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    Hey, I'm Dugan! I'm a traveling speaker who loves to serve any event geared towards middle school, high school, or college students. If you're interested in finding someone to speak at your next retreat, camp, conference, ministry night or leader training, I'd love to connect! For a quick sample of some things I've done, check out this short video. Or just shoot me an email 72,69,82,69,46.EREH

Let’s Hang Out!

Hey, friends!

Here’s a brief update:

Lindsay, Eva, and I are getting settled in Nashville and liking it a lot so far! It’s a beautiful area with a lot of really fun stuff to do. Some great restaurants and really close to downtown. The weather is nice because it’s not as hot as Phoenix and the winter won’t be as harsh as northern Illinois, so hopefully it’s the best of both worlds! However, we’re not fans of the bugs or humidity so I’m hoping my sweat can double as some sort of natural insect repellant.

I’m beginning to work towards publishing a couple writing projects including a book and a middle school spiritual gifts experience. I’m also actively pursuing more opportunities to speak! I’m looking to schedule as many student teaching opportunities during this fall and winter as I can and would love to ask for your help!

I’m looking to schedule teaching opportunities at:

Student Weekend Retreats
Student Camps
Student Events
College Ministries
Youth Groups
Dog Shows (as long as John O’Hurley is there)

I was blessed to have a super fun and super packed summer as I had chances to speak to students all across the country from California to Maryland and Texas to Wisconsin. Here are a few things people said about my time there:

“Dugan is truly one of the most creative, gifted communicators I have ever witnessed! His humor, wit, and charisma compel you to want to hang on to his every word. He is an incredible collaborator, and he has the unique ability to take lots of ideas and succinctly bring a powerful, unified message to life. It’s so very rare to see someone with the combination of God-given talents that Dugan possesses, but I am grateful and inspired to see the enormous difference he’s making in the Kingdom…he’s one of a kind.” – Angela Wade Simpson (Project: Home, 2014)

“Dugan is great at what he does…captivates the audience. He did a great job keeping the attention of the students through the use of his jokes and illustrations. He was also able to present the topic at hand with depth and understanding. Students have already requested for him to speak again next year.” – Amy Smith (Adventure Camp, 2014)

“He’s a brave, insightful speaker, full of creativity, keeping us laughing so we understand him on a personal, real level and making us listen when it truly counts. He’s a real joy for both adults and students alike!” – Ivy Castle (Project: Home, 2014)

“Dugan was able to masterfully weave our theme and passages that we wanted with his own personal stories and creative sermons to produce a relevant and authentic message for our students.”– Jason Fullen (Reality Week, 2014)

“We have wanted Dugan to be our main speaker for the past two years for our summer camp. He is a great story-teller, knows how to grab student’s attention and describe to them Christ’s great love for us. He is funny, and engages with students both when speaking and during camp time. Tons of our students ask for him back each year, and many of them have personal stories of how Dugan talked to them, or how something he said really resonated with them. He was involved in pre-service meetings, and had creative ideas to help our team plan. He followed time sensitive agendas so our team could get everything done and planned for our camp!” – Taylor Parra (Reality week, 2014)

So, if you are looking for a speaker or if you know of someone who is, please get in touch with me! I’d love to come hang out with and teach your students!

I’m even offering a 25% discount for any contract during Fall of 2014 and Winter of 2015, so spread the word.

Thank you so much and let me know if you have any questions! Otherwise let me know when I can come serve your ministry!

Also don’t forget to get your copy of and spread the word about a free digital copy of my book HERE!



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A New Way To Do Student Ministries?

This is a story of the only mistake I’ve ever made.

Early in my student ministry career, I knew my heart was definitely drawn towards teaching. I loved leading and building teams and everything else that went along with leading a ministry, but I really, really loved teaching. The best part of my week was when I was able to lock my office door so I could study and write, followed by the joy of speaking to a room full of students.

After a year or so of this, I found myself having frequent conversations with students where they would excitedly tell me about what God was doing in their lives by saying things like:

“My small group leader was praying for me and said….”


“This other girl in my small group is going through the same thing and encouraged me by…”


“We were praying as a small group and this guy prayed for me and it totally spoke to me because…”

I began to see a pattern.

Nobody was saying: “Dugan, I know all the glory goes to God, but that teaching to gave last week totally changed my life!” or “I will never forget that one thing you said in your teaching!”

Granted, I believe teaching is a spiritual gift from God that He uses is powerful ways. But what began to become clear to me is that: Students Grow Through Community.

I know what you’re thinking: “Um…duh.”

But for me, it was a significant learning. From that point on, I still poured a lot into my teaching (because I loved it), but we made some significant shifts in our budget, time, and other resources towards the small groups, knowing that that was where God was taking the teaching and worship and fun and using them to truly impact the lives of students.

A while ago, my friend Casey sent me an article about the “Flipped Classroom” that I found fascinating and also made me think of how modern student ministries can learn the importance of personal engagement over powerful stage presentation.

Check out the information in the graphic below and also, I’ve made a few more than one mistake…it’s more like 2 or 3…gazillion…



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Protein Shake Recipe

And now for something completely out of the blue: A recipe!

That’s right! I don’t know if it’s living with Lindsay, who likes to watch Food Network and HGTV, but I totally invented a protein shake recipe that is so beyond delicious, I thought I should share it with the world. Actually, I’m sure I didn’t invent it, but I did come up with it on my own so please allow me this false sense of accomplishment, just for this one post…

Here you go!


- 1-2 Handfuls of Ice
– 1 Cup 2% Milk
– 1 Scoop Protein Powder
– 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
– 1 Tablespoon Honey

Calories: 593
Fat: 22g
Cholesterol: 55mg
Sodium: 360mg
Carbs: 56g
Sugar: 46g
Protein: 50g

Combine Ice, Milk, Powder, Peanut Butter, and Honey in Vitamix (or other, less-amazing blender) and blend until “milk-shake” consistency.

Enjoy and then resist temptation to make 11 more.

PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN SHAKE (Less Delicious/Low Fat Version):

- 1-2 Handfuls of Ice
– 1 Cup skim Milk
– 1 Scoop Protein Powder
– 2 Tablespoons Peanut Flower
– 1 Tablespoon Honey

Calories: 403
Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 45mg
Sodium: 220mg
Carbs: 52g
Sugar: 47g
Protein: 47g


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Teaching Discount!

Hey, friends!

Now that we’ve settled from the desert of Phoenix to the humid hipster hills of Nashville, I’m looking to book as many teaching opportunities as I can! I’d love to schedule fall retreats, winter camps, single guest teachings and anything in between!

If you’re looking for a speaker to students, I’d love to serve your ministry! If anyone you know is looking for a speaker to students, please pass along my website/info. And lastly, if you know of a person or ministry that might be helpful for me to connect with, tell me about it!

Email me at duganEsherbondy@gmail.com or contact me through www.dugansherbondy.com

I’m even offering a 25% discount for any contract during this fall/winter so spread the word!

Thank you so much and let me know if you have any questions! Otherwise let me know when I can come serve your student ministry this fall!



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