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Limitless Leadership Podcast
The Limitless Leadership Podcast is a conversation covering key youth ministry topics with top practitioners and thinkers, designed to help youth workers reflect on their practice and flourish as leaders.
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Episode 71: Immersive Technologies and the Emerging Generations
This month we chat with Ben Jones, founder and CEO of Missional Generation, about how Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality can play a part in local church youth ministry. We discuss… … the difference between VR and AR … the importance of innovation in the church … to what degree we should engage with new technologies … how to use immersive technologies in mission and discipleship and how to get started. And keep your ears open for a special discount code for podcast listeners, giving you access to some of Missional Generation’s VR and AR experiences at a reduced cost! Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy! FOR LIMITLESS ONE: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/one FOR MISSIONAL GENERATION: https://www.missionalgen.co.uk
Dec 28, 2021
Episode 70: Gender Identity and Young People with Andrew Bunt
In part 2 of our conversation about sexuality and youth ministry with Andrew Bunt, we talk specifically about gender identity. Once again, Andrew shares about his own journey with his personal gender identity, which leads us into to discussion about… … terms and language associated with gender identity … gender dysphoria … analysis of this cultural moment … hormone treatments … the Bible and gender identity … gender stereotypes … single-sex discussion groups and discipleship with trans* young people Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy! FOR LIMITLESS ONE: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/one
1 hr 7 min
Nov 23, 2021
Episode 69: Sexuality and Faith with Andrew Bunt
We sit down with Andrew Bunt to discuss sexuality, faith and young people. Andrew talks openly about his own personal story, and reflects what he’s learnt about… … following Jesus when you are same-sex attracted … what the Bible has to say about sexuality … why Biblical orthodoxy is good news for everyone … the power of a truly loving community … if the Christian sexual ethic is harmful and oppressive … arguments for embracing a liberal theology of sexuality … the significant impact of conflating sexuality with identity … how to journey pastorally with young people who are same-sex attracted and what The Little Mermaid can teach us about cultural narratives. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy! FOR LIMITLESS LEADERS: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/leaders
1 hr 8 min
Nov 3, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: The Youthscape / Limitless Leadership Podcast Crossover Special!
As if world wasn’t in a weird enough place already, we drop an extra-special bonus episode of the podcast… The Youthscape / Limitless Leadership Podcast Crossover Special! That means Rachel Gardner, Martin Saunders and Tim Alford sit down to reflect on their lessons from the past two years in youth ministry, and for some good old fashioned banter. If you’d like to hear more from Rachel and Martin, go check out the Youthscape Podcast over at https://www.youthscape.co.uk/podcast Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy!
Oct 26, 2021
Episode 68: Teenage Brain Development with Mark Oestreicher - Part 2
We welcome Mark Oestreicher back to the Limitless Leadership Podcast to continue this fascinating discussion about teenage brain development. 🧠 In part 2 we discuss the game-changing onset of abstract thinking at puberty. … the difference between abstract and concrete thinking … the cognitive capacity to speculate and think in third-person perspective … the impact of abstract thinking on teens emotions, relationships and faith formation … how to journey with young people in their doubts FOR LIMITLESS LEADERS: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/leaders THE YOUTH CARTEL RESOURCES: https://theyouthcartel.com HOW GOD CHANGES YOUR BRAIN: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0345503422/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_J175C083ATRXFMVDJ4WA Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy!
Sep 29, 2021
Episode 67: Mark Oestreicher on Understanding the Teenage Brain - Part 1
In the critical, but often overlooked conversation, Tim Alford chats to Mark Oestreicher about teenage brain development. 🧠 In this fascinating episode we discuss… … why understanding the teenage brain is so important for youth workers … the impact of brain development on identifying emotions … learning and faith formation in teenagers … how prayer, meditation and singing shapes our brains And listen out for some hilarious (and shocking) youth ministry fails, and a Brit attempting to explain Cream Tea to an American. 🫖 FOR LIMITLESS OXYGEN: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/oxygen Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy!
Aug 24, 2021
Episode 66: Relaunching Youth Ministry
Youth ministry has taken a bit of a battering over the course of the pandemic, and many of us are looking to relaunch in a fresh way. That’s why we sat down for a chat with the brilliant Jamie Price who has developed a unique expertise in pioneering youth ministry. Jamie discusses… … the key things to reflect on when considering a relaunch … how to discern the right time to stop something … how to talk to our senior leaders about potential change … how to connect with the young people in our community Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy! FOR LIMITLESS LEADERS: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/leaders
Jul 27, 2021
Episode 65: Youth Ministry and the Climate Crisis
In this episode, Tim Alford chats to Dot Tyler about some compelling new research called Burning Down the House. In this fascinating discussion we discuss… … how climate change impacts on a human level … the intersection between climate and poverty … the theology of climate justice … how the church can engage with a generation who are passionate about the environment … and some practical first steps to take FOR BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE RESEARCH: http://www.wearetearfund.org/burningdownthehouse FOR LIMITLESS FESTIVAL 2021 - GATHER // PRAY // GO: http://www.limitlessfestival.co.uk FOR THE LEADERSHIP 101 BOOK: http://www.spck.org.uk/leadership-101 FOR THE LEADERSHIP 101 VIDEO SERIES: http://www.youtube.com/limitlesselim Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy!
Jun 29, 2021
Episode 64: Supernatural Youth Ministry
In this episode, Tim Alford chats to Vineyard's Zeke Rink about how to develop a supernatural youth ministry. This is the fourth and final part of our Ministry in the New World series, in which we discuss… … how to hear from God … the primacy of Scripture and abiding … the place of signs & wonders in evangelism … the importance of encounter in discipleship … praying for healing … the baptism of the Spirit Listen out for an interrupting puppy, and the spectacular moment when Zeke drops the line, “there’s no high like the Most High.” FOR THE LEADERSHIP 101 BOOK: http://www.spck.org.uk/leadership-101 FOR LIMITLESS FESTIVAL 2021 - GATHER // PRAY // GO: http://www.limitlessfestival.co.uk Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy!
1 hr 10 min
May 25, 2021
Episode 63: Disciple-Making Youth Ministry
In part three of our Ministry in the New World series, Tim Alford chats to Kyle McKinnon, the Director of Reign Ministries UK, about how to disciple young people. In this episode we chat about… … the difference between giving information and seeing transformation … understanding discipleship through the lens of spiritual parenting … overcoming the obstacles to disciple-making … how to discern the young people we should be discipling … the key things to talk about on the discipleship journey And listen up for a 15% discount code on the discipleship pack for all podcast listeners! FOR THE DISCIPLESHIP PACK: http://www.thediscipleshippack.co.uk FOR LIMITLESS FESTIVAL: http://www.limitlessfestival.co.uk Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy!
Apr 27, 2021
Episode 62: Intergenerational Youth Ministry
In part two of our Ministry in the New World series, Tim Alford chats to Jonny Slatter about intergenerational youth ministry. Jonny explains a unique and exciting approach he has been exploring locally; an initiative called The Lighthouse Project which seeks to connect young people with adult mentors. We discuss… … what discipleship looks like when it’s working right … the challenge of trying to disciple a whole youth group … involving the whole church in the discipleship journey of a young person … raising up spiritual parents in our church communities … how to adopt an intergenerational approach in our local churches And as promised, here’s Jonny’ further reading list… - Radical - David Platt - Multiply - Francis Chan - 1-2-1 Discipleship - Christine Dillon - Intentional Mentoring - Paul Wilcox Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy! For LIMITLESS FESTIVAL 2021 - GATHER | PRAY | GO, visit: http://www.limitlessfestival.co.uk
Mar 23, 2021
Episode 61: Tim Alford on Youth Ministry in the New World
For the next few episodes of the Limitless Leadership Podcast, we’re exploring how to adapt our models of youth ministry in order to effectively reach & disciple young people in a post-pandemic world. We’ll be reflecting on lessons from a year in lockdown, and asking, ‘what is the Lord is doing now and how do we join in?’ In part one, Limitless National Director Tim Alford introduces four shifts we must make as we lead into the future… … from programme development to people development … from a few gifted leaders to the priesthood of all believers … from mono-generational to multi-generational … from sit & watch to signs & wonders Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy!
Feb 23, 2021
Episode 60: Reflections on a Year of Youth Ministry Online
FIVE YOUTH LEADERS REFLECT ON A YEAR OF ONLINE YOUTH MINISTRY We’re joined by a panel of youth workers to chat online youth ministry. We discuss… … online youth ministry fails … if digital is the new mission field … if we’re feeding digital addiction with our online content … why young people have disengaged from our online programmes … how we can help young people engage online … the online tools that have served us best … how to do online youth ministry without a tech team Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy! FOR LIMITLESS LEARNING COMMUNITIES: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/ymlc
1 hr 5 min
Feb 2, 2021
Episode 59: Kenda Creasy Dean on Youth Ministry in a Post-COVID world
Kenda Creasy Dean is the Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. She joins us to talk… … youth ministry in a post-COVID world … why young people are holding onto faith but rejecting the church … how the pandemic has caused revelation and acceleration in the church … the primacy of relationship with young people … what we need to leave behind … and why we need to try things out! This conversation was originally recorded for Limitless Oxygen, but is so rich that it’s well worth revisiting on the Pod. Enjoy! FOR LIMITLESS ONE: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/one
Jan 6, 2021
Episode 58: Peter & Laura Toggs on The New Landscape of Youth Ministry
Peter and Laura Toggs are the global Youth Pastors for Hillsong and the founders of Hillsong Young and Free. They joined us on the Limitless Leadership Podcast to chat… … lockdown life … online youth ministry … leading in uncertain times … finding your ‘why’ … how to reflect on your programme … and how challenging injustice reflects God’s heart for people As Laura says, “If God is doing a new thing, he is also making a way.” Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you listen. Enjoy! FOR LIMITLESS LEADERS: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/leaders
Dec 8, 2020
Episode 57: John Mark Comer on the Digital World
John Mark Comer from Bridgetown Church in Portland joins us to discuss digital freedom for a digital generation. After a slightly-longer-than-necessary conversation about Star Wars, John Mark discusses… … the dangers associated with our ever-increasing screen time … how our digital consumption is shaping our identity … if and how we should be engaging with young people in the digital space … whether or not the future of youth ministry is online … how we help young people find freedom from digital addiction … how parents can help their kids navigate the digital world This fascinating conversation was originally recorded for Limitless Oxygen, an online training day for youth and children’s ministry teams, but we thought it would make for a great podcast episode as well… enjoy! FOR MORE ON LIMITLESS LEADERS: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/leaders
Nov 24, 2020
Episode 56: We Do God with Dr. Lucie Shuker - Part 2
Welcome to Part 2 of our chat with Dr. Lucie Shuker, the Director of the Youthscape Centre for Research. Lucie unpacks a fascinating study exploring the place of spiritual practices in our youth ministries, and the role they play in the faith formation of our young people. We discuss the spiritual practices which are common-place in our churches and youth ministries, as well as those that appear to be strangely absent. Lucie explores what this means for discipleship, mission and evangelism, as well as describing what it might look like to develop a Rule of Life. Enjoy! FOR MORE ON LIMITLESS LEADERS: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/leaders FOR MORE ON THE WE DO GOD RESEARCH: https://www.youthscape.co.uk/research/we-do-god
1 hr 9 min
Oct 27, 2020
Episode 55: We Do God with Dr. Lucie Shuker - Part 1
Dr. Lucie Shuker is the Director of the Youthscape Centre for Research. She recently conducted a fascinating study exploring the place of spiritual practices in our youth ministries, and the role they play in the faith formation of our young people. In this conversation, Lucie unpacks the spiritual practices which are common-place in our churches and youth ministries, as well as those that appear to be strangely absent. We discuss what this means for faith and identity formation, and take a deep dive into some practices that could prove to be really significant for reaching and discipling young people right now. Enjoy! FOR MORE ON THE WE DO GOD RESEARCH: https://www.youthscape.co.uk/research/we-do-god FOR MORE ON THE ONLINE YOUTH MINISTRY LEARNING COMMUNITY: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/ymlc
Sep 23, 2020
Episode 54: The Z to A of Spirituality - Part 2
What are the things that make it difficult for young people to believe in God? How do young people view the character of God? Why are young people praying less? How courageous are our prayers with young people? Who influences what young people believe? What could inter-generational youth ministry look like? These are just some of the questions we put to Laura Hancock as she unpacks the impact of latest research from Youth for Christ on our youth ministries. It's a fascinating conversation that is sure to stir your thinking and stimulate new approaches to working with young people. Enjoy! LIMITLESS OXYGEN INFO & REGISTRATION: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/oxygen
Aug 25, 2020
Episode 53: The Z to A of Spirituality - Part 1
We welcome Laura Hancock to unpick the recently published from Youth for Christ, The Z to A of Spirituality. It's a fascinating conversation that stimulates all kinds of relevant questions for our youth ministries, including... What is the impact of spiritual experience in the lives of young people? Why do more young people believe in ghosts than God? Have we lost our spiritual awareness? How do we has youth workers facilitate healthy spiritual experience with young people? How do we create youth ministries that are unashamedly spiritual without being weird? What do so many young people have a negative view of church? Do young people believe Jesus was a real person? And just how important is it to equip young people with the tools to share Jesus? And that's just Part 1! Enjoy the conversation... TO REGISTER FOR LIMITLESS OXYGEN: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/oxygen TO ORDER A COPY OF THE Z TO A OF SPIRITUALITY: https://yfc.co.uk/faithandspirituality/
Jul 28, 2020
Episode 52: The Mental Wellbeing of Young People
Joel Harris returns to the podcast to talk through six key elements relating to the mental wellbeing of young people. They are... Honesty Depression Anxiety Perfectionism Shame Anger Joel offer some really helpful analogies that will help us in our pastoral support of young people, as well as discussing the beauty in our brokenness, the power of your own story, and the importance of vulnerability. And if you don't know what a stress bucket is, then this is your moment! This is a fascinating conversation full of great insight from Joel. Enjoy the pod! LIMITLESS FESTIVAL ONLINE: http://www.limitlessfestival.co.uk
Jun 25, 2020
Episode 51: Social Media and Youth Ministry
Joel Harris spent most of his teenage years growing an online following through YouTube & Instagram, becoming a social media influencer and travelling the country presenting shows. Despite such success he struggled with his identity, and the subtle trap of seeking worth through likes and followers. In this Episode of the Limitless Leadership Podcast, Joel discusses his personal story, explaining how social media has impacted him and how he has learned to manage it. He has some great advice for youth leaders as to how we can utilise social media in youth ministry, and how we can disciple young people in a digital age. Enjoy!
Jun 3, 2020
Episode 50: How can we respond to racial injustice?
Jonathan Rowland is a Youth Pastor in Enfield and former officer with the Metropolitan Police. Jonathan tells his own story of how racism has impacted him personally, and goes on to share some great wisdom for how youth leaders can respond to racial injustice. Because this is such an important issue this chat is a long one, but it’s well worth listening through to the end as Jonathan shares with wisdom, grace and conviction. We hope and pray this conversation inspires you to do what you can where you are to bring an end to racial injustice. From every nation, tribe and tongue - we are all one in Christ!
Apr 28, 2020
Episode 49: Leadership Blindspots - Part 3
In this final episode of a three part series, Tim Alford reveals three more leadership blindspots; things that may be limiting our leadership potential though we are unaware of their presence. Tim and Ollie discuss the impact of straying out of your lane, aiming for nothing, and ideas without execution. This is a conversation for those who want to take a deep dive into their leadership and reflect on their practice from a different perspective. Enjoy! FOR LEADERSHIP 101: http://www.youtube.com/limitlesselim
Mar 27, 2020
Episode 48: Youth Ministry and the Coronavirus
HOW DO WE DO YOUTH MINISTRY WHEN WE CAN’T MEET? The times they are a changing! We're learning youth ministry in a totally new paradigm with the outbreak of COVID-19... so how do we do youth ministry when we can't meet? Martin Saunders, the Deputy CEO at YouthScape and all-round youth ministry legend, shares his insight on a compelling episode of the Limitless Leadership Podcast. There are some really helpful tip for us here. In this episode we discuss… * Innovative approaches to remote youth ministry * Useful resources and technologies * Safeguarding implications of youth online We hope this helps you to continue to serve young people where you are. Together we can find a way.
Mar 5, 2020
Episode 47: Leadership Blindspots - Part 2
Tim and Ollie continue the conversation about leadership blindspots, revealing some common traps that we fall for in youth ministry. This month the discussion turns to the impact of perfectionism on those we lead. We reflect on one of the most common leadership blindspots for youth workers - the failure to lead up. And we explore what happens when we lose our focus on the most important things and spread ourselves to thin. This is a conversation that will cause you to reflect on your leadership from a different perspective. Enjoy! FOR LEADERSHIP 101 VIDEOS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS5E_VeVNzAvmm9TFftXPokT9YBlPloJi
Feb 6, 2020
Episode 46: Leadership Blindspots - Part 1
Are there some areas in your leadership that you may not be aware of but could be holding you back? In this first episode of a three part series, Tim Alford sits down with Ollie Ward to shine a light on some leadership blindspots; things we may not yet be aware of, but could cause a leadership crash if we fail identify and address them. This is a conversation that will cause you to reflect on your leadership from a different perspective. Enjoy! For more about Limitless One: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/one
Jan 5, 2020
Episode 45: How to Lead a Volunteer Team
Whether you are a paid employee, or a volunteer yourself, leading volunteer teams is a BIG deal in youth ministry... We've all experienced difficult team members who have caused negativity to spread through our teams. We've experienced the frustration of inconsistent attendance. We've all felt the stress caused by not having enough team members. But we've also experienced the joy of leading a fully-fired up kingdom dream team! In this episode Joel Preston and Tim Alford discuss what it takes to lead the most fruitful and fun teams possible, and how to deal with the challenges when they arise. Enjoy! For LIMITLESS ONE visit: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/one For the LEADERSHIP 101 video series visit: http://www.youtube.com/limitlesselim
Dec 4, 2019
Episode 44: Effective Preaching in a Youth Context - Part 2
In part two of their insightful conversation, Tim chats with Soul Survivor's Ali Martin about effective preaching in a youth context. In the last episode Ali explained her process of preparation, this time she drills down into the delivery of a message. Ali reveals some common pitfalls that we must avoid, as well as some principles of best practice that will enable us all to become better communicators. Enjoy! FOR LEADERSHIP 101 VIDEO SERIES: http://www.youtube.com/limitlesselim FOR LOUD AND CLEAR SERIES: http://www.soulsurvivor.com/loudandclear
Nov 7, 2019
Episode 43: Effective Preaching in a Youth Setting - Part 1
Episode 43: Effective Preaching in a Youth Setting - Part 1 How do you preach effectively for young people? Soul Survivor's Ali Martin joins us on the podcast to discuss just that! This is an insightful look into Ali's process of preparation. She talks resources, prayer, illustrations and reveals how she sets about structuring a talk. This pod is full of practical tips and incredible wisdom. Enjoy! FOR LEADERSHIP 101 VIDEO SERIES: http://www.youtube.com/limitlesselim FOR LOUD AND CLEAR VIDEO SERIES: https://www.soulsurvivor.com/loudandclear
Oct 14, 2019
Episode 42: Hallmarks of a Healthy Culture - Part 2
Hallmarks of a Healthy Culture - Part 2 Tim sits down with Paul Friend, Director of South West Youth Ministries (SWYM), for the second part of their conversation about creating a healthy culture in our youth ministries. In this episode, Tim and Paul discuss the importance of prayer, reconciliation, accountability, serving and identifying blindspots as keys to cultivating a healthy culture. This is a rich and varied conversation that is sure to get you reflecting on your youth ministry. Enjoy!
Sep 5, 2019
Episode 41: Hallmarks of a Healthy Culture - Part 1
Tim sits down with Paul Friend, director of South West Youth Ministries (SWYM), for a chat about how to develop a healthy culture in our youth ministries. What is culture? How do we build and maintain a healthy culture where young people and teams flourish? And what is required of the leader themselves? In this first episode of a two-part conversation, Paul describes three crucial factors that leaders must model if we are to ensure a thriving youth ministry. There is so much wisdom here, so grab a coffee and a notepad, and get ready to start building a healthy culture where you are. Tim introduces the show by talking about seven regional training events for youth and children's ministry teams. For more about LIMITLESS OXYGEN visit: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/oxygen
Jul 30, 2019
Episode 40: Effective Schools Ministry
EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS MINISTRY - JAMIE PRICE AND TIM ALFORD How do you build a relationship with your local school? How can you serve them when you're there? How do you deliver effective assemblies, RE lessons and mentoring sessions? Jamie and Tim discuss all this and more in a vital conversation for everyone in youth ministry. Enjoy! FOR MORE ON LIMITLESS OXYGEN: http://www.limitlesselim.co.uk/oxygen
Jul 4, 2019
Episode 39: Pioneering and Sustaining New Youth Ministries
Pioneering and Sustaining New Youth Ministries - Jamie Price and Tim Alford Tim sits down with Jamie Price, the leader of the Limitless Pioneers initiative, to discuss what it takes to start a new youth ministry from scratch. This episode also contains some fantastic principals for reaching out to young people in your community, so regardless of whether you're starting from zero, or looking to engage with more young people who don't know Jesus yet, then this discussion is well worth listening in on. Enjoy!
Jun 6, 2019
Episode 38: Church Culture vs Youth Culture
Church Culture vs Youth Culture - Andy Hancock What happens when the culture of your youth ministry is at odds with the culture of the wider church community? What happens when young people struggle to engage with our Sunday services? What responsibilities do we hold as youth leaders towards our senior leaders? How do we help our churches to become spaces that are engaging for young people? Andy Hancock brilliantly engages with these difficult questions, bringing clarity and challenege. This episode will help you lead better. Enjoy!
May 10, 2019
Episode 37: Working with Fostered and Adopted Young People
This month Tim talks with returning guest Andy Hancock on fostered and adopted young people. Andy discusses attachment theory and behaviour management in this incredibly insightful episode. Enjoy!
Apr 9, 2019
Episode 36: Working with Parents
Anther great episode full of insight on working with parents. Tim is joined by Faye Harris to unpack this topic. Enjoy!!
Mar 21, 2019
Episode 35: Who Are Generation Z & How Do We Reach Them? - Part 2
We are back with part 2 of the previous episode! This is amazingly insightful. Definitely worth a listen and share!
Jan 31, 2019
Episode 34: Who Are Generation Z & How Do We Reach Them? - Part 1
Olly and Tim talk who are Generation Z and how youth workers can reach them. Enjoy!
Dec 31, 2018
Episode 33: Practical Theology and Reflective Practice in Youth Ministry
This months episode is a good one! Tim is joined by Ollie ward who is the Youth track Lecturer in Regents Theological College. They talk about Practical Theology and Reflective Practice in Youth Ministry. Prepare to take notes. Enjoy!
Nov 8, 2018
Episode 32: Persecuted Church
This month Tim chats with Pete Hopper. Pete trained as a youth worker and did anything from prison work to arts within youth work. He now works for Open Doors the persecuted Church organisation. Tim and Pete talk all things persecuted church and how young people can engage with the persecuted church. Enjoy
Oct 2, 2018
Episode 31: Diversity
This episode is a MUST listen to. With racial tension ever getting thicker in our society, the Church should be showing society a different take on ethnic diversity.Daniel Shillingford and Tim Cooling join me to talk about Diversity, Shared Leadership & Cultural Awareness among other things. Such a great episode! Daniel Shillingford is the Youth Pastor at City Gates Illford (London) and Tim Cooling is the Executive Pastor at Elim Christian Centre Barking (London) Enjoy!!.
Sep 8, 2018
Episode 30: Risk & Failure
This Month we are coming in HOT with an amazing episode!!This episode Dustin is absent, but Tim keeps it moving with our guest Craig Britherston. Tim and Craig unpack the topics Risk and Failure. This is an incredible episode. Prepared to be encouraged yet challenging ged. 'Craig is based in Ireland and involved in pioneering work there. He also works part-time for Limitless on the 'Pioneers' project developing youth work in different parts of the UK.
Jun 7, 2018
Episode 29: Raising up young leaders
In this episode Dustin and Tim sit down with Liam Parker Liam Parker is the youth pastor at Kerith Community Church in Bracknell. Liam speaks to the guys about raising up young leaders out of your youth work. This episode is filled with great insights into leadership. Enjoy!
May 22, 2018
Bonus Episode: This Is Us (Limitless Leaders)
Another great bonus episode from Limitless Leaders Conference. This episode is another amazing session from Limitless National Director Tim Alford! Tim shares a masterclass in leadership and our core values. Get something to take notes and enjoy!
May 2, 2018
Bonus Episode: Emotionally Healthy Leadership
This month we have a bonus episode from a great session at Limitless Leaders 2018. The key note speaker was Will Van Der Hart, Pastoral Chaplain (HTB) and Director of Soul and Mind Foundation. Such a great episode. so much gems in this!! Enjoy and pass on to another leader!
1 hr 5 min
Apr 20, 2018
Bonus Episode: Leading Up- Limitless Leaders Ted Talk
A little Bonus Episode from January's Li witless Leaders Conference. Following uo from last months Episode Leading Up with Carl Johnson.We are releasing one of the Ted Talks on Leading Up with Leon Evans and Andy Hancock. This is a great talk as Leon is the Senior Pastor and Andy is the Youth Pastor. vThey share the frustrations, tensions and lessons from their personal experience in Leading Up. Check it out! Gold
Mar 10, 2018
Episode 28: Leading Up
This. Is. So. Incredible! The insight in this episode is beneficial for those experienced in youth ministry or just starting off. There is quite often a tension between youth leaders and senior leaders. Carl Johnson (former youth leader and current senior leader) brings much needed wisdom between the two roles in fulfilling the purpose of the local church. This was too good to edit it down to our usual time frame. A bit longer but Im sure you won't mind. Enjoy!!
Feb 6, 2018
Episode 27: Young people and relationships
Returning guests from last months episode, Dan & Charlie Blythe!!! This month we continue the conversation and theme of relationships. However, this month we chat about young people and relationships. This episode is full of gems! Thanks for listening.
Jan 15, 2018
Episode 26: Youth leaders relationships
This month's guests are Dan and Charlie Blyth of Hillsong UK! We here some great thoughts on how as Leaders we balance and develop healthy relationships. Be prepared to take notes, so many gems in this episode!! Enjoy!
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 25: Engaging young people with prayer
We are back with another great episode!! This month we have a returning guest from last months episode, James Aladiran! James is back to talk about his passion, PRAYER!! This time he is talking specifically about engaging young people with prayer. Like always, share, like, subscribe as all the support just puts it on other youth leaders radars. Spread the love!
Nov 24, 2017
Episode 24: Youth leaders and prayer
This Month Tim & Dustin talk with Prayer Storms James Aladiran! James is the Founder and director of Prayer Storm. James is an evangelist for prayer. He leads the team with a burning vision to see God’s people awaken to the power of prayer. His life embodies how prayer crosses cultural boundaries. He is married to Rebecca and has a son. We talk about Youth Leaders and a life of prayer. This is such an important episode for leaders. Enjoy!
Oct 7, 2017
Episode 23: Young people with additional needs
This month Tim speaks with Sarah Holmes about working with young people with additional needs. Sarah has worked for the past 20 years in the health & social care sector managing and developing support services for children, young people and adults with a range of additional needs including Learning Disability, Autism, Emotional & Behavioural difficulties, Physical Disability and Mental Health needs. Sarah has also worked with a range of UK Christian organisations over the past ten years to support events and develop training and support for including children and young people with additional needs. Sarah is a member of Lifecentral Church in Halesowen and is Additional Needs co-ordinator for their Next generation team. Get a pen and a notepad, because this is GOLD!!! Enjoy!
Sep 6, 2017
Episode 22: Sex & Relationships
Tim and Dustin talk about sex & Relationships with Youthscape's Rachel Gardner. Rachel is the Relationship Lead at Youthscape, responsible for pioneering new ways to engage young people in healthy relationships. A best selling author of a number of books for young people, Rachel speaks widely on youth and faith related topics. Go get something to write with, cause Rachel drops some serious knowledge in this episode.
Aug 1, 2017
Episode 21: Innovation in youth ministry
This month we have a returning guest! The Youthscape Deputy Chief Executive, Martin Saunders. Martin has wide experience of developing resources and materials for youth work and is the author of over ten books including Youthwork from Scratch. He worked previously as the Editor of the UK’s largest national youth work magazine Youthwork and writes and speaks widely on creative resource development, innovation and youth culture. His current work within the organisation focuses on the creative development process for new resources and materials. So it was only right that we asked him about Youthscape's Innovation process. This is amazing. Grab something to take notes and enjoy!
Jul 1, 2017
Episode 20: Spiritual Disciplines in Youth Ministry
Tim and I sit down and chat with Martin Saunders of Youthscape. Martin is the author of a very important resource in Youth Work called Beautiful Disciplines. It only seemed right that we talk to Martin about Spiritual Disciplines within Youth Ministry. This is a really insightful and important episode. Enjoy!!!!
Jun 1, 2017
Episode 19: The Present and Future of Youth Work
This month we are excited to share the convo Tim and I had with Jamie Cutteridge! Jamie is editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work. We were excited to talk with Jamie as we wanted to learn some of the trends that are happening in Youth Ministry within the UK. We asked questions such as whats working, whats not working and the tough question...whats the future look like for Youth ministry. Such a great convo! Enjoy!
May 2, 2017
Episode 18: Self Harm
In this episode Tim and myself talk with Ruth Ayers on one of the biggest issues facing Young People today, Self Harm. Ruth shares some frightening stats on young people who harm themselves along with some helpful tips to help young people suffering with self Harm. This is GOLD!!! Please listen and share! Ruth Ayres - Project Manager Ruth is a qualified Social Worker and became Project Manager in June 2016, she is responsible for managing the team, overseeing the many various strands of SelfharmUK and dreaming up new exciting ideas. Ruth brings a huge amount of passion and knowledge to the project and is keen to drive the project into a new direction, to ensure as many young people as possible are reached. Ruth has 16 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families. She is keen to ensure that SelfharmUK becomes a leader in supporting not only young people through self-harm, but parents, carers, teachers and all who work alongside them. Ruth lives in Bucking…
Apr 1, 2017
Episode 17: Caring for your own mental health
This month Tim and I sat with Helen Cutteridge to talk about Youth workers and poor mental health. This is such an important episode, and the amount of good take aways in 20 minutes is incredible!!! Enjoy!!
Mar 20, 2017
Episode 16: The Six Essentials of Leadership
This Episode is taken from our National Youth Leaders Conference- Limitless Leaders. The speaker was our national Director of Limitless Tim Alford. This is such a needed teaching for not just Youth Leaders but all leaders. Get your not pad ready as this is an in depth teaching on Leadership. Enjoy the 6 essentials of Leadership!!!
Feb 27, 2017
Episode 15: Michelin Starred Youth Ministry
This episode is from Limitless Leaders conference last month. This episode is a seminar lead by Dan Blyth the Youth and Young Adults Pastor of Hillsong London. Dan speaks about Michelin Starred youth Ministry. This is amazing!!! Enjoy!!
Feb 8, 2017
Episode 14: Mental Health (Young People)
I had an opportunity to catch Helen Cutteridge at the Gathering to talk about Young People and Mental Health. This is a growing issue in todays society, especially amongst young people. Please have a listen and share with whoeveryou think would benefit from listening to this episode. Helen Cutterdige has been doing Youth Work for the last 10years, qualifying with a degree and JNC in Youth and Community Work with CYM. She’s worked for local churches, local councils and for the last year has been working for Youthscape as their Emotional Wellbeing (Self Harm) Lead for the local team, most of Helen’s time is spent supporting young people 1:1 or in group settings in school. She also delivers training for SelfharmUK, writes blogs and talks at other events. Enjoy!
Feb 8, 2017
Episode 13: info on Rebranding/Reimagining
I get a chance to ask Tim all about the exciting changes in our vision and name. This conversation is short but good!! Enjoy!!
Oct 20, 2016
Episode 12: Youth Ministry in an Urban Context. (3 of 3 Youth Ministry Contexts)
This is a GREAT Episode! Dustin & Tim talk With Daniel Shillingford about youth work in an Urban context. Daniel is the Youth Pastor at City Gates Church in London. This. Is. So. Good. Enjoy!!!
Oct 17, 2016
Episode 11: Youth Ministry in a City Church (2 of 3 Youth Ministry Contexts)
In Episode 2 of 3 in our Youth Ministry Contexts series, we chat with Jesse Willis about Youth Ministry in a City Church. Jesse is the Student and Youth Pastor at the Lighthouse Church in Manchester. He leads a dynamic group of young people and students and is responsible for preaching, teaching, strategy and pastoral care for the youth and students in the church. Jesse also studied Accounting and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University. Great episode!! Enjoy!!
Oct 6, 2016
Episode 10: Youth Ministry in a Small Town (1 of 3 Youth Ministry Contexts)
This month Tim and Dustin start a 3 episode series on Youth Ministry in different Contexts. The different Contexts we will be looking at are Small Town, City and Urban. In this episode we talk with Jonny Holt about Youth Ministry in a Small Town Context. Jonny shares the unique opportunities and challenges in Small Town Youth Ministry. He shares his churches long term strategy on developing and growing a strong Youth Ministry. This is a great Episode, even for those in a City or Urban Context. Here's a little bit more about Jonny Holt. Jonny is Assistant and Youth Pastor at LivingWaters Church in Chorley. Married to Rebekah they have one son Jacob. Jonny’s background involves 13 years working with the young people in his local church. Recently he has taken on the role as North West Regional Leader for Serious4God where he hopes to be able to serve and encourage many of the great youth workers in the region. Alongside LivingWaters, he has worked for the last 12 years as a software d…
Sep 15, 2016
Episode 9: Youth Church
In this months episode Dustin and Tim talk with Ryan Ireland about Youth Church.
Aug 8, 2016
Episode 8: Vision
This months episode is essential for all leaders. I chat with Tim Alford Director of Serious4God about Vision. This episode is like a main session of a high quality Leadership conference. It is that good!! Dont hesitate to share with someone you know in leadership. Enjoy!!
Jun 14, 2016
Episode 7: Youth Clubs
Tim & Dustin talk with Michael Edwards (or Eddy as we refer to him as in this episode) about Youth Clubs!! This is a great episode for all considering or already hosting Youth Clubs. Eddy has a degree in Applied Theology (Youth Track), and is just about to complete his Masters. Upon graduating in 2013 he was asked to stay on by Elim's Regents Theological College as Course Assistant on the youth course. Since 2012 he's been involved with Resonate Pioneer Church in Malvern, and has led it as an Minister in Training since 2014. He's an MUFC season ticket holder, Labour Party member and loves Dr. Who. Enjoy!!!
Jun 2, 2016
Episode 6: Whats Next? (Generation Z)- Connect16 Session
This Episode is a Session from Connect16 (Elim's Youth Workers Conference). This is a MUST LISTEN to & MUST SHARE episode. The Speaker, Laura Hancock. Laura has a degree in Performing Arts and Theology, she worked for two years as a youth pastor in London and then for 3 ½ years as an outreach worker and worked alongside vulnerable young people. She now heads up the 11-18’s Church Resources team at YFC (Youth For Christ) and volunteers weekly with the young people in her church Zion Christian Centre where her husband is the youth pastor The Topic, Generation Z. Whats Next in Youth Ministry? Have a listen and get involved in the conversation.
Apr 27, 2016
Episode 5: Measuring/Debriefing
In this episode Dustin & Tim talk with Andy Hancock on Measuring & Debriefing. Andy is youth pastor at Zion Christian Centre in Halesowen. He’s been there for 4 years and is still passionate about seeing young people’s lives transformed by the love of Jesus. He previously worked for Youth For Christ for 8 years in various capacities. He is a big Liverpool fan and is a husband to Laura and dog owner to Archie. This is topic and practice of Measuring & Debriefing can gets over looked in leadership. So listen & jot down some notes from this episode as we unpack Measuring & Debriefing! Enjoy!!
Mar 31, 2016
Episode 4: Don't be a Goat. (Connect 2016)
This months episode is a teaching session from Connect 2016. Connect is Serious4God's Leadership conference for Youth Workers. Tim's title for his session is...Don't be a Goat. This is a great session filled with so many great principals for Youth Workers to live by. Tim Alford lives in Malvern with his wife Jen and his son Tobijah. He is the National Director of Serious4God, the youth movement of Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland. He is a passionate communicator of the gospel, having spoken at churches, conferences, schools and events all over the world. Tim is the former frontman of [dweeb], a frustrated supporter of Arsenal, and has on more than one occasion been to the cinema in Star Wars fancy dress. Read more at http://serious4god.libsyn.com/episode-0-tim-alford#MO3wefuoZfVtLfPF.99
1 hr 2 min
Feb 29, 2016
Episode 3: Ministering the Spirit (Connect 2016 Session)
Mike Pilavachi is the Senior Pastor of the Soul Survivor Watford church, based in North Watford, which he set up in 1993 along with worship leader Matt Redman. Mike has written a number of books on Christianity including Soul Survivor (with Nicky Gumbel, 2004), Live the Life (with Craig Borlaise, 2001) and, most recently, Storylines;Tracing the Threads of the Bible. Mike launched Soul Survivor in the summer of 1993.The event is a 5-day long charismatic Christian festival aimed at youth and the initial Soul Survivor attracted 1,896 delegates. Under the guidance of Pilavachi, the event has grown to accommodate around 30,000 people over three weeks along with the fourth week, being Momentum (aimed at those in their twenties and thirties). Matt Redman, who had attended Pilavachi's youth club at St Andrews Church of England Chorleywood, was a worship leader at early Soul Survivor camps. Matt Redman returned as a worship leader in 2011. From summer 2014 a fifth week of Soul Survivor is held…
Jan 7, 2016
Episode 2: Discipleship/Mentorship
This month Tim & Dustin talk with Ruth Trbojevic to talk Discipleship/Mentorship in Youth Ministry. Ruth was the Youth Coordinator at Ealing Christian Centre for 16 years but is now Church Planting out of ECC and is on the Serious4God National Team overseeing Learning communities. Ruth draws from her own experience of being discipled as we discuss what is Discipleship and how do youth Workers Disciple in the 21st Century. Enjoy!!!
Jan 7, 2016
Episode 1: Starting out in Youth Work
Tim And Dustin sit down with Laura Hancock to talk Starting out In Youth Work!!! Laura has a degree in Performing Arts and Theology, she worked for two years as a youth pastor in London and then for 3 ½ years as an outreach worker and worked alongside vulnerable young people. She now heads up the 11-18’s Church Resources team at YFC (Youth For Christ) and volunteers weekly with the young people in her church Zion Christian Centre where her husband is the youth pastor. Laura shares from her own experience of starting in Youth Work and gives great insight into what questions Youth Workers should be asking themselves when starting. Great Episode!!! ENJOY!!!