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RYM 054: Help! My Youth Ministry Numbers Plateaued!

RYM 054: Help! My Youth Ministry Numbers Plateaued!

We all know that attendance numbers can fluctuate in youth ministry from week to week. But over time, we all hope to see attendance trending UP. But what do you do when numbers aren’t going up—when they’re plateauing or even going DOWN? In this episode, join local ministry leaders as they talk about how to identify a real attendance plateau, how to track important data in your ministry, and how knowing these key components can help set up your ministry for growth going forward. How... read more
RYM 053: “I’m Just A Youth Pastor” And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

RYM 053: “I’m Just A Youth Pastor” And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

“When are you going to be a real pastor?” “If you just teach Sunday School, what else do you do during the week?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?” As youth pastors, you may have been asked these questions before. How do you answer these questions? On this episode, join us for a conversation on combating the misconceptions we encounter in our profession, how you can maintain personal confidence, and facing other lies we are told about being a youth worker.

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RYM 052: Our Hopes For You For The New Year

RYM 052: Our Hopes For You For The New Year

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of another busy year of influencing the next generation. As 2018 comes to a finish, we want to leave you with some encouragement during this holiday season. We hope this holiday season brings you lots of rest preparing you for another incredible year of youth ministry. From your friends at Rethinking Youth Ministry… Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and see you in 2019!

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A Better Social Media Strategy

A Better Social Media Strategy

Social media gives me anxiety. There, I said it. It’s 24/7, it’s public to the world, and there’s that constant pressure to be posting something meaningful. Or honestly, just something. For most of us, we’re in one category or another. Maybe we just really need help or margin to be able to run social media the way we want it done. Or maybe we just really need some new ideas and strategy to help execute that plan. Enter – THE BRAND NEW XP3 SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDE. In the Social Media Guide, you are... read more
RYM 051: How To Handle Conflict As A Youth Ministry Leader

RYM 051: How To Handle Conflict As A Youth Ministry Leader

Conflict can cause uncomfortable and anxiety-filled experiences for anyone. So what do we do when conflict arises? There are many ways people handle conflict, but some of those ways are healthy and unhealthy. On this episode, join Crystal Chiang, Tom Shefchunas, Stuart Hall, and Brett Talley for a conversation on how to handle conflict as a youth ministry leader, and why it’s important that our students see youth workers handle conflict in a healthy way.

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Four Key Things To Know About Dealing With Students and Trauma

Four Key Things To Know About Dealing With Students and Trauma

By Jess Greaser, Youth Director at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA I remember the moment my perspective on trauma shifted. I had been on staff at a large church in youth ministry for many years and had a toolbox full of experience and knowledge that gave me confidence in handling all of the issues our team faced in ministry. But all that changed the day I worked with my first client as an intern at an alternative school for middle and high school students. I quickly realized that even though I... read more
RYM 050: How To Care For Students Who Have Been Abused

RYM 050: How To Care For Students Who Have Been Abused

In our ministries, the heartbreaking reality is, we will have students that have been or are being abused. That is why it is crucial that we as youth workers know what to do when a situation involving abuse rises. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation with licensed professional counselor Dr. Chinwe Williams. A conversation about how we can best care for students in our ministries who have been abused.

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XP3 High School Spring 2019 SEASON RELEASE

XP3 High School Spring 2019 SEASON RELEASE

It’s here, friends! The first season of XP3 High School curriculum for 2019 is officially here. We can’t wait to tell you about it! So let’s jump in: Famous Last Words This year we’re starting our Easter series a bit earlier than usual. That’s because we’re taking time to focus on some of the famous last words shared by Jesus before and after His death and resurrection. In this five-week series we’ll look at some big statements on some big topics, like... read more
XP3 Middle School Spring 2019 SEASON RELEASE

XP3 Middle School Spring 2019 SEASON RELEASE

Friends! Cheers to our first official season of XP3 Middle School curriculum for 2019! Are you so excited? Trust me, you should be, because this Spring season is full of amazing content and incredible truth that we think your students are going to love. This season, we’ve got four different series that look at four uniquely important topics in the life and faith of a middle schooler. We’re going to spend a couple of weeks talking about prayer in our series called LINK. If you’re like me, then... read more
Surviving “The Talk” in Middle School Ministry

Surviving “The Talk” in Middle School Ministry

By Shane Sanchez, Pastor of Youth Ministries at MISSION Community Church in Gilbert, AZ  Is there anything with more potential for awkwardness than talking about sex with a room full of middle schoolers? Probably not! Awkward as it may be, it’s one of the most important and influential conversations you can guide your students through. In my experience, there are a few things you can do to help you get through it with as few awkward moments as possible. So as you’re preparing for “the talk”... read more

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Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, is the co-host of...

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003...

CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School at Orange and one of the hosts and producer...

Jamey DickensJamey Dickens

Jamey is a pastor, speaker, and writer of student content for North Point Ministries in Atla...

Sara SheltonSara Shelton

Sara is a writer and communicator who has been serving in student and small group ministry s...

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

Brett Talley is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after 11 years in full time minis...

Brooklyn LindseyBrooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn is a wife and mother, an international speaker and writer.  She has served as a y...

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

Tyler is the Project Manager working to keep the XP3 Middle School team in line and on tim...

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