RYM 005: What Every Youth Leader Wishes They Could Ask Jon Acuff

What tools do you use to memorize your content when you speak? What should youth leaders stop doing when it comes to social media? How can I get better at communicating each week? How do you feel about queso coming to Chipotle? These are the questions that every youth leader wishes they could ask Jon Acuff! Listen to today’s episode to find out what Jon has to say about these questions and more in a conversation with ministry leaders.

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What you’re going to do doesn’t matter. What you did does. (3:30)

Never show an empty event on social media. It verifies to every kid who didn’t come that they made the right decision. (7:15)

Get parents engaged and involved when it comes to social media. (7:30)

Use social media to connect with your kids. (9:00)

To connect with a kid over music, parents can share a Spotify account with them. (9:30)

How often should a Small Group Leader talk to a parent of one of their few? What does a parent need to know about their kid from their Small Group Leader? (14:30)

You never want a parent of one of your students to be surprised about something. (16:00)

What tools do you use to memorize your talks when you speak? (18:00)

When you try new stuff, it’s okay to have notes. (21:00)

Find a fresh way to revisit topics that matter. (21:30)

How do I get better at communicating to students every week? (22:30)

Public speaking isn’t giving a speech. It’s serving. (24:30)





Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his smoking hot wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).



Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of six books including his most recent, Finish: Give yourself the gift of done. For over 20 years he’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. In addition, Jon is also a big proponent of social media with blogs that have been read by 4 million people and almost 300,000 twitter followers. Jon lives with his wife Jenny and two daughters in Franklin, TN.



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.



Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, co-host of The Think Orange Podcast, and co-author of The Art of Group Talk. She’s worked with students in public education, athletic, and ministry settings since 2005. Ashley is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating onstage, developing leaders, working with students, and engaging in world missions. Additionally, she’s the USA Director of Carry 117. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.

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Orange Conference 2018