143 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 293: Healthy Ministry Habits Part 4: Saying No

    Episode 293: Healthy Ministry Habits Part 4: Saying No

    “When you say yes and have to retract, it hurts everyone.” – Zac Workun







    “The inability to say no is a relationship problem. We often think of it as a task issue, but more often it’s because there is something happening in that relationship. We often think that they will think less of us or it will hurt the relationship. We need to separate those ideas so we can get to a healthy place to stay no that still makes for a great relationship.” – Chad Higgins























    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.

    • 26 min
    Episode 292: Elements of Healthy Ministry Life: Part 3 Rest

    Episode 292: Elements of Healthy Ministry Life: Part 3 Rest

    “We don’t rest well when we don’t work well.” – Zac Workun







    “There is a difference between work and worry and until we figure that out we are searching for peace when we think we need rest.” – Chad Higgins























    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.

    • 32 min
    Episode 291: Elements of Healthy Ministry Life: Part 2 Friends

    Episode 291: Elements of Healthy Ministry Life: Part 2 Friends

    “Friendships take time, effort, and even risk, to become a close friendship that lasts.” – Zac Workun







    “Finding people who have walked through similar situations, can offer advice, have fun with, and be supportive, takes a lof of work and vulnerability, but it is worth it.” – Chad Higgins























    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.

    • 25 min
    Episode 290: Elements of Healthy Ministry Life: Part 1 Family

    Episode 290: Elements of Healthy Ministry Life: Part 1 Family

    “Ministry family is a crucial part of being a healthy minister.” Zac Workun







    “Having a ministry family brings a kind understanding with each other by linking arms in the kind of work you do, and the challenges that you face. – Zac Workun























    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.

    • 25 min
    Episode 289: Maintaining Summer Energy

    Episode 289: Maintaining Summer Energy

    “Camp is a place where they can disconnect from the noise the world puts in front of them and they can slow down enough to sense God’s grace in their lives.” – Jared Shingleton







    “Camp provides an opportunity for students to look at God for who He is and when students do that we see God begin to move in incredible ways in their lives.” – Jared Shingleton























    Jared Shingleton came to the Student Life team to be the Director in 2021 after serving in the local church for the past 12 years. He is a student pastor at heart and loves pouring into the lives of the next generation and their leaders. It was through serving on a mission trip in Brazil as a teenager that he came to know the Lord and felt a call to pursue vocational ministry.







    Since Jared grew up as the son of a student camp and conference director, you could say camp ministry is in his blood. With that he brings both experience and a passion for producing and planning large scale ministry events–like camp. In addition to planning and taking his own students to camp every summer, Jared has served in various leadership roles at the parachurch level to help produce premiere church experiences.







    Golfing, hunting, and riding motorcycles are just a few things Jared enjoys when he isn’t spending quality time with his wife, Emily, and their three children: Shiloh Kate, Judah Wells, and Noa Grace. Jared enjoys eating any and everything spicy, including the five hottest peppers in the world. He studied Ministry Leadership at Williamson Christian College which he enjoys putting into practice with the teams he leads.























    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







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    • 29 min
    Episode 288: The Value of a Ministry Mentor

    Episode 288: The Value of a Ministry Mentor

    “It is important to surround yourself with those who are better at you in your areas of strength and you want to spend a lot of time around those who are great at your weaknesses.” – Anthony Knight







    “Leadership takes practice and experience to grow. Having a mentor to learn from is crucial.” – Anthony Knight























    Anthony Knight is currently serving in the role of NextGen Pastor at First Baptist Church of Woodstock. He has a deep passion for the next generation to take God’s word seriously by studying it, defending it, and most importantly obeying it. This is influenced by his love for theology, apologetics, and discipleship. He is currently finishing his Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and in his spare time he enjoys fitness, movies, and music. He is married to his wife Nicole and has two sons, Bryson and Jonah. 























    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.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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177 Ratings

mjg0284 ,

Encouraging and thought provoking podcasts

I’m so glad I came across these podcasts! I can’t get enough. Especially enjoyed the session with Jeff Borton and the one about Feed. The podcast is great for full time student ministers, but it works for volunteers too. Our church is small and our student ministry is all volunteer based. This has been a huge encouragement!

I Love Student Ministry ,

LOVE IT

The student ministry podcast by LifeWay is an essential part of my planning and preparation in student ministry, as well as an essential part of me growing and developing as a student ministry leader! I would love to see an episode dedicated to summer interns! I’ve been an intern before, but this is the first time I am bringing on an intern for the summer. An episode like this would be INCREDIBLE.

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Great podcast!

I’ve been listening to the podcast for a couple months now. The content is great and it’s been really beneficial for me in my current role!

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