When you are using a ministry’s resources and recommending them to your friends, it helps to know the heartbeat of that ministry.
After coming to Christ through a teammate on his college wrestling team, the Lord began a work in Steve Wright to focus on two things that would last for eternity: the Word of God and the souls of men. So twenty-five years ago, Steve began serving in youth ministry as a college student. Although he wasn’t sure ministry would be his full-time occupation, he ran hard doing mission work and serving as a part-time youth pastor in his hometown of Gainesville, GA. In 1990, Steve surrendered to full-time ministry and began faithfully serving the local church.
After a few years in ministry and after being mentored himself by a senior pastor, Steve began seeking out a few guys starting in ministry he could encourage. The Lord brought seven young youth pastors into his life, and he began pouring into them. He talked to them often by phone, gave them a reading list of books that had been instrumental in shaping his ministry, and provided a weekend where they could sit around a table to ask questions and discuss life in ministry, at no cost to them.
Steve and his wife Tina didn’t set out to start a ministry, but it evolved out of the mentorship to these guys. Steve had written a curriculum entitled Becoming an Eagle for his youth group at the church in Birmingham, AL where he was serving. A few of the guys asked if they could use the same material for their groups, and out of this request, InQuest Ministries began. What was once a nursery in their home became a small office for this awesome responsibility the Lord had given them. Fortunately, Tina was a business major so she was able to coordinate the business side of the ministry while being a mom to three small children.
The following summer the guys asked Steve to help them put together a youth camp, and for the next ten years, InQuest Ministries provided QuestCamp for many churches across the Southeast. After much prayer and consideration, the InQuest board of directors decided that after the summer of 2007 they would close the chapter on camps and direct the ministry’s focus back to curriculum.
In the last fifteen years, a team of dedicated staff members have helped with the ministry, developing more discipleship resources and launching a Sunday School curriculum line. Steve has felt called to stay a part of the local church, so he guides the ministry at a distance and depends on the staff to carry out a mission the Lord called him to: namely, to encourage and provide resources for student pastors as they serve on the frontlines.
Because of the rising costs of printing and the downturn of our nation’s economy, InQuest began to look for ways to be good stewards of the ministry’s resources in 2007. As InQuest cut its expenses, the ministry remained dedicated to providing gospel-centered resources but at a fraction of the cost of printed material to help ease tight budgets. For years, customers suggested that InQuest provide curriculum in an electronic format, and after much research and consideration, the ministry found a way to make this happen. InQuest now offers many of its resources in PDF format.
With the publication of Steve’s books: reThink and ApParent Privilege, the ministry has made an exciting shift–focusing on equipping youth pastors to encourage and educate parents in their role of discipling their children. The ministry is equipping pastors by providing resources through books, curriculum and special events. As evidence of the desire to hear this message, Steve has been invited to speak about this topic across the nation at youth pastor conferences, parent conferences, and youth events. Church leaders and parents are realizing the impact that they can make in the lives of the next generation if they will connect the church and home.
For more information, you can read the Core Values and Doctrinal Statement for InQuest Ministries under the About Us section.