RYM 032: The Benefits Of Partnering With Local Schools

Partnering with local schools as a youth leader or ministry leader sounds impossible. After all, public schools and religion don’t mix, right? While partnering with local schools can be challenging, it’s certainly not impossible. In fact, it can actually be done really well when we approach it the right way. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about what it looks like to effectively partner with and serve our local schools—and the effect it might have on our ministries.

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Is it possible to partner with local schools? (6:00)

There’s a huge difference between going into a local school and serving the local school. (10:00)

As a church leader, you should be at the local school to serve. (11:00)

The way you behave while in a local school will pave the way for any future partnership that school will have with other churches, too. (17:00)

The most common influencers in the life of a teenager, aside from their parents, are their teachers and coaches. (24:00)

By serving your local schools, you can go from being a youth pastor to being a community organizer. (26:00)

“I have gotten more time with parents as a coach than I ever have as a youth leader.” – Stuart Hall (32:00)

Every time you show up, you earn trust from your students. (33:00)

If you’re not serving in a local school, it’s a missed opportunity for your ministry. (35:00)

Start by sitting down with the teachers and administrators in your congregation. (43:00)


Book: It’s Just A Phase by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy

Resource: The No C’ Campaign

Plus, check out Sam Collier’s NEW BOOK: Find Your Voice: Capturing the Power of Influence to Live a Greater Story





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.



Stuart Hall is an influential leader who speaks to thousands of students, leaders, coaches, and parents each year. Stuart has coauthored three books: The Seven Checkpoints: Seven Principles Every Teenager Needs to Know, MAX Q: Developing Students of Influence, and Wired: For a Life of Worship, Leaders Edition. Stuart also laughs incessantly, serves as a volunteer high school varsity girls basketball coach, and loves his wife and three kids.



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.



Sam is a communicator, author and personality. He’s the host of Nationally Syndicated Radio Show “The Sam Collier Show”, Gospel Billboard Producer, Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group, Communicator (North Point Ministries) and Founder of No Losing, Inc.

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Orange Conference 2018