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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)

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A Day at the Denver Aquarium

A few months ago, my wife and I took a trip down to the Denver Downtown Aquarium. We had a meet-and-greet with a binturong, who was really fun and, exactly as we expected, smelled just like popcorn! Throughout our self-guided aquarium tour, I took a ton of videos and photos. Well, I eventually got around … Continue reading A Day at the Denver Aquarium

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)

The Orange Conference 2018 Recap (Episode 28: The Student Ministry Podcast)

On this episode of The Student Ministry Podcast, Nick Blevins, Tom Bump, David Maddron, and Tom Pounder join Steve Cullum to talk about their experience at The Orange Conference 2018. For those who are regular listeners, you will notice a departure from the regular setup in this episode. These five guys were asked by Orange … Continue reading The Orange Conference 2018 Recap (Episode 28: The Student Ministry Podcast)

What if… Just Jesus? (OC18)

As I've mentioned before, this year's theme at The Orange Conference 2018 was "One Voice." The idea behind this is that we can do more when we work together. This thought is applicable to many situations, but there was one that stood out to me more than some others -- that we should work together … Continue reading What if… Just Jesus? (OC18)

Learning to Layer and Let Go (OC18)

Going into The Orange Conference 2018, I knew the theme was about working together. When it came to the workshops, though, I chose them a couple months ago. I picked them by just focusing on where I thought I needed some help. At this point, the conference is just over halfway complete, and I've been sensing … Continue reading Learning to Layer and Let Go (OC18)