How We Pivoted for Summer Camp 2020

Last year, we took our high school students to Generate Camp (YM360), and they had a great time. This year, we had planned to take both our middle schoolers and high schoolers, but like many things this year, we realized we needed to pivot. Since I know a lot of you are still trying to … Continue reading How We Pivoted for Summer Camp 2020

Digital Ministry with Tom Pounder (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 57)

Episode 57 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Tom Pounder. Not only has Tom been in student ministry for a number of years, he has also served as a digital/campus pastor at his church. He brings all of that to the table today as he discusses ministry moving forward during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue reading Digital Ministry with Tom Pounder (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 57)

When Life Gives You Lemons with Gerald Fadayomi (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 56)

Episode 56 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Gerald Fadayomi, longtime youth worker and author. Gerald has an amazing story of how God has worked in His life. After a rough life at home and seeing friends murdered, he got plugged into a church, gave his life to Christ, and began serving in student ministry. … Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons with Gerald Fadayomi (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 56)

Racial Reconciliation and Ministry with Mike Haynes (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 55)

Episode 55 of The Student Ministry Podcast brings back Mike Haynes to talk about racial reconciliation. While racism has been a thing for a long time, recent events have increased our awareness of it. So how do we talk about it with our students? And how do we lead and shepherd them well through this? … Continue reading Racial Reconciliation and Ministry with Mike Haynes (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 55)

Orange Conference 2020 Recap (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 54)

Episode 54 of The Student Ministry Podcast is all about Orange Conference 2020. This "special edition" episode will be a bit different, as it will not include an interview. Instead, I sit down with Tom Bump and David Maddron to discuss the changes Orange had to make for OC20, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020 Recap (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 54)

From Nay to Yay on Digital Conferences | Orange Conference Live 2020 Recap

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. What if we did this online?  There is no doubt that we have all asked ourselves that question at least once over the past couple months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of … Continue reading From Nay to Yay on Digital Conferences | Orange Conference Live 2020 Recap

Ministry in Quarantine with David Reed (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 53)

Episode 53 of The Student Ministry Podcast features David Reed, who is currently the Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, TX. David has been in ministry for over 26 years, and in his current (home) church for over 13 years. Not only does he share his story and some great wisdom from … Continue reading Ministry in Quarantine with David Reed (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 53)

Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 3 Notes

Thursday morning at Orange Conference 2020 was action-packed, as the previous two sessions were. We heard some amazing talks and interviews around special needs ministry, a revolution of love, racial reconciliation, how to share the Gospel with the next generation, what we can still do in the middle of this pandemic, and how we respond … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 3 Notes

Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 2 Notes

Wednesday morning at Orange Conference 2020 was filled with some incredibly heavy but important topics of pain, suffering, hurt, grace, love, and more. Below, you will see a collection of my notes from Main Session 2 speakers like Jimmy Mellado, Jon Williams, Mike Foster, Reggie Joiner, Kara Powell, Kristen Ivy, Nona Jones, Simon Sinek, and … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 2 Notes

Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 1 Notes

Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange kicked off the Orange Conference 2020 with a thought he often shares at the beginning of events like this: “The work you do is the most important work on the planet.” All of the speakers for the first main session kept pointing toward one key point, which is … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 1 Notes