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Episode 023: Meet a Volunteer turned Professional Counselor turned Marriage & Family Pastor (a.k.a. Let’s Get Mental)

Episode 023: Meet a Volunteer turned Professional Counselor turned Marriage & Family Pastor (a.k.a. Let’s Get Mental)

Listen to “Episode 23: Meet a Volunteer turned Professional Counselor turned Marriage & Family Pastor (a.k.a. Let’s Get Mental)” on Spreaker. Marty Graverson joins me on this episode to share his story and provide some important thoughts on mental health. There are three valuable conversations in this interview that apply to any of us in …

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Episode 022 – Live From DYM200 with Kurt Johnston

Episode 022 – Live From DYM200 with Kurt Johnston

Listen to “Episode 22: Live from DYM 200 w/Kurt Johnston” on Spreaker. Live from DYM 200, I am joined by a youth ministry legend! In youth ministry since 1988, Kurt Johnston has been at Saddleback Church since 1997. Although he leads Saddleback’s kids and youth teams, he’s still a junior high pastor at heart. Kurt …

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Episode 021 – What We Do With Small Groups

Episode 021 – What We Do With Small Groups

Janelle joins me for her THIRD appearance as we talk about the why, the what and the how of our Small Group ministry. I love being a part of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network. Check out My Third Decade’s Page and all the other DYM Podcast Network podcasts HERE. Listen to “Episode 21: What We …

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Episode 020 – Meet My Favorite Intern

Episode 020 – Meet My Favorite Intern

Geoff Cocanower joins me for a conversation on internships. Geoff took part in all three types of internships we do at our church, and he was my first-ever resident intern, joining us for three years post-college to be trained up and take ministry responsibility before being launched out. I love being a part of the …

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Episode 019 – You Asked Some Qs and I Have Some As

Episode 019 – You Asked Some Qs and I Have Some As

Thanks to Jordan, Erin, Tim, Monica, Kevin, and Anonymous for the great questions. I’d love to do more of these in the future, but I need questions. You can submit those by going to http://podcast.downloadyouthministry.com and click on the submit questions tab in the right corner. You can also email derry@mythirddecade.com or DM me through …

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Episode 018 – Meet a Former Student and Intern Who Got Married

Episode 018 – Meet a Former Student and Intern Who Got Married

Definitely my most controversial episode title to date, but it’s not as scandalous as it seems. Kory and Alison Lantz are a former student and intern who did get married. Kory was a part of the youth group and graduated in 2005. Ali came on as an intern in 2007. The two of them met …

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Episode 017 – Meet a Student Impacted by Summer Camps

Episode 017 – Meet a Student Impacted by Summer Camps

This is a bonus episode. I recorded an interview with one of our Seniors talking about for a podcast we do with our church. In it, he talked about the impact our Summer Camps have had on him. I asked the student (Dawson) if he would be okay with me sharing our conversation with my …

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Episode 016 – Meet My Ministry Assistants

Episode 016 – Meet My Ministry Assistants

Janelle Prenkert (my wife) and Kristy Mikel (a former student and mentee of my wife who turned into her best friend) are the two primary Administrative Assistants I’ve had over my time in my role. We sit down together and talk about our stories, why they love what they do, and best practices between the …

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015 – Meet My Former Student Brad Bullock

015 – Meet My Former Student Brad Bullock

Meet Brad Bullock, one of the first students to say I was like a father to him (I was 25 at the time)! Brad Bullock is a former student who met his wife in our youth group. He is now the youth pastor at Pathway Community Church in Fort Wayne, IN. I love being a …

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013 – Meet My Replacement

013 – Meet My Replacement

Meet Tim Veenstra, the guy who took my job, and keeps taking it! We are consistently coached to multiply ourselves or make ourselves replaceable as a leader in youth ministry, but what do you do when you meet the person you believe is supposed to take your position, but you don’t sense it’s time for …

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