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RYM 081: Why Curating FUN Is A CRUCIAL Part Of Every Youth Ministry

RYM 081: Why Curating FUN Is A CRUCIAL Part Of Every Youth Ministry

If there’s one thing virtually all youth ministries and youth ministry leaders have in common, it’s this: We like to play games and have FUN! But are we just having fun for fun’s sake, or is there more to it than that? In this episode, we talk about why having fun is a CRUCIAL part of every youth ministry. We also discuss how, as ministry leaders, we can lean into FUN to help students break down walls and grow in relationships, leading to deeper, potentially life-changing moments and conversations down the road.

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RYM 080: What To Do When Real Life Collides With Youth Ministry

RYM 080: What To Do When Real Life Collides With Youth Ministry

Youth ministry leaders aren’t exempt from the tougher moments and seasons of life. And whether it’s a difficult relationship, financial mess, unexpected illness of a loved one, or something else, when life gets hard and we want to check out, we still have students who need us to show up week after week. Join us this week as we talk about what it looks like to lead a youth ministry well and navigate life’s difficult moments at the same time—and in a healthy way.

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RYM 079: How To (Not) Emotionally Manipulate Your Students In Youth Ministry

RYM 079: How To (Not) Emotionally Manipulate Your Students In Youth Ministry

There’s a complicated relationship between emotions and faith. And if we’re honest, as youth ministry leaders, sometimes it can be tempting to leverage our students’ emotions to help them make big faith and life decisions. But is that necessarily a bad thing? Join us this week as we talk about how we can avoid accidentally emotionally manipulating our students, and what it looks like for our students’ emotions to play a healthy role in their lives and faith going forward.

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RYM 078: Can MS & HS Students Thrive In A Combined Youth Ministry Environment?

RYM 078: Can MS & HS Students Thrive In A Combined Youth Ministry Environment?

There are tons of differences between a 6th grader and a senior in high school. Can they both thrive in the same environment? Can they both thrive in the same environment? That’s the question we’re wrestling with this week. In our conversation, we discuss the developmental differences between MS and HS students, the importance of varied communication styles, and unique ways we can connect with each phase inside and outside of large group.

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RYM 077: Why You Need To Market Your Youth Ministry

RYM 077: Why You Need To Market Your Youth Ministry

For many of us, the word “marketing” conjures up unsettling, slightly slimy images of trying to sell people things they don’t need. But the truth is, marketing doesn’t have to be this way! That’s why this week, we’re talking about a different kind of marketing—the generous kind that invites people to be a part of something great. In our conversation, we discuss why your ministry needs to start marketing and how it can help you spread the message of God’s love to more people than ever before.

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RYM 076: What Can We Do About Student Anxiety As Youth Ministry Leaders?

RYM 076: What Can We Do About Student Anxiety As Youth Ministry Leaders?

Anxiety among middle school and high school students has been rising rapidly in recent years. In fact, anxiety disorders are now the most common mental illnesses among students, affecting about 25 percent of all teens—and these are just the reported cases. That’s why this week, we sit down with Licensed Professional Counselor, Kayla Lin, along with Sara Shelton and Marquise Cox, to talk about why student anxiety is on the rise and what we can do as youth leaders to walk with and support students struggling with anxiety right now.

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The One Free Thing You Can Do for Your Graduates

The One Free Thing You Can Do for Your Graduates

This post appeared first at CrystalCChiang.com. We’ve started the countdown. In less than 12 months, my small group of teenage girls will have our last official, formal small group conversations. When I think about that, I can’t help but remember my very first group and how that conversation caught me off-guard, how I prepared exactly zero emotionally for the impact that moment would have. So, in what may be a vast overreaction, I’m already planning that conversation now. Some parts I’ll never... read more
RYM 073: What Reggie Joiner is Rethinking About Youth Ministry

RYM 073: What Reggie Joiner is Rethinking About Youth Ministry

Welcome to Season 3 of the Rethinking Youth Ministry podcast! Today our host, Sarah Anderson, is joined by the founder and CEO of Orange, Reggie Joiner, and Orange’s executive director of student strategy, Crystal Chiang, to talk about some crucial ideas to consider when gearing up for a brand new youth ministry school year.

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CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

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

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

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

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

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

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...

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

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

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

Crystal currently leads the XP3 High School initiative at Orange. Before that, she spen...

Jamey DickensJamey Dickens

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

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