The Student Ministry Podcast | Youth Worker Resources | Leadership Development
By Kenneth Ortiz
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Student Ministry Podcast is for any person serving and leading teenagers and young adults. The show is fun and conversational. The content is aimed at helping youth pastors, small group leaders, Young Life leaders, college pastors, youth camp counselors, Sunday school teachers, young adult pastors, and even campus ministry directors and interns for ministries such as RUF, Navigators, Cru, Intervarsity, BSM, FCA, and Chi Alpha. The show content will also be relevant to parents and educators seeking to invest into the well-being of middle school, high school, or college students. The podcast covers topics related to preaching, theology, culture, decision making, ministry philosophy, counseling, media resources, mentoring, fundraising, family ministry, divorce, evangelism, discipleship, sticky issues, parental issues, summer camps, mission trips, service projects, training volunteers, developing curriculum, implementing small groups, and even launching campus outreach programs. Overall, the podcast is dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and equipping youth workers, as well as introducing them to a myriad of great tools and resources that will be helpful in student ministry. The podcast is hosted by author, international speaker, and student ministry expert Kenneth Ortiz.
||Clean21 | Kara Powell: Churches Growing Young | Help Young People Discover And Love Your Church||Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange,||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20 | Ben Markham: How to Have Tough Conversations with Leaders and Parents||Sometimes being a leader means that you need to have some tough or challenging conversations. In the world of student ministry, that often means you will be faced with having to confront a volunteer leader or you may need to challenge a parent in a man.||4/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19 | Todd Cochrane: How to Podcast Like a Pro||Podcasting has become a very popular medium that can be effectively utilized by churches and non-profit organizations for messaging, training, and for a variety of ministry purposes. - In this episode, Kenny interviews Todd Cochrane,||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18 | Jeremy Zach: Relational Ministry is the Key to Successful Ministry||In this episode, Kenny interviews Jeremy Zach to talk about the importance of being relational and personal in student ministry, and empowering other leaders to do the same. - Jeremy was a full-time youth pastor for nine years before joining the staff..||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17 | Ken Freire: How to Effectively Develop Students to Be the Future Leaders of the Church||In this episode, our host Kenny interviews leadership expert (and personal friend) Kenneth Freire about the importance of engaging students in such a way that they will develop in their leadership abilities,||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16 | Megan Monson: The Case for Gap-Year Programs||In this episode, Kenny interviews one of his previous students, and now personal friend, Meg Monson about the values of a gap-year program. She tells us about her experiences as a student in YWAM-England's Discipleship Training School (DTS),||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15 | Ajith Fernando: The Importance of Healthy Family Life||In this episode, Kenny interviews author and international speaker Ajith Fernando about the importance of Christian leaders having a healthy family life. - Anyone involved in Christian ministry knows how challenging it is to balance ministry and famil.||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14 | Tiffany Kelly: Four Steps to Transforming Your Ministry Branding and Design||Each ministry has an identity, and whether you realize it or not, you are sending a message to the world about your identity. The problem we often observe is that many ministries are not nearly as intentional in communicating their identity as they sho||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 | Thermostat vs. Thermometer||To be an effective leader, you need to be a quality thinker as well as become an efficient problem-solver, and there is no better way to solve problems than to proactively stop them before they ever even occur. - In this episode,||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 | Three Leadership Lessons Learned From Coach Bill Walsh||In 1979, Bill Walsh became the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He went on to become one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. In this episode, Kenny talks about some of the great leadership lessons we can learn from Bill Walsh: -||9/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 | Paul Turner: Twelve Books Every Leader Should Read||Reading good books is an essential discipline for any leader, both for the feeding of our own souls as well as for the development of our leadership skills. Anyone who desires to be successful in student ministry must be a regular reader. -||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 | Dan Sanchez: Utilizing Text Messaging in Student Ministry||Anyone who works with teens or college students knows the importance of text messaging as a means of connecting with and starting conversations with students. In this episode, Kenny interviews digital marketing guru Dan Sanchez about the things any lea||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09 | Fourteen Bill Gates Quotes Youth Workers Can Learn From||Just about every person in our society is familiar with Bill Gates, the co-founder and long-time CEO of Microsoft. He has been a business man, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, consultant, and software programmer.||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08 | Mike McGarry: Student Ministry as a Bridge Between the Church and the Family||Student Ministry is most effective when it serves the local church by connecting the church with families. Every youth worker ought to seek to make their local student ministry a bridge between the church congregation and the families that the students.||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07 | Eight Steps in Training Your Leaders to Engage with Students||Effectively engaging with students is super important, therefore training your leaders to effectively engage with students is also super important. In this episode, Kenny gives us eight tips and ideas on how to be most effective in training our leaders.||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 | Jonathan Ferguson: Four Ways to Be a Great Short-Term Missionary||In this episode, Kenny interviews missionary Jonathan Ferguson about the theology of world missions, the importance of taking students on short-term mission trips, and the four things we must do to be great short-term missionaries.||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 | Dominate Facebook to Enhance Your Ministry||Facebook has become as much (or more) a part of American life as any sport, activity, or tradition. Recently the Pew Research Center surveyed teenagers (ages 13-17) and young adults (ages 18-24), they discovered: -||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04 | Jon Nielson: Trends, Parents, Entertainment, Preaching, and the Gospel||In this episode, Kenny interviews student ministry veteran and preaching stalwart Jon Nielson about the importance of giving students a lot more than just fun in student ministry gatherings, but how to truly give them the depth of the Bible and the||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03 | Getting “Lucky” on Purpose||Being successful in student ministry often involves being at the right place at the right time. Some might say you need to be "lucky" in order to "catch" ministry opportunities. But how can we put ourselves in a position to get "lucky" more often? -||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02 | Cameron Cole: What Does It Really Mean to Be Gospel-Centered in Youth Ministry?||The importance of having a student ministry that truly is Gospel-centered cannot be overstated. In this episode, Kenny interviews youth ministry veteran and author Cameron Cole about a variety of elements of local youth and family ministry; specificall||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01 | What’s This Podcast All About?||This is the very first episode of the Student Ministry Podcast. In this first episode of the podcast, our host Kenny Ortiz explains the genesis of the show, his motivation for doing the show, its format, and its goals.||7/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Practical and insightful
I've been blessed to know Kenny for 8 years. He's always been full of insight on the truths of God's word. I know that he will bring practical and gospel centered application to all those who hear the podcast.
Kenny is the man!
Kenny is one of the most intentional leaders in ministry that I have ever met. Kenny is the source I go to when I have questions about biblical context. When he says he passionately follows Jesus, it's not an understatement.
I've been a leader in a ministry led by Kenny, so I can speak first hand to the effectiveness of his leadership. I'm insanely excited for this resource. I know it will be a huge blessing to anyone working with students!