206 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 241: The Continuing Impact of Self Development

    Episode 241: The Continuing Impact of Self Development

    In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with LeVar A. Jones, Minister of Youth & Young Adults of The New Macedonia Baptist Church in Southeast Washington, DC, about the impact that self-development has on a continuing basis in his life and ministry.







    Show Notes and Quotes:







    When networking and connecting with others, surround yourself with others who are doing this work, specifically, those who have different skillsets than you. 







    An important aspect of self-development is to learn from your mistakes.







    To be effective in reaching and connecting with students in your ministry it is important to submerge yourself in their culture.















    For the past 21 years, LeVar Jones has worked tirelessly to ensure that youngpeople receive love, support, and guidance that is “Relational and Relevant.” Hecurrently serves as the Minister of Youth & Young Adults of The New Macedonia Baptist Church located in Southeast Washington, DC, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Patrick J. Walker. The L.I.G.H.T. Youth & Young Adult Ministry is positioned to bring light to young people, constantly barraged with darkness in a variety of ways, and to lift a Kingdom standard for youth to follow. He also serves as Founder and Senior Advisor to the #OurLivesMatter Teen Campaign, a teen-led, youth development campaign focused on providing platforms for Black youth on a variety of social issues. He most recently served as Teen Services Director for the FBR Branch Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington in Southeast DC. Through the years, he has served as both youth pastor and nonprofit professional, developing initiatives in the Washington DC and Baltimore areas in various youth development arenas.







    A passionate advocate for young people and youth work, he is a mentor to other youth pastors and young ministers across the country and abroad. He has traveled to South America, Europe, and the Philippines, to minister and help develop youth ministries and youth work in these countries.







    LeVar lives his life faithfully based on Galatians 6:9, “Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season, you shall reap, if you faint not!”























    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 Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About 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. He is married to Crystal Basham and has four children, Levi, Titus, Deacon, and Chapel. You can follow John Paul on Twitter at: @Johnpaulbasham.

    • 50 min
    Episode 240: The Booster Community Advantage

    Episode 240: The Booster Community Advantage

    In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with Cheryl Johnson, student minister at Westview Bible Church in Montreal Canada, about how being a part of the Youth Ministry Booster community helps her stay connected to other student pastors.















    Cheryl heard the call to youth ministry at the age of 15 and has devoted her life to ministering to teenagers since then (20+ years). She has worked in the juvenile justice system in Canada, and has had the opportunity to do youth ministry in Japan, and at various churches across Canada. Currently, she’s doing ministry at Westview Bible Church in Montreal, Quebec, Canada – a post-Christian context where the Church is under-resourced and language and political issues can be divisive. Cheryl loves coffee, making new friends, wearing flip flops as soon as the snow disappears, and connecting with and equipping youth leaders to reach and disciple students.







    Show Notes and Quotes:







    You are not meant to do ministry alone. You need a community of like-minded people who know your context but are not in your context. 







    Your students are the best missionaries you have right now to reach students who don’t know Christ. Help students understand the foundations of their faith, share the Gospel, and know that they are sent. We must mobilize students to be missionaries in their schools. 































    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 Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About 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. He is married to Crystal Basham and has four children, Levi, Titus, Deacon, and Chapel. You can follow John Paul on Twitter at: @Johnpaulbasham.

    • 30 min
    Episode 239: Making Time for Soul Care

    Episode 239: Making Time for Soul Care

    In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with Adam Kuntz, student pastor at Liberty Christian Fellowship in Liberty Missouri, about making time for soul care.







    Show Notes and Quotes:







    Soul care takes intentionality, practice, and work. 







    Soul care needs to be restful and worshipful. – Adam Kuntz















    Adam Kuntz is a student pastor at Liberty Christian Fellowship in Liberty, Mo. He has been a student pastor for eight years and loves the Kansas City Royals, KC BBQ, coffee, and being active.  







































    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 Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About 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. He is married to Crystal Basham and has four children, Levi, Titus, Deacon, and Chapel. You can follow John Paul on Twitter at: @Johnpaulbasham.

    • 33 min
    Episode 238: Continuing the Work: Race and Student Ministry

    Episode 238: Continuing the Work: Race and Student Ministry

    In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk about what they have been learning over the last six weeks and how we must continue the work of race and student ministry.







    Show Notes and Quotes:







    The teenagers in your ministry are not moving on and we can not move on either. It must be a part of our discipleship. To do anything else is just not an option.







    Scripture tells us to seek each other out and love one another the way that Christ has loved us. If we don’t learn that lesson we will never get any further with this conversation.















    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 Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About 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. He is married to Crystal Basham and has four children, Levi, Titus, Deacon, and Chapel. You can follow John Paul on Twitter at: @Johnpaulbasham.























    About Julie Plunk







    Julie Plunk serves as an Event Coordinator for FUGE Camps with Lifeway Student Ministry. She has been involved in student camp ministry for 12 years, as well as volunteering in her local church. Julie has a passion for empowering and discipling young people, helping them to further the Kingdom of Christ throughout the world. She is married to Brady and has two children, Anderson and Lucy. Julie enjoys playing with her kids, date-night, running, and the Clemson Tigers. You can follow Julie on Instagram @jraeplunk. 

    • 58 min
    Episode 237: Student Ministry Hot Seat with Larry Davis

    Episode 237: Student Ministry Hot Seat with Larry Davis

    In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk about student ministry with Larry Davis. Larry Davis serves as the Student Pastor at The Journey Church in Lebanon, TN. He’s been serving in student ministry for 4 years. He’s married to his beautiful wife Madison Davis. They have a daughter named Eloise and their son Arlo will be born November 2020.







    Show Notes and Quotes:







    Engaging students more and more on social media cannot be just what happens during this Covid-19 season, it must continue to happen long after this season is over.







    Intentionality has been a major theme for this quarantine season. Students want to know you care and still want to interact and learn during this difficult season.















    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 Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About 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. He is married to Crystal Basham and has four children, Levi, Titus, Deacon, and Chapel. You can follow John Paul on Twitter at: @Johnpaulbasham.























    About Julie Plunk







    Julie Plunk serves as an Event Coordinator for FUGE Camps with Lifeway Student Ministry. She has been involved in student camp ministry for 12 years, as well as volunteering in her local church. Julie has a passion for empowering and discipling young people, helping them to further the Kingdom of Christ throughout the world. She is married to Brady and has two children, Anderson and Lucy. Julie enjoys playing with her kids, date-night, running, and the Clemson Tigers. You can follow Julie on Instagram @jraeplunk. 

    • 49 min
    Episode 236: What it takes to truly reach students who don’t know Christ

    Episode 236: What it takes to truly reach students who don’t know Christ

    In this episode, Ben and Julie talk about what it takes to truly reach students who don’t know Christ.







    Show Notes and Quotes:







    When lost students are in your ministry, they may not look or act like the other students. Continuing to show the love of Christ and proclaiming the Gospel is essential to showing students what it looks like have a Gospel-centered focus for the lost.







    Train your volunteers and church members how to interact with lost students who attend your ministry. Too often it can be discipline and structure first instead of the grace of the Gospel. Continue to show students the Gospel and let the life changing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit change their hearts and actions.















    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 Twitter at: @bentrueblood.























    About 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. He is married to Crystal Basham and has four children, Levi, Titus, Deacon, and Chapel. You can follow John Paul on Twitter at: @Johnpaulbasham.























    About Julie Plunk







    Julie Plunk serves as an Event Coordinator for FUGE Camps with Lifeway Student Ministry. She has been involved in student camp ministry for 12 years, as well as volunteering in her local church. Julie has a passion for empowering and discipling young people, helping them to further the Kingdom of Christ throughout the world. She is married to Brady and has two children, Anderson and Lucy. Julie enjoys playing with her kids, date-night, running, and the Clemson Tigers. You can follow Julie on Instagram @jraeplunk. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

Rhino2009 ,

Great Podcast

I have been listening to this podcast for a long time and the content is great!! The only suggestion I would offer is that in post production, please raise the volume. This is one of the lowest volume of any podcast I listen too.

Joe Pantaleo ,

The only youth ministry podcast worth listening to

Legit, the only one worth listening to. The principles they talk about apply to adult ministries, senior pastorship, and youth ministry. It's challenging, fun, and thought provoking. I’d give more stars if I could.

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One of the best

There are so many youth min podcasts out there. It’s hard to mow which are worth while. This one is.

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