147 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.

Student Ministry Lifeway Students

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 183 Ratings

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 329: Is Hot Tubbing the Same Thing as Bathing?

    Episode 329: Is Hot Tubbing the Same Thing as Bathing?

    “In student ministry there will be moments when things do not go the way you expected. Being able to take your strategy and adjust so that you can still achieve the desired outcome is a huge part of strategic thinking.” – Ben Trueblood







































    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 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 sports.

    • 51 min
    Episode 328: Developing Students Who Lead

    Episode 328: Developing Students Who Lead

    “To truly develop leaders in your ministry, you have to give them opportunities where they might fail. Train them well, but you still have to give them enough freedom to experience failure as a part of leadership.” – Ben Trueblood







































    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 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 sports.

    • 20 min
    Episode 327: Ministry in a Rural Area

    Episode 327: Ministry in a Rural Area

    “Work to connect with parents on an authentic level. Be honest and share who you are. Those relationships are fundamental to success in a rural ministry.” – Nick Hartman































    Nick Hartman has been the Associate Pastor of Students and Discipleship at Mt Carmel Baptist Church in Cross Plains, TN for 18 months. He’s been married to his wife Haley, for three years and they are expecting their first baby in just a few weeks.  He’s been in ministry for 5 years, with much of his ministry happening in rural areas. He came to know Christ in a mid-size, rural church at 9 years old and spent the rest of his childhood and teenage years in that church. He is an avid reader, a lifelong Kansas City sports fan, and a lover of high-quality coffee. He also enjoys the outdoors, except during allergy season. His passion and calling is to equip young men and women in the foundational truths of the Christian faith through the local church. 







































    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 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 sports.

    • 38 min
    Episode 326: Youth Ministry Booster Season 4

    Episode 326: Youth Ministry Booster Season 4

    “We want to ask questions that get to the heart of the minister. Not only do we want to ask how are you helping students worship, but to also ask, what is hindering you from worshiping.” – Chad Higgins































    Chad Higgins serves as the Parent Ministry Specialist for Lifeway Students. Chad is passionate about serving and helping student ministry leaders and helping parents in their discipleship journey.







































































































    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 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 sports.

    • 35 min
    Episode 325: The Skit Guys: Featuring Tommy Woodard and Eddie James and their new movie Family Camp, in theaters May 13th

    Episode 325: The Skit Guys: Featuring Tommy Woodard and Eddie James and their new movie Family Camp, in theaters May 13th

    “We are probably busier than God intended us to be. Family gets be left behind if we are not intentional with what we are doing.” – Tommy Woodard







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    Website: https://familycampmovie.com/ 







    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/familycampmovie Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/familycampmovie2022/ 







    Twitter: https://twitter.com/familycampmovie































    Tommy Woodard’s illustrious career began around 1975 on the front porch of his home where his older (and bossier) sister Debbie would direct him in homemade plays. They would invite their parents, neighbors, and strangers walking by to sit on the lawn and enjoy their masterful works of art. He went on to perform in high school plays, where his favorite thing was pretending to be different characters with his best buddy Eddie. (Who knew 30 years later they would be doing that and reaching millions through stage and screen?) In addition to being one half of The Skit Guys, Tommy has co-authored over a dozen publications with Eddie James, including their latest book about friendship, “Smells Like Bacon.” He also serves as a pastor at Newchurch in Oklahoma City. Tommy lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife and kids.















    Eddie James for over thirty years, has performed comedy skits and improv on thousands of stages all over the world, acted in hundreds of short films and skits viewed by countless millions, and yet he is still brought to tears almost every day when he gets letters and emails from fans far and wide describing the personal impact The Skit Guys’ skits and short films have had on others’ lives. In addition to being one half of The Skit Guys, Eddie has co-authored over a dozen publications with Tommy Woodard, including their latest book about friendship, “Smells Like Bacon.” Eddie lives with his wife and two daughters in Sachse, Texas, and is a creative consultant and online pastor at his church.































    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.







    







































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    • 38 min
    Episode 324: Things All Student Ministries Have In Common

    Episode 324: Things All Student Ministries Have In Common

    “Relational ministries and teaching ministries are not in opposition to each other but must live in the tension of both. We must work to build relationships that are based on Biblical truth, and then gets lived out in conversations and relationships.” – Chad Poe































    Chad Poe has been speaking biblical truth into students’ lives for years. He believes in the importance of relationships and seeks to get to know people when he is away from the stage. Ultimately, Chad hopes to see students moved into a deeper relationship with Christ through the power of God’s Word. In turn, those students will impact their community and world for Christ’s sake.







    Chad is currently the Teaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church. He is the co-host of the Hold On Podcast and is the founder of Through-line Cohort-a ministry that exists to develop communicators of the Bible. He is married to Hope and they have three sons (Shepherd, Charlie, and Alder) and a daughter (Noli).







































































    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 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 sports.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
183 Ratings

183 Ratings

Onfire4God! ,

A MUST LISTEN TO PODCAST

Why?

Ben: Stud
Nathan: Stud
Guests: Stud

Honorable Mentions: Zac Workun; Stud. Chad Wiggins; Stud.

JoeYarbrough ,

A student pastor must.

Producer Nathan is the star of the show, and it’s not even close!

cjburroughs ,

Solid content! Love the "boots on the ground" interviews!

Thoroughly enjoy the show! I especially like the episodes where guest youth pastors are talking about things in their context. Keep up the good work guys!

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