By the time our students reach their senior year, most of them have disappeared from our youth ministries. Why is that? And more importantly, what should we do about it? If you’re tired of losing your high school students, today’s episode is for you. Listen as former teachers and ministry leaders discuss this uncomfortable problem along with potential solutions to keep our students engaged in our ministries.
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CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School and Social Media Strategist for XP3’s blog and social media platforms. CJ has been leading small groups for middle school and high school students at North Point Community Church for the past 10 years. He also placed 5th in his 8th grade class fun run. CJ and his wife, Teri, live in Alpharetta, GA.
Crystal currently leads the XP3 High School initiative at Orange. Before that, she spent 10 years as a high school teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from leading small groups to speaking to curriculum design. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Alpharetta, GA with an ill-tempered chihuahua named Javier.
Tom Shefchunas is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Previously, Tom was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.
Louie has worked in 5 different churches of all shapes and sizes over the last 18 years, including the last 6 at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. He now serves as the Student Ministry Consultant for North Point Partner churches around the country. Louie loves to help ministry leaders think through what they are doing and help them to connect and learn from each other as well. He lives in Cumming, GA with his wife, Lindsay, and his two boys, Levi and Luke.
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