Student Ministry Podcast is for any person serving and leading teenagers and young adults. The show is fun and conversational. The content is aimed at helping youth pastors, small group leaders, Young Life leaders, college pastors, youth camp counselors, Sunday school teachers, young adult pastors, and even campus ministry directors and interns for ministries such as RUF, Navigators, Cru, Intervarsity, BSM, FCA, and Chi Alpha. The show content will also be relevant to parents and educators seeking to invest into the well-being of middle school, high school, or college students. The podcast covers topics related to preaching, theology, culture, decision making, ministry philosophy, counseling, media resources, mentoring, fundraising, family ministry, divorce, evangelism, discipleship, sticky issues, parental issues, summer camps, mission trips, service projects, training volunteers, developing curriculum, implementing small groups, and even launching campus outreach programs. 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 author, international speaker, and student ministry expert Kenneth Ortiz.
21 | Kara Powell: Churches Growing Young | Help Young People Discover And Love Your Church
Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.
Get the Book: Growing Young
Follow Kara on Twitter: @kpowellfyi
Check out the 'Churches Growing Young' Website
20 | Ben Markham: How to Have Tough Conversations with Leaders and Parents
Sometimes being a leader means that you need to have some tough or challenging conversations. In the world of student ministry, that often means you will be faced with having to confront a volunteer leader or you may need to challenge a parent in a manner that may feel uncomfortable.
In this episode, Kenny interviews veteran student pastor Ben Markham about how to tackle and navigate moments when we need to resolve a conflict or have a tough conversation with one of our leaders or with one of the parents of the students we care about. Ben shares great wisdom and insights from his years in leadership and pastoral ministry. Ben has been in student ministry for more than 15 years. Ben currently is the Lead Student Pastor at Discovery Church, a multi-site mega-church in Orlando, FL.
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 episode, Kenny interviews Todd Cochrane, the CEO of RawVoice (parent company of Blubrry), about all the important things any podcaster ought to know before launching a podcast and how to continually get better as your show grows.
E-mail Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow Todd on Twitter @geeknews
Check Out Todd's Podcasts:
Geek News Central
New Media Show
Microphones & Accessories:
Garage Band (Mac-only)
Articles About Podcasting:
The Most Important Podcast Directories of 2017
Blurbrry Podcasting Manual
Skype Recording Software:
Ecamm Recorder (Mac-only)
Other Recording Software:
Call Recorder for iPhone
Royalty-free Music Sources:
Blubrry Native Player
Simple Podcast Player
Pat Flynn's Smart Podcast Player
Tune-in Radio Player
Tune-in Player Embed Code Generator (Embedly)
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 youth pastor for nine years before joining the staff team at the reThink Group working with the XP3 Orange team. Jeremy gets to spend most of his days connecting and resourcing student ministry pastors all around the country. Jeremy earned his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Georgia with his wife and two daughters.
Check out Jeremy Zach's Blog
Check out the Orange XP3 Blogs
Follow Jeremy Zach on Twitter
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 abilities, as well as how to effectively train our students to be the future leaders of the Church. He gives us four steps:
1) Ignite students' hearts with Gospel-centered purpose
2) Allow them to ask the hard questions
3) Give them meaningful responsbilities
4) Teach them how to learn
Kenneth Freire has a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and an M.Div. from Regent University. He has more than eight years of experience with leadership development, having trained over 500 men and women in leadership and theology. Kenneth Freire currently serves as a part of the ministry leadership team at Bethany Global University in Minneapolis, MN where he serves as a professor as well as serving as one of the Directors of their Lead Internship gap-year program.
Read Kenneth Friere's Blog: www.kenfreire.com
Follow Kenneth on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kenneth.freire
Check out the Lead Internship: www.leadintern.com
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-England's Discipleship Training School (DTS), her life lessons learned living in Europe, and why she believes every young adult should do a gap-year program before heading off to college.
Gap-Year Programs Endorsed by Kenny Ortiz:
Link Year (Kanakuk Kamps)
Atlanta Leadership College
Impact Africa Internship
EMBARK Internship (Youth for Christ)
Impact 360 Institute
Found this podcast when looking for something to listen to for insights, tips, info about youth ministry in today's day and age as I'm being led to start a new ministry for our church. The content has been spot on, encouraging and inspirational. I'm not alone. Thank you! Will keep listening.
Praise the Lord for Kenny
God is so kind to us. To put different people in our lives who help us to know Him even more than we could ever have imagined. Kenny loves Jesus very much, and is comparatively unyielding in his passion for truth when lined up against other followers. It is a wonderful gift God has given him, and also wonderful for us who are graced to listen.
From this podcast: you will be encouraged, you will learn more, sound thought will be confirmed, and the gospel will be more effectively preached because of Jesus shining through His beautiful, unique, passionate, truth-loving servant - Kenneth Ortiz. Love you Kenny!
As a new youth leader, I relish every opoortunity to learn from Kenny, a person with over 15 yrs of student ministry experience, and all of his awesome guests