25 episodes

The College, Faith and Leadership podcast helps college students and young leaders explore, apply, and share the teachings of Jesus Christ within the university campus community. Episodes feature discussions on topics related to the credibility of the Christian faith, individual stories of hope and personal transformation, and strategies for students and ministry leaders to spread the good news of Jesus on campus. New episodes release every other Wednesday.

College, Faith & Leadership Dave Hess

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

The College, Faith and Leadership podcast helps college students and young leaders explore, apply, and share the teachings of Jesus Christ within the university campus community. Episodes feature discussions on topics related to the credibility of the Christian faith, individual stories of hope and personal transformation, and strategies for students and ministry leaders to spread the good news of Jesus on campus. New episodes release every other Wednesday.

    Pastor and Entrepreneur Adrian Crawford on Effective Cultural Engagement in the Context of Christian Ministry

    Pastor and Entrepreneur Adrian Crawford on Effective Cultural Engagement in the Context of Christian Ministry

    Adrian Crawford has a passion for engaging people with the Gospel. His ministry approach and preaching style at Engage Tallahassee, the church he planted in 2011, attempt to engage contemporary culture and lead them into devotion to Jesus. 

    In this episode, Adrian joins for a conversation about engaging culture in the context of ministry in the local church and in particular ministry with young adults. 

    Additional bio and related links for Adrian Crawford on the episode webpage here>>

    • 44 min
    Gabe Bouch on Engaging Thinking People with the Gospel

    Gabe Bouch on Engaging Thinking People with the Gospel

    Gabe Bouch was a college campus minister who bore tremendous fruit in ministry at Florida State University and Florida A&M University in the late 90s and early 2000s. After a decade of fruitful ministry on campus, he decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics (another passion of his).

    Upon completion of his degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, his path took an unexpected detour. Instead of pursuing a career in academia as he had planned, he became the senior pastor of Freedom Church of Philadelphia. 
    As an analytical person himself, Gabe is passionate about engaging thinking people with the Gospel. In this episode he shares the story of his personal conversion to Christ as a teenager and his faith journey throughout college. He also gets practical about how to ask good questions and how to effectively engage in rational dialogue relevant to core Christian beliefs.

    • 42 min
    Michael Kruger on Answering the Objections to Christianity Common on College Campuses

    Michael Kruger on Answering the Objections to Christianity Common on College Campuses

    Thirty years ago, while an undergraduate student at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Michael Kruger’s faith was shaken intellectually by some of the views he encountered in the classroom with well-known skeptic and professor Bart Ehrman. However, he didn’t give up on the faith. Instead, he did some deeper study outside the classroom and arrived at a re-affirmed belief in the Gospel and confidence in the integrity of the New Testament scriptures. 
    Dr. Michael Kruger is the now the President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina where he also serves as a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity. In this podcast, we talk about his personal faith journey as an undergraduate student and his new book, Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College. This well written and highly readable book is aimed at helping college students navigate the intellectual objections to the Christian faith common on college campuses.

    >>Additional links on the episode webpage here

    • 33 min
    Steve Murrell on 'Relational Discipleship' and Sustaining Lifelong Friendships in Ministry

    Steve Murrell on 'Relational Discipleship' and Sustaining Lifelong Friendships in Ministry

    Steve Murrell, president and co-founder of Every Nation Churches and Ministries, shares the story of how he came to faith in Jesus as a teenager, how he became an “accidental missionary” to the Philippines, and how Every Nation Ministries started after a conversation in his living room. We also talk about relational discipleship and how he and his friends have built (and sustained!) life-long friendships in the context of Christian discipleship and mission. 

    • 54 min
    Living a Life of Adventure, Traveling the World on a Budget, and Enjoying Spiritual Disciplines with Peter Jones

    Living a Life of Adventure, Traveling the World on a Budget, and Enjoying Spiritual Disciplines with Peter Jones

    Peter Jones, creator of The Daily Kairos Journal, and lover of all things related to adventure and travel, joins for a fun conversation about growing in passion and purpose as a young man. 
    He shares his perspective on living a life of adventure and how, if approached carefully, this aligns with a Christ-centered life. 

    Pete shares some practical tips for how to travel on a budget, and numerous helpful insights about how to grow into a deeper relationship with God through regular consistent engagement spiritual disciplines such as journaling, meditating on scripture, and prayer.

    • 36 min
    Growing in Christ, Sharing the Gospel, and Multiplying Disciples with Carol Mkize

    Growing in Christ, Sharing the Gospel, and Multiplying Disciples with Carol Mkize

    Carol Mkize, Director of Every Nation Campus in Southern Africa, joins for a great conversation about growing in Christ, evangelism, and a discussion weighing the value and potential danger of advanced theological education. 
    When she was an undergraduate student, Carol thought she was “living her best life,” but on the inside she was dying. 
    She shares about her personal journey to faith in Christ, the importance of continual learning as a minister of the Gospel, why she is currently pursuing theological education at Oxford University in the UK, and how God used her empowering approach to discipleship and evangelism to rapidly grow a movement for Christ on campus.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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Dave is an Excellent Leader

I have learned a ton from Pastor Dave’s leadership over the years. He is amazing!!

Jjkarpf2 ,

So Important

All if the episodes have been strong conversations at the intersection of faith and leadership.

The Episode with Keith Tower is over the top and so important! I could not recommend this episode any stronger. Sooooo goooood!

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Great podcast and resource for campus ministry

Dave is a seasoned campus minister and director with a proven track record of leading a thriving church-based campus ministry that reaches multiple campuses in the vicinity of his church. Having personally seen the growing numbers of students in his campus ministry, I have been inspired and encouraged to see the church-based campus ministry model thriving in a context similar to mine. Both of our contexts involve churches engaging diverse types of universities and colleges. Having interacted with and seen some of his student leaders in action, I have always been impressed by the growth and caliber of their leaders. In the times I have been able to brainstorm campus ministry ideas and seek his advice, I always left the conversations feeling encouraged and taking away nuggets of wisdom. This podcast is such a great resource especially for unique times such as this.

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