Facing the Past in Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episode 5

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for LoveThyNerd. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Do not read if you have not seen this episode and do not want it to be spoiled for you! Can we really … Continue reading Facing the Past in Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episode 5

Searching for Seven with Tyler Smith (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 84)

Episode 84 of podcast features a conversation with Tyler Smith, who is a longtime student pastor, sports journalist, coach, and author of a book named Searching for Seven. In this episode, we will hear Tyler's story, what it is like to be a Christian in the sports world, and hear him share some wisdom around … Continue reading Searching for Seven with Tyler Smith (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 84)

Would You Go to Your Church if You Weren’t Employed There?

If you've been working in ministry for a while, you've probably heard the following question when it comes to evaluating your church: Would you go to your church if you weren't employed there? I think I understand the reasoning behind the question. It's important for us to create environments that are exciting and engaging. And … Continue reading Would You Go to Your Church if You Weren’t Employed There?

5 Reasons to Take Holiday Breaks in Student Ministry

Should we take a break from our student ministry for holidays, cancelling our program(s) that week? I regularly see questions like this from other youth pastors. And my answer: Yes! Before I share why, I do want to acknowledge that some of you might meet on Sunday morning during church services. If that is the … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Take Holiday Breaks in Student Ministry

5 More Youth Ministry Fixtures that Need to Die

Back in 2020, I wrote an piece for Youth Specialties on 5 youth ministry fixtures that need to die. Click here to read that article. Now it's time to kill 5 more fixtures! Youth ministry is still a fairly modern development within the church. Based on my research, we have had specialized ministry to teenagers … Continue reading 5 More Youth Ministry Fixtures that Need to Die

Strange Things in the Bible

I recently had a three-part teaching and small group series published on Download Youth Ministry entitled Strange Things in the Bible, based off a series we did with our high school students a couple years ago. We were, of course, playing off the popular Netflix series, Stranger Things, but the main idea was to cover the … Continue reading Strange Things in the Bible

Family Camp with The Skit Guys (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 83)

Episode 83 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Tommy Woodard and Eddie James of The Skit Guys. We discuss their stories, but we also spend time talking about their upcoming movie, Family Camp, which releases on May 13, 2022. Tommy and Eddie will tell you exactly why you should watch the movie … Continue reading Family Camp with The Skit Guys (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 83)

What about Cell Phones at Youth Group?

Modern technology is incredibly helpful it also creates some interesting issues that youth workers did not have to deal with "back in the day." One of the frequent questions I see in youth ministry groups is all about cell phones. Many of your students are walking in with phones, but what do we do with … Continue reading What about Cell Phones at Youth Group?

Recap from Orange Conference 2022

Be human. If you were like me, you immediately thought, “Well, that’s not difficult!” In spite of the statement’s simplicity, Orange Conference still chose that as its 2022 theme, and over the course of two and a half days, they unpacked in a such a way that made me think about my own humanity and … Continue reading Recap from Orange Conference 2022

Wearing Many Hats with Jeremey Veal (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 82)

Episode 82 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Jeremey Veal, the pastor of student ministries at GFN Church in South Carolina. As Jeremey currently leads out in a number of areas in his church, he has had to shift his focus to empower his volunteers and students, simplify the student ministry calendar, … Continue reading Wearing Many Hats with Jeremey Veal (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 82)