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On The Frontier: A Young Life Podcast

Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia

On The Frontier, hosted by Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia, is a podcast about Young Life. We'll unpack the latest Young Life news, explore innovation and creativity around the mission, and learn from the stories of our guests. Our hope is that this “cabin time on the record” inspires you, and is a hub for vulnerable, real conversation not just about Young Life, but all of life. Find our more at www.onthefrontierpodcast.com Archived from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/on-the-frontier-a-young-life-podcast/id1138358279. Items in this collection are restricted.

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Jun 13, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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 ***ENCORE EP!***  Ben-less, but this ain't over till its over.  There are more pioneers out there. Can't stop. Won't stop. Alex Lewis, Young Life's digital marketing specialist, joins the show to talk about a year of story-telling, the #BestWeekofyourLife campaign launching this July in a surprise location, and ideas for Young Life's official podcast (launching soon!). Then, Bill Paige joins the show (19:55) to talk about the 10,000+ hours he's spent as a speaker, the origin of his catch...
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May 26, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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This is the official series finale of On The Frontier, a podcast about leadership, creativity, and innovation in Young Life. From the bottom of our hearts to yours, its been a joy and pleasure of a project. Thank you to all our listeners and guests -- “the crazy ones” who made this whole project possible. To us, this was more than just a podcast.  The good news? Young Life will have a mission-wide podcast (we got picked up!), launching in late summer or early fall. You can click here to...
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May 19, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben and Ryder discuss their initial reactions to the Pepsi and Heineken commercials, each which tackles social issues, as well as the recent Netflix show, '13 Reasons Why'. We hope you'll join into the conversation! Be a pioneer.   
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May 5, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Fil Anderson was and is a 'spiritual overachiever'. His journey lead him to discover the ’truest thing about him’ — while developing a contemplative spiritual life in the process. He sits down with Justin to talk about burnout, performance driven ministry, the beginning of his friendship with Brennan Manning, his favorite beach, and more. Journey with Fil at http://www.filanderson.com. 
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Apr 28, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder and Ben discuss podcasts they love, lessons they learned when deciding whether to come on Young Life staff or not (4:45), and most importantly, they interact with a “sneaky” survey that Ben planted all over a recent Young Life training he was at to find out what people really thought about their jobs (18:00). Its an unofficial engagement survey, and we discuss it On the Frontier. Special thanks to our wonderful friends who answered their phone ;)
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Apr 21, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder and Ben discuss mentoring and discipleship done with Radical Candor (a new book by Kim Scott). Next, Ryder sits down with a 40 year veteran of Young Life, Joe Belinko, to discuss how he coaches and mentors in lacrosse and life.  Who are you mentoring?  If someone were to ask, what would you teach them?  See you On The Frontier.  
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Apr 7, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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We're back On The Frontier talking about new Young Life camps, Generation Z, and humor in Young Life. First, Ryder & Ben discuss Wild Ridge, Young Life's new property in West Virginia, and offer a challenge to listeners...you can win a pizza! They then unpack a new Google report called “It's Lit”. This report studies what's “cool” in the eyes of Generation Z (current teenagers), and which ideas, brands, celebrities, and social networks captivate them most. Later in the episode...
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Ben and Ryder continue their exploration of race & multi-cultural ministry with a variety of guests, including New York City Metro Director Aswan Morris, and Minneapolis Metro Director Hope Ledeboer-Smith. Hope and Aswan share their experiences from multi-cultural lives, leadership, and ministry. Starting with the world of kids, we begin to learn about systemic brokenness and the challenges of “togetherness”. Along the way we'll also discuss how Young Life can innovate and get better,...
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Mar 17, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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MOVE THAT BUS, MOVE THAT BUS! Welcome to week 34 of OTF. Ryder and Ben begin this week's episode by discussing a recent challenge given to Justin to “associate great memories with the Gospel”, especially at summer camp. They then discuss a few great memories and recent innovations, including a quick chat with Jayveon, the University of Texas YL leader whose small group surprised him with a car. Watch that here. Ben & Ryder kick off a theme for the next few episodes, desiring to wade...
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Mar 10, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Join Ben & Ryder as they discuss speaking at Young Life club. Joined by an ex post facto Steve Chesney, Regional Director in Tennessee, they break apart a seminar that Steve led back in 2008 about the nuts and bolts of speaking. Topics include: Humility in speaking How to prepare for a club talk 3 questions to improve your club talk How to handle your Bible How to use technology In the end, it's "none of our business" We hope you'll join us, and that this episode...
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Mar 3, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Welcome to “OTF Reads”, a brand new part of living on the frontier. Each month, Ben and Ryder breakdown a book that has come highly recommended to them. This month, we discuss John Kotter's 'A Force for Change', a compelling leadership study that rightly frames the difference between leading and management.  Show Notes: Want to follow along with the episode? View our key ideas summary here! Buy 'A Force For Change' by John Kotter on Amazon Sign up for our newsletter to find out next...
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Feb 24, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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We're back On The Frontier. Justin & Ben discuss the two spring leadership retreats they were at over the past few weeks, and celebrate a goal accomplished (thanks Vermontinians).  Later, Justin sits down with Brad Mowry, Capernaum Coordinator for the Eastern & Greater New York Divisions. Brad shares his story, both as a Young Life staff person to people of differing abilities, but also as a dad to his daughter Hannah. Brad talks about his heart for Capernuam (7:55), the impact on this...
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Feb 17, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Singer-Songwriter Ellie Holcomb, a Nashville native, began her musical career by touring the country with her husband in Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. Their first stop? Young Life camp. Drew & Ellie have spent more than 10 summers on assignment with Young Life, sharing their heartfelt music with kids everywhere. Join Ryder, Ben, and Ellie as they discuss her story (3:35), heart for Young Life (9:00), marriage to Drew (14:12), and her newfound success as a solo artist (23:10). Her debut...
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Feb 10, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Is John Evans the most congruent person to ever live? Not according to him.  Ben and Ryder reminisce about personal health in ministry, much of which they learned by taking John Evan’s class, a long time Young Life staff person and professional counselor, as well as this week’s special guest (5:00). John and ben speak about marrying one's emotional health and humanity (7:05),  how younger leaders can tackle both (10:55), and understanding technology’s effect on this process (15:45)....
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Feb 3, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben & Ryder are back for season two of On the Frontier! In addition to discussing their initial reactions to Young Life Forward and their time with Young Life's senior leadership, they talk about millennials!  Bestselling author Simon Sinek has a new viral video about millennials, and since the majority of Young Life's staff and leaders are millennials, this conversation is a perfect return to On the Frontier, as we intentionally consider reaching and working with millennials. Unpacking...
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Jan 20, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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These are some of our favorite moments from Season 1. See you soon! Be a pioneer. 
On The Frontier: A Young Life Podcast
Jan 13, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder and Ben close out the first season of On The Frontier, live from Young Life's training in Florida. They discuss Young Life's new movement Forward, the beauty of worshiping with 900 staff, and their own memories of New Staff Training.  Later in the episode, they are joined by Brent Cunningham, Regional Director of Young Life in Alaska. Brent discusses his story, introduces us to Alaska, and talks about creating community across 600,000 square miles. Brent also talks about running the...
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Jan 6, 2017 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben & Ryder discuss the latest Young Life news including great emails from Young Life's president (1:14), our new website, and our new unofficial Young Life Employee Engagement Survey (2:14), which can be found at www.frontierpod.com/survey. Then, Ryder & Ben dive into goal-setting in 2017. They explore how Justin comes up with his own yearly goals (5:20) and how Ben sets area & team goals (11:30). After discussing some quotes that have inspired them as they enter 2017 (19:10), they...
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Dec 29, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben and Ryder review some popular things from 2016. Some are fun. Some are more serious.  This episode is dedicated to our Vermont listeners (1:00). Topics include YL75 (3:52), tech stuff (6:09), the old logo (7:13), Zoom calls (8:31), the mannequin challenge (10:28), the Dentist game (11:33), our most liked instagram (12:10), the death of blobs (13:57), and our first impressions of Newt Crenshaw’s leadership (17:52).  Our guest musician today is Virginia Man, a group of leaders from...
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Dec 23, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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In this special Christmas Ep of OTF, Ryder/Ben discuss their Christmas plans and hopes for the Christmas Break (0:46). After some James Tutson Christmas caroling, Ryder interviews Yousef, who is on Young Life staff in (the real) Bethlehem in Palestine. Yousef is an incredible leader, and to us, his thoughts on Jesus, life, and Young Life represent the best of what Christmas is about. We appreciate this conversation so much, which includes the significance of Christmas in Bethlehem (4:45), his...
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Dec 16, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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This week, Jonah Werner (@jonahwerner) is On The Frontier to discuss his first Young Life experiences (1:56), how he handles a Young Life Banquet (6:00), and how he incorporates storytelling into songwriting (9:35). He also shares his favorite story from 1 of the 33 month long assignments he's done (17:00). 
On The Frontier: A Young Life Podcast
Dec 9, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder & Ben discuss Christmas lists, Ben's illustrious program career, and recap this week's Young Life Social Media webinar (9:43), “Missionaries in a Digital World.” If you want to think more intentionally about your area or personal social media presence, this recap (as well as the original webinar here), is for you! Sign up for more social media news, etc! Finally, Ryder & Ben share some of the books that have most influenced their ministry, including:  The Gospel of John by...
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Dec 2, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Description: Ben & Ryder are On the Frontier this week discussing to call-ins from fellow YLer's asking about how to be great leaders where they are at. Isn't that we are all wondering? First, we ask for your frontier pics (0:50). Snap and photo and email hello@onthefrontierpodcast.com or tweet at @frontierpod, and we're going to feature you having “cabin time on your commute” all week! Back to the episode, Mary (2:05) and Pat (3:00) both ask about leading YL in a new role or new spot,...
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Nov 23, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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To commemorate the Thanksgiving feast you are about enjoy, Ben and Ryder pack an audio feast into an early release this week, just in time for your Thanksgiving commute home. First thing is first, thankfulness (1:50). For an appetizer, our resident adolescent pop-culture expert, Celia, joins to talk about some of the latest trends of apps and entertainment for students (3:35), including House Party (4:48), the new Harry Potter movie (6:00), Joe Bidden (7:25), and 'Andy's Coming' (8:15). Next,...
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Nov 18, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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LOOKOUT. Ryder & Ben are stoked to be back on the frontier discussing this semester's best leadership analogies thus far (0:39). These include Swimming Pools, Rocky, the in-between, and balancing the “no pressure” nature of Young Life with individual's opportunity to be fully human. Ryder explains this week guest and his profound impact on Young Life (8:38). Scott Berg joins the show (12:33) to talk about the New and Next team (16:01), our new camp in West Virginia (19:56), how YL is...
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Nov 11, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder & Ben unpack their weekends, discussing fall camp (0:20 ), and the power of social media (1:19). Then, they jump into the enneagram (3:00). The enneagram is an ancient personality test helping people understand themselves, how the relate to others, and how they can better connect with God, assigning you a number, 1-9. Justin and Ben briefly unpack all nine types, including their own. The conversation begins at “9” (8:44), then moves to “1” (12:17), “2” (14:54), “3”...
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Nov 4, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder and Ben are back On the Frontier discussing Jim Rayburn's last address to Young Life staff and some assorted history of our mission (3:00), before diving into a discussion with Angel Ruiz (9:52) about his life, staff experience, and diversity in Young Life, including his thoughts on Young Life and Latino culture (14:12) and the Latino Student Staff movement (16:00). The conversation finishes with a discussion of cultural intelligence (19:38). Mark jumps in to talk about start-ups and...
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Oct 28, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben will attend “Hamilton” next month (in honor of his mom's birthday -- HBD Mom!) and an episode was inspired. A cultural phenomenon, the broadway musical Hamilton has inspired a world hungry for diversity, revolution, and legacy. Ben and Ryder are on the frontier this week, discussing how the musical has inspired them by highlighting their favorite quotes from the soundtrack. The episode opens with James’ cover of “History has its Eyes on You” (0:00), and our hosts talk Hamilton...
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Oct 21, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben & Ryder respond to and unpack an audio message from Seth Michels (Young Life Staff in Louisville, KY). Seth inspires us to think differently about how we “sell” Young Life: should we talk less about physical, crazy, wild aspects of YL, and more about the intangible, the real, and the meaningful parts of our mission? Ryder & Ben also discuss the roots of “marketing” Young Life, and make some suggestions on how to practically use the intangibles to tell the story of Young Life.
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Oct 13, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Join Justin & Ben in the Frontier as they discuss the challenges of ministry, and when they feel most alive in the midst of those challenges (2:37). Later in the episode, they are joined by Jack Nikcevich, Regional Director of Young Life's Raceway Region, one of the most healthily growing regions in the U.S. Jack shares his background (8:38), the leadership principles that drive his life and ministry( 15:10), and the ideas that shape his marriage & partnership with his wife, Linda...
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Oct 7, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben & Ryder discuss the importance of their friendships in shaping their journeys on Young Life staff, as well as a 31-year long example of such friendship. Ryder is joined on the podcast by his long-time best friend, and Young Life staff person Cliff Wright. Cliff & Ryder discuss the genesis of their friendship, sharing both the healthy and unhealthy pieces that such close friendship can bring. Cliff also talks about his hopes for the next generation of Young Life ministry.
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Sep 30, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben & Ryder review #FollowYLDay (2:40), discuss Ben's quixotic quest to save the calzone at Timber Wolf Lake (5:05), and learn more about how Justin is trying to improve his club talks (6:30). Later, Ryder sits down with John Wagner, the Senior Vice President for Young Life in the Greater New York Division (11:29). They discuss his book "Perfect", John's son David, ministry in the diverse context of New York City, and more. See you On the Frontier!
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Sep 26, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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In this special mid-week episode, join Ryder & Ben, along with returning guest Alex Lewis to discuss #FollowYLDay, happening TODAY! We'll also discuss Donald Miller's Storybrand, and how we can use those principles to tell the Young Life story! Want to learn more about the Storybrand framework? Visit storybrand.onthefrontierpodcast.com.  
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Sep 23, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder & Ben are inspired by Grace VanderWaal (:30), a WyldLife sensation who won the most recent season of America's Got Talent! They also discuss their own musical backgrounds (1:05), and the vital importance of music in the mission of Young Life (2:40). Later in the episode, they are joined by musician Annie Lawrence (7:11), who spent her entire summer as a special musician at camp. Listen to Annie unpack how her music intersects with her Young Life story (7:39), the lives of high school...
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Sep 16, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Brodie Smith (frisbee trick shot artist) just gave Young Life a shoutout on national TV at the Miss America Paegant (2:10)! This reminded us: it's hard to explain Young Life on the spot. Try it. Ben and Ryder discuss the most influential questions they've ever been asked about leadership, life, and ministry (7:22). Try them on if you'd like, and let us know what questions have most profoundly impacted you, using the hashtag #YLquestions. Ep. #010 is sponsored by Audible.com, where you can get...
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Sep 9, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder and Ben relive the nostalgia of “Time for Living” (2:10), Young Life’s first viral video. Its legacy lives on in Young Life’s current social media team, who strive to tell the stories of the mission of Young Life (10:45). After the break, special guest Alex Lewis (@lewisalex10), Young Life’s digital marketing specialist, joins Ryder (12:45) to talk about his YL Story (13:50), his job with Young Life’s brand direction (15:33), his digital inspirations (16:46), his desire to...
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Sep 2, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben & Ryder are back On The Frontier discussing the appointment of the new Chief Diversity Officer of Young Life, BeBe Hobson. They also discuss elements of healthy tribes, or communities, across every level of an organization -- especially Young Life. They are also joined by Frontier Ranch staffer, Brooklyn Weber (@brooklynn17), for a conversation about another way YL creates tribes: the weekly volleyball tournament at summer camp. 
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Aug 26, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder & Ben, along with surprise guest host Morgan McGhee (@morgm91), explore the back to school season. They discuss their hopes and fears about a new year of YL (1:57), and learn Morgan thoughts on how to start a new school year well (7:25)!  Later, Ryder goes on the Frontier with Pete Hardesty (@petehardesty) to discuss all things Young Life College (12:22). Pete tells some stories close to his heart, gives insights about Young Life in college, and discusses the first week of college...
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Aug 18, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben and Ryder revisit Episode #003, discussing comments from listeners about how to bring the radical nature of YL camp to everyday life. They also discuss autonomy and purpose in Young Life, and what keeps us going in ministry (2:25). Later, Kathy Craig (@kcraigmadness), WyldLife Director in Fishers, IN, joins us to discuss women and mothers on Young Life Staff (15:17) and her passion for WyldLife ministry (22:40).
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Aug 12, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder and Ben sit down with Drew Hill, author of The Young Life Leader Blog. Drew's site has been slammed over 3.3. million unique times in its life. Drew has been on the frontier for years -- providing resources, ideas, and encouragement to Young Life leaders all over the world. We discuss his story, the genesis of the blog, and the parody of numbers and depth in ministry.
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Aug 8, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Join Ben & Ryder On The Frontier as they discuss the Coast to Coast bike ride to raise campership funds for Young Life. Also, Justin interviews special guest Ryan Mecum, Area Director and published author, about being a Young Life program director, the inherent value of humor, and cultivating creativity in the midst of busyness. We also explore the idea of Ryan Mecum as the President of Young Life.  Enjoy this special week with two episodes! Join the conversation, leave us a review, or...
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Aug 4, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ryder & Ben begin to close out the summer with a conversation about Young Life camping. They discuss the radical atmosphere of Young Life camp, and explore the elements of assignment that would make our everyday lives more thrilling.  We'd love to hear your thoughts: what do you want to bring home from camp? Please tweet at us @frontierpod or visit our website, www.onthefrontierpodcast.com, to join the conversation!
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Jul 28, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Justin & Ben are back On The Frontier to discuss Young Life summer camp assignments, Multi-Cultural & Urban camping, and the importance of vacation & rest. Later in the episode, join Ben for a conversation with James Tutson, professional musician & part-time Young Life staffer. James & Ben explore James' music, his newest project, how to do ministry alongside your significant other, and diversity within the mission of Young Life.
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Jul 27, 2016 Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia
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Ben and Ryder kick off their new podcast about the ministry of Young Life called, "On the Frontier". Topics include vision for the podcast, hopes and dreams, and a few other introductory comments. In the ministry of Young Life, there are 1,000's, maybe millions of stories to be told, and we want to tell them. Think of this podcast as Cabin Time, but in your car, and on the record. We'll dream, ask tough questions, laugh, plan great adventure, and invite incredible guests from inside...