I love being exposed to new things…), but was fairly certain I’d be underwhelmed.

– I snooped around their website for 20 minutes and really liked what I saw.

– I reached out to Larry and asked if he’d like to spend 30 minutes on the phone.

– He agreed. And yesterday I spent some time with Larry and Leslie talking about their hopes and dreams for TCM Live.

– The more we talked, the more I liked them and what they are trying to do! I think they face an uphill battle for awareness and are going to struggle to actually get students to watch a 30 minute web-based show, but they are aware of those challenges.

– After hanging up the phone, I felt like even though I’m not a millionaire and can’t fund the crap out of them (and I think I would if I was. Are you listening, God?), I decided I’d do what I could to help them out. This little blog post is one thing I can do!

I just want to pass them along to you because I truly think what they are offering might be a really helpful thing for some of the kids in your youth group. Could you put together an equally effective series of videos for your students? Probably. Have you? Probably not.

Check them out. If you like what you see…share it with some of your hurting students!

Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston


Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

2 responses to A Wonderful Little Ministry….That You’ve Never Heard Of.

  1. Kurt, I want to thank you for your support and endorsement of our organization. We at TCM believe that true unity in the Body of Christ is the ONLY way to truly even begin to live out the Great Commission. Thank you so much for being willing to listen to our hearts and for being such a wonderfully approachable guy! Thank you for helping us to remind teens and young adults around the world that they are NOT alone!

  2. Thanks Kurt! Larry and Leslie are amazing youth workers whom I’ve gotten to know over the past year and I am so amazed at what their doing for the kingdom! Thanks for spreading a good word for them!

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