Co-hosts Josiah Kennealy and Micah Kennealy interview thought leaders and experts on reaching young adults in our world, today!
Today we’re joined for this episode by Timothy Ateek!
TA became the Executive Director of Breakaway Ministries in 2016.Prior to moving to College Station, TA served as the Student MinistryPastor of Austin Ridge Bible Church for five years and as the ExecutiveDirector of Vertical Ministries in Waco for four years.
TA and his wife, Kat, have three boys Noah (9/09), Andrew (10/11), andJake (9/17). TA earned a master’s degree from Dallas TheologicalSeminary and is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of2003.
In addition to serving as the primary communicator at Breakaway, TAtravels to speak at various churches, camps, and retreats throughoutthe year. With the lasting impact Breakaway left on him from his time asa student at Texas A&M, TA considers it one of his greatest joys to nowserve a new generation of students in the same way he once wasserved.
Mar 02 2020
Dave Adamson or “Aussie Dave” is a social media pastor at North Point Community Church, also a youtuber, speaker, photographer, and author! I looked back online and realized our paths crossed when I began following you back in 2016. You’re the first person I’ve ever seen who was an “online pastor” or “social media pastor” although there are now several others.
And in light of what’s happening in our world literally this month with COVID-19 (coronavirus), churches are rapidly making shifts to double down on online strategies.https://www.daveadamson.tv | @aussiedave
Apr 03 2020
Matt Brown is an evangelist, author of Truth Plus Love, and founder ofThink Eternity — a ministry dedicated to amplifying the gospel every daythrough podcasts, devotionals, videos, live events and more.Matt and his wife Michelle and their three children live near Minneapolis,Minnesota.You can follow Matt at @evangelistmatt and thinke.org.
Mar 30 2020
In this episode, Josiah and Micah Kennealy discuss some of the deepest ideological and theological questions of our day and age with Dr. Allen Tennison. These include biblical literacy, the authority of scripture, gender identity, sexual brokenness, among a lot of vital questions! You can find out more about Dr. Allen Tennison and North Central University:@donallentennison
@youngadults.today | www.youngadults.today
Sep 16 2019
In this episode, Josiah and Micah Kennealy chat with Noah Herrin about The Gathering young adult ministry. This episode focuses on meeting places, programming for young adult ministry, and the ongoing challenge of discipleship.You can find out more about Noah Herrin and The Gathering:@noahherrin@email@example.com | www.youngadults.today
Sep 23 2019
Jerrid Sebesta spent 12 years as a TV Meteorologist at KARE11, a long-time powerhouse station in Minneapolis, MN.
In 2014, after much contemplation and prayer, Jerrid left his thriving, high-profile career. It was a move that came as a surprise to many people, including some of his family. But, it was apparent to Jerrid that God was leading him in an entirely different direction; out of TV and the big-city, into a much simpler, quieter lifestyle.
With a tentative plan to head back to where it all started in Sioux Falls, Jerrid instead found himself jobless and on the brink of an identity crisis. Through a chance phone call from his soon-to-be future boss, Ben Taatjes, Jerrid began the process of finding his true identity and purpose, which has lead to his amazing testimony which he now uses to inspire thousands of people to begin “Livin’ the Dream.”
He is the host of Repurposed Podcast on Faith Radio!
Jerrid has been a friend, mentor, and valuable voice in my life over the past few years.
Apr 27 2020
Oct 29 2019
We’re joined by special guest Ken Coleman! As an AUTHOR, RADIO HOST, SPEAKER, Ken is the bestselling author of The Proximity Principle and national radio host of The Ken Coleman Show. Pulling from his own personal struggles, missed opportunities and career successes, Coleman helps people discover what they were born to do and provides practical steps to make their dream job a reality. The Ken Coleman Show is a caller-driven career show that helps listeners who are stuck in a job they hate or searching for something more out of their career.
On a personal note, Ken is one of my absolute favorite authors and speakers. Micah and I actually met Ken in 2017 – not sure if he remembers but Ken is one of the Ramsey Personalities for Ramsey Solutions and he spoke at an event where we all met and that night we actually won $250 of Dave Ramsey’s money.
Apr 20 2020
In this episode, Josiah Kennealy and Micah Kennealy have a conversation with Logan Ketterling about River Valley Church, 20+ (their college & young adult ministry), as well as River Valley's extension site to the University of Minnesota campus.@LoganKetterling
@youngadults.today | www.youngadults.today
Sep 09 2019
In this episode, Micah and Josiah interview Paul Hurckman from Venture. Venture exists to do tough things for people in tough places. Engaging young adults in justice experiences like nothing we've ever seen! To learn more, visit:
@Venture | www.venture.org
@youngadults.today | www.youngadults.today
Oct 07 2019
In this episode, Josiah and Micah Kennealy talk with Pastor Jimmy Leasure about reaching young adults in rural settings. They discover that young adult ministry can flourish in rural, suburban, urban, and even multi-site settings! You can find out more about Jimmy Leasure and Hillside Young Adults:@jimmyleasure@firstname.lastname@example.org | www.youngadults.today
Sep 30 2019
In this episode, Micah and Josiah chat with Pastor Matt Martinez about youth pastoring and young adult pastoring. Leading two separate ministries under the same job description and church! A lot of you all out there lead youth and young adult ministry or will want to at some point... may this episode be a great resource for you! @MattyMartini | @OakHillsMN
@youngadultstoday | www.youngadults.today
Oct 21 2019
This episode is designed to help young adult ministry leaders navigate through the challenge of covid-19! We visit with Brent Silkey and have a conversation about coronavirus and connecting with students, our communities, our ministries, and our congregations! Eliza's post (Brent's wife) that we mentioned in the podcast. Please reach out to us at www.youngadults.today with any ideas or questions as to how to effectively minister to young adults during this time!
Mar 28 2020
In this episode, Micah and Josiah interview Jessie David - founder of Red Rocks Young Adults in Denver, Colorado! We chat with her about all things next generation! Who is the next generation?How do you start a new young adult ministry?How do you strengthen an existing young adult ministry?Learn more:@JessieDavis.Co @RedRocksYA@YoungAdultsToday | www.youngadults.today
Oct 14 2019
In this episode, Micah and Josiah Kennealy talk with Jeff Deyo about becoming God's friend.
They talk about Jeff's new book "Awakening Pure Worship", living a life of worship, the goal of our lives is to know God.
@youngadults.today | www.youngadults.today
@jeffdeyo | @northcentral_mn | www.jeffdeyo.com
Nov 18 2019
Brad has been a college ministry pastor for over 30 years! He is thedirector of a multi-staff campus ministry called Chi Alpha in North Dakotaat NDSU and MSU Moorhead. Their movement sees over 700 studentseach year with over 140 small groups!Brad is the author of the best books on groups we’ve read “Small GroupUniversity”. He and his wife Kay Lewis are friends of ours – we reallyadmire them a great deal.
Mar 09 2020
In this episode, Micah and Josiah chat with Greg Stier - Founder/CEO at Dare2Share Ministries about trends in evangelism and discipleship. Be sure to check out Greg's newest book, called Gospelize!
@GregStier | @Dare2ShareMinistries
@youngadultstoday | www.youngadults.today
Nov 04 2019
Mike is one of the Chi Alpha pastors at University of North Dakota.Many of you know him as MIKE MYZ – the hip hop artist who let ususe the rights to his music for the intro to this podcast! So he’salready a huge part of this whole youngadults.today squad! Whetheryou’ve heard of him yet or not, you have heard his music just bylistening to this podcast. Recently he released the EP called Desert.Pastor. Recording artist. Here with us in the studio today in a differentway – this time for a conversation, Myz welcome!
Mar 23 2020
Alan Pastian has had the privilege of being a next generation leader working with youth and young adults exclusively for over 20 years and has absolutely loved it. He discovered a faith in Jesus Christ while in the university setting while attending St Cloud State University and obtaining my degree in Communications/Public Relations. He pursued his second degree from North Central University where I graduated and began my journey pastoring youth and young adults in the local church.
He has an incredible journey in ministry from serving with Pastor Rob Ketterling and the incredible team at River Valley Church overseeing our multi-site youth ministry for many years developing and strategizing next gen leadership. He also spent time working with Mark Batterson at National Community Church as part of the campus pastor team and continue to value their mentorship and inspiration in my life. Currently I am leading one of our campus locations at River Valley Church, developing more leadership content and inspiring those in our church community to make a difference and live life to the full.
Apr 06 2020
Pastor Randy Jumper serves as the young adult pastor at First Assembly inNorth Little Rock, Arkansas! NXT YA/UNITE is a place where young adults inNorth Little Rock come together for a weekly service and grow in Christtogether. He has over 20 years of experience in young adult ministry. Here's an article Pastor Randy wrote to help those who are new to young adult ministry or might be starting something new:
I'm excited that you are going to be helping reach young adults! You'll
find it to be an exciting time of ministry and fun! I know I love it.
A couple resources to start with. Check out these websites:
Youngadults.ag.org go down to the resources pages. There are several
articles we've written to help start and grow a young adult ministry
Facebook - become a young adult facebook member. Find the links on the
youngadults website. On the Resources page, under leadership, click
Building the Ministry. It’s a great resource for information!
Books you might want to consider reading:
the same author.
Where do you start? Most people will tell you relationships, discussion
based teaching, and other basic info. All that is true and important
parts, but if you are like me, you want something to "do."
I know I need
to be open to young adults, pray for the Holy Spirit to work in young
adults, build meaningful relationships with young adults, etc...but what
do I "do" to do that? If I were you, I start with two simple steps:
Step One: Make 5 lists.
Yep, get a piece of paper and a pen out and make some lists (OK, turn your
laptop since nobody uses pens and paper anymore). I regularly make some
lists when starting a new area of ministry with young adults. They are
List 1: Who are our young adults?
Write down the names of all the young adults currently in your church
and/or influence. Your pastor may need to help you. The size of your
church will impact this list. If you have a database system your church
uses to record attendance, get help from it. Because of our church size,
we narrow it to young adults 17 - 30 and who have attended at least 2
times in the last year. We annually go through this list. But it started
with a piece of paper and a pen writing down the names of real people we
want to minister to and with.
List 2: What is our church doing with young adults now?
Don't write "nothing"! You might be surprised. Start asking questions
about what is going on in your church. Look at List 1 and see where YA's
are now! I promise you they are there and already active in some place.
Are young adults from list one Sunday school teachers for kids? Youth
sponsors? In the choir? Is there a small group for them? Maybe a class?
Do the YA's go out to eat every Sunday after church - do they sit together
in the sanctuary? Are they on the Sunday worship team? My guess is that
at least 1 young adult is doing something, somewhere at your church. This
will help you better leverage them and others for future involvement and
understand who is involved and who is a leader. You might have an organic
group of YA's already together, you just need to connect with them and
List 3: What do you and your pastor want to see developed?
What is your assignment? Is it growing the church? Evangelizing young
adults in the community? Keeping your current young adults? Providing fun
activities only? Discipleship only? Starting a Sunday school class?
Starting a special service?
If the answer to all those questions is a yes! Then then narrow it down
for what you want to accomplish in the first 3 months, first 6 months and
then the first year. Set an agenda for what you both are wanting to do
for the kingdom. When you know your assignment, you'll know the direction
to take to fulfill that assignment. Make sure you and the church leaders
are on the same page. There is nothing worse than achieving your goal -
only to find out it was the wrong goal.
List 4: Who is on your team?
You'll need several people, especially some young adults from list 1, to
join you in launching this ministry. Young adults need ministered WITH,
not necessarily ministered TO. Get buy in and recruit some young adults
and other people to help you do this and do this well. I'd say get as
many as possible on this team. If possible I like the number 5 (notice
the 5 lists!). Five people is a good size team to manage and lead. What
if we only have 5 young adults to start with....no problem, use the 5 of
them as leaders to start your group.
List 5: What is going to happen for the next 6 months
Take all this and build a game plan. The President of the United States
maps the first 100 days. Most NFL football teams script the first quarter
and even first half of football plays they are going to run. You do the
same. Script what you'll do for the next 6 months at least, and then work
your way backwards with planning, recruitment and involvement. Script what
is going to happen with young adults every week for the next 6 months.
Some weeks you'll have more than others, maybe even no scheduled events or
activities, but do something every week to minister to young adults (maybe
all you do that week is Facebook every young adult in your church and tell
them they matter to you!)
If you want to send me any of this to look through and offer my
suggestions - not sure they'll be any good, but I'll try.
BONUS: Change the Way You Eat
This isn't diet advice, its ministry advice. Never eat alone if at all
possible. Every Sunday possible have a young adult over to your house for
lunch or dinner. Go out to eat with a young adult. Go get coffee with
them on campus. I can't think of the last time a week went by and I was
not eating with a young adult.
Mar 16 2020
TJ Joy is the college and young adult pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee!
Oct 26 2020
Ben Stuart is the pastor of Passion City Church, Washington D.C. Prior to joining Passion City Church, Ben served for eleven years as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries, a weekly Bible study attended by thousands of college students on the campus of Texas A&M. Ben earned a master’s degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Ben and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime. They live in the District with their three kids, Hannah, Sparrow, and Owen.
Ben is also the author of the book: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married!
Oct 19 2020
Micah MacDonald is a traveling evangelist and the founder of Mac Ministries. Together with his wife, Steph, the MacDonald’s travel the nation preaching the gospel to thousands annually and also leading worship. They also serve on staff at Zoe Church near Minneapolis, Minnesota as Staff Evangelists and Steph is also a worship leader!
He is also the author of the brand new, best-selling book: Death to Life! Available on amazon.com today :)
Oct 13 2020
Rachel Cruze is an American author who specializes on the subject of personal finance. Her book Smart Money Smart Kids, co-authored with her father, Dave Ramsey, reached number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2014. Her second book Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want was published in 2016. She frequently travels for media tours and speaking events nationally.
Oct 12 2020
Susie Larson is a talk show host, national speaker, and author of seventeen books and many articles. In both 2016 and 2017 Susie was nominated and voted into the top ten groups for the National John Maxwell Leadership Award. Susie has been married to her dear husband Kevin since 1985 and together they have three wonderful sons, three beautiful daughters-in-law, two adorable grandchildren, and one adorable pit bull named Memphis. Susie’s passion is to see women everywhere awakened to the value of their soul, the depth of God’s love, and the height of their calling in Christ Jesus.
Oct 05 2020
Since 2003, Anthony O’Neal has helped hundreds of thousands of people make smart decisions with their money, relationships, and education. He’s a #1 national bestselling author of Debt-Free Degree and national bestselling author of The Graduate Survival Guide. He recently released Destroy Your Student Loan Debt. He travels the country spreading his encouraging message to help teens and young adults start their lives off right and people of all ages succeed with money. He has a great podcast mini-series called “Borrowed Future.” You can follow Anthony on YouTube and Instagram @AnthonyONeal and online at anthonyoneal.com or facebook.com/aoneal.
Sep 28 2020
Steph MacDonald is the Worship Pastor at Zoe Church in Burnsville, Minnesota and also leads Mac Ministries with her husband, Micah!
Mac Ministries (501c3-Non-Profit) is ALL ABOUT THE GO! In the last two years God has ordered our steps. Steph and Micah MacDonald preach/lead worship all over the country and world. We were determined early on to pray and fast and let God open every door of opportunity. Therefore, we do not call or email pastors, leaders, directors or market our ministry. We ask God to open the doors for us. When we are asked to come and minister we recognize that it was God that brought us there and not our own doing. We love partnering with local church leaders and help equip/build into the region and place with what God is already doing there. We further those purposes by traveling the country preaching and leading worship for Sunday mornings, youth conventions, youth outreaches, summer camps, men’s events, women’s events, Wednesday night youth services, Missions and Speed the Light Tours, Christian mentoring and discipleship along with training and equipping the church.
Sep 21 2020
Highly sought after Pastor, Speaker, and Church Leadership Expert, Chris brings over 20 years of ministry and financial experience. He worked alongside Dave Ramsey for years as a nationally syndicated radio host for “Life, Money, and Hope.” He has been featured on national media outlets such as Fox & Friends; but most importantly, he passionately loves the local church and has served as a Campus Pastor at Elevation Church and Executive Pastor and Chief Financial Officer at Potential Church. Chris traded in city life for farm life in Columbia, TN with his wife of 19 years, Holly, and their three children.
-hosts of the podcast: There is More with Chris & Holly Brown.
-Holly also serves as the Executive Pastor for Embrace Church!
Sep 14 2020
Ben Courson is the senior pastor at Applegate Christian Fellowship, an international speaker, bestselling author, and TV and radio personality. He has been featured on Fox, Hallmark Channel, TBN, ABC Family, and other mainstream media outlets. His TV show is broadcast in 180 countries, and his national radio show airs on over 400 stations. He travels the globe speaking of God’s hope and igniting revival in the hearts of his listeners.Stemming from his own bout with suicide and depression, Ben founded Hope generation, aiming to help those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts to those who’ve lost hope and meaning amid their success. The ministry is shouting about the God of Hope from the mountaintops to help people rise out of despair.
Sep 07 2020
Today we want to welcome Tanner Morgan to the podcast! Tanner is #02 and the QB for the Minnesota Gophers Football Team! He’s a passionate follower of Jesus and an influential young leader.
Aug 31 2020
Today, our host Micah Kennealy interviews our cohost Josiah Kennealy as a guest on the podcast.
Josiah is the author of the book Debtless: Helping Students Take on Less Debt. He's also spent the last several years as a pastor of young adults within a local church and now is a pastor of college students through a campus ministry!
A little more about Josiah can be found at www.josiahkennealy.com
Aug 24 2020
Today we’re joined by David Marvin. David has the privilege of leading the Young Adults ministry called The Porch at Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas. Throughout history, one age group has consistently had incredible influence on the culture and world around it: young adults. We love this age group, and believe it is crucial in its influence, and limitless in its potential impact.
Aside from being called servant of Christ, his greatest title is "Calli’s husband". Calli is David’s wife, ministry partner, and daily example of godly living. She makes him love Jesus and people more.
Aug 17 2020
Paul Sohn is the founder of QARA, an organization that empowers twenty-somethings to discover their God-given identity and calling. He is an award-winning blogger, leadership coach, and speaker. His blog has been ranked one of the Top 50 Leadership Blogs to Follow. Christianity Today has named Paul among the Top 33 Under 33 Christian Millennials to watch.
Aug 10 2020
He is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of the OUTCRY worship tour and author of the OUTCRY book. In the first 3 years, the OUTCRY tour has been to 86 cities, and has seen over 900,000 people attend. He has a deep passion for the church and all things creative. He is currently the Pastor of Creative Arts at Living Streams church in Phoenix, AZ. He lives with his wife, Blake, and their three children.
He also just released a new book and podcast called: Head In The Clouds!
Aug 03 2020
In 1996, Drew Berryessa surrendered his sexuality to the Lordship of Christ, leaving behind a homosexual relationship. Drew chose to trust Christ with his future, believing that the Word of God was trustworthy and that Christ would be faithful to give him a life worth living outside of a homosexual identity or relationship. This surrender began a process of transformation and healing confronting the issues of same-sex attraction and overall relational dysfunction in his life.
Drew’s life and testimony stand in stark contrast to the current cultural narrative about sexual identity, demonstrating instead what Christ can do for a sexually broken life submitted to His Lordship. With the current shifts in ideology regarding sexuality, identity, gender, and God’s transformative power, Drew's ministry, experience, and insight stand as a redemptive voice of truth to the body of Christ.
Drew serves as a Teaching and Counseling Pastor at Living Waters Church in Medford, OR. Drew released his first book, Are We There Yet? in 2018.
Of all the roles and titles he carries, his most prized titles are that of husband and father. Drew and his wife Suzanne have been married since 2004 and together they have the joy of raising their three daughters.
More information at: www.alivingletter.org
Jul 27 2020
In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, lazy, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network with the goal to unite and train young leaders to be Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making local missionaries. Initiative has united and accelerated some of the most diverse and dynamic next gen leaders from across the country to collaboratively transform their cities together.
He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Relevant, and The Gospel Coalition. His book on millennials, The Passion Generation has helped thousands of pastors and parents who are trying to reach, raise, and retain the next generation. Grant serves on the board of Catalyst, as well as an associate for Leadership Network and Exponential.
Jul 20 2020
Clynt Reddy is the Connections Director at River Valley Church – a multi-site church with 9 campuses in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s literally one of the most brilliant people and brightest minds I’ve ever met in leadership. Clynt is married to Annie and together they have 3 kids! He stood beside us on our wedding day and is a friend for a lifetime.
Jul 13 2020
Addison Bevere is a man who appreciates the simple things in life—time spent playing with his four kids, late-night conversations with his wife, interesting words that no one uses, a meaningful day of work, and, of course, a good book. Addison is also the COO of Messenger International, an organization that impacts millions of people in over 150 countries through its various initiatives, he’s the son of John & Lisa Bevere and the cofounder of SonsAndDaughters.tv. To learn more about him, visit AddisonBevere.com.
Jul 06 2020
Rashawn is a minister who writes and a writer who preaches.
He’s an evangelist, part-time Army Medical Officer and full-time father, Rashawn Copeland is truly a carrier of Joy and a lover of the Gospel. The Copelands consist of Rashawn, his wife, Denisse, and 3 children. As a blended family, they stand firmly in who God has called them to be and are committed to the heart of The Father. In 2017, the Copeland’s followed the call of God back to Oklahoma City.
Rashawn and his wife, Denisse, have founded a Digital Outreach Ministry (Without Walls Ministries) - Rashawn is also currently the host of the “Scriptures and Stories” podcast. And his newest book: Start Where You Are is now available for pre-order!
Jun 29 2020
Today we’re joined by our friend Pastor Jarvis Glanzer - Jarvis and his wife Jane are the Lead Pastors and originally were the church planters who launched Watermark Church in Stillwater, Minnesota. We’ve all known each other for years! Jarvis has an amazing vision for the city and community of Stillwater, Minnesota!
Jun 22 2020