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Student Ministry Conversations

Student Ministry Conversations

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A place to share, learn and talk about ways to equip, encourage and empower students and student ministry leaders. We want to hear from EVERYONE involved in Student Ministry (and even some not in Student Ministry at all). Check out show notes, blog articles and merchandise at https://www.studentministryconversations.org
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Highlander Podcast

Outdoor Product Design & Development

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A podcast about the past, present, and future of the outdoor industry. Highlander is made possible by the Outdoor Product Design & Development program at Utah State University and Aggie Radio in beautiful Logan, Utah.
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Yann Ilunga from The Jazz Spotlight brings you conversations with music industry experts, club owners, festival organizers and world’s renowned such as of Dave Holland, Grammy Award-winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gary Burton, Kool & The Gang, Cyrille Aimée, Ambrose Akinmusire, The Bad Plus' Dave King, Snarky Puppy and Jamie Cullum. Get inspired and listen to advice that will help you be a better independent musician – from how to master your craft to finding gigs and promote yourself on ...
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Ron Smith, founder of American Outdoor Products, talks about the history of backpacking food, buying Dri-Lite and turning it into what is now Backpacker’s Pantry, and 75 years of outdoor food. https://backpackerspantry.com/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/podcast The Highlander Podcast is sponsored by t…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Micah sits down with Carrie Roberts, the Youth Pastor at Connection Church in Pottstown, PA, as they talk about creating a family-type culture in Youth Ministry and why that's important to prioritize. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked about in …
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How did you get started in student ministry? And what are you doing to raise up the next generation of leaders? On this episode of Student Ministry Connection, Steve talks about how he got started and also provides some resources that we think will really help us in raising the next generation of leaders that will come after us. Links referenced in…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Brent sits down with Mike Haynes, youth pastor of 10+ years and founder of GShades Curriculum, as they talk about how to evaluate the different youth ministry curriculums that are available and why you should test them out to fit your ministry BEFORE you use them. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we …
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Robert Jungmann, founder of Manastash and Jungmaven, talks natural fibers, founding brands, and the early days of hemp clothing in Seattle, Washington. Robert Jungmann: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jungmaven/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/podcast The Highlander Podcast is sponsored by the Outdoor Produ…
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Welcome to this week's episode where David sits down with Josh Green, the Student Pastor at Colonial Hill Baptist Church in Snyder, Texas, as they talk about different ways to eliminate the sense of rush and hurry from your life and ministry. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked abou…
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Are you here for it? This question was posed at The Orange Conference 2024, and throughout the event, we had main stage and workshop speakers helping us understand how God is here for it and how we can be here for it in order to reach this next generation for Christ. On this episode of Student Ministry Connection, Steve is joined by several confere…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Melissa sits down with a few students from McMurry University to talk about the importance of communication with other cultures and traditions and how we have to connect on a basis of conversation. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked about in tod…
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Alumni from the OPDD program, Natalie Cullum, Connor Young, and Jacob Johnson, return to the program to share their experiences and answer questions from current students who are preparing to enter the workforce. Natalie Cullum: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-cullum-b07509126/ Connor Young: https://www.linkedin.com/in/connor-faux-young/ Jacob …
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Carmela Montenegro, a DEI consultant with experience working with brands like REI, spoke with students about company culture, values, and how to determine whether a brand aligns with your goals as a potential employee. Carmela Montenegro: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmela-montenegro/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https:…
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**THIS IS THE FINAL EPISODE OF SEASON 3!**Welcome to this week's episode where Brent sits down with Steve Cullum to talk about the current state of youth groups across the country and dealing with the cultural climate. They aim to discuss the question of "Where do we go from here?"Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you t…
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How do we transition students well from kids ministry to student ministry? How do we walk with parents during this time? And how do we come alongside families during this time of high anxiety? On this episode of Student Ministry Connection, Jay Reynolds joins Steve to share how he and his church have created a seamless transition in their ministry …
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Damon Morris, VP Outdoor at Elevate Outdoor Collective, talks about his journey into the sports / outdoor industry, the dynamics of working on a product team, and shaking up the ski industry. Damon Morris: https://www.linkedin.com/in/damonmorris/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/podcast The Highlander Po…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Brent sits down with Dave Choutka to talk about the times of walking through valleys in ministry whether due to just tough ministry situations or church hurt. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked about in today's episode and we would also love to …
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Welcome to this week's episode where Micah sits down with Scott Nagle to talk about the importance of small groups in your ministry and how to effectively use them in your ministry. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked about in today's episode and we would also love to hear from you!…
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Paige Koch, designer at Primo Golf Apparel and freelance designer, talks about her journey as a freelancer and shares tips and tricks for those looking designers looking to do the same. Paige Koch: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paigekoch/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/podcast The Highlander Podcast is s…
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Have you ever been fired or maybe in a ministry that just wasn’t working? And then wondered how you can bounce back from that? On this episode of Student Ministry Connection, Kyle Isabelli, pastor and author of Refined by the Fire(d), shares about his experience with getting fired and how God refined him through it and eventually began redeeming it…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Brent sits down with Brandon Best to talk about staying in Youth Ministry for the long haul and growing old in the process. They talk about what foundations need to be built in order to prepare for longevity as well as what to avoid in the process. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for y…
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Steve Brings, founder of WAVE Products, talks about the outdoor industry in Utah in the 70s / 80s, and the origins of his company, which started by making local ski patrol bags for hauling explosives when triggering avalanches. Wave Products: https://waveproducts.com/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/pod…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Brent sits down with Shawn Kirkland to talk about student led Jesus groups and how you can challenge and equip your students to get one started on their school campuses. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked about in today's episode and we would al…
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How do you celebrate your high school graduates? This question pops up a lot in youth ministry circles, especially in late winter and early spring. So on this quick-hit episode of Student Ministry Connection, we’re getting really practical. Steve shares what he's done over the last several years in hopes that it might help you as you think about yo…
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Dr. Rachel Gross, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado Denver and one of our 2022 Outdoor Recreation Archive Fellows, returns to the podcast to talk about her new book, Shopping All the Way to the Woods: How the Outdoor Industry Sold Nature to America. https://rachel-gross.com/my-book/ Listen to these conversations on the Hi…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Micah sits down with Johnny Burkhalter, the worship pastor at Crossroads Church in Douglas Springs, GA, as they talk about the importance of worship in Youth Ministry and how to incorporate it in your program. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked …
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Greg Thomsen, founder of Wilderness Experience and the force behind the creation of Nike ACG and Adidas Outdoor (US), shares his experience as an executive in the outdoor industry and talks to students about the qualities of great product teams. https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregthomsen/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https:…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Melissa sits down with Alicen Ohoran to talk about the importance of getting kids involved in camp and how it can be a pivotal point to look back on in their faith journey. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked about in today's episode and we would…
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While we know anxiety is runny rampant in the teenagers we serve, many of us have probably not stopped long enough to realize it has affected many of us as well. Alan Fadling joins Steve to talk about his Unhurried Living ministry and his brand new book, A Non-Anxious Life. Even if you feel pretty healthy right now, it’s important to think about th…
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Diane Bristol, VP of Culture & Community at Revelyst, talks to students about how to connect their personal values to those of a brand, and how to identify positive or negative company culture during the job search. https://www.linkedin.com/in/diane-bristol-95a15910/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/podc…
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Welcome to this week's episode where David sits down with Brandon Upton to talk about the importance of understanding mental health and utilizing self-care when it comes to ministry. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked about in today's episode and we would also love to hear from you…
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Andrea Kelly, founder and CEO of Make Plus Equal, talks with students about her experience as a product manager and merchandiser, working for companies like Columbia Sportswear and Nike. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-c-kelly/ https://makeplusequal.com/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/podcast The Hi…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Brent sits down with Greg Stier, the founder of Dare2Share Ministries, as they talk about the importance of putting evangelism FIRST in the priority of students and how it will impact their own spiritual journey as well as teach them to disciple others as well. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we wou…
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Are we going about student ministry the right way? Are we giving this next generation all they need to become the world-changers that God has created them to be? How do we remove the obstacles and set them up for God-defined success? On this episode of Student Ministry Connection, Billy McMahan joins Steve for a candid conversation about what stude…
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Mark Paigen, founder and inventor of Chaco, talks about the whitewater boom of the 90s and its influence on sport sandals, the creation of Gecko, which would become Chaco, and his newest venture, Tread Labs. https://treadlabs.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/mpaigen/ Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/podc…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Micah sits down with McKenna Tira of Refuge Youth Network as their conversation centers on the dynamics involved in moving from one youth ministry to another. They explore various aspects of this transition, ranging from adjustments in ethnic and cultural settings to adapting to the unique culture of a new churc…
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Chelsea Morley, Product Designer and Developer at Little Unicorn, and OPDD alum, talks to students about the role of a developer and other lessons from working on a product team. Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/podcast The Highlander Podcast is sponsored by the Outdoor Product Design & Development progr…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Melissa sits down with Cathy Roberson of Pregnancy Resources of Abilene to talk about how Pregnancy Resources can come alongside students in their time of need with the many different services they offer and how they can celebrate the child regardless of the circumstances. Whether you are a young or old youth pa…
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How much should the average youth pastor make? How can we'd set ourselves up to get a raise? And how much does your church size, ministry size, tenure, and education factor into your pay? If you have questions about youth pastor compensation, this is the episode for you! On this episode of Student Ministry Connection, Dan Navarra joins us to unpack…
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Welcome to this week's episode where David sits down with Melissa Stevenson for one more episode before she takes the reins over as one of the hosts of the podcast! Listen in as they talk about the importance of serving in the community OUTSIDE of your normal church context. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to list…
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Jim Berryhill joins the History of Gear Series to talk about the creation of the first ever catalog from The North Face in 1966. While only working in the outdoor industry for a few short months, Jim reflects on his time with the company and a lifetime of outdoor adventures. Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Brent and David sit down to talk through a sneak peak into things we are adding in 2024 and Season 4 of the podcast. They also take a little time to talk through different episodes that they have really enjoyed as well as conversations that we haven't had the chance to have that we would love to have in the futu…
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Are you connected with other youth leaders around you? In this Student Ministry Connection and Free Refills crossover episode, Wayne Morgan, Travis Deans, and Steve talk about why it's important to find a network, how they've been blessed by ministry networks, and how they originally got connected with National Network of Youth Ministries. Links re…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Brent sits down with Micah Marshall, the executive director and 15 year veteran youth leader from Refuge Youth Network in Pennsylvania, as they talk about fundraising and how youth pastors might have been doing fundraising in a very ineffective for a VERY long time. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, w…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Russell, David and Brent sit down to do the first roundtable discussion of the podcast. The discussion is about planning your year of ministry in 2024 and how you can focus in on what is important in your ministry this year and make it a point to start strong (if you haven't planned it already!)Whether you are a…
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What does it mean to rest? And how can we rest when there is so much to do? On this episode of Student Ministry Connection, Steve takes a moment to share some of what he's learned over the past several years on the topic of rest, especially as it pertains to us in student ministry. If we are going to do well in this ministry, we need to find fulfil…
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Jack Gilbert, former Vice President at The North Face and President of Sierra Designs and founder of Mountain Hardwear, joins the podcast to talk the history of gear. Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. https://opdd.usu.edu/podcast The Highlander Podcast is sponsored by the Outdoor Product Design & Development program at Utah S…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Brent sits down with Jim Johnson, a Primerica Financial Advisor, to talk about the best ways to prepare for the future with your finances as a Youth Pastor. They cover investing, retirement and talk about different strategies that can be utilized to make your church paycheck cover you for the future.Whether you …
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How can we multiply the amount of teenagers we’re reaching in our community? Many of us might think it has to do with bigger events and more programs, but our guest, "Mr. Bill" Freund, who has been a very successful youth pastor for a long time, says it’s more about focusing on the right things. What are those right things? Get ready to take some n…
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Welcome to this week's episode where Brent sits down with David Earles, a recurring guest on the show, to talk about him finishing up his first year in Youth Ministry and what he has learned from the year and how he plans to continue pursuing his career in ministry.Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and …
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John Mead, President of Adventure 16, joins the History of Gear and talks about the early days of the retailer, their contributions to backpack and tent innovation, and the legacy of the brand to this day. https://adventure16.com/ Watch these conversations on YouTube! https://bit.ly/33SVb2O Listen to these conversations on the Highlander Podcast. h…
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Welcome to this week's episode where David sits down with Kyle Isabelli to talk about his upcoming book "Refined By The Fire(d)". This book is all about conflict resolution, burnout and working through church hurt and is releasing on January 9th, 2024. Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is t…
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Each year, high school seniors are excited to finish their education and graduate. Many churches, however, are not too excited, because they fear these students will also graduate from their faith in God. Many of us are all too familiar with teenagers who walk away from the church and their faith when they leave youth group. So in this episode, Ste…
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