145 episodes

The 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 studentministry.lifeway.com.

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The 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 studentministry.lifeway.com.

    Episode 282: Avoiding Volunteer Leader Burnout

    Episode 282: Avoiding Volunteer Leader Burnout

    “It’s a powerful thing when you can empower someone and give them ownership because then they are involved and bought in because they have a stake in it.” – Brain Preston























    Brian Preston is the Lead Student Pastor at Battlecreek Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and says he is the type of leader who thinks of six crazy ideas to try before breakfast but talks himself out of five of those ideas by lunch. Brian loves trying new things, building and developing teams, and is crazy passionate about reaching the next generation for Christ. Brian and his wife Jenn have two incredible kids named Ezekiel and Selah. 























    About Ben Trueblood







    Ben serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has served the local church as a student pastor for fourteen years. In addition to his role at Lifeway, Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S. He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to produce students who shape the culture in which they live. Ben and his wife Kristen have four young children. In his free time Ben enjoys family, fishing, hunting, and the St. Louis Cardinals. You can follow Ben on Instagram and Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About Katie Wylie







    Katie serves as Marketing Strategist for Lifeway Students and has been part of the Lifeway family for nearly 12 years, including two summers as a FUGE staffer. Katie is passionate about resourcing leaders because of the profound impact student ministry had on her faith journey. Katie is mama to identical twin boys and enjoys running, writing, and long walks around Target. Katie is also the human behind our brand social accounts! @lifewaystudents | @studentministry | facebook.com/LifewayStudents















    About Nathan Howard















    Nathan serves as Project Coordinator for Lifeway Students. and has served in student ministry for 15 years in a variety of roles from volunteer leader and student pastor in the local church to working with student pastors at the associational level. “Producer Nathan” helps facilitate student ministry training through the podcast, Youth Ministry Booster, and other outlets and also served on FUGE camp staff for six years, four as camp director, before joining the team full time. Nathan enjoys baking, video games, and officiating.

    Episode 281: Making the Most of Your Bible Study

    Episode 281: Making the Most of Your Bible Study

    “When you look at the overall picture of a curriculum, and that application is not driving your student to understand scripture and apply scripture in a practical way in their lives, then its not worth the time your leaders will spend in studying and preparing to teach your students. ” – John Paul Basham























    John Paul serves as the Manager of Lifeway Student Ministry Publishing. He served in the local church for 10 years before coming on staff at Lifeway and has a deep passion for the work of the church and its mission to make disciples.























    About Ben Trueblood







    Ben serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has served the local church as a student pastor for fourteen years. In addition to his role at Lifeway, Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S. He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to produce students who shape the culture in which they live. Ben and his wife Kristen have four young children. In his free time Ben enjoys family, fishing, hunting, and the St. Louis Cardinals. You can follow Ben on Instagram and Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About Katie Wylie







    Katie serves as Marketing Strategist for Lifeway Students and has been part of the Lifeway family for nearly 12 years, including two summers as a FUGE staffer. Katie is passionate about resourcing leaders because of the profound impact student ministry had on her faith journey. Katie is mama to identical twin boys and enjoys running, writing, and long walks around Target. Katie is also the human behind our brand social accounts! @lifewaystudents | @studentministry | facebook.com/LifewayStudents















    About Nathan Howard















    Nathan serves as Project Coordinator for Lifeway Students. and has served in student ministry for 15 years in a variety of roles from volunteer leader and student pastor in the local church to working with student pastors at the associational level. “Producer Nathan” helps facilitate student ministry training through the podcast, Youth Ministry Booster, and other outlets and also served on FUGE camp staff for six years, four as camp director, before joining the team full time. Nathan enjoys baking, video games, and officiating.

    Episode 280: Your First 100 Days

    Episode 280: Your First 100 Days

    “You cant play the short game in student ministry” – Jeff Borton







    “You can’t just think just a few weeks ahead and not think about what are we going to produce ten years down the road from now.” – Jeff Borton







    “Who are you becoming as a student ministry leader and who are you developing as a student ministry leader.” – Jeff Borton























    JEFF BORTON has been in student ministry for over 20 years. He hasserved in both small and large church contexts and desires to see them allthrive. Jeff enjoys teaching, consulting, and seeing student ministry leadersdevelop. He’s passionate about discipleship, missions, and seeing students betransformed by the gospel.Jeff is also the co-author of the book, Simple Student Ministry.Jeff is married to Jen, and they have three boys. They live outside of Nashville,and love the farm life. Together they enjoy football, hunting, fishing, and diving.























    About Ben Trueblood







    Ben serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has served the local church as a student pastor for fourteen years. In addition to his role at Lifeway, Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S. He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to produce students who shape the culture in which they live. Ben and his wife Kristen have four young children. In his free time Ben enjoys family, fishing, hunting, and the St. Louis Cardinals. You can follow Ben on Instagram and Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About Katie Wylie







    Katie serves as Marketing Strategist for Lifeway Students and has been part of the Lifeway family for nearly 12 years, including two summers as a FUGE staffer. Katie is passionate about resourcing leaders because of the profound impact student ministry had on her faith journey. Katie is mama to identical twin boys and enjoys running, writing, and long walks around Target. Katie is also the human behind our brand social accounts! @lifewaystudents | @studentministry | facebook.com/LifewayStudents















    About Nathan Howard















    Nathan serves as Project Coordinator for Lifeway Students. and has served in student ministry for 15 years in a variety of roles from volunteer leader and student pastor in the local church to working with student pastors at the associational level. “Producer Nathan” helps facilitate student ministry training through the podcast, Youth Ministry Booster, and other outlets and also served on FUGE camp staff for six years, four as camp director, before joining the team full time. Nathan enjoys baking, video games, and officiating.

    • 46 min
    Episode 279: Engaging Parents in Home Discipleship

    Episode 279: Engaging Parents in Home Discipleship

    “I wonder what would have shifted if I would have equipped my volunteers to shepherd students and I focused on volunteers and the parents.” – Daniel Im























    Daniel Im is the Lead Pastor of Beulah Alliance Church, co-host of the New Churches Q&A and IMbetween Podcast, and author of several books, most recently You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies about Work, Life, and Love.







    Christina Im is the homeschool principal of The IMagination School, and co-host and producer of the IMbetween Podcast, a conversation on marriage, parenting, faith, and everything in between.























    About Ben Trueblood







    Ben serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has served the local church as a student pastor for fourteen years. In addition to his role at Lifeway, Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S. He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to produce students who shape the culture in which they live. Ben and his wife Kristen have four young children. In his free time Ben enjoys family, fishing, hunting, and the St. Louis Cardinals. You can follow Ben on Instagram and Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About Katie Wylie







    Katie serves as Marketing Strategist for Lifeway Students and has been part of the Lifeway family for nearly 12 years, including two summers as a FUGE staffer. Katie is passionate about resourcing leaders because of the profound impact student ministry had on her faith journey. Katie is mama to identical twin boys and enjoys running, writing, and long walks around Target. Katie is also the human behind our brand social accounts! @lifewaystudents | @studentministry | facebook.com/LifewayStudents















    About Nathan Howard















    Nathan serves as Project Coordinator for Lifeway Students. and has served in student ministry for 15 years in a variety of roles from volunteer leader and student pastor in the local church to working with student pastors at the associational level. “Producer Nathan” helps facilitate student ministry training through the podcast, Youth Ministry Booster, and other outlets and also served on FUGE camp staff for six years, four as camp director, before joining the team full time. Nathan enjoys baking, video games, and officiating.

    • 40 min
    Episode 278: Staying Faithful During Ministry Job Loss

    Episode 278: Staying Faithful During Ministry Job Loss

    “So much of who I was as an individual was wrapped up in the ministry. In these seven months, I was able to pull back and say I don’t have a ministry anymore, so what will I be defined by.” – Paul Sitka























    Paul Spitka is the Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach at First Baptist Sapulpa in Oklahoma and is incredibly passionate about building teams to serve the body of Christ. He most recently led Fellowship Bible Church in the formation of a Family Ministries Team, where a unified “cradle to college” Team was formed, hired, empowered, and released to do ministry. For more than 30 years, Paul and his wife Sandy have ministered to students, young adults, families, and congregations in places such as Grand Rapids MI, Indianapolis IN, Detroit MI, rural northern Michigan, and Tulsa, OK.























    About Ben Trueblood







    Ben serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has served the local church as a student pastor for fourteen years. In addition to his role at Lifeway, Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S. He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to produce students who shape the culture in which they live. Ben and his wife Kristen have four young children. In his free time Ben enjoys family, fishing, hunting, and the St. Louis Cardinals. You can follow Ben on Instagram and Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About Katie Wylie







    Katie serves as Marketing Strategist for Lifeway Students and has been part of the Lifeway family for nearly 12 years, including two summers as a FUGE staffer. Katie is passionate about resourcing leaders because of the profound impact student ministry had on her faith journey. Katie is mama to identical twin boys and enjoys running, writing, and long walks around Target. Katie is also the human behind our brand social accounts! @lifewaystudents | @studentministry | facebook.com/LifewayStudents















    About Nathan Howard















    Nathan serves as Project Coordinator for Lifeway Students. and has served in student ministry for 15 years in a variety of roles from volunteer leader and student pastor in the local church to working with student pastors at the associational level. “Producer Nathan” helps facilitate student ministry training through the podcast, Youth Ministry Booster, and other outlets and also served on FUGE camp staff for six years, four as camp director, before joining the team full time. Nathan enjoys baking, video games, and officiating.

    • 42 min
    Episode 277: The Art of Disagreeing

    Episode 277: The Art of Disagreeing

    A rule of thumb is to never devalue someone just to make your point. The moment I devalue another human being, I am not firmly planted in biblical conviction, – Brent Crowe























    Brent Crowe is a thought-provoking visionary and communicator who has a passion to present the life-changing message of the gospel. Brent uses humor and real-life situations to relate to people at the heart of their struggles.  The roles of husband, father, minister, evangelist, author, and leader have allowed Brent to influence people from all walks of life throughout his twenty years in ministry.























    About Ben Trueblood







    Ben serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has served the local church as a student pastor for fourteen years. In addition to his role at Lifeway, Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S. He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to produce students who shape the culture in which they live. Ben and his wife Kristen have four young children. In his free time Ben enjoys family, fishing, hunting, and the St. Louis Cardinals. You can follow Ben on Instagram and Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About Katie Wylie







    Katie serves as Marketing Strategist for Lifeway Students and has been part of the Lifeway family for nearly 12 years, including two summers as a FUGE staffer. Katie is passionate about resourcing leaders because of the profound impact student ministry had on her faith journey. Katie is mama to identical twin boys and enjoys running, writing, and long walks around Target. Katie is also the human behind our brand social accounts! @lifewaystudents | @studentministry | facebook.com/LifewayStudents















    About Nathan Howard















    Nathan serves as Project Coordinator for Lifeway Students. and has served in student ministry for 15 years in a variety of roles from volunteer leader and student pastor in the local church to working with student pastors at the associational level. “Producer Nathan” helps facilitate student ministry training through the podcast, Youth Ministry Booster, and other outlets and also served on FUGE camp staff for six years, four as camp director, before joining the team full time. Nathan enjoys baking, video games, and officiating.

    • 50 min

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