A Junior High Ministry podcast for Youth Workers!
Hosted by Justin Herman

September 19, 2018

Episode 0029 Andy Stanley, Yep, we said Andy Stanley in his first youth ministry podcast ever!

Thanks to our partners at CIY! 

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 Intro done by: Todd Jones

We have Andy Stanley here discussing his passion about middle school students and tremendous advice for volunteers and youth workers. Andy expands on a career longevity in youth ministry, mistakes hes seen in youth workers, and how vital having a relationally driven ministry is. He ends with more amazing advice and unpacking the phrase "Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.

"1:40 Huge Announcement
1:56 Join Book Launch team
3:00 Brand new resource tied to podcast
4:29 Look back at content from Andy at Catalyst
4:43 Leadership tip for leaders at North Point
4:56 “It is crisis that creates the connectivity and it’s crisis that creates the significance of your ministry.”
5:12 Book recommendations for young youth worker
6:16 How reading Next Generation Leader will impact youth workers
8:16 Why Andy is so affirming to middle school
11:00 ""It’s worth figuring out how to grow to the size to where you can have relevant and powerful middle school ministry.”
11:20 Biggest mistakes Andy has seen in youth workers
12:46 “This is not a one size fits all model but there is a place for everybody in student ministry if that’s their passion.”
13:05 Advice from Andy for a career of longevity in student ministry
13:53 “It’s a relational family dynamic not just looking for volunteers.”
14:58 “I hope that middle school leaders and high school pastors stay a long time at a church.”
15:44 What parents should expect from volunteers
16:42 What parents should expect from youth workers
16:44 “Recruit volunteers who are going to push students towards family not pull them away.”
17:50 “Our model facilitates partnering with parents and our model facilitates long term relationships.”
18:37 Advice for youth workers who have senior leaders kids in their ministry
20:46 Andy unpacks “do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.”
20:59 “I’m not going to be fair, I’m going to be engaged.”
23:24 How Andy defines mentorship and the importance of it
27:12 Giving away books! Check out Instagram!


Whose on this episode? 

Justin Herman- Sandals Church

Andy Stanley, Founding and Senior Pastor North Point Community Church

Things Mentioned

Book: Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

Controlled Chaos Book by Kurt Johnston

Clay Scroggins- Lead Pastor North Point Community Church

Our Controlled Chaos Podcast Partner CIY, Christ in Youth.

CIY- Christ in Youth  

Our Sponsors. 

Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly Missouri (where Justin went to college)

ORANGE- The XP3 Orange Curriculum 


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