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Miriam Swanson

Redpoint

Release Date: 03/17/2023

Matt Stoudt show art Matt Stoudt

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Matt Stoudt volunteers with the youth at the Vineyard Church of Holly Springs in North Carolina, and is also the Regional Mobilizer for the Southeast Region. In our conversation Matt opens up about his story of adoption and how that has shaped much of who he is today. We also discuss changing from full time ministry to volunteer and learning to do ministry in different contexts and roles, while still keeping your identity.  

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Samuel Worden show art Samuel Worden

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Samuel Worden is one of the youth pastors at Vineyard Church of Central Illinois as well as one of the Regional Youth Mobilizers for the Midwest Central Region. Samuel opens up about how a miracle in his childhood, and tragedy in his teenage years, led to a life of ministry and a passion for teens. We discuss holding the tension of believing in a miracle making God while also walking the road of suffering, and the need for a robust theology of suffering that holds hands with a robust theology of the Kingdom.  

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Jason Patrick show art Jason Patrick

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Jason Patrick pastors The Oasis Vineyard Church in IL with his wife Betsy. He’s been doing youth ministry for over 20 years and is currently the Youth Mobilizer for his Midwest North Region. We take an in depth look at the corrupting influence of power in the lives of leaders. How can we avoid being corrupted? Why do leaders fall? What can we do to prevent that in our lives?  

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Brad Schnizlein show art Brad Schnizlein

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Brad Schnizlein is the youth pastor Vineyard Church of Bloomington Normal IL. Brad was raised in the Vineyard, got saved at a Vineyard youth group, and continues to have a passion for youth ministry decades later. He is passionate about creating environments for teens to feel welcome, to participate, and to be discipled. We discuss the lengths he goes to in order to do this, some cool ideas for reaching new people, and some thoughts he has around the best ways to communicate with teens!  

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Jordan Pelphrey show art Jordan Pelphrey

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Jordan Pelphrey is the Student Revival Pastor at Vineyard Northwest in Cincinnati, OH, and is also one of our Regional Youth Mobilizers for Vineyard USA in the Great Lakes Region. In this episode Jordan and I discuss what training teens in their own discipleship looks like. Specifically, how do we model and impart a passion for living out the spiritual disciplines? We specifically talk about Sabbath, how it has changed Jordan's life, and how he thinks it could be powerful for teens. We then spend some time talking about screen time and how it can be an obstacle to discpleship not just for...

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Michael Gay show art Michael Gay

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Mike is the youth pastor at Vineyard Gilbert Comunity Church in Gilbert, AZ, and he is also the co-youth mobilizer in the Mountain Region. In this episode we cover two major topics. First, we discuss the challenges and opportunities of having a large representation of middle schoolers in your youth group. Second, we talk about the stigma of staying in youth ministry for a long time. Why does it feel like if you stay too long, you are doing something wrong? Can someone be called to youth ministry over the long haul, and if so, how do we do that without feeling like we've missed something?

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Project Timothy with Dave and Christian show art Project Timothy with Dave and Christian

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In this episode Dave Paolozzi of Tehachapi Vineyard turns the tables on Christian and interviews him about Project Timothy. We discuss the origin story of PT, why we think it is so valuable to teen leaders, and what we are trying to accomplish with each camp. We also talk about the importance of creating spaces for teens to own their faith, to step into leadership, and how to do that even on a very small scale.

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Keirstyn Worden show art Keirstyn Worden

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Keirstyn is the youth pastor at Vineyard Church of Central Illinois, and is also the regional youth mobilizer for the Midwest Central Region. This episode is a far ranging conversation about leadership. We touch on specifically leading in the Vineyard, as well the importance for being grounded and humble, the power of sin, and the need for boldness as we present the truth to a generation desparately in need.

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Chantal Perrone show art Chantal Perrone

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As we kick off our new season, we welcome back Chantal Perrone. She is the youth pastor at the Vineyard Community Church in Prosper TX, and is also the regional youth mobilizer for the Gulf Coast Region. Chantal and I discuss how we saw God moving in the youth at the national conference this summer, how to avoid burnout when doing ministry and balacing life and work, and how to better build bridges between youth ministry and kids ministry. It's a great conversation, I think you'll find it super helpful. Welcome back to Redpoint!

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Adama Diakhaté show art Adama Diakhaté

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Adama is the youth pastor at the Evanston Vineyard. In our conversation we talk about the benefits of having a multi-cultural youth group. Specifically, how our differences can serve to enrich each other’s faith. Adama also talks about as leaders, how we can learn to check our biases that may influence who we minister to. And lastly, we discuss being willing to have uncomfortable conversations about race and ethnicity.

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Join us for a special episode as we interrupt our normal schedule to sit down with Miriam Swanson, the Director of Fusion USA. Fusion and Vineyard Youth are building a patnership to help high school seniors better transition into college AND to help churches embody the discipleship of Jesus to college freshman in their towns. You don't want to miss this!