Steve’s Blog

Discipling Your Team

I've written a few blogs over the years about forming, developing, equipping, empowering, and training your team. I've even talked about recruiting and growing your team. All of this is good, but I wanted to bring up something many of us within the church unfortunately leave out of the plan—discipleship. Some of you are wincing … Continue reading Discipling Your Team

Equipping and Empowering Your Team

One of the most important things we are called to do is pull others into ministry, equip them, and empower them to be used by God. The truth, though, is that we have limited bandwidth. So we need to rethink our organizational structure to add more voices and high capacity people. Then we need to … Continue reading Equipping and Empowering Your Team

Valleys Over Mountains with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 78)

Episode 78 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Tom Bump, founder of Restoring Leaders. Tom has many years of ministry experience within kids ministry, student ministry, and more. His organization is designed to help and restore ministry leaders who find themselves in especially hard seasons. In fact, that is also the topic … Continue reading Valleys Over Mountains with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 78)

Importance of Serving with Marc Therrien (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 77)

Episode 77 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Marc Therrien of workcampNE. Much of Marc's growth is connected to faith in action, which is why he now serves as one of workcampNE's directors. Through environments focused on home repair and the Bible, their team allows you, the youth leaders, to focus on … Continue reading Importance of Serving with Marc Therrien (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 77)

Every Student Sent with John Decker (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 76)

Episode 76 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with John Decker of Every Student Sent, a unique community-based platform with vision of connecting students to existing ministries, churches, and each other in order to propel them towards Gospel-centered mission as they navigate and engage culture during college. In this episode, we'll hear John's … Continue reading Every Student Sent with John Decker (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 76)

Realizing More that I Cannot Do this Alone

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for the National Network of Youth Ministries' blog. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. What if we did not do youth ministry alone? Yes, we need to network with other youth workers. It should not stop there, though. We should also network … Continue reading Realizing More that I Cannot Do this Alone

Navigating Uncertainty with Dr. Josh Packard (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 75)

Episode 75 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Dr. Josh Packard, the Executive Director at Springtide Research Institute. He and his team conduct qualitative and quantitative research on the inner and outer lives of young people, ages 13-25. Recently, they released The State of Religion and Young People 2021: Navigating Uncertainty, a compilation of their … Continue reading Navigating Uncertainty with Dr. Josh Packard (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 75)

The Great Resignation with Todd Rhoades (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 74)

Episode 74 of The Student Ministry Podcast features a conversation with Todd Rhoades around what many are calling The Great Resignation, the phenomena in our current culture consisting of many people resigning from their jobs. And the church is not immune to it. We discuss the implications for the church as a whole and for … Continue reading The Great Resignation with Todd Rhoades (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 74)

Recent Podcast Appearances (Summer/Fall 2021)

Every once in a while, I get an opportunity to be a guest on other podcasts. Here are some of the recent ones from over the past few months. I share them in case you want to listen, but more importantly, I share them to recommend you subscribe to them. Nick Blevins' Family Ministry Podcast … Continue reading Recent Podcast Appearances (Summer/Fall 2021)