Episode 36: Decision Counselors and How to Train Them

In this episode, Ben and John Paul discuss the importance of counseling students who make decisions for Christ, whether it's accepting Christ, accepting a call to ministry, or any other decision. They discuss the importance of this critical aspect of ministry, as well as practical advice on how to prepare for these discussions.

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.

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.