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Sep 16, 2021



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Ken Castor 


After thirty years of next-generation ministry, Dr. Ken is balding in his hairline but still bold in his faith. He is the Family and NextGen Pastor at Wooddale Church. He served as the Professor of Youth Ministry at Crown College for over a decade and in nextgen ministry for two decades before that. Ken is the “Blue Letters Editor” of the Award-winning Jesus-Centered Bible, and has authored numerous discipleship resources like Grow Down and Make a Difference. He’s also a nerdy Cubs fan, the founder of NEXT Ministry Conferences, has several Chuck-Taylors, and enjoys living in Minnesota with his brilliantly witty and slightly freezing family.


Wild at Heart BASIC in Northern Wisconsin


  • When? October 28th through the 31st, 2021 (event ends at 10am Sunday)
  • Where? HoneyRock Camp 8660 Honey Rock Rd, Three Lakes, WI 54562
  • What is BASIC?
  • Wild at Heart BASIC is Wild at Heart Boot Camp led by John Eldredge and his team through video sessions in your local area.




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— NEW YORK, NY — October 16th, 2021

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Show Notes:

  • Text “DAD” to 651-370-8618 to join the dadAWESOME Nudge to becoming an intentional dad
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  • Ken Castor - Family pastor at Wooddale Church -

  • 3:47 - Unpacking the meaning of resilience in the family. Developing spiritual grit.

  • 8:52 - Wishing he had spent more time preparing the meals together as a family instead of just one parent preparing the meal and rushing to the table.

  • 12:39 - “Every facet of life as a dad, it's hard to give up what I'm good at and let my kid do it not as good.”

  • 19:35 - “There are some intentional rhythms I've built into my life so that my kids would know that, hey, my dad's all about Jesus. Like that's been my goal. But I can be as intentional as I want but if in the unintentional moments my kids see a jerk or they see somebody who's living a different lifestyle or who's talking bad about their wife or whatever, it those moments are the ones that actually matter.”

  • 22:27 - Discussing the story of the prodigal son with an emphasis on the father.

  • 28:02 - “The measurement of a good father is not based upon the behavior and outcome of the children. The measurement of the good father is, does he reflect God, the father, and the character and the heart that all of his children would be in relationship with him at home."

  • 32:13 - The story of adoption

  • 34:47 - On the season of waiting for fatherhood (waiting for pregnancy, adoption, etc) “That season of preparation is... The principles that you're working on in your heart and your soul and faith in that season of preparation are the same resources that you will turn to as a dad so that that season of waiting. You can't be impatient and do fatherhood well.”

  • Wild at Heart Basic Event - 4 days, 3 nights. Honey Rock camp in WI 


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