Doug Fields, Josh Griffin, Katie Edwards and Matt McGill return for episode 160. The gang quickly jump into your questions about: Doug’s blog, a volunteer dating students, teaching help, picking volunteers for events, student leadership conference, depression and suicide, and feeling bad about leaving a ministry.

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What happens when the boys are left all alone? We are about to find out. Today’s show is just Doug, Matt and Josh. They tackle questions about: the YouthMinistry.com Daily, getting students excited about bringing their friends, communication, boyfriends / Girlfriends at youth group, strangest thing you’ve ever done for a volunteer, and getting students to go to church on Sunday. We’d also like to thank our sponsor: www.thelifebook.com

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The gang returns to the table for a little youth ministry conversation. Doug asks the question: “What have you been learning in youth ministry lately?” Everyone takes a turn answering, and they even sneak in a few of your questions.

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What happens when they move the podcast to the morning? You’ll have to watch to find out. Doug, Matt, Katie, and Josh get together early to talk about confronting a defensive student, communicating with leaders, costs of putting on your own summer camp, double messages to Junior and Senior High services.

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If you do these 3 things well in youth ministry, you’ll do alright:

Learn well
Always be a learner – read everything you can get your hands on in whatever field you can. Push your thinking. Create an idea file. Open an Evernote account and when something strikes you – write it down. Learn from your mistakes. Make the same mistakes as few times as possible (hey it happens). Learn the easy way. Try new things. Always experiment with ideas that could be the breakthrough to make you more effective in your calling. Spend time with God and let Him lead you more than any other voice.

Lead well
Be a lover of people. Only take the best volunteers. Believe in people. Surround yourself with good people – people who will lead you well and people you can lead well. Together you will work together to keep your ministry healthy and balanced on the eternal purposes of God. Have the hard conversations. Push for the best idea, not the easiest. Don’t be afraid of speaking your mind, but remember that the best leaders listen first.

Leave well
This is a tough one – so many youth ministry departures are in less than ideal conditions. But transition is a test of your character and if you leave poorly you’ll probably repeat many of the mistakes. Dialogue what you think God may be asking you to do next. Have mentors at the ready when you feel God’s nudging. Working hard until the last day, making sure the transition plan is in place and fighting for a good handoff is the only way to go.

I’m timing this post to tonight at 7:45pm, when I’ll be sharing these words about Ryanne Witt at her going away party this evening. Ryanne is leaving our high school staff (after a total of 7 years at Saddleback in various roles) to work with my good friend Matt McGill over at Mariner’s Church. Ryanne, thanks for doing these 3 things so well and more. Proud of you and where God takes you from here.

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Its that time again. Doug Fields, Matt McGill, Katie Edwards, and Josh Griffin are here to answer your questions. After a discussion of Cracker Barrel Diners, Drive Thru and Dash (Doug almost got it right), and other places to eat while traveling, the gang jumps into your questions. Topics include: A special needs followup, new believers as volunteers, volunteer motivation, adding to your job description, family ministry, steak dinners, students attending multiple youth groups, and whats most vital in your ministry.

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Lucky or Blessed?
Back in the studio after SYMC and Doug, Josh, and Katie are hoping that Matt really shows up today. After a catching up they tackle questions about: the Goonies, Doug as a boss and volunteer, getting respect as a young leader, special needs students in your ministry, reaching out to visitors, and giving parenting advice.

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Episode 154: Live from the Simply Youth Ministry Conference in Chicago. Doug, Matt, Katie, and Josh and 400 of your podcast friends all together in one place.

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