New for 2021, Thrive has launched a brand new weekly podcast called ‘The Heart of a Youth Leader’. It’s tough for everyone right now, and we know that that includes all those working with children and young people. In our survey last year, we discovered that most leaders were struggling with feeling ‘zoomed out’, whilst 1 in 3 leaders were feeling isolated and 1 in 5 feeling spiritually dry.

Encouraged by the number of leaders who took time out to attend our virtual prayer retreats at the end of last year, we have taken the time to record some weekly inspiration to support and nourish our leaders.

Thrive’s Andy Castle shared the vision:”There are plenty of excellent resources and podcasts aimed at improving your youth work skills and to find new ideas to try with your young people, but I realised there seems to be very little which is aimed at the youth leader themselves. Knowing how hard these times are, I wanted to do something that will encourage leaders to stick close to Jesus, and to take time each week to bring their ministry to Him.”

Each episode can either be watched on Thrive’s YouTube channel or listened to on the most popular podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Alexa. Episodes last about 7-8 minutes and will include some kind of challenge for the week.

So far the feedback has been encouraging. One youth worker said,’I have been waiting for this!’, whilst another said,’I found this incredibly helpful and I’ve shared it around so hopefully it will bless others as much as it has for me.’

Whilst being called ‘the heart of a youth leader’ it is aimed at both those working with children and/or young people, but we thought ‘the heart of a youth or children’s leader’ would be too long!

If you are involved in youth or children’s work, please give it a listen and let us know what you think. If you are not involved, please share it with those in your church who are.

You can watch the videos on Thrive’s YouTube channel.

You can listen to the podcasts on your favourite podcast app.

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