02 – Greg Whitfield & Why You Shouldn’t Just Be Who You Are

It’s a Canadian Youth Ministry Podcast!
Why is the advice, “Just be who you are,” so bad? How do we encourage youth to do hard things? What does it look like to be full of truth and grace? With Greg Whitfield!Continue reading “02 – Greg Whitfield & Why You Shouldn’t Just Be Who You Are”

01 – Mike Gordon & Young Adult Ministry

It’s a Canadian Youth Ministry Podcast!
How do I start speaking? What do I do with my young adults? Why aren’t youth staying in church? With Mike Gordon!Continue reading “01 – Mike Gordon & Young Adult Ministry”

0.5 – Introducing The Stro Show!

It’s a Canadian Youth Ministry Podcast! Episodes begin January 11th! New episode every two weeks. Also available on iTunes, Google Play Music, and Stitcher.Continue reading “0.5 – Introducing The Stro Show!”

Introducing The Stro Show Podcast!

A Canadian youth ministry podcast? How did that get started???

This past October, on the deck of a camp building in the middle of nowhere in Grey County, Ontario, on a cold and rainy morning for which I was not dressed for the weather, something dawned on me. I was deep in discussion with a friend from college; it was one of those impromptu chats that are so engaging that I forgot the cold wind blowing through my t-shirt, reminding me of the coat which I had just on the other side of the lodge’s heavy double doors. My friend, Mike, is a youth pastor in Barrie, and I was speaking at his youth retreat. That morning, we found ourselves on the porch, deep in discussion about youth ministry, the Church, discipleship, and the challenge of ‘competing’ with bigger churches with more money and flashier programs.Continue reading “Introducing The Stro Show Podcast!”

Doubting God.

GUEST AUTHOR: Ashley Stromenberg

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘If [I] can? Everything is possible to the one who believes.’ Immediately the father of the boy cried out, ‘I do believe! Help my unbelief.’” // Mark 9:23-24

What do you do when you’re not sure if you can trust God? Have you ever had something that you knew God had promised but was just not happening? Continue reading “Doubting God.”

To the Left Or To the Right?

Many times in my life, I’ve been at a crossroads, a meeting of ways, and had no idea which direction to take. How do I know what the right choice is? If I’m a Christian, how do I know what God wants me to choose?

What if God doesn’t want to give me a big sign? What if faith isn’t always asking God for a miraculous answer? What if we’re getting it all wrong?Continue reading “To the Left Or To the Right?”

Wherever You Would Call Me

Guest Author: Ashley Stromenberg

If you haven’t already heard, earlier this week I announced that I will be leaving my comfortable and enjoyable office job to become (it’s not a dirty word) a missionary. Yes, I have officially lost my mind.Continue reading “Wherever You Would Call Me”

When the Honeymoon Is Over

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who recently celebrated 70 years of marriage, once said, “If a man opens the car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.” There’s a nugget of truth in this joke: novelty fades in marriage as much as anything else.

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, a cloudy, blustery, and unseasonably cold day, I married the woman of my dreams. As my wife and I prepare to celebrate our first anniversary, I have found myself reflecting on how we’ve grown and what has changed in our relationship.Continue reading “When the Honeymoon Is Over”