Navigating Uncertainty with Dr. Josh Packard (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 75)

Episode 75 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Dr. Josh Packard, the Executive Director at Springtide Research Institute. He and his team conduct qualitative and quantitative research on the inner and outer lives of young people, ages 13-25. Recently, they released The State of Religion and Young People 2021: Navigating Uncertainty, a compilation of their … Continue reading Navigating Uncertainty with Dr. Josh Packard (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 75)

The Great Resignation with Todd Rhoades (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 74)

Episode 74 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Todd Rhoades around what many are calling The Great Resignation, the phenomena in our current culture consisting of many people resigning from their jobs. And the church is not immune to it. We discuss the implications for the church as a whole and for … Continue reading The Great Resignation with Todd Rhoades (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 74)

Recent Podcast Appearances (Summer/Fall 2021)

Every once in a while, I get an opportunity to be a guest on other podcasts. Here are some of the recent ones from over the past few months. I share them in case you want to listen, but more importantly, I share them to recommend you subscribe to them. Nick Blevins' Family Ministry Podcast … Continue reading Recent Podcast Appearances (Summer/Fall 2021)

Orange, Relationships, and Phases with Brett Talley (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 73)

Episode 73 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Brett Talley. As a pastor’s kid, Brett grew up in the church world and felt called to full-time ministry at a young age. After jumping into the local church as a youth pastor and next gen pastor for over 11 years, he moved into … Continue reading Orange, Relationships, and Phases with Brett Talley (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 73)

10 Tips for Managing Your Student Ministry Volunteer Team

If we are truly going to make an impact on the teens in our community, we cannot do it alone. We need a team. But how do we put together a team, and what do we do with them? I've previously written up a list of tips on how to recruit a great team. Let's … Continue reading 10 Tips for Managing Your Student Ministry Volunteer Team

Programming Update 2021 (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 72)

Episode 72 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a programming update. I share how last year's programming changes went along with some insights from my summer experiences, and our plans for the 2021-2022 school year. I also share a couple stories about how God has used video games to connect with teenagers.  Listen here or … Continue reading Programming Update 2021 (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 72)

Battling Anxiety, Depression, and Grief with Zack Ryer (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 71)

Episode 71 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Zack Ryer. Not only is Zack one of Steve's former students, but he has recently started a music career (under the stage name, Dante Nazarro) focused on songs that he has written through his anxiety, depression, and grief. Zack and Steve talk about some … Continue reading Battling Anxiety, Depression, and Grief with Zack Ryer (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 71)