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Conversations with student ministry workers hosted by Steve Cullum

Conversations with student ministry workers hosted by Steve Cullum


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Conversations with student ministry workers hosted by Steve Cullum






059: Orange and YMX with Crystal Chiang (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 59 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Crystal Chiang, who is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. Not only does she have a ton of experience as a small group leader, but she was also in public education for a while. She brings all of that expertise to the team at Orange, which is especially helpful this year, as they are launching a brand new event for youth workers this October called Youth Ministry Exchange. Today, Steve and Crystal chat about her story, what...


058: Online Youth Ministry with Cooper Miller (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 58 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Cooper Miller, the brand new Online Youth Pastor at Mariners Church (Irvine, CA). Cooper has a great story, and it was really cool to hear what God has taught him over the years and set him up for this new role. And as one of the first people to ever have this title, we had to chat about it. Not only does he share some insight around what they have learned during this Covid season, he also explains what their online ministry will look like...


057: Digital Ministry with Tom Pounder (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 57 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Tom Pounder. Not only has Tom been in student ministry for a number of years, he has also served as a digital/campus pastor at his church. He brings all of that to the table today as he discusses ministry moving forward during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom also has his own blog, podcast, and more, so be sure to continue following him using the links below. Follow Tom on Twitter: @tapounder Check out Tom's blog:...


056: When Life Gives You Lemons with Gerald Fadayomi (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 56 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Gerald Fadayomi, longtime youth worker and author. Gerald has an amazing story of how God has worked in His life. After a rough life at home and seeing friends murdered, he got plugged into a church, gave his life to Christ, and began serving in student ministry. Since 2019, he has been running a conference, is in the process of starting a monthly gathering, and has written several books, including his brand new one called When Life Gives...


055: Racial Reconciliation and Ministry with Mike Haynes (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 55 of The Student Ministry Podcast brings back Mike Haynes to talk about racial reconciliation. While racism has been a thing for a long time, recent events have increased our awareness of it. So how do we talk about it with our students? And how do we lead and shepherd them well through this? Mike speaks about his own experiences as an African American but also shares some amazing wisdom on how to guide students through all of this. As a youth worker, you already believe in what God...


054: Orange Conference 2020 Recap (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 54 of The Student Ministry Podcast is all about Orange Conference 2020. This "special edition" episode will be a bit different, as it will not include an interview. Instead, Steve sits down with Tom Bump and David Maddron to discuss the changes Orange had to make for OC20, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also share several things they learned from the main session speakers, as well as some of their biggest take-aways. You will also be able to find this same conversation on both...


053: Ministry in Quarantine with David Reed (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 53 of The Student Ministry Podcast features David Reed, who is currently the Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, TX. David has been in ministry for over 26 years, and in his current (home) church for over 13 years. Not only does he share his story and some great wisdom from his many years in student ministry, but he also shares what God has been teaching him through the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow David on Twitter: @davidallenreed Follow David on Instagram:...


052: Non-Traditional Student Ministry with Ansley Higginbotham (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 52 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Ansley Higginbotham, who served in traditional ministry settings for a number of years but is currently serving from home. As a stay-at-home mom, she has been writing blogs, speaking at youth events, writing curriculum, and coaching other youth workers. She also has a huge heart for other women in ministry. For those of you who are not currently serving at a church, we pray this conversation will inspire you to think outside of the box for...


051: Video Games and Ministry with Marty Estes (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 51 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Marty Estes of The Youth Workers Guide to Video Games podcast. Marty is currently the director of children's and youth ministries at Sand Ridge Baptist Church in Lexington, TN, where he has served since 2012. With over 17 years of professional youth ministry experience, Marty has a wealth of wisdom, especially on how to connect with students. One of those ways is through video games, and he will share some ideas around that and so much more...


050: Honoring Tim Uhls (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 50 of The Student Ministry Podcast is a little different. In December 2019, the world lost a great youth pastor named Tim Uhls. For those who have been longtime listeners, you may remember Tim from episode 36. Tim was also Steve's youth pastor. In an effort to honor Tim and also cope, Steve reached out to several other people who were in Tim's youth group. This episode is dedicated to the vast impact Tim had on multiple generations over his 30+ years in ministry. There is no way to...


049: Ministry Coaching with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast)

On episode 49 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Tom Bump. Tom has been in ministry over 30 years in various capacities, but mostly in children's and student ministry. Over the years, God has led him through some really great times and some difficult times. So in addition to hosting his kids ministry podcast, he also coaches others in ministry. So if you have been considering a coaching relationship or if you have no idea what a coaching relationship is, this could be a great...


048: Networking with Jonny Radcliff (The Student Ministry Podcast)

On episode 48 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Jonny Radcliff, who is currently serving in student ministry in the Philadelphia area. Jonny is also a big proponent of networking with other youth workers. Sit back and get ready to hear what God has been doing in his life, but also make sure you have something handy to take notes! Follow Jonny on Instagram: @jonnyrad5 Check out the National Network of Youth Ministries' website to find/start a local network with other youth...


047: National Youth Workers Convention 2019 (The Student Ministry Podcast)

In episode 47 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve talks all about the National Youth Workers Convention 2019. As Youth Specialties celebrated their 50th year of conventions, they focused on the theme, TOGETHER. Steve had the opportunity to sit down with a few attendees and chat about their experience. He also walks through all the Big Room and workshop talks he attended. We hope you enjoy this extra episode of the podcast all about NYWC 2019. Follow Steve on Twitter: @stevecullum Check...


046: Pop Culture and Youth Ministry with Jeff Bachman (The Student Ministry Podcast)

In episode 46 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Jeff Bachman. Not only is Jeff a youth ministry veteran, but he also hosts his own podcast all about pop culture and youth ministry. Sit back and get ready to take some notes as Jeff talks about his story, his ministry, pop culture, and some amazing wisdom from his many years of experience. Follow Jeff on Instagram: @jbachman Check out Jeff's podcast: Follow...


045: Small Group Leading with Alycia Cone (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 45 of The Student Ministry Podcast is a special one, where Steve has the opportunity to interview one of his former students and volunteers. Alycia Cone was 16 when she started attending youth group. She had Steve's wife as her small group leader, and after she graduated and completed a year with City Year, she joined the student ministry team to serve as a small group leader. On this episode, Alycia dives into her story but also explains how she leads small groups, and why it...


044: Leadership Pathway with Sean Badeer (The Student Ministry Podcast)

In episode 44 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews one of his co-workers and fellow pastors, Sean Badeer. Not only does Sean lead the Connections Ministry at Steve's church, but he also serves with an organization called Leadership Pathway. Their goal is to connects young leaders with churches for a residency program that helps them grow in various ways in preparation for a life in full-time vocational ministry. So if you are are a church looking to invest in the next generation...


043: Co-Leading with Jeremy Nelson and Mike Eilers (The Student Ministry Podcast)

In episode 43 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve interviews Jeremy Nelson and Mike Eilers on how they go about co-leading their student ministry in Indianola, Iowa. Jeremy has been in paid ministry for a while, and Mike came into it recently after volunteering for quite some time. If you currently lead a ministry alongside a partner or a team, you'll want to take notes from these guys. Email Jeremy at Email Mike at Call Jeremy and Mike at...


042: Programming Adjustments with Steve Cullum (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 42 of The Student Ministry Podcast is all about Steve's upcoming adjustments in his student ministry programming. Back in episode 20, Steve talked about his own story and a bit about what his current ministry looked like. Almost two years later, it's time to make several adjustments, and today, we're going to talk about them: what they are and why they are being made. Huge thanks to the Download Youth Ministry community on Facebook, as well, for all the help they provided in...


041: Orange Conference 2019 Recap with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast)

Episode 41 of The Student Ministry Podcast is all about the Orange Conference 2019. Not only is the format a bit different, but it is also quite a bit longer (sorry about that). For this episode Steve sat down with Tom Bump, one of the other Orange Bloggers to unpack and process all they learned at OC19. Tom also appeared on episode 28 of the podcast for the OC18 recap. He is the host of the Kids Ministry Collective Podcast, he does ministry coaching, and he leads in family ministry at his...


040: Creating Encounters with Jason Scott (The Student Ministry Podcast)

On episode 40 of The Student Ministry Podcast, Steve speaks with Jason Scott. Not only is Jason the Minster to Students at his church in Roswell, GA, but he also leads The Worship Collective, a place online to find musicians, speakers, and production people for your next event. In this episode, Jason talks about how he got into ministry, how he creates encounters for his students, and how to get involved in The Worship Collective. With over 26 years of student ministry experience, Jason has...