In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk with Ryan McDermott about calling students up and not out. This may seem like a subtle difference at first but has massive implications on the culture in your student ministry.
Show Notes and Quotes:
Calling students up equips your leaders with language to use during difficult conversations that uplifts the student and points them to Christ.
Calling students up and not out creates an environment for discipleship to flourish.
Culture either happens by default or by design, so let’s be intentional about designing the culture that we are building.
When students start calling each other up, culture is truly being changed.
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 four children, Levi, Titus, Deacon, and Chapel. You can follow John Paul on Twitter at: @Johnpaulbasham.
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. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
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