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

October 16, 2018

Episode 0033 On the streets, Legends and more importantly a UK takeover! Youth Ministry Middle School Junior High

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 Intro done by: Pastor Gemma Dunning

Show Outline:

UK Podcast takeover with Gemma Dunning as our host. Gemma interviews Andrew Root while he is in London about living in your calling as a youth worker and checking ourselves on seeing the church in an idealistic way. He also encourages the power of story telling! Also, Gemma interviews two incredible people who work in outreach minsitries in UK. Thatch, who works outside the church walls by reaching out to youth on the streets. Along with Helen, who is a part of a mobile ministry located in communities that are less fortunate. We believe at Controlled Chaos podcast that great youth ministry does not ONLY exist in the United States. Give it a listen! It's amazing!

00:35 Gemma introduces

00:46 “Awesome youth ministry is not just confined to the United States.” -Gemma Dunning

2:11 Introducing the interviewees

3:05 Andy Root speaks at International Headquarters of Salvation Army

4:26 Top tips for youth workers on how to work in a secular society 5:18 Andrew says you just got to go for it

6:26 Check your idealism with the church

7:18 Have the confidence in your calling

7:40 “Not winning is sometimes the way God wins.” -Andrew Root 8:10 Don’t hold the church too tightly because it can be broken 8:42 Ask questions of the church at interview

9:11 What does success look like in the church

10:13 Sharing stories as an activist mindset

10:43 "Identity is constructed around events that we narrate.” -Andrew Root

11:15 How stories can bring transformation to self and others 13:19 Andrew explains what is thrilling about UK youth ministry 16:05 Gemma’s ministry she is involved in focuses on missional communities

16:33 Andrew explains what is hard to see in the church

19:21 Introducing Tadz- a youth worker in the UK 19:58 Explaining “Courtyard” project

20:55 Tadz defines “detached and on the streets” youth worker’s 23:20 Tadz talks about what is exciting about ministry work in the UK

25:05 Some challenges in the Courtyard project

27:48 Pray for Courtyard projects and the challenges they encounter

29:24 Last interviewee introduced as a hard working youth minister 30:13 Helen discusses her mobile youth ministry called "Worth Unlimited’s Waltham Forest branch"

31:18 It’s a point of contact to be where the youth is at

32:12 What excites Helen about serving in her ministry

33:10 “You journey through with the students and it is exciting to see them grow and change” -Helen

33:20 Helen talks about the diversity in the youth that she works with

34:34 Challenges in her ministry with gangs, crime, and drug addictions

35:25 “How brilliant that you get to speak hope with children that wouldn’t ordinarily connect with church.”- Gemma Dunning

38:08 Exciting how God is using UK youth ministry!


Whose on this episode? 

Justin Herman- Sandals Church


Things Mentioned:

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 

CCourtyard Project Ministry in the UK ( Ministry


CIY podcast partners Worth Unlimited’s Waltham Forest branch ( Helen's Ministry - Gemma's Ministry



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