146 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 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







    WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA:







    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
    Episode 323: Creating An Inviting Space for Ministry

    Episode 323: Creating An Inviting Space for Ministry

    “Your space doesn’t have to be new or flashy, but it needs to be welcoming and inviting.” – Brent Squires







    “If you want to attract students then they need to know this place is welcoming, safe, and this place is mine.” – Brent Squires























    Brent Squires has dedicated the last twenty-plus years of his life to student ministry. He currently serves as the Student Ministry Pastor at Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, MD.  There, Brent oversees a staff of seven and a growing ministry of middle school, high school, and college-age students.







    Before hearing God’s call to full-time pastoral ministry, Brent worked for the Washington Redskins where he was primarily responsible for overseeing all luxury seating at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. It was while with the Redskins for eight seasons that Brent honed his organizational and event planning skills as he managed all Redskins football games and FedEx Field special events.







    Brent and his beautiful wife Patti have been married since 1992, and have three young adult children, Paul, Timothy, and Lauren. He enjoys reading, watching Washington Commanders football, spending time with good friends, and coaching other student ministry professionals. He was born in Washington, DC, and raised in southern Maryland.















































    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.

    • 39 min
    Episode 322: Curiosity Doesn’t Disciple

    Episode 322: Curiosity Doesn’t Disciple

    “You have to know the difference between behavior modification and transformation of the heart and soul.” – Sean Nelson







    “I can not disciple everyone but I can create a culture where everyone can be discipled.” Sean Nelson























    Sean Nelson was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is where he established his person al relationship with God. In 2004, he decided to leave his hometown and follow the call of God in his life by moving to Houston, TX where he began volunteering at Star of Hope homeless shelter near downtown Houston. He was offered his 1st position in ministry only 2 months after he arrived in Houston. He served at Star of Hope Homeless Shelter as a student director, while attending the College of Biblical Studies where he studied Biblical Counseling.  







    Sean enjoys making memories with his family through travel, playing basketball, lifting weights, competing in bodybuilding competitions, attending plays, singing, playing the guitar, meeting new people and hearing their stories, hanging with youth, empowering the next generation of leaders, and making disciples of Jesus Christ. He is married to Flor Nelson and they have 6 beautiful children and two grandchildren – A bonus son, Prince 22, Benjamin 20, Julie 19, Emily 19, Jaden 14, Adonaiya 10, twin granddaughters Alileah and Nialeah, and Duke, their family pet. 























































    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.

    • 41 min
    Episode 321: The Real Cost of Social Media

    Episode 321: The Real Cost of Social Media

    “The technology is designed to deliver us more of what we like. The algorithms are not designed to deliver us from our desirers but deeper into them.” – Chris Martin































    Chris Martin is a content marketing editor at Moody Publishers, editor of BibleToLife.com, and a social media, marketing, and communications consultant. He writes regularly in his newsletter, Terms of Service, and is the author of his new book by the same name, Terms of Service, published by B&H Publishing.























































    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.

    • 44 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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