It’s a bittersweet day here at the Think Orange Podcast as we celebrate and commemorate Ashley Bohinc’s last show as a regular host (don’t worry though, she’s not going far!).

In honor of the self-proclaimed “lead singer of the podcast,” Dave and Ashley are recapping Ashley’s most insightful, moving and musical contributions to the show. This, of course, means talking about Small Group Leaders, generational differences and Taylor Swift.

The Think Orange Podcast is so thankful for Ashley’s time on the show. We know that in her next endeavors, she’ll bring her contagious joy and vast knowledge on all things next generation with her. As for the rest of us, Merry Christmas and we’ll see you in 2019!

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Topic Timeline

Ashley and Dave Kick-off the show (00:15)

Ashley’s Spotify Playlist of all her Christmas songs (3:25)

Dave talks about Ashley’s new role (5:00)

The best of Ashley Behind episode explained (6:35)

The Orange Conference 2019 (9:05)

Ashley’s story about Starbucks at the airport and sings “Killing Me Softly” with producer Kevin (11:20)

Ashley talks with Joseph Sojourner about valuing the different generations (17:25)

Ashley and Leslie Bolser talk about what partnership between schools and churches look like (22:30)

  • Clarify what is the school win is
  • Understanding what the Church win is
  • Find out if those two wins intersect
  • Find out if lack of intersecting wins matters to the church (for example: if it’s just a win for the school… not the church… do you still want to do it?)

Ashley and Sam Collier discuss why small group leaders matter (30:00)

Ashley and Afton clarify the win for small group leaders (34:05)

Ashley and Afton talk about answering hard questions (40:00)

Ashley’s singing montage (45:45)

Dave and Ashley wrap up the episode (45:46)

People, Places & Helpful Resources

Featured Guests

Ashley Bohinc

ASHLEY BOHINC

Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.

Quotes from This Episode

Ideas to Influence the Next Generation

1. Every generation is different but equally valuable.

Each generation thinks and values differently than the generation that came before them. What’s important to Baby Boomers isn’t necessarily important to Millennials, and what Millennials value isn’t necessarily important to Gen Z.

Sometimes we, the church, look at the next generation and notice all the things they need to change. But what if instead of asking them to change, we figure out what they value. When we show them that what’s important to them is also important to us, we can become the church that they love and are going to lead one day.

2. Wins for small group leaders

Small group leaders are most powerful when they show up, every-time, over the course of time. Consistency means moving students from reciting the information they’re learning at church to applying the information to their lives.

3. It’s okay to wonder

Sometimes kids ask hard questions. Like, why aren’t dinosaurs in the Bible? or If heaven is so perfect, why did Satan leave? Your impact as a SGL isn’t in knowing the right answer to every question, but in showing kids that they’re empowered to wonder and discover God.

Conversation Starters For Your Church

What are some of the negative things you’ve heard about Gen Z (students who are under 18 right now)? How can you turn those negative assumptions into a moment of learning what they value? How can you use that new value-set to attract them to church?

Recruiting Small Group Leaders is great! But, retaining them is better. What training or support could you provide for your SGLs to make them feel like they are well-equipped to lead students?

Your Hosts

Dave Adamson, The Think Orange Podcast Host

DAVE ADAMSON

When he’s not working as a pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Dave is usually making his family cross their arms, roll their eyes, and tap their feet while he takes “just one more quick photo” on family outings. You’ll also often find him up to his neck in “Jewish stuff” as he researches the cultural context of Jesus for his daily Instagram devotions. Learn more about Dave at daveadamson.tv.

Ashley Bohinc, The Think Orange Podcast Host

ASHLEY BOHINC

Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.

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Thank you for listening to the Think Orange Podcast.

We hope you’ll join us for next week’s episode. More importantly, we hope that when you think next generation, you think Orange.