About Stephen Ingram
Behind the scenes, a new generation of youth workers has been quietly learning, thinking, growing. They’re not just trying to “keep kids in the church.” They’re trying to form followers of Christ who will be leaders in the church of tomorrow. Stephen Ingram is one of the architects of this new approach to youth ministry, and I’m grateful for his example and voice. – Brian McLaren, author/speaker (brianmclaren.net)
“Stephen Ingram is the “Steve Jobs of the Youth Ministry world.” I’m hard pressed to recall anyone with the inventiveness and informed creativity of this young man.- Mark DeVries President Ministry Architects and Author of Sustainable Youth Ministry”
Stephen is clearly one of the best progressive voices in mainline youth ministry today”-Brian Kirk, www.rethinkingyouthministry.com
“In an atmosphere full of the latest youth ministry fads and methodologies comes an emerging voice with a rooted, balanced, and subversive perspective. One that reaches beyond the normal drivel, letting go of what’s been done or what used to work, and embracing mystery, asking questions, and creating space for youth ministry to thrive in its own unique contexts. ” —Jamie Rye, Wild Goose Festival Youth Coordinator
I am a dad, husband, and foodie. I have the joy of serving as the Director of Student Ministries at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala. I have a BA in Religion from Samford University and a Masters of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. I have worked as a student minister for over 16 years and also serve as a lead consultant with Ministry Architects.
I live in Birmingham with my wife Mary Liz and our three kids Mary Clare, Patrick, and Nora Grace. Thanks for stopping by and checking out Organic Student Ministry, I would love to hear from you sometime soon!
My books Hollow Faith: How Andy Griffith, Facebook and the American Dream Neutered the Gospel at Amazon.com, ExtraOrdinary Time; 365 Ordinary Moments with and Anything But Ordinary God is available Here and Organic Student Ministry is available Here
One of my main passions and gifts in life is to join with others in conference and event settings and present and speak about youth ministry. I would find myself speaking to groups of youth ministers and parents often as well as leading youth retreats! I do everything from large conference speaking to weekend retreats with churches.
My Talks Include:
- Nurturing Great Volunteers One Cup of Coffee at a Time
- Reclaiming Our Prophetic Voice in Youth Ministry
- Developing Whole Family Ministry in the Progressive Church
- A Theological Lens Into Pop Culture
- Wiki-Church: Learning to Lead from the Middle
- Leading from Your Strengths
- Curriculum Writing for Everyday Youth Ministry
- Organic Student Ministry
- Hollow Faith
- Intentionally Spiritual Parenting
- Student Leadership Training
- Volunteer Training Events