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 Leader Weekly 2.34

Teen Trends The American Psychological Association has released an article linking parents' toxically high expectations to perfectionism in college students. Oftentimes...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Apr 25, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.33

Teen Trends We often talk on this blog about the fine line between being genuine on social media and faking a perfect life. Way across this line and almost into science fiction...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Apr 19, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.32

Teen Trends Social media gets a lot of flack, with one of the big criticisms being that people only show the highlights of their lives on it. No one gets to see the real...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Apr 11, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.31

Teen Trends Teens' drive for academic perfection can be much more harmful than helpful according to this article from the Los Angeles Times. This issue goes deeper than surface...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Mar 30, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.30

Teen Trends The big story that's blowing up in recent days comes from the Oscars awards ceremony on Sunday. In case you haven't checked social media or heard the news, Chris...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Mar 24, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.29

Teen Trends "Turning Red" is a newly released, trending Disney movie that was released on March 11th. The movie follows a young girl going through issues with boys in middle...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Mar 16, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.28

Teen Trends Teens are always coming up with new "words" or slang, and it's nearly impossible to keep up with the way that it's constantly evolving. If you're struggling to...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Mar 09, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.27

Teen Trends The mental health problems caused by the lockdowns are no secret at this point. However, now that schools are beginning to reopen their doors across the country...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Mar 02, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.26

Teen Trends With everything happening in the world, social issues took a strong shift towards the pandemic in the past two years. However, after collecting data, surveyors...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Feb 28, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.25

Teen Trends Television News Daily recently released an article about the success of the newly released movie, Uncharted. Since its release last week, the action movie has...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Feb 16, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.24

Teen Trends Every year, the Super Bowl is a big deal for many Americans, and part of the significance is the halftime show. Some of the nation's biggest artists perform their...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Feb 11, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.23

Teen Trends According to a recent study by AXIS, Teen dating is trending down. In past generations, 85% of seniors would go on dates or be in a committed relationship. As...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Feb 02, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.22

Teen Trends BTS's rise in America has been rather drastic. The K-pop (Korean Pop) boy band has exploded into the American music industry recently, and they've immersed themselves...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Jan 25, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.21

Teen Trends Teens need more sleep, according to research reported by the Washington Post. This might seem obvious for most of the youth we work with, but this issue may be...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Jan 19, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.20

Teen Trends It's no secret that pornography is pervasive among society and today's teens, and it's not just guys struggling with it anymore. An organization called Defend...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Jan 14, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.19

Teen Trends In case you haven't heard, there's this thing called Omicron that's wreaking havoc on schools as they are returning from Christmas breaks. Some schools have already...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Jan 05, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.18

Teen Trends An interesting survey for the upcoming year shows the different hobbies or skills that Gen Z hopes to learn in 2022. You can read more about it here. At the top...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Jan 05, 2022

Student Leader Weekly 2.17

Teen Trends The new Spider-Man movie called No Way Home was released recently, and it raked in the third-highest opening day revenue ever at $253 million. This is by far...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Dec 22, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.16

Teen Trends The way Gen Z and Millenials learn is very different from past generations, and the way they research reflects a digital culture. According to an article by YPulse...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Dec 16, 2021

Student Leader Weekly 2.15

Teen Trends YPulse has released a list of Gen Z and Millenials' favorite TV shows. While we don't exactly recommend all of the shows on this list for moral reasons, this...

Brent Dongell, Christian Boulton, and Taylor Bumgarner | Dec 07, 2021

Student Leader 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

James 1:12

Michaela Wickham | Jun 02, 2020

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