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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

Recruiting a Great Team (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 69)

Episode 69 of The Student Ministry Podcast features some tips around recruiting. If you are going to make a difference in student ministry, you need a great team around you. Maybe you have questions, though. Like... How do I build a team? How do I get more people to join our team? How to I get … Continue reading Recruiting a Great Team (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 69)

Remodeling Youth Ministry with Chris Talbot (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 68)

Episode 68 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Chris Talbot. Not only does Chris serve in youth and family ministry at his local church, he also teaches youth ministry at Welch College and is the author of Remodeling Youth Ministry. In this episode, you'll get to hear Chris' story but also hear … Continue reading Remodeling Youth Ministry with Chris Talbot (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 68)

The Pursuit of Power in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 4

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 Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Do not read if you have not seen this episode and do not want it to be spoiled for you! What … Continue reading The Pursuit of Power in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 4

Pause Campaign with Emily Chapman Richards and Olivia Stanton (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 67)

Episode 67 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Emily Chapman Richards and Olivia Stanton from Show Hope, an organization started by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman to care for orphans by engaging the church and reducing barriers to adoption. Not only will Emily and Olivia share their stories, but they will … Continue reading Pause Campaign with Emily Chapman Richards and Olivia Stanton (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 67)