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Pop Culture and Youth Ministry with Jeff Bachman (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 46)

In episode 46 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview Jeff Bachman. Not only is Jeff a youth ministry veteran, but he also hosts his own podcast all about pop culture and youth ministry. Sit back and get ready to take some notes as Jeff talks about his story, his ministry, pop culture, and some … Continue reading Pop Culture and Youth Ministry with Jeff Bachman (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 46)

10 Ways the Orange Conference has Changed Over the Past 10 Years

Why do you keep going back? This is a question I have heard many times when I tell people I am attending The Orange Conference. While the basic concepts of the orange philosophy has not changed over the years, the conference continues to evolve. Some of those changes are not that important, but others have … Continue reading 10 Ways the Orange Conference has Changed Over the Past 10 Years

Results of Piper Jaffray Survey on Teens (Fall 2019)

As youth workers, we need to be students of teenage culture. Thankfully, we don't have to do all the work ourselves. Piper Jaffray & Co. recently surveyed 9,500 teenagers (average age of 15.8) for their 38th semi-annual survey. Here are the results in an infographic. [Image via Piper Jaffray & Co] As youth workers, we … Continue reading Results of Piper Jaffray Survey on Teens (Fall 2019)

Small Group Leading with Alycia Cone (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 45)

Episode 45 of The Student Ministry Podcast is a special one, where Steve has the opportunity to interview one of his former students and volunteers. Alycia Cone was 16 when she started attending youth group. She had Steve's wife as her small group leader, and after she graduated and completed a year with City Year, … Continue reading Small Group Leading with Alycia Cone (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 45)

5 Reasons I Go to Youth Ministry Conferences

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Conferences and conventions are a part of almost every job and sub-culture. You have your tech conferences, comic book conventions, marketing events, and so forth. Youth ministry is no different, and I … Continue reading 5 Reasons I Go to Youth Ministry Conferences

Leadership Pathway with Sean Badeer (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 44)

In episode 44 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview one of my co-workers and fellow pastors, Sean Badeer. Not only does Sean lead the Connections Ministry at my church, but he also serves with an organization called Leadership Pathway. Their goal is to connects young leaders with churches for a residency program that helps … Continue reading Leadership Pathway with Sean Badeer (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 44)

Co-Leading with Jeremy Nelson and Mike Eilers (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 43)

In episode 43 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Jeremy Nelson and Mike Eilers on how they go about co-leading their student ministry in Indianola, Iowa. Jeremy has been in paid ministry for a while, and Mike came into it recently after volunteering for quite some time. If you currently lead a ministry alongside … Continue reading Co-Leading with Jeremy Nelson and Mike Eilers (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 43)

Programming Adjustments with Steve Cullum (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 42)

Episode 42 of The Student Ministry Podcast is all about the upcoming adjustments in my own student ministry programming. Back in episode 20, I talked about my own story and a bit about what my current ministry looked like. Almost two years later, it's time to make several adjustments, and today, I'm going to talk … Continue reading Programming Adjustments with Steve Cullum (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 42)

How the Orange Tour Can be a Great Introduction to Orange

A few years ago, I attended my first Orange Conference. A bit before that we started using their curriculum, but this was my first foray into all things Orange. I immediately fell in love with the concept and overall strategy. The children's director and I came back and began implementing it in our church. The … Continue reading How the Orange Tour Can be a Great Introduction to Orange

Orange Conference 2019 Recap with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 41)

Episode 41 of The Student Ministry Podcast is all about the Orange Conference 2019. Not only is the format a bit different, but it is also quite a bit longer (sorry about that). For this episode, I sat down with Tom Bump, one of the other Orange Bloggers to unpack and process all we learned … Continue reading Orange Conference 2019 Recap with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 41)