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G Shades with Mike Haynes (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 32)

On episode 32 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Mike Haynes. Not only is Mike one of the student ministry directors at Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, Virginia, but he is also the founder of G Shades, a new student curriculum focused on helping students see the Bible and the world around them through the … Continue reading G Shades with Mike Haynes (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 32)

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Orange Tour Adds Parent Experience for 2018

As I've said many times before, one of the most exciting things about Orange is its approach to all-church ministry. It's more than just a plan for kids and student ministry. It's actually something that can transform how your entire church does ministry -- to kids, students, parents, grandparents, singles, etc. If you are unfamiliar with … Continue reading Orange Tour Adds Parent Experience for 2018

Major Themes from the Global Leadership Summit 2018

Last week, I had the privilege of attending one of the simulcast locations for the Global Leadership Summit with a large portion of our church staff. Not only was it in a beautiful location -- nestled in Estes Park, surrounded in the Rocky Mountains -- but it was also great to hear great insight from … Continue reading Major Themes from the Global Leadership Summit 2018

The Power of Partnership with Yvette Cullum (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 31)

On episode 31 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview my wife, Yvette Cullum. Not only will you get to hear what God has done in her life, but she gives some great insight on what our partnership looks like within student ministry and why you should stay consistant as a small group leader. Feel free to … Continue reading The Power of Partnership with Yvette Cullum (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 31)

Choosing Family with Justin Herman (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 30)

On episode 30 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview Justin Herman, who recently made a transition from leading junior high ministry at Mariners Church to leading all student ministry at Sandals Church. Justin and I dive into all the reasons why he made the switch. We also chat about the structure of Justin's ministry at Mariners … Continue reading Choosing Family with Justin Herman (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 30)

Moving from Student Pastor to Lead Pastor with Andrew Larsen (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 29)

On this episode of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview Andrew Larsen, who recently made the transition out of student ministry into a lead minister role at Safety Harbor Community Church in Safety Harbor, FL. Not only will we get into Andrew's story, but we talk about what that transition has been like, and if … Continue reading Moving from Student Pastor to Lead Pastor with Andrew Larsen (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 29)

Bring Your Team to Orange Tour

One of the most exciting things about Orange is its approach to all-church ministry. If you are familiar with their family ministry philosophy, you already know that it is more than just a plan for kids and student ministry. It's actually something that can transform how your entire church does ministry -- to kids, students, … Continue reading Bring Your Team to Orange Tour

Whitewater Rafting in Browns Canyon with Noah’s Ark

One of the things I love doing is networking with other youth workers. I especially love it when it intersects with my love of the outdoors. Yesterday, my wife and I had the privilege of joining several other youth pastors and volunteers from Colorado in Buena Vista to raft the Browns Canyon section of the … Continue reading Whitewater Rafting in Browns Canyon with Noah’s Ark

Creating a Volunteer Strategy in Student Ministry (OC18)

The longer I am in student ministry, the more I realize that there are so many things involved in making it happen. You have all the more traditional things like teaching, games, worship, trips, and regular communication, but you also have other elements that have been added over time. In many settings, the student ministry … Continue reading Creating a Volunteer Strategy in Student Ministry (OC18)