Many years ago, I was introduced to the XP3 student ministry curriculum from Orange. I didn't know much about the whole Orange thing at that time, but I did hear they had an annual conference. So, in 2010, I attended my first Orange Conference. I was somewhat overwhelmed, but I had a great time and … Continue reading 10 Reasons to Attend the Orange Conference
On episode 31 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I interview my wife, Yvette Cullum. Not only will you get to hear what God has done in her life, but she gives some great insight on what our partnership looks like within student ministry and why you should stay consistant as a small group leader. Feel free to … Continue reading The Power of Partnership with Yvette Cullum (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 31)
The longer I am in student ministry, the more I realize that there are so many things involved in making it happen. You have all the more traditional things like teaching, games, worship, trips, and regular communication, but you also have other elements that have been added over time. In many settings, the student ministry … Continue reading Creating a Volunteer Strategy in Student Ministry (OC18)
In episode 24 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews David Wood, the Jr. High Director at Shelter Cove Community Church in Modesto, California. From a teenager, David knew God wanted to use him, but it wasn't always a clear path to where God has him today. Along the way, he served in the military and also … Continue reading Trust and Student Ministry Magic with David Wood (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 24)
In episode 23 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Derry Prenkert, the student ministries pastor at Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee, Indiana, where he has served for over 21 years. Derry has learned a lot over the years, especially in connecting with new students. His humble heart is one we can all learn from, … Continue reading Connecting New Students with Derry Prenkert (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 23)
A few years ago, I wrote about counting money as a youth minister, but I felt it was time for a follow-up. Other than the people who handle offerings, it is quite possible that a youth minister handles the most money within a church. Between retreats, mission trips, pizza parties, and much more, students and parents … Continue reading Handling Money in Youth Ministry
In episode 10 of the Student Ministry Podcast, I get the chance to interview Eric Holmstrom and Adrian Pichay from Purpose Church in Pomona, CA. We chat about their student ministry team and their new intergenerational ministry with Spiritual Grandparents!
For those who have followed me and my ministry for a while, you already know that one of the things I love is connecting with other youth workers and ministries. It's one of the main reasons I started the Student Ministry Podcast earlier this year. I think it all started when I was in youth … Continue reading New Endeavors in Connecting Youth Workers
It seems like the world has a negative view of the next generation, but youth workers are called upon to empower these teens. Here's a bit of encouragement to help you keep going!
This past week, I had the privilege to attend DYM100 with Doug Fields, Josh Griffin, and 99 other youth workers from all over the United States and Canada. And my experience can be summarized in three words -- connection, wisdom, and refreshment!