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RYM 056: Why Should We Care About Race In Our Youth Ministries?

RYM 056: Why Should We Care About Race In Our Youth Ministries?

As youth workers, one of our goals is to prepare students to be a light wherever they are. Navigating through issues such as the topic of race can be a very dark place. On this episode, join Stuart Hall, Sam Collier, Gerald Fadayomi, and Sarah Anderson for a crucial conversation on why we should care about race in our youth ministries. Learn how you can personally diversify your ministry’s context, and your world as a youth worker.

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How to Recruit Volunteers for Camp

How to Recruit Volunteers for Camp

It may still be freezing cold where you are right now, but as student pastors, we already have summer on the brain. Why? Because camp may be in the summer, but signups happen now! And that’s true for students and volunteering adults alike. In fact, pretty soon you may find yourself asking your volunteers the dreaded question: “So, are you coming to summer camp?” We’ve all been there. You make the ask. Their response? Usually an awkward half-nod, a sheepish half-smile, total eye contact... read more
RYM 055: Finding Success As A Bivocational Youth Ministry Leader

RYM 055: Finding Success As A Bivocational Youth Ministry Leader

Being a bivocational youth ministry worker has its own unique challenges. Embracing those challenges can help you maximize your influence on the students you are serving. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation on navigating the obstacles that you may face being a bivocational youth ministry worker, and how you can find success influencing the next generation simultaneously.

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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?” If you’re a youth pastor, you’ve probably been asked these questions before—or maybe you’re asking them yourself. How do you answer these questions? This week, join us as we talk about combating misconceptions in youth ministry, building personal confidence, and addressing the lies we tell ourselves 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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Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

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

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

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

CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

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

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

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

Brooklyn LindseyBrooklyn Lindsey

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

Jamey DickensJamey Dickens

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

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...

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