Identifying Student Leaders

Identifying Student Leaders

“Imagine a large river with a high waterfall. At the bottom of this waterfall hundreds of people are working frantically trying to save those who have fallen into the river and have fallen down the waterfall, many of them drowning. As the people along the shore are trying to rescue as many as possible, one individual looks up and sees a seemingly never-ending stream of people falling down the waterfall and begins to run upstream. One of other rescuers hollers, “Where are you going? There... Read More
RYM 041: Setting Healthy Boundaries In Your Youth Ministry

RYM 041: Setting Healthy Boundaries In Your Youth Ministry

If you’re in youth ministry, you know that creating boundaries that keep you sane can be a challenge. There’s always a text that needs to be answered, an email that needs a response, or a meeting that needs to happen. So what does it look like to set healthy boundaries to help balance your personal life and ministry? This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the importance of setting boundaries and for some practical ways you can begin implementing boundaries right now. How to... Read More
Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Things to Remember

Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Things to Remember

Written by Brett Talley, an Orange Specialist, and Mandy Baldwin, a Licensed Counselor for Couples & Teens in Indianapolis, IN As you may have heard, the month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month. So, we want to take a few minutes to talk about why it’s so important that we as youth workers are talking about this crucial, yet sensitive, topic in our youth ministries. Here are three solid things to consider as we are tackling this topic in our ministries with our leaders and... Read More
RYM 040: What To Do NOW For Your 2019 Student Mission Trips

RYM 040: What To Do NOW For Your 2019 Student Mission Trips

The end of summer marks the end of mission trip season for most youth ministries. But guess what? It’s time to start thinking about NEXT year’s trips! (Insert shocked face emoji here.) But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. This week, join Brett Talley, Ashley Bohinc, and Erica Schimelpfenig, Executive Director of YouthWorks, for a conversation about what you can do NOW for your 2019 student mission trips—and how you can leverage momentum from this year’s trips to make next year’s even... Read More
5 Vital Things Youth Workers Should Keep in Mind When Talking About Bullying

5 Vital Things Youth Workers Should Keep in Mind When Talking About Bullying

If you’ve spent any time in youth ministry over the last decade (if you’re reading this, chances are you have!), then you don’t need us to tell you that bullying is a hard-to-handle hot topic in the lives of most students. You’ve probably dealt with your fair share of it in your own ministry context. And even if you haven’t yet, a quick Google search or scan of the news will show you just how much bullying is impacting the lives of middle schoolers around the country. It’s a trending topic in... Read More
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