There’s Something for Everyone at The Orange Conference

Over the years, I've realized more and more than family ministry cannot be ministry in a silo. In fact, by its very nature, it requires the church to think beyond our individual ministries in order to reach the entire family. The Orange Conference is also that kind of an event, designed for everyone on your … Continue reading There’s Something for Everyone at The Orange Conference

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Connecting New Students with Derry Prenkert (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 23)

In episode 23 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Derry Prenkert, the student ministries pastor at Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee, Indiana, where he has served for over 21 years. Derry has learned a lot over the years, especially in connecting with new students. His humble heart is one we can all learn from, … Continue reading Connecting New Students with Derry Prenkert (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 23)

The Power of Presence

People are hurting. Yes, that's exactly how I'm starting this blog post, because it's a sad truth. Everywhere I look, I see students, parents, and other individuals suffering through times of crisis. Whether it be clinical depression or mourning the loss of a loved one or not getting into the school, club, or career they … Continue reading The Power of Presence

The Student Ministry Podcast – Volunteering in Student Ministry with Dann Voelz (Episode 22)

In episode 22 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview one of my best friends, Dann Voelz, a long-time volunteer in student ministry. Not only has Dann volunteered many years within my past ministries, but he has also served in other ministries over the last several years. Currently, he is serving with high school students … Continue reading The Student Ministry Podcast – Volunteering in Student Ministry with Dann Voelz (Episode 22)

Three Months Into a New Ministry

A couple days ago, I officially passed the three-month mark at my new ministry. In many ways, it feels like I have been here longer, but in other ways, I still feel very new. For those who have made transitions in ministry, you probably know exactly what I am talking about. Today's blog post isn't … Continue reading Three Months Into a New Ministry

Take-Aways from DYM 100 2017

If you are unfamiliar with Download Youth Ministry, do yourself a favor and head over to their website right after you finish reading this. They have great resources for youth workers: games, curriculum, events, training, and more. One of the things started last year is a small youth ministry conference called DYM 100. I have … Continue reading Take-Aways from DYM 100 2017

The Student Ministry Podcast – Stuff You Can Use with Kenny and Elle Campbell (Episode 21)

In episode 21 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview Kenny and Elle Campbell. After spending many years in paid local church ministry, they now volunteer in their local church and run Stuff You Can Use, which is an amazing resource for student ministry workers. Not only do they have their own website, podcast, and Facebook … Continue reading The Student Ministry Podcast – Stuff You Can Use with Kenny and Elle Campbell (Episode 21)

Quotes from the Orange Tour 2017

While I have attended the Orange Conference many times, last year was my first year attending the Orange Tour when it came to Boston. This year, I attended the Denver location with the family ministry team from my new church. While much of the information was the same as the conference back in April of … Continue reading Quotes from the Orange Tour 2017

The Student Ministry Podcast – My Own Student Ministry Experience (Episode 20)

In episode 20 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I decided to change it up and interview myself. Well, okay, I didn't actually talk to myself, but I didn't have a guest for this episode. Instead, I thought it was time for me to share my own student ministry experiences, especially since God just moved me … Continue reading The Student Ministry Podcast – My Own Student Ministry Experience (Episode 20)

CIY Mix 2017 with LifeBridge Students

While in high school, one of my favorite events was CIY's high school summer conference, which has since been named Move. I've always been a fan of their programs, and I've taken students to Believe (their middle school weekend conference), Superstart (their 4-6th grade weekend event), and I've also led my own trips to the … Continue reading CIY Mix 2017 with LifeBridge Students