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Kids Ministry Real Talk

Kids Ministry Real Talk

By The Extend Network
This is a podcast where I talk about everything Kids Ministry! I have had the privilege to be part of Kids Ministry in one of the fastest and largest growing Churches in Canada. Join me talk about what I have learned along the way and talk to guests who have also struggled through Kids Ministry problems!

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Ep. 20: Let There Be Light w/ Dylan Arms
I get to chat with Dylan Arms for the second time on the podcast! A Reminder to listen to the first episode (Episode 11) if you haven't already. Dylan has recently released his second Kids Worship album 'Let There Be Light'. Dylan tells all about his busy summer and the inspiration for this album. Dylan also shares about the collaborative process he had with Yancy.  You can connect with Dylan at: IG: @dylanarms And remember to follow us at: IG @kidsministrypod  Email:
August 5, 2019
Ep. 19 VBS Multicultural Experience w/ Lauren Yaciw
I sit down with my wife, Lauren Yaciw, and ask her about our Summer Camp (VBS) experience. Lauren is a High School teacher by trade but has been serving in kids ministry as long as I have. Lauren had a special role at camp this year leading a group of refugee kids who joined us at our Summer Camp. I ask Lauren all about how to incorporate and relate to people from different backgrounds. AMAZING CONVERSATION!    And remember to follow us at: IG @kidsministrypod  Email:
July 24, 2019
Ep. 18 Sold Out Leadership Labs w/ Mike Conn
I get to talk with Mike Conn who is the Lead Pastor at Impact580.Church. Mike is also the creator and director of Sold Out Leadership Labs which focuses on helping children and students develop skills to navigate the social/emotional issues they face day in and day out. The backdrop to Mike’s mission with this project is: EVERYONE has the right to feel valued and respected, and everyone has the responsibility to value and respect every one. Mike shares all about his past in Kids, student, worship and pastoral ministry!  You can connect with Mike: Facebook Soldoutmike Twitter @soldoutmike Instagram @soldoutmike And remember to follow us at: IG @kidsministrypod  Email:
June 5, 2019
Ep. 17 Compensation & Spiritual Formation w/ Dan Navarra & Kelsey Henderson
This episode I talk with Dan Navarra & Kelsey Henderson! Dan is the High school Pastor at Monte Vista Chapel in Turlock, CA. Kelsey is the Children's Pastor at Monte Vista. I get to hear all about the revolutionary Spiritual Formation that Monte Vista is leading their congregation through. This Spiritual Formation plan is a core value that pulses through every ministry at their church.  I also talk to Dan about Compensation. Dan is the founder of YP Comp Pros and is building a library of resources to help Youth Pastors and other church staff equip themselves with proper knowledge about compensation.  Formation Resources: YP Comp Pros: 2019 Youth Pastor Compensation Results: Free Tools: Dan's twitter: @dannavarra YP Comp Pro Instagram: @ypcomppros YP Comp Pro Facebook: YP Comp Pro Blog: Kelsey’s Blog:    And remember to follow us at: IG @kidsministrypod  Email:
May 7, 2019
Ep. 16 Deeper KidMin Resources w/ Brittany Nelson
This is a Bonus Episode with Brittany Nelson! Brittany is the founder and director of Deeper KidMin is a resource website dedicated to helping and supporting Kids Ministry people, like you, all over the world! I sit down and hear all about Brittany's years of kids ministry experience, as well as her journey with Deeper KidMin.  SPECIAL OFFER: You can get %25 off anything from the Deeper KidMin Marketplace by using the promocode: realtalk25. Check out the great resources here: You can reach out to Brittany if you have more questions or want to talk: Facebook: @deeperkidmin IG: @deeperkidmin Email: Remember to follow us on: Instagram @kidsministrypod email us at We would love to connect! 
April 15, 2019
Ep. 15 Ministry Structure w/ Steve Cullum
This episode I talk with Steve Cullum who is the host of the Student Ministry Podcast and Student Pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church, where he works with 6-12th grade students. Steve and I have an amazing conversation about the importance of Structure dig deep into some great student ministry ideas!  You can reach out to Steve if you have more questions or want to talk: Facebook: @stevecullum Twitter: @stevecullum IG: @stevecullum Podcast: Remember to follow us on: Instagram @kidsministrypod email us at We would love to connect! 
April 1, 2019
Ep. 14: The Bible Album w/ Vince Pierri
This Episode I get to discuss curriculum, worship and what it really means to have kids understand and retain the Gospel. I have a great discussion with my new friend Vince Pierri. Vince tells all about his journey into Kids Ministry as well as his passion for having kids learn the Bible! Vince and his team have created an amazing resource - THE BIBLE ALBUM: The Greatest Story Every Told!  You can find all about it at: IG: @thebiblealbum Email Vince at:    And remember to follow us at: IG @kidsministrypod  Email:
March 4, 2019
Ep. 13: Church Planting w/ Hunter Keith
This episode I talk to Hunter Keith! Hunter is a passionate Kids Ministry leader who is on a new journey to church plant. Hunter and I discuss all the challenges and exciting new beginnings of church planting and starting a new Kids Ministry. Please enjoy listening to the exciting new journey.  You can hear more about the church plant at: IG: @onechurchnashville You also can connect with Hunter at: email: IG: hunter.n.keith And remember to follow us at:  IG @kidsministrypod  Email:
January 28, 2019
Ep. 12: Family Resources w/ Simon Perry (Allstars Kids Club)
In this episode Zach talks to UK great, Simon Perry! Simon is the founder and creator for All Stars Kids Club. All Stars Kids Club was started to create amazing content that is entertaining, fun and helpful for kids to enjoy at home. There are amazing magazines, albums and TV shows!  You can find all the great resources at IG: allstarskidsclub Facebook: allstarskidsclub Youtube: Allstars Kids Club | Kids Music, TV & Media    Please follow us on Instagram @kidsministrypod and email us at We would love to connect! 
January 14, 2019
Ep. 11: Evaluating the Worship Experience w/ Dylan Arms
This week I sit down and talk to the wonderful Dyan Arms. Dylan is a recording artist and worship pastor. Dylan and I discuss the importance of an intentional worship experience for kids. This is a great conversation with lots of practical questions you can ask yourself about your worship experience! You can reach out to Dylan if you have more questions or want to talk: IG: @dylanarms Email: Please follow us on Instagram @kidsministrypod and email us at We would love to connect!
December 11, 2018
Ep. 10: Leading Well w/ Justin Herman
I get to talk with Justin Herman who is a Youth Ministry expert! Justine is the Youth Network Supervisor at Sandals Church in Riverside, California and also the Host of The Controlled Chaos Podcast. Justin and I have an amazing conversation about the importance of character in Leadership. Justin shares his wisdom about leading well and some of the challenges that come along with becoming an influential leader. You can reach out to Justin if you have more questions or want to talk: IG/Twitter/Facebook: @heyjustinherman Listen to the Controlled Chaos Podcast where ever you listen to podcasts! IG: controlledchaospodcast Please follow us on Instagram @kidsministrypod and email us at We would love to connect!
November 16, 2018
Ep. 9: Is Your Program Amazing? w/ Katie Cummins
I get to talk with Katie Cummins who is the Program Director at Saddleback Church. Katie oversees the large groups experience and is constantly evaluating what makes a child's experience amazing. Katie and I have an amazing conversation about what you should be looking for when planning your program and what makes a large group experience really great. You can reach out to Katie if you have more questions or want to talk: IG: @ktcummins Youtube: Book: Please follow us on Instagram @kidsministrypod and email us at We would love to connect!
November 9, 2018
Ep. 8: Teaching the Heart of Worship w/Yancy
I sit down and talk with the amazing Yancy! Yancy and I discuss the meaning and heart behind worship. Yancy asks the heart question: Are you teaching the true heart about worship to your kids? Yancy also talks about her new Heartbeat Curriculum. Find more about Yancy: Heartbeat Curriculum: Song Library: Facebook: /yancynotnancy Twitter: @yancynotnancy Instagram: @yancynotnancy
November 2, 2018
Ep. 7: Unifying the Next Gen w/ Dean Oliver
I get to talk with Next Gen Pastor Dean Oliver from New Life Church in Kokomo, IN. Dean and I have an amazing conversation about the importance of having your Kids and Youth unified in your church. I learn a great new term "cribs to college". And Dean imparts some amazing wisdom for young leaders! You can reach out to Dean if you have more questions or want to talk: IG: @Dean.oliver Email: Please follow us on Instagram @kidsministrypod and email us as We would love to connect! I also apologize for the sound quality. I got a new setup and I am still learning how to use it best. Next episode should be better quality!
October 26, 2018
Ep. 6: The Need for Relationships
In this episode we talk about the need for relationships in every single area of kids ministry. Relationships are the heart beat to ministry. Do you have vibrant relationships in every area?
October 19, 2018
Ep. 5: 5 Critical Aspects for Leadership Success
This episode I talk about 5 essential aspects that every leader needs to consider and master for success. These are 5 points that are for Kids Ministry leaders, volunteers, pastors, and even business leaders!
October 12, 2018
Ep. 4: Curriculum | What curriculum is best for you?
This episode we talk about curriculum. I start with a little over view about curriculum and then talk specifics about some of my favourite curriculums! Email if you want to talk specific curriculum.
October 5, 2018
Ep. 3: Resources | Make your life easier!
This episode we talk about resources and principles to help you equip and empower your volunteers. Things cannot live in just your brain - spread the knowledge to help your leaders succeed!
September 8, 2018
Ep. 2: Volunteer Breakups
We talk about ending relationship with volunteers. The messy and the good about volunteer breakups!
August 28, 2018
Ep. 1: Getting More Volunteers!
This is the question that I get asked the most. How do you get more volunteers! We are gonna talk about 4 strategies that you need to have to help you recruit, train and equip to lead in your Kids Ministry!
August 24, 2018
We are starting a podcast about Kids Ministry! Kids ministry is hard and we need to have more conversations about it. Join us for this journey with me and guests from Canada & the US.
August 24, 2018