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New Legend this Thursday

September 17th, 2019

You see them on stage, read their books, and admire their work. But what about the stories behind the people? What led them into youth ministry in the first place? Why have they made it their life's work, and what have they learned about themselves along the way? Learn the story behind the calling and career of the men and women who have achieved legendary status in youth ministry with SHERPA LEGENDS, our monthly special edition (delivered the 3rd Thursday of each month). Here's a teaser for September's show -- our fun and laughter-filled conversation with... The Skit Guys!

YMS Episode 56 — How to be a Hero to Parents

September 10th, 2019

Most of us got into youth ministry for the students. Then we found out we had to work with parents, too. That can be challenging and intimidating. 

Of course, it doesn't take long to realize this is critically important if we want to succeed in youth ministry. Even for younger youth workers, how can we earn the respect of parents and consider them our allies? We, Steve and Mathew, haven't always been great at that, but now that we are not only parents ourselves but nearly finished parenting teens altogether, we finally figured out a few ways to do things a little better.

That's what we talk about in today's episode. We suggest five ways that might be helpful. They are pretty obvious, but not easy to do. By being trustworthy, being a good communicator, being responsive, being professional, and celebrating students, we can make our ministry more effective, make our lives easier, and make our parents happier. With longevity as the goal, we might even last until we have finished our own parenting journey.

This is the first part of our three-part series, "How to be a Hero to..."

Episode 56 -- How to be a Hero to Parents

YMS Episode 55 — Controlling Our Social Media So It Doesn’t Control Us

September 3rd, 2019

The Youth Ministry Sherpas Podcast is back!

It was a good summer for us. After putting out of a ton of content over the past 16 months, we admit we were a bit fried and in need of a little break. Actually, we took a full-on break, as Steve was off for a 10-week sabbatical, completely out of touch with church life, youth ministry, and podcasting. In fact, his disappearance was so complete that he also did not use any social media the entire time away. 

That experience provided the backdrop for this episode, our first new one of the fall. In this episode, we talk candidly about how our social media and ministry life intersect. How do we handle multiple accounts? What kind of content do we post on each? If somebody was new to our church or looking at us as representatives of Christianity, what would they think? What does our social media say about us? And how do we control our own use of social media so that we aren't constantly comparing ourselves, bogging ourselves down in everybody's stuff, and diving into the pit of social media despair?

We don't have all the answers to this, as we are both social media junkies to some extent. But we are at least asking the questions and trying to be better. We think every youth worker would do well to give this subject more thought and develop a healthy balance of engagement and detachment. Youth worker friends, we can do better!

In this episode, we also introduce our new weekly feature, "Sherpa Say What?" We think you'll love it.

Anyway, we are back for a new season full of great fun and thoughtful help for youth workers everywhere. We are glad you can join us!

To inquire about staying in the Sherpa House during the National Youth Worker's Convention in Tampa in November, email us at youthministrysherpas.com.

EPISODE 55 -- Controlling Our Social Media So It Doesn't Control Us

 

YMS Episode 54 — Find Your Tribe

August 27th, 2019

No man (or woman, or youthworker) is an island.

For us (Mathew and Steve), this whole podcast idea was born out of our friendship, which began when we met through our local youth network. In the 15 years since Mathew responded to Steve's cheesy flyer invitation to come and pray (as described in Episode 00), we've benefited in incalculable ways from the mutual encouragement and support we've found through our network. We've gone to conferences together, hung out around the campfire, swapped stories for hours on end, and seen each other through some tough times. These are the relationships that have kept us in the game for all these years. We wouldn't have made it this far without each other.

Fifteen years after that first meeting, we still gather every month with our local youth worker tribe to pray for the students in our area.

So it's fitting that episode 54 (which we meant to release in May but never finished) is about networking. We recorded it at the Youth Leader Summit in New Jersey, where we were hanging out and talking youth ministry with some great folks. While attending the Summit, we had the chance to sit down with Wayne Morgan of the National Network of Youth Ministries, and two of the guys from the network he leads (Chris McNaney and Bryan Krauss). We had a great chat about the irreplaceable value of finding brothers and sisters in arms for the youth ministry journey. It's not always easy to find our tribe, and there are always some challenging personalities to overcome (like "Flyer Guy"), but it's worth it. We know from experience.

Is this the final episode of Season 3, or the first episode of Season 4? We aren't really sure, and it doesn't really matter. All that matter is that we are still here. "We" meaning Mathew and Steve, this podcast, and youth workers everywhere. Longevity matters, and having friends in youth ministry is the most important thing to getting there.

EPISODE 54 -- Find Your Tribe

Sherpa Shorts Season 2 — The Letter Z

May 26th, 2019

Welcome to Sherpa Shorts Season 2!

Tired of waiting for summer to actually arrive? No Prob-llama! Steve and Mathew are back with another burst of Sherpa fun. We pulled out our Bermuda shorts, dark socks and Hawaiian shirts just for you!

For 26 straight days, we will race through the alphabet, taking turns choosing a word that begins with the next letter as it relates to youth ministry. Some might be obvious, others obscure -- but neither of us knows what the other one is going to choose next. Expect some surprises and moments of awkward silence. We hope these Sherpa Shorts get you in the mood for summer vacation!

The Letter Z is for ZAWSTER

ENTER OUR CONTEST TO STAY WITH US IN TAMPA!
We are giving away a FREE STAY during the National Youth Workers Convention in Tampa November 20-25! We have rented a 20-bed paradise for us and our friends, and we want you to join us! To win a free stay, just listen to each episode for the Secret Word. Compile all 26 Secret Words into the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase. Email the phrase to us, and you'll be entered into a chance to stay for free! We will be offering the rest of the spots at a reasonable price, too! Breakfast and snacks are included, not to mention the luxurious digs and a fascinating company of fellow youth workers!

To enter, send the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase to us by June 15 at youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

To stay with us whether you win or not, reach out to us at that address and we'll send you the information!

You can register for NYWC here:
https://nywc.youthspecialties.com/

 

 

 

Sherpa Shorts Season 2 — The Letter Y

May 25th, 2019

Welcome to Sherpa Shorts Season 2!

Tired of waiting for summer to actually arrive? No Prob-llama! Steve and Mathew are back with another burst of Sherpa fun. We pulled out our Bermuda shorts, dark socks and Hawaiian shirts just for you!

For 26 straight days, we will race through the alphabet, taking turns choosing a word that begins with the next letter as it relates to youth ministry. Some might be obvious, others obscure -- but neither of us knows what the other one is going to choose next. Expect some surprises and moments of awkward silence. We hope these Sherpa Shorts get you in the mood for summer vacation!

The Letter Y is for YOUNG

ENTER OUR CONTEST TO STAY WITH US IN TAMPA!
We are giving away a FREE STAY during the National Youth Workers Convention in Tampa November 20-25! We have rented a 20-bed paradise for us and our friends, and we want you to join us! To win a free stay, just listen to each episode for the Secret Word. Compile all 26 Secret Words into the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase. Email the phrase to us, and you'll be entered into a chance to stay for free! We will be offering the rest of the spots at a reasonable price, too! Breakfast and snacks are included, not to mention the luxurious digs and a fascinating company of fellow youth workers!

To enter, send the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase to us by June 15 at youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

To stay with us whether you win or not, reach out to us at that address and we'll send you the information!

You can register for NYWC here:
https://nywc.youthspecialties.com/

 

 

 

Sherpa Shorts Season 2 — The Letter X

May 24th, 2019

Welcome to Sherpa Shorts Season 2!

Tired of waiting for summer to actually arrive? No Prob-llama! Steve and Mathew are back with another burst of Sherpa fun. We pulled out our Bermuda shorts, dark socks and Hawaiian shirts just for you!

For 26 straight days, we will race through the alphabet, taking turns choosing a word that begins with the next letter as it relates to youth ministry. Some might be obvious, others obscure -- but neither of us knows what the other one is going to choose next. Expect some surprises and moments of awkward silence. We hope these Sherpa Shorts get you in the mood for summer vacation!

The Letter X is for XENODOCHY

ENTER OUR CONTEST TO STAY WITH US IN TAMPA!
We are giving away a FREE STAY during the National Youth Workers Convention in Tampa November 20-25! We have rented a 20-bed paradise for us and our friends, and we want you to join us! To win a free stay, just listen to each episode for the Secret Word. Compile all 26 Secret Words into the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase. Email the phrase to us, and you'll be entered into a chance to stay for free! We will be offering the rest of the spots at a reasonable price, too! Breakfast and snacks are included, not to mention the luxurious digs and a fascinating company of fellow youth workers!

To enter, send the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase to us by June 15 at youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

To stay with us whether you win or not, reach out to us at that address and we'll send you the information!

You can register for NYWC here:
https://nywc.youthspecialties.com/

 

 

 

Sherpa Shorts Season 2 — The Letter W

May 23rd, 2019

Welcome to Sherpa Shorts Season 2!

Tired of waiting for summer to actually arrive? No Prob-llama! Steve and Mathew are back with another burst of Sherpa fun. We pulled out our Bermuda shorts, dark socks and Hawaiian shirts just for you!

For 26 straight days, we will race through the alphabet, taking turns choosing a word that begins with the next letter as it relates to youth ministry. Some might be obvious, others obscure -- but neither of us knows what the other one is going to choose next. Expect some surprises and moments of awkward silence. We hope these Sherpa Shorts get you in the mood for summer vacation!

The Letter W is for WAWA

ENTER OUR CONTEST TO STAY WITH US IN TAMPA!
We are giving away a FREE STAY during the National Youth Workers Convention in Tampa November 20-25! We have rented a 20-bed paradise for us and our friends, and we want you to join us! To win a free stay, just listen to each episode for the Secret Word. Compile all 26 Secret Words into the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase. Email the phrase to us, and you'll be entered into a chance to stay for free! We will be offering the rest of the spots at a reasonable price, too! Breakfast and snacks are included, not to mention the luxurious digs and a fascinating company of fellow youth workers!

To enter, send the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase to us by June 15 at youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

To stay with us whether you win or not, reach out to us at that address and we'll send you the information!

You can register for NYWC here:
https://nywc.youthspecialties.com/

 

 

 

Sherpa Shorts Season 2 — The Letter V

May 22nd, 2019

Welcome to Sherpa Shorts Season 2!

Tired of waiting for summer to actually arrive? No Prob-llama! Steve and Mathew are back with another burst of Sherpa fun. We pulled out our Bermuda shorts, dark socks and Hawaiian shirts just for you!

For 26 straight days, we will race through the alphabet, taking turns choosing a word that begins with the next letter as it relates to youth ministry. Some might be obvious, others obscure -- but neither of us knows what the other one is going to choose next. Expect some surprises and moments of awkward silence. We hope these Sherpa Shorts get you in the mood for summer vacation!

The Letter V is for VALEDICTORY

ENTER OUR CONTEST TO STAY WITH US IN TAMPA!
We are giving away a FREE STAY during the National Youth Workers Convention in Tampa November 20-25! We have rented a 20-bed paradise for us and our friends, and we want you to join us! To win a free stay, just listen to each episode for the Secret Word. Compile all 26 Secret Words into the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase. Email the phrase to us, and you'll be entered into a chance to stay for free! We will be offering the rest of the spots at a reasonable price, too! Breakfast and snacks are included, not to mention the luxurious digs and a fascinating company of fellow youth workers!

To enter, send the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase to us by June 15 at youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

To stay with us whether you win or not, reach out to us at that address and we'll send you the information!

You can register for NYWC here:
https://nywc.youthspecialties.com/

 

 

 

Sherpa Shorts Season 2 — The Letter U

May 21st, 2019

Welcome to Sherpa Shorts Season 2!

Tired of waiting for summer to actually arrive? No Prob-llama! Steve and Mathew are back with another burst of Sherpa fun. We pulled out our Bermuda shorts, dark socks and Hawaiian shirts just for you!

For 26 straight days, we will race through the alphabet, taking turns choosing a word that begins with the next letter as it relates to youth ministry. Some might be obvious, others obscure -- but neither of us knows what the other one is going to choose next. Expect some surprises and moments of awkward silence. We hope these Sherpa Shorts get you in the mood for summer vacation!

The Letter U is for UPTOWN

ENTER OUR CONTEST TO STAY WITH US IN TAMPA!
We are giving away a FREE STAY during the National Youth Workers Convention in Tampa November 20-25! We have rented a 20-bed paradise for us and our friends, and we want you to join us! To win a free stay, just listen to each episode for the Secret Word. Compile all 26 Secret Words into the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase. Email the phrase to us, and you'll be entered into a chance to stay for free! We will be offering the rest of the spots at a reasonable price, too! Breakfast and snacks are included, not to mention the luxurious digs and a fascinating company of fellow youth workers!

To enter, send the Super Secret Sherpa Phrase to us by June 15 at youthministrysherpas@gmail.com

To stay with us whether you win or not, reach out to us at that address and we'll send you the information!

You can register for NYWC here:
https://nywc.youthspecialties.com/