On episode 36 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview my own youth minister, Tim Uhls, who is now serving as the children's minister at First Christian Church in West Frankfort, IL. Tim has served in ministry at the same church for 30 years. For many years, Tim provided oversight to both children's and youth … Continue reading Longevity in Ministry with Tim Uhls (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 36)
How do you honor someone that has changed your life for the better in more ways than you can count? No, seriously, I’m really asking. Because this is exactly what my wife has done for me over the past 10 years! On this day, 10 years ago, we stood in front of our family and … Continue reading Happy 10th Anniversary, Yvette!
We've all experienced it. Some of us were prepared for it, while it has hit some when we were least expecting it. It's all too real, though, even though we don't want it to be. Many of us heard it was a thing, but if you're like me, you tried to ignore it, hoping it … Continue reading Thank You, Orange, for the Connections and Networking Opportunities!
On episode 35 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve changes it up a bit and interviews 11 different youth workers. While in attendance at the National Youth Workers Convention in St. Louis this year, Steve did some blogging and posted a ton on Twitter, but he also had the chance to speak with a lot … Continue reading National Youth Workers Convention 2018 (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 35)
The National Youth Workers Convention, located in St. Louis, MO, this year was a great time of refreshment and refocus. If you want to read more about the event, check out my other blog posts about it, especially the one titled "Youth Workers Unite." You can also look through my tweets from November 16-18 to … Continue reading 15 Quotes from NYWC 2018
The National Youth Workers Convention was filled with so many great things this year, but one thing I was not prepared for was all the connections I would make. Rather, I was not prepared for all the connections the Holy Spirit arranged for me to have. So today, I just wanted to run through some … Continue reading So Many Connections (NYWC 2018)
As the first "Big Room" at National Youth Workers Convention began this year, Tommy Woodard of The Skit Guys took the stage, but he was soon joined by a host of other veteran youth workers from DYM, Orange, and Youth Specialties in a song and dance number straight out of Beauty and the Beast. I … Continue reading Be our Guest (NYWC 2018)
Earlier this year, Download Youth Ministry and Orange announced they would be purchasing Youth Specialties, a longtime youth ministry resource organization known for the National Youth Worker Convention, among many other things. Of course, there was some speculation on how it would go. YS has had their ups and downs over the years, and many … Continue reading YS Honors Past with Excitement for the Future (NYWC 2018)
From the very first speaker at the National Youth Workers Convention this year, one thing was evident. A central theme emerged that God and the Youth Specialties leaders clearly wanted to get across to us: It’s time to stop comparing, competing, and fighting. Instead, we need to start uniting in our efforts to reach the … Continue reading Youth Workers Unite (NYWC 2018)
I just recently started blogging for Youth Specialties, and my first article has been published. Below, you will find a quick snippet and a link to read the rest of the article on their website. The video game world has had its ups and downs. From the crash of 1983 to the rise of casual … Continue reading How to Best Use Video Games with Students