This is a very personal episode of Mel Walker's podcast since all 3 of Mel & Peggy's children are in full-time career ministry, he spent over 20 years of his own ministry serving in 2 different Bible colleges & seminaries, and he has spent the majority of the past 45 years encouraging younger generations to prayerfully consider that God might be calling them to career ministry. So, in this episode Mel answers this question, "Why Are Young People NOT Actively Considering Career Ministry?" It seems as if today's younger generations do not really consider career ministry - and Mel here shares his observations about why. Please keep an open heart as you listen to this conversation.
Current church trends reveal that most churches, for a wide variety of reasons, do not have a youth pastor. So, how can a church reach and impact younger generations without having someone with the fulltime responsibility to do that? In this episode of our podcast Mel Walker answers this key question with some very practical and motivating action steps, "What to do if your church does not have a youth pastor?" Every church can impact the next generation! Senior pastors, lead pastors, elders, and other church leaders should listen to this podcast - and implement these principles. And even if your church does have a youth pastor - this thoughts are incredibly important for those churches too!!
Mel answers an important ministry question in this episode of his podcast by answering this, "Why Should Ministry Leaders Be On Social Media?" He understands that there is a lot of negativity surrounding the use and misuse of social media these days - and Mel dives right in to the issue in this episode of "Youth Ministry Questions." Here he gives 5 cautions of what NOT to do - and 5 important principles to consider about why it is important for ministry leaders to be on social media today. He hopes this talk is helpful.
Listeners to this episode of Mel Walker's "Youth Ministry Questions Podcast" will hear him answer this key question in a bold and honest manner, "How Can the Church's Senior Leaders Learn About Emerging Generations?" In both of Mel's recent online webinars on Generation Alpha and Emerging Generations, he stated that visionary leaders have the ability to anticipate future trends. One of the only reasons they can do this, Mel believes, is if they learn to get to know and listen to young people. In this episode Mel shares some simple, yet incredibly practical ways the church's senior leaders (senior pastor, lead pastor, elders, etc.) can learn about our newest generations. This is an important talk for all church leaders!
Mel Walker says that the future of youth ministry may look like volunteer youth workers sitting around their kitchen tables with a cup of coffee and a small group of young people. He has observed that the discipline of youth ministry may be more deemphasized than ever in today's churches. Fewer Bible colleges and seminaries are producing youth pastors - and more & more churches are looking inside their own churches for youth workers. In this episode Mel discusses "How Can Volunteer Youth Workers Make an Effective & Lasting Impact on Today's Kids?" This is a very practical and relevant episode and is worth the time to listen to it!
In this episode of Mel's "Youth Ministry Questions" Podcast he shares some of his observations about the cultural trends youth workers will face in youth group this Fall. Mel talks about some of the serious trends that he has noticed - and challenges other youth workers to use their observation skills to do the same. Mel concludes that church youth workers are uniquely positioned by God to effectively ministry to today's very real needs.
In this episode of the Youth Ministry Questions podcast Mel Walker answers maybe the "most asked" question in ministry, "How Can We Balance Our Families and Ministry?" This is certainly a common question and a common concern with today's ministry leaders. Mel has lived this issue. His kids are grown, and he serves now with his son who is currently living through that balance of family and ministry. Please listen to Mel's suggestions with an open mind to learn from his experience. You'll find his suggestions practical and helpful for sure!
How can the church be a “family” to kids from hurting, dysfunctional, and non-traditional households?
In this important episode of his podcast, Mel discusses "How can the church be a family to kids from hurting, dysfunctional, and non-traditional households?" Let's face it, the number of kids from hurting and/or non-traditional households is growing exponentially in today's church. The days when youth workers have a majority of Christian parents working with them for the spiritual benefit of kids is probably long gone. Churches must BE the church - and operate with the truth of Ephesians 2:19, that "we are members of God's household." In this practical podcast Mel shares some key thoughts on how churches can be a "family."
In this episode Mel shares some practical ideas about how any church, anywhere can gear up for their Fall program for youth ministry. In "How to Gear Up for Fall?", Mel discusses 5 basic principles that will help any youth worker think through what to do to get ready for their Fall program. We trust this episode this helpful and an encouragement to all listeners!
In this episode Mel shares his heart, along with some very practical advice, on "how ministry leaders can stay current in ministry". Listeners will find this podcast to be very beneficial and balanced as he lists 5 keys ways that youth workers, or any ministry leaders, can stay current in ministry. You'll hear him talk about the importance of listening to other voices in today's ministry. This episode is very helpful for all ministry leaders.