Steve’s Blog

I’m here to play because compassion changes everything (Jon Acuff – Youth Ministry Exchange)

Jon Acuff is an amazing leader in both the church world and the business world. At the Youth Ministry Exchange, he spoke about the importance of compassion, especially during this current season. Here are my notes from his talk: Compassion = kindness + actionThe emotional supply chain has also been disrupted.Isolation has made compassion the … Continue reading I’m here to play because compassion changes everything (Jon Acuff – Youth Ministry Exchange)

Redefining Your Role as a Youth Pastor (Reggie Joiner – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Reggie Joiner is a great leader, whom I've really enjoyed learning from over the years. While I usually hear him talk about bigger vision topics, this was one of the first times I've heard him explain a specific leadership move. During one of his workshops at Youth Ministry Exchange, he talked about redefining our role … Continue reading Redefining Your Role as a Youth Pastor (Reggie Joiner – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play so the rest of the world will want to play as well (Gerald Fadayomi – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Gerald Fadayomi brought a message at Youth Ministry Exchange that focused on Matthew 5:13-14, where Jesus calls us the salt of the earth. It's a passage many of us have probably taught many times to teenagers and kids, but Gerald brought some amazing truths that I had not really considered before. Here are my notes … Continue reading I’m here to play so the rest of the world will want to play as well (Gerald Fadayomi – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play so you can keep playing (Doug Fields – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Doug Fields not only leads Download Youth Ministry, but he has been a youth pastor for many years. At Youth Ministry Exchange 2020, he spoke about the importance of setting up others to lead. Here are my notes from his talk: As a child, playing basketball… I struggled to leave the court. Over time, I … Continue reading I’m here to play so you can keep playing (Doug Fields – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play so I can show someone how to play (Kara Powell – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Kara Powell is one of the best researchers in the youth ministry world, and she works at one of the best researching organizations in the youth ministry world, Fuller Youth Institute. At Youth Ministry Exchange 2020, she shared about the importance of handing over the "keys of leadership" to students. Here are my notes from … Continue reading I’m here to play so I can show someone how to play (Kara Powell – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Re-Imagining Events for Students (Trey McKnight – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Trey McKnight runs BigStuf Camps. Like many/most of us, they had to pivot this year due to the pandemic. At Youth Ministry Exchange, he shared some great thoughts around the importance of events and how to think about changing events moving forward. Here are my notes from his breakout session: 1. Events are (still) important. … Continue reading Re-Imagining Events for Students (Trey McKnight – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play so we can learn to trust each other (Reggie Joiner – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Reggie Joiner is one of the best thinkers not just in family ministry but in the entire church-world. I love hearing him speak, especially when he addresses issues that most others avoid for whatever reason. Here are my notes from his talk all about trust: I grew up in a denomination that was theologically correct. … Continue reading I’m here to play so we can learn to trust each other (Reggie Joiner – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play because tomorrow can be better than today (Tedashii – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

When Tedashii was interviewed by Reggie Joiner at Youth Ministry Exchange 2020, it was hard to take notes. I was just sucked into everything he said. So instead of full-on notes, I have a collection of quotes from Tedashii: "In the moment of salvation, I experienced something that I'd never felt before, & it was … Continue reading I’m here to play because tomorrow can be better than today (Tedashii – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play today so you know I’ll be here tomorrow (Crystal Chiang – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Crystal Chiang leads Orange Students and has become a good friend of mine. I recently had the opportunity to interview her on my podcast. At the Youth Ministry Exchange, she brought some strong truths and encouragements as she talked about the importance of consistently showing up for students. Here are my notes from her talk: … Continue reading I’m here to play today so you know I’ll be here tomorrow (Crystal Chiang – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Understanding the Impact of 2020 on High Schoolers (Stuart Hall – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I met Stuart Hall about 13 years ago, when he spoke at a student winter camp. Not only do I really enjoy hearing him speak and teach, he has become like a mentor to me from afar. He has a huge passion for empowering students, and as he explained the impact of 2020 on high … Continue reading Understanding the Impact of 2020 on High Schoolers (Stuart Hall – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)