RYM 064: What To Do When Students Find Their Identity In Sports, Band, And More

Sports and church. We’ve wrestled through this conversation before and we’re back to tackle it again. On this episode, join Stuart Hall, Dan Scott, Ashley Bohinc, and Sarah Anderson for a follow-up conversation on the tensions between church and extracurricular activities, what identity has to do with it, and what youth leaders can do for students who find their identity in sports, band, theater, and more.

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EPISODE RECAP

  • Ashley, Stuart, and Dan give updates on their perspectives and experiences on this topic since the first two episodes on the tensions between church and sports. (10:00)
  • Our identity is going to gravitate to what we are good at or where we find comfort and safety. (14:00)
  • It’s an identity issue, not a sports issue. (14:30)
  • There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer for any one kid. (24:00)
  • How can we help parents and youth leaders lead each kid individually? (34:00)
  • When what our kids’ faith looks like matters more than what it is, it’s not faith anymore, it’s theater. (36:00)
  • Transformational leaders are about mentoring kids. Transactional leaders are about monitoring kids. (37:00)
  • We want to teach our students how to think, not what to think. (42:00)
  • Sometimes we lose our identity in something and don’t even realize it until that thing is taken from us. (43:00)
  • You are loved and valued regardless of what you do or don’t do. (46:00)
  • A teenager is only as brave as the stories they tell themselves every day when they look in the mirror. (47:30)
  • We can create a safe place for students to navigate an identity crisis when it does happen to our students. (50:00)
  • It’s the identity crisis that allows God to speak to our teenagers. (51:00)

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VOICES IN THIS EPISODE

SARAH ANDERSON

SARAH ANDERSON

Sarah is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003. In 2007, she joined the XP3 high school team where she now works as a lead writer and content creator. She also a contributing writer to the Parent Cue blog. Sarah lives in Roswell, Georgia, and is a big fan of her husband, her two boys, Asher and Pace, and, in her weaker moments, McDonald’s french fries.

STUART HALL

STUART HALL

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.

ASHLEY BOHINC

ASHLEY BOHINC

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.

DAN SCOTT

DAN SCOTT

Dan Scott is the Large Group Director for 252 Basics Group at Orange. He spends most of his time leading a creative team of talented writers that innovate our large group environments. Prior to coming on board at Orange, Dan served as the Elementary Children’s Director at Ada Bible Church. He enjoys traveling around the world coaching children’s ministry leaders and speaking to kids and students. He blogs about life and ministry at danscottblog.com. Dan and his wife Jenna live in Cumming, GA and have four amazing kids: Liam, Ellison, Addison, and Taye.

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