In this episode Ben and John Paul are joined by Jeff Pratt to discuss the role that parents play in student ministry, the role student ministry leaders play in leading both students AND parents, and the importance of allowing parents to be involved in the ministry.
About Jeff Pratt
Jeff Pratt is the director of FUGE camps for LifeWay Student Ministry. He has been married to Julie for 29 years and is the proud parent of three young adults: Cole 26, Madison 23, and Alec 18. Jeff has been working with students for 25 years and loves spending time with parents of teenagers. Jeff has served as an interim youth pastor in several churches in Nashville over the last 9 years and spent the last 8 years coaching high school wrestling at Donelson Christian Academy. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys duck hunting and playing a little golf.
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 Twitter at: @bentrueblood.
About John Paul Basham
John Paul serves as the Manager of LifeWay Student Ministry Publishing. He served in the local church for 10 years before coming on staff at LifeWay and has a deep passion for the work of the church and its mission to make disciples. He is married to Crystal Basham and has two boys, Levi and Titus.
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.