RYM 046: Reaching Students During The Week

We all know it’s important to connect with students during our weekly programs. But what about the rest of the week? The truth is, sometimes we spend so much time focusing on our weekly programming, we forget about the opportunities we have to reach students throughout the week. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about why reaching students during the week matters and what you can do to inspire your volunteers to invest in their students outside of weekly programming.

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EPISODE RECAP

  • What is the purpose of showing up randomly in a student’s life? (4:00)
  • It’s not about us seeing students; it’s about students seeing us. (8:00)
  • Connect with your students throughout the week by using a group message app. (20:00)
  • How do you create accountability with your Small Group Leaders to reach out to their students during the week? (23:30)
  • What you celebrate gets repeated. (25:00)
  • Invite students into things you are already doing. (32:30)
  • Talk about your rosters, not just your attendance. (33:00)
  • Show up predictably. Show up mentally. Show up randomly. (36:00)

RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE

Book: Lead Small by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas
Book: The Thirty Challenge
Podcast: RYM Episode 15 How To Measure Success In Your Youth Ministry

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VOICES IN THIS EPISODE

BRETT TALLEY

BRETT TALLEY

Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing 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).

TOM SHEFCHUNAS

TOM SHEFCHUNAS

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.

CRYSTAL CHIANG

CRYSTAL CHIANG

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.

ELLOA DAVIS

ELLOA DAVIS

Elloa has been working with Orange in some form or fashion since graduating from Furman University, and is currently the Director of Small Group Curriculum for 252 Kids. She loves helping churches create environments where kids are excited to engage with their Creator. Elloa and her husband, Mike, live north of Atlanta, Georgia, and have been married since 2007. Together they’re raising a sweet, precocious little girl and two cats.

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