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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)

Youth Leader Oasis with Todd Pearage (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 70)

Episode 70 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Todd Pearage. Partnering with Standing Stone, Todd and his wife, Lynda, run a ministry called Youth Leader Oasis, where they care for other youth workers and their spouses. In this episode, he not only shares his story, but talks about what his ministry looks … Continue reading Youth Leader Oasis with Todd Pearage (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 70)

5 Time Management Tips for Youth Pastors

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. There is only so much time in the day! How am I supposed to get it all done?  I don’t know how many times I have asked myself this question. Seriously, if I … Continue reading 5 Time Management Tips for Youth Pastors

The Smell of Coffee and the Dominican Republic

It's amazing how smells can take you back! In fact, it's amazing how any of our senses can trigger memories. Seeing photos and videos of past experiences are incredible. I've also had it happen with music, instantly tapping into the time I attended a concert, watched a movie, or played a video game. And as … Continue reading The Smell of Coffee and the Dominican Republic