LifeWay Student Ministry Podcast

he LifeWay Student Ministry Podcast is designed to encourage and inform student ministry leaders at every level. Each episode Ben Trueblood will join with student ministry leaders and guests to talk about issues, both practical and philosophical, relating to student ministry and leadership. Our goal is to encourage student ministry leaders serving in the local church and to share insights learned from the student ministry community at large. Check out more from LifeWay Student Ministry and join in the ongoing student ministry conversation at www.lifeway.com/studentministry.

Episode 247: How to Make Online Discipleship a Success


In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with SouzyLive, Twitch Streamer, and Pastor at God Squad Chruch, about how to make online discipleship groups a success. SouzyLive has been […]
Sep-17-2020

Episode 246: Leading in a unique and everchanging environment


In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with Jason Gaston, Family Pastor at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, about how to lead in an everchanging environment. Show […]
Sep-10-2020

Episode 245: Better than Life: How to Study the Bible and Like it


In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with Caroline Saunders, author of Better than Life, How to Study the Bible and Like it, a new Bible study for teen […]
Sep-03-2020

Episode 244: 7 Ways to Kill Your Credibility


In this episode, Ben and John Paul discuss 7 ways to kill your credibility. More than likely you have never tried to kill your credibility but not taking these seven […]
Aug-27-2020

Episode 243: Knowing When to Quit or Stay


In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk about how to know if you should quit or stay in your current ministry post. Knowing when to quit or stay in […]
Aug-13-2020

Episode 242: How to Manage Expectations


In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk about how to manage expectations during difficult seasons. This fall will be filled with many challenges and managing the expectations will be […]
Aug-06-2020

Episode 241: The Continuing Impact of Self Development


In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with LeVar A. Jones, Minister of Youth & Young Adults of The New Macedonia Baptist Church in Southeast Washington, DC, about the […]
Jul-30-2020

Episode 240: The Booster Community Advantage


In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with Cheryl Johnson, student minister at Westview Bible Church in Montreal Canada, about how being a part of the Youth Ministry Booster […]
Jul-23-2020

Episode 239: Making Time for Soul Care


In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with Adam Kuntz, student pastor at Liberty Christian Fellowship in Liberty Missouri, about making time for soul care. Show Notes and Quotes: […]
Jul-16-2020

Episode 238: Continuing the Work: Race and Student Ministry


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk about what they have been learning over the last six weeks and how we must continue the work of race and […]
Jul-09-2020

Episode 237: Student Ministry Hot Seat with Larry Davis


In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk about student ministry with Larry Davis. Larry Davis serves as the Student Pastor at The Journey Church in Lebanon, TN. He’s been […]
Jul-02-2020

Episode 236: What it takes to truly reach students who don’t know Christ


In this episode, Ben and Julie talk about what it takes to truly reach students who don’t know Christ. Show Notes and Quotes: When lost students are in your ministry, […]
Jun-25-2020

Episode 235: Dispelling 5 Seemingly Great Ministry Intentions


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk about five ministry intentions that seem great at first but do not always work out as intended. Show Notes and Quotes: […]
Jun-18-2020

Episode 234: Race Conversation in Student Ministry


In this episode, Ben talks with A.C. Sanford about how to have race conversations in student ministry. Show Notes and Quotes: Teenagers in our ministries want and need to talk […]
Jun-11-2020

Episode 233: How to Change a Ministry Culture


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk with Brian Mills, the senior pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon OK, about how to change a ministry culture successfully. […]
Jun-04-2020

Episode 232: Partnering with Parents


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie take a look at the new Parent Partnership resource by LifeWay Students and how student pastors can partner with parents in the […]
May-28-2020

Episode 231: Creating a Truly Relational Student Ministry


In this episode, John Paul, and Julie talk about how to create a truly relational student ministry. Students are longing for relational discipleship, especially in this season more than ever. […]
May-14-2020

Episode 230: Avoiding Screen Fatigue: How to Maximize Your Digital Teaching Time


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk about how to avoid virtual fatigue and maximize your digital teaching times. Students spend a large amount of time in a […]
May-07-2020

Episode 229: Ministering to Volunteers


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk about how to minister to volunteers during this season of ministry during Covid-19. Many volunteers may be experiencing a lack of […]
Apr-30-2020

Episode 228: Maintaining a Missional Mindset During Social Distancing


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk about how during this time of social distancing it can be difficult to maintain a missional mindset. The Gospel compels us […]
Apr-23-2020

Episode 227: Serving 12th Graders and Their Families Well


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk about how to serve families of 12th graders well during this season. With the uncertainty of graduations, proms, and many milestones […]
Apr-16-2020

Episode 226: 10 Games You Can Play Online to Build Community


In this episode, Like It or Spike It, Ben, John Paul, and Julie discuss which games you can play online to help build community with your students. Show Notes and […]
Apr-09-2020

Episode 225: Parent Ministry During a Pandemic


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk about parent ministry during a pandemic. Show Notes and Quotes: Parent ministry may look different than it did a few weeks […]
Apr-02-2020

Episode 224: Unprecedented Circumstances Require Unprecedented Leadership


In this episode, Ben talks with Zac Workun about the unprecedented times that we are facing right now. The landscape of student ministry has changed drastically in the past two […]
Mar-26-2020

Episode 223: Faith in an Anxious World


In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk with Kara Powell of the Fuller Youth Institute about the rise of anxiety among students. You can find more information and […]
Mar-19-2020