Orange Labs Coming to The Orange Conference 2020

Over the years, The Orange Conference has become something I look forward to attending for many reasons. Near the top of that list is what I get to learn from others who are further along that me. And while I gain a lot of motivation from the main sessions, the breakout workshops are where I … Continue reading Orange Labs Coming to The Orange Conference 2020

Honoring Tim Uhls (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 50)

Episode 50 of The Student Ministry Podcast is a little different. In December 2019, the world lost a great youth pastor named Tim Uhls. For those who have been longtime listeners, you may remember Tim from episode 36. Tim was also my youth pastor. In an effort to honor Tim and also cope, I reached … Continue reading Honoring Tim Uhls (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 50)

5 Ways to Engage the Artistic Students in Ministry

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. We all have them. No, not the stinky kids. I am talking about the artistic ones. And if you are not artistic yourself, you might not notice those students, but they are … Continue reading 5 Ways to Engage the Artistic Students in Ministry

How Student Leadership Has Evolved in My Church

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Student leadership can be one of the most divisive parts of a youth ministry. I have seen several great youth groups torn apart by implementing a student leadership team. On the other … Continue reading How Student Leadership Has Evolved in My Church

3 Ways to Think Ahead About Your Mission Trip

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Oh, the mission trip. These short-term, service-based excursions have been a mainstay of youth ministry programming for years. Not only do they help teenagers to think beyond themselves, but it often gives … Continue reading 3 Ways to Think Ahead About Your Mission Trip

Ministry Coaching with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 49)

On episode 49 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview Tom Bump. Tom has been in ministry over 30 years in various capacities, but mostly in children's and student ministry. Over the years, God has led him through some really great times and some difficult times. So in addition to hosting his kids ministry podcast, … Continue reading Ministry Coaching with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 49)

Networking with Jonny Radcliff (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 48)

On episode 48 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Jonny Radcliff, who is currently serving in student ministry in the Philadelphia area. Jonny is also a big proponent of networking with other youth workers. Sit back and get ready to hear what God has been doing in his life, but also make sure you … Continue reading Networking with Jonny Radcliff (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 48)

National Youth Workers Convention 2019 (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 47)

In episode 47 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve talks all about the National Youth Workers Convention 2019. As Youth Specialties celebrated their 50th year of conventions, they focused on the theme, TOGETHER. Steve had the opportunity to sit down with a few attendees and chat about their experience. He also walks through all the … Continue reading National Youth Workers Convention 2019 (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 47)

Best Cosplay at NYWC 2019

The National Youth Workers Convention is definitely a convention, rather than a conference. They each have their place, but they are different. For example, conventions have a lot more venders, it has a more relaxed feeling, and there is a lot more focus on networking. I have been to several video game and comic book … Continue reading Best Cosplay at NYWC 2019

Sam’s Story: An Encouraging End to NYWC 2019

This is part 4 of Sam’s Story. To read part 1, click here. To read part 2, click here. To read part 3, click here. Sunday morning was typically a big day for Sam. He needed to get to the church early and he was busy all day long. Today was different, though. He just needed to … Continue reading Sam’s Story: An Encouraging End to NYWC 2019