In this episode, I interview Ben Kerns, Student Pastor and writer behind averageyouthministry.com. I talk with Ben about the challenges he's seeing in student ministry and how he's tackling them at his church.
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Links Mentioned in This Episode
Holy Parenting: Making the Common Sacred (book)
From the Pen to the Palace: A Youth Ministry Evangelism and Discipleship Strategy for a Post-Christian Culture (book)
Average Youth Ministry (book)
Posts About Plan for High School Seniors
“The Myth of Senioritis” (blog post)
“Helping Seniors Develop a Faith That Is Ready for College” (blog post)
“How Do We Advise Our Students Who Are Dealing With Those College Rejection Letters?” (blog post)
“Why Are Kids So Apathetic These Days?” (blog post)
“Are You Emotionally Ready for the Spring Drop Off?” (blog post)
Free Weekly Devotionals for Student Ministry – Check out all of Ben's past weekly devotionals, including devotionals on the books of Colossians, Ephesians, John, and the Ten Commandments
The End of Absolutes: America's New Moral Code (article) – Barna Group research shows that only 59% of adult Americans strongly agree that “the Bible provides us with absolute moral truths which are the same for all people in all situations, without exception”
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Next Episode: E.J. Swanson
In the next episode, I talk with EJ Swanson. For many years, EJ primarily taught students and adults in various settings, speaking to over 150,000 each year. A couple years ago he transitioned back into the local church leading youth ministry, and now all of NextGen at Woodside Bible Church in Metro Detroit. We talk about everything he learned about teaching students and what he's learning now leading NextGen across 12 campuses.