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012 – What We Do With Missions Trips

012 – What We Do With Missions Trips

Every once in a while I want to share what we do in our ministry and why we do it. The hope is not for you to copy and paste what we do, but hopefully pull some principles and ideas that could be transferred to your context. In this episode, I share about 5 keys …

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Episode 011 – Failures

Episode 011 – Failures

20+ years of youth ministry comes with it’s share of struggles and failures. In this episode I walk through four failures in how I approached ministry at different points along the way. I love being a part of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network. Check out My Third Decade’s Page and all the other DYM …

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Episode 010 – What We Do With 6th Grade

Episode 010 – What We Do With 6th Grade

In this episode, 1.I answer a question about a female pastor ministering to male students. 2.I answer a question about hiring young staff. 3.I talk about what we do to transition our 6th Grade into the Student Ministry world. I love being a part of the Download Youth Ministry Podcast Network. Check out My Third Decade’s …

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Episode 09 – What We Do With Seniors

Episode 09 – What We Do With Seniors

Every once in a while I want to share what we do in our ministry and why we do it. The hope is not for you to copy and paste what we do, but hopefully pull some principles and ideas that could be transferred to your context. In this episode, I talk about Graduation season …

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Episode 08 – Meet My Mentor

Episode 08 – Meet My Mentor

When it came to introducing you to my friends, it only made sense to start with my wife Janelle Prenkert. It also only made sense to have the second guest by my mentor Terry Bley. Terry is the one who brought me on staff at my church and willingly moved to the side to allow …

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Episode 07 – Meet My Wife

Episode 07 – Meet My Wife

It’s time for Phase 2 in the My Third Decade Universe. Phase 1 has been MY STORY… solo shows all centering around my journey of 20+ years in Student Ministry at the same church and lessons learned along the way. In Phase 2 you are going to meet MY PEOPLE… these episodes will be interviews …

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Episode 06 – Clout Builders and Clout Killers

Episode 06 – Clout Builders and Clout Killers

Clout… say that word 10 times and it will sound really weird. I say it about 50 times in this episode as I talk about ways I was able to build up relational credibility and trust among key groups tied to my ministry life. I walked through a lot of stuff so here’s some lists …

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Episode 05 – Sprint, Walk, Rest

Episode 05 – Sprint, Walk, Rest

Daily balance in the Student Ministry world is a pipe dream, but balance can be found over a span of time. This episode draws from a blogpost you can read HERE. 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 …

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Episode 04 – Five Times I Almost Quit

Episode 04 – Five Times I Almost Quit

If you think the past 21 years of Student Ministry at the same church have been filled with only Skittles, rainbows and ponies, be prepared for disappointment. The reality is ministry can get tough, tricky and lonely. We may want to quit or give up. I have. I love being a part of the Download …

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Episode 003 – Nailing the Transitions Part 2

Episode 003 – Nailing the Transitions Part 2

“With longevity comes the need to reinvent yourself.” (thanks for the quote Jalen Rose) Last episode, we talked about ways I’ve transitioned my role inside my current church and youth ministry. This episode, we talk navigating life transitions and milestones that may create a need to “reinvent yourself.” I love being a part of the …

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