RYM 019: Surviving The Constant Competition Between Church And Sports

RYM 019: Surviving The Constant Competition Between Church And Sports

There are a lot of things competing with youth group attendance, and for many youth leaders, there’s no greater competitor than sports and athletics. Whether it’s travel baseball, swim meets, or soccer tournaments, when our students prioritize sports over church, it feels like we’re losing them. But are we? This week, join Brett Talley, Ashley Bohinc, Stuart Hall, and Dan Scott as they discuss how to survive the competition and how ministry leaders should respond to the... Read More
Five Tips for Talking to Middle Schoolers about Sex

Five Tips for Talking to Middle Schoolers about Sex

Let’s be real. The “sex talk” you may or may not have received when you were in middle school is a far cry from the conversations middle schoolers are having about sex these days. We live in a very over-sexualized culture, and that means students are exposed to sexual images and language at a much younger age than ever before. What hasn’t changed? A middle schooler’s squirrely response to talking about this topic. They may act like they dread it, but attendance is usually at a season high... Read More
RYM Survey: RethinkingYMSurvey.org

RYM Survey: RethinkingYMSurvey.org

Can we ask a favor? We want your feedback! We want to know how this podcast can serve you better! Visit RethinkingYMSurvey.org to take our Podcast Listener Survey! And as our way of saying thanks, we’re going to give away $100 Amazon Gift Card to a random survey participant! Thank you so much for listening each week! How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | SoundCloud EPISODE RECAP   Who is really hosting this episode? (0:00) We’ve got a favor to ask you. (1:00)   TAKE THE... Read More
The Three Things You Have To Do in Every Student Talk

The Three Things You Have To Do in Every Student Talk

One of the hardest things about communicating is knowing if you did well when it’s all said and done. You put in the work, deliver the talk, and then walk offstage and think, “Hmmm, I wonder how that went…” How do you know if you did a good job? How do you know if you were effective? How do you know if students walked away hearing what you hoped they would hear? As a student pastor who communicates every week, I know what it’s like to wonder. And I also know what it’s like to fail… a lot! I... Read More
RYM 018: Understanding Teenage Brains With Mark Oestreicher

RYM 018: Understanding Teenage Brains With Mark Oestreicher

Have you ever looked at one of your students and thought, “What were you thinking?” Well, thanks to new discoveries in adolescent brain development, we’re starting to find out. The truth is, a teenager’s brain changes dramatically throughout their middle school and high school years. This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation with Mark Oestreicher about the teenage brain and how we can leverage the development of the brain to set our students up for a vibrant faith. How to listen:... Read More
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