Quest is a ministry of Southern Wesleyan University designed to help high school students engage the Bible, interact with culture, and discover their life calling.

Quest is a ministry of Southern Wesleyan University designed to help high school students engage the Bible, interact with culture, and discover their life calling.


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Student Leadership Weekly 2.14

Teen Trends By this point, most younger generations are familiar with the concept of esports, even if they aren't involved with it. However, the esports industry is a lot...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Dec 01, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.13

Teen Trends New research shows that children who were exposed to media coverage of violent events such as hurricanes, shootings, and terrorist attacks had symptoms of post...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Nov 23, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.12

Teen Trends There were two big music releases within the past week - Adele's new album and Taylor's Swift's new/rereleased album. Adele's new album, titled 30, has been coming...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Nov 17, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.11

Teen Trends There's this belief that everyone has issues that they're dealing with, and it needs to be noted that kids are included in this group as well. 64% of kids have...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Nov 10, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.10

Teen Trends YPulse conducted a survey about 13 to 39-year-olds favorite musicians. Topping the list, surprisingly, was Drake. At the number 2 spot was "none". This is because...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Nov 03, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.9

Teen Trends Within the past month, a TikToker by @jongraz has been predicting the luck of the day with his 13-year old pug, Noodle. Every day, Jonathon picks his old dog...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Oct 27, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.8

Teen Trends Simone Biles' withdrawal from the majority of the Olympics was a shock to everyone at the time. Citing her mental health and what the gymnastics world calls...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Oct 20, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.7

Teen Trends The Guardian has posted an article discussing how social media algorithms are feeding into people's views of their bodies. Due to the change in how Facebook and...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Oct 13, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.6

Teen Trends Y Pulse conducted a survey about what Gen Z and Millenials want in their home, and the results reflect their priorities. Some of the feedback that the survey...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Oct 11, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.5

Teen Trends While we celebrate how God can be glorified through multiple mediums and tools including social media, it's important to know that studies have pointed to the...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Oct 04, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.4

Teen Trends One important trend to come to grips with if you haven't is that teens are now spending more time engaging Tik Tok content than even Youtube! Youtube has been...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Sep 25, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.3

Teen Trends One fascinating trend among teens, specifically high schoolers and college students, is that some of them are advocating for "mental health days." Nowadays, students...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Sep 19, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.2

Teen Trends The new NFL season is now underway, and it certainly didn't disappoint. The Chiefs eeked out a win against the Browns, the Buccaneers started their season with...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Sep 11, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.1

Teen Trends Welcome back! We're so excited for what the upcoming school year has to offer, and we hope that you are too. Inevitably, the start of a school year comes with...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Sep 03, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (17th Edition)

Teen Trends This probably won't surprise you, but colleges have gotten extremely expensive. To compensate for the rising costs, more and more students are having to take...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Apr 21, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (16th Edition)

Teen Trends Piper Sandler, an investing company, has conducted several surveys about how teens spend their money. Chick-fil-A and Starbucks are the number 1 and 2 with 18...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Apr 20, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (15th Edition)

Teen Trends Demi Lovato released a new album recently. As many people know, she has struggled with drugs for most of her adult life and ended up overdosing a couple of years...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Apr 09, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (14th Edition)

Teen Trends The Plan UK released a study that concluded that more than half of the girls aged 14-21 in the UK have admitted to being sexually harassed at school. It's being...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Apr 05, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (13th Edition)

Teen Trends YPulse, a marketing and research firm that specializes in teens and millennials, claims that people between the ages of 13-37 agree that racism/discrimination...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Mar 26, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (12th Edition)

Teen Trends March Madness started this past week, and it's a big deal, especially since it didn't happen last year.  In the work force, it's enjoyed so much that it's said...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Mar 19, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (11th Edition)

Teen Trends The social media era has helped to create many powerful influencers over the years - some good and some bad. As social media has increased in popularity, so has...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Mar 13, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (10th Edition)

Teen Trends Admittedly, this is one of the stranger trends to emerge from Tik Tok, but the #CancelPorn trend has been catching fire. In fact, as of last week, it's approaching...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Mar 05, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (9th Edition)

Teen Trends Loneliness is something that many teenagers and young adults struggle with, but amidst all of the ongoing chaos with the pandemic, those rates are even higher...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Feb 08, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (8th Edition)

Teen Trends Marvel's new show, WandaVision, premiered earlier this year on Disney+ to much excitement. However, it's not your typical Marvel movie. It's more of a sitcom...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Jan 22, 2021

Student Leader Weekly (7th Edition)

Teen Trends School has ended for some people, and others only have a couple of weeks left. Whenever schools in your area get out, get ready because it'll be here soon. Here...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Nov 20, 2020

Student Leader Weekly (6th Edition)

Teen Trends The second season of Star Wars' Mandalorian has been releasing a new episode on Disney+ every Thursday night. Chapter 11 (The third episode of season 2) was the...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Nov 13, 2020

Student Leader Weekly (5th Edition)

Teen Trends Where did you get your news coverage during the election? You may have been one of the many teens tuning into TikTok, where content creators were banding together...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Nov 06, 2020

Student Leader Weekly (4th Edition)

Teen Trends The Pew Research Center has done some research on the effects that the pandemic has had on people. One of their findings was that 86% of people believe that there...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Oct 30, 2020

Student Leader Weekly (3rd Edition)

Teen Trends One game that middle school, college students (and adults) alike are playing is Among Us. It's a game in which ten players try to identify the two "imposters...

Brent Dongell and Christian Boulton | Oct 23, 2020

New Quest Podcast!

We're excited to announce the beginning of the QUEST PODCAST! Join us as we talk through topics on the Bible, Culture, Calling, and Ministry. With special topics and special...

| Oct 19, 2020

Student Leader Weekly (2nd Edition)

Teen Trends Christianity often requires us to be genuinely honest about life's reality as we apply and revise that reality with God's truth.  This week's trend could be a...

Brent Dongell, Paige Rouse, and Christian Boulton | Oct 16, 2020

Student Leader Weekly (1st Edition)

Teen Trends All over Tik Tok and Instagram are personalized and styled home screens. With the new iPhone update, teens and young adults are decking out their home screen...

Brent Dongell, Paige Rouse, and Christian Boulton | Oct 14, 2020

Your Dreams Are Bigger Than You (Week 6 of Listening to God Series)

"Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement." 1 Chronicles...

Professor Brent Dongell (& Paige Rouse) | Oct 12, 2020

Unfinished Goodbyes Can Be Healthy (Week 5 Listening to God Series)

"37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That...

Professor Brent Dongell (& Paige Rouse) | Oct 05, 2020

Listening To God Comes To Life Through God's Word (Week 4 of Listening to God Series)

"But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season...

Professor Brent Dongell (& Paige Rouse) | Sep 28, 2020

God Doesn't Always Guarantee 100% Certainty On Specifics (Week 3 of Listening to God Series)

Maybe that 5-40% lack of clarity in outcome is the faith step God is asking you to take?  "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not...

Professor Brent Dongell (& Paige Rouse) | Sep 21, 2020

Where's God At Work? (Week 2 of Listening to God Series)

In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was...

Professor Brent Dongell (& Paige Rouse) | Sep 14, 2020

What If You're Unknown Calling Is More Clear Than You Think? (Week 1 of Listening to God Series)

"God's goal is faithfulness over popularity and success."  The Bible says, He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his...

Professor Brent Dongell (& Paige Rouse) | Sep 07, 2020

James 1:12

Michaela Wickham | Jun 02, 2020

Jeff Eckart on Student Bible Engagement

“For your typical youth group, half of them are never reading the Bible,” says Jeff Eckart, Never the Same (NTS) and Claim Your Campus (CYC2020) founder. These are jarring words...

Quest Director | Aug 28, 2019

Luke from North Carolina

Luke is 15 years old. He's honest. Luke says, "When I think about the big decisions in life, they can be stressful." But, he also has some good advice. "Stay true to who God...

Quest Director | Aug 13, 2019

Ashley from South Carolina

Ashley was a skeptic. She had strong doubts about the Bible. Then the Bible came alive to her. Check out her story.  “When you’re a non-believer, it’s so easy to pull things...

Quest Director | Aug 13, 2019

3 Ways to get Unstuck through Disappointment

Another summer came and went with the ministry opportunity I wanted being given to someone else. It felt awful to be passed over. It made me worry that maybe I wasn’t called...

Leanne Ketcham | Jul 14, 2019

Understanding God’s Call

It's hard to understand God's call on your life. Check out what Zach Coffin, Director of Next Generation Ministries in The Wesleyan Church has to say. 

Zach Coffin | Jul 11, 2019

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