Steve’s Blog

5 Steps to Keep Teens from Graduating from Their Faith

Graduation season is almost here! All across America, high school seniors are getting excited to finish their education and graduate. Many churches, however, are not too excited, because they fear these students will also graduate from their faith in God. And I'm sure many of you are familiar with the unfortunate statistics for those who … Continue reading 5 Steps to Keep Teens from Graduating from Their Faith

Using Email Templates

Ever since I learned about the concept of efficiency in my college sociology class, I’ve been intrigued. While it can definitely be overdone at times, there is also a positive side of pursuing efficiency. For instance, in ministry, the more efficient we can become at certain aspects of ministry, the more we can spend time … Continue reading Using Email Templates

Introducing Student Ministry Connection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9EoXSd2Sj4 In February 2016, after about a year of praying, discussing, and planning, The Student Ministry Podcast began. Over that time, we’ve had 85 episodes with over 70 guests. I’ve gotten to connect with so many youth workers who are in the trenches and some of my ministry mentors. I’ve been able to connect with … Continue reading Introducing Student Ministry Connection

Exciting News about The Student Ministry Podcast (Episode 85)

Welcome to this very special episode of the podcast! As many of you know, we have been around as a podcast since February 2016. Over that time, we’ve had 85 episodes with over 70 guests. This started out as a huge experiment. I knew I wanted to have these conversations with others in student ministry, … Continue reading Exciting News about The Student Ministry Podcast (Episode 85)

Facing the Past in Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episode 5

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for LoveThyNerd. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Do not read if you have not seen this episode and do not want it to be spoiled for you! Can we really … Continue reading Facing the Past in Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episode 5

Searching for Seven with Tyler Smith (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 84)

Episode 84 of podcast features a conversation with Tyler Smith, who is a longtime student pastor, sports journalist, coach, and author of a book named Searching for Seven. In this episode, we will hear Tyler's story, what it is like to be a Christian in the sports world, and hear him share some wisdom around … Continue reading Searching for Seven with Tyler Smith (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 84)

Would You Go to Your Church if You Weren’t Employed There?

If you've been working in ministry for a while, you've probably heard the following question when it comes to evaluating your church: Would you go to your church if you weren't employed there? I think I understand the reasoning behind the question. It's important for us to create environments that are exciting and engaging. And … Continue reading Would You Go to Your Church if You Weren’t Employed There?