The Student Ministry Podcast

Student Ministry Podcast is for any person serving and leading teenagers and young adults. The show is fun and conversational. Overall, the podcast is dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and equipping youth workers, as well as introducing them to a myriad of great tools and resources that will be helpful in student ministry. The podcast is hosted by student ministry expert, author, and speaker Kenneth Ortiz. The podcast is produced and sponsored by Blue Sky Missions.

19 | Todd Cochrane: How to Podcast Like a Pro


Podcasting has become a very popular medium that can be effectively utilized by churches and non-profit organizations for messaging, training, and for a variety of ministry purposes. In this episo...
Feb-11-2017

18 | Jeremy Zach: Relational Ministry is the Key to Successful Ministry


In this episode, Kenny interviews Jeremy Zach to talk about the importance of being relational and personal in student ministry, and empowering other leaders to do the same. Jeremy was a full-time...
Nov-05-2016

17 | Ken Freire: How to Effectively Develop Students to Be the Future Leaders of the Church


In this episode, our host Kenny interviews leadership expert (and personal friend) Kenneth Freire about the importance of engaging students in such a way that they will develop in their leadership ...
Oct-27-2016

16 | Megan Monson: The Case for Gap-Year Programs


In this episode, Kenny interviews one of his previous students, and now personal friend, Meg Monson about the values of a gap-year program. She tells us about her experiences as a student in YWAM-E...
Oct-21-2016

15 | Ajith Fernando: The Importance of Healthy Family Life


In this episode, Kenny interviews author and international speaker Ajith Fernando about the importance of Christian leaders having a healthy family life. Anyone involved in Christian ministry know...
Oct-04-2016

14 | Tiffany Kelly: Four Steps to Transforming Your Ministry Branding and Design


Each ministry has an identity, and whether you realize it or not, you are sending a message to the world about your identity. The problem we often observe is that many ministries are not nearly as ...
Sep-28-2016

13 | Thermostat vs. Thermometer


To be an effective leader, you need to be a quality thinker as well as become an efficient problem-solver, and there is no better way to solve problems than to proactively stop them before they eve...
Sep-25-2016

12 | Three Leadership Lessons Learned From Coach Bill Walsh


In 1979, Bill Walsh became the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He went on to become one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. In this episode, Kenny talks about some of the great leadershi...
Sep-18-2016

11 | Paul Turner: Twelve Books Every Leader Should Read


Reading good books is an essential discipline for any leader, both for the feeding of our own souls as well as for the development of our leadership skills. Anyone who desires to be successful in s...
Sep-09-2016

10 | Dan Sanchez: Utilizing Text Messaging in Student Ministry


Anyone who works with teens or college students knows the importance of text messaging as a means of connecting with and starting conversations with students. In this episode, Kenny interviews digi...
Sep-09-2016

09 | Fourteen Bill Gates Quotes Youth Workers Can Learn From


Just about every person in our society is familiar with Bill Gates, the co-founder and long-time CEO of Microsoft. He has been a business man, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, consultant, an...
Sep-05-2016

08 | Mike McGarry: Student Ministry as a Bridge Between the Church and the Family


Student Ministry is most effective when it serves the local church by connecting the church with families. Every youth worker ought to seek to make their local student ministry a bridge between the...
Sep-02-2016

07 | Eight Steps in Training Your Leaders to Engage with Students


Effectively engaging with students is super important, therefore training your leaders to effectively engage with students is also super important. In this episode, Kenny gives us eight tips and id...
Aug-26-2016

06 | Jonathan Ferguson: Four Ways to Be a Great Short-Term Missionary


In this episode, Kenny interviews missionary Jonathan Ferguson about the theology of world missions, the importance of taking students on short-term mission trips, and the four things we must do to...
Aug-16-2016

05 | Dominate Facebook to Enhance Your Ministry


Facebook has become as much (or more) a part of American life as any sport, activity, or tradition. Recently the Pew Research Center surveyed teenagers (ages 13-17) and young adults (ages 18-24), t...
Aug-12-2016

04 | Jon Nielson: Trends, Parents, Entertainment, Preaching, and the Gospel


In this episode, Kenny interviews student ministry veteran and preaching stalwart Jon Nielson about the importance of giving students a lot more than just fun in student ministry gatherings, but ho...
Aug-08-2016

03 | Getting “Lucky” on Purpose


Being successful in student ministry often involves being at the right place at the right time. Some might say you need to be "lucky" in order to "catch" ministry opportunities. But how can we put ...
Aug-08-2016

02 | Cameron Cole: What Does It Really Mean to Be Gospel-Centered in Youth Ministry?


The importance of having a student ministry that truly is Gospel-centered cannot be overstated. In this episode, Kenny interviews youth ministry veteran and author Cameron Cole about a variety of e...
Aug-05-2016

01 | What’s This Podcast All About?


This is the very first episode of the Student Ministry Podcast. In this first episode of the podcast, our host Kenny Ortiz explains the genesis of the show, his motivation for doing the show, its f...
Jul-30-2016