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#908 || #1 Cultural Trait That Will Grow Your Ministry Numerically

#908 || #1 Cultural Trait That Will Grow Your Ministry Numerically

November 24, 2020

A chauffeur is a person employed to drive a private or rented automobile.  Driving instructors help their driving students in practically learning how to drive a car individually.  One has the customer in the back and the other has the customer in the driver's seat.  If you were to evaluate your youth ministry, would you be more considered as a chauffeur or a driving instructor, based on how involved and engaged your students were?  In this episode, hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss the cultural difference between student-led youth ministries and adult-driven youth ministries.

#907 || #1 Way You Can Build a Winning Culture

#907 || #1 Way You Can Build a Winning Culture

November 17, 2020

Culture is the beliefs and behaviors of a community.  Leaders have the ability to create culture in their environment, but they also have the ability to surrender to the surrounding culture.  So, how does a leader build a winning culture?  What is the one thing that a leader needs to create the culture that is desirable for others to be a part of? 

#906 || Covid Chaos | The Effects on Campus

#906 || Covid Chaos | The Effects on Campus

November 10, 2020

The school campus has changed due to the pandemic.  From that first day in March when schools shut down and students were sent home to now, the new school year looks different.  To any parent who set their sails to navigate these new waters, it may have seemed chaotic and choppy.  The waters were uncharted - different options for your student, virtual vs hybrid vs full-time in person.  There were also the possible "psychological effects" that wearing a mask all day could have, the social distancing in small classrooms, the protocols for students testing positive.  As adults, we just wondered how our students would handle this.  In this episode, we hear from students about the changes on their school campus and their perspective on the decisions that had to be made.  

#905 || Covid Chaos | The Effects on Politics

#905 || Covid Chaos | The Effects on Politics

November 3, 2020

We are in an election year, and America gets to choose their president as we close out the chaotic year of 2020.  Since we know and understand that you are sick of the political messages coming your way, let this episode separate itself from all of that noise, as we talk and listen to students on what they perceive in the political climate and what we can learn from their opinions.

#904 || Covid Chaos | The Effects on Ministry

#904 || Covid Chaos | The Effects on Ministry

October 28, 2020

The year 2020 has been an unforgettable year.  No doubt we all have been affected to varying degrees, but it has been a shared experience no matter where you live.  In this episode, we talk to pastors, youth pastors, and students from various parts of the America to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on their lives, their ministries, and their emotions.  

#903 || Re | They Don’t Know Where to Start

#903 || Re | They Don’t Know Where to Start

October 20, 2020

Originally aired on October 20th, 2016

If we aren't doing this one thing in our youth ministry settings, then what are we doing?  We can spend an enormous amount of time in our week preparing for things that do not have a lasting impact on students or allowing their faith to develop in meaningful ways.  Students say the Bible is important, but are they actually reading and engaging it throughout the week to make a difference in their faith?  Are we missing this #1 thing as we work with students?

#902 || Jeff Prayer Walks the Potawatomi Trail of Death

#902 || Jeff Prayer Walks the Potawatomi Trail of Death

October 13, 2020

The Potawatomi Trail of Death was the forced removal by militia in 1838 of some 859 members of Potawatomi nation from Indiana to reservation lands in what is now Kansas.  In this episode, host Jeff Eckart shares his 3-week journey of prayer walking the Potawatomi Trail of Death.  Going beyond the physical, emotional, and spiritual toll it took on him, he dives into why he felt led to do this walk, what he learned along the way, and the divine outcomes that have resulted since.

#901 || Gut Level Conversation About Covid-19 & Youth Ministry

#901 || Gut Level Conversation About Covid-19 & Youth Ministry

October 6, 2020

It would be an understatement to say that our world has been through a lot in the last nine-plus months of the year, maybe beyond what was expected when Covid-19 first invaded our lives.  The severity of the impact is measured on a person by person basis, as it has affected all of us in a variety of different ways.  In this episode, Host Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer discuss the impact the coronavirus has had on the organization of Never The Same, on our faith in God and humanity, and the by-products of the pandemic that has already affected youth ministry. 

#815 || Special Edition Four | The Big Question that Crisis Forces Us to Answer

#815 || Special Edition Four | The Big Question that Crisis Forces Us to Answer

April 23, 2020

As weeks roll into months of this current crisis we find ourselves in, you may be evaluating and re-evaluating what you have been doing in your ministry to students.  This time has caused all of us to slow down in some way or another and there may be questions you are asking yourself.  What have you found to be unnecessary?  What do we need to let go or repent of that we have been doing?  But, what's the big question that this crisis is forcing all of us to answer?  What are you calling your students to when the normal program is disrupted?  In this episode, Jeff and Jayson discuss the big question we should be answering when it comes to our ministries as well as the wrong questions we may be asking instead.  Are we offering a product to be consumed, or are we creating an environment for students to meet with God?

 

#814 || Special Edition Three | Decision Making in Times of Crisis

#814 || Special Edition Three | Decision Making in Times of Crisis

April 21, 2020

How do you make decisions in a time of crisis, especially when you do not know when the crisis is going to end?  How do you approach each daily decision when tomorrow's forecast is so uncertain?  What approach should we have toward the long-term when the short-term will likely change?  In this episode, Jeff and Jayson discuss three concepts in an article found in the Praxis Journal, "Leading Beyond the Blizzard" - talking about making decisions in a blizzard, a winter, and a little ice age.  When a crisis occurs and it appears that it will last longer than anticipated, how do we operate our ministry, church, non-profit, or business when things appear to not be going back to normal? 

Rean more at:
https://journal.praxislabs.org/leading-beyond-the-blizzard-why-every-organization-is-now-a-startup-b7f32fb278ff

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