RYM 081: Why Curating FUN Is A CRUCIAL Part Of Every Youth Ministry

If there’s one thing virtually all youth ministries and youth ministry leaders have in common, it’s this: We like to play games and have FUN! But are we just having fun for fun’s sake, or is there more to it than that? In this episode, we talk about why having fun is a CRUCIAL part of every youth ministry. We also discuss how, as ministry leaders, we can lean into FUN to help students break down walls and grow in relationships, leading to deeper, potentially life-changing moments and conversations down the road.

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EPISODE RECAP

  • Podcast guests share the most fun experiences they’ve ever had in youth ministry (1:08)
  • Why fun in youth ministry gets such a bad rap sometimes (6:17)
  • Why fun matters (12:48)
  • What it means to ‘curate fun’ (16:13)
  • The difference between having a culture of fun and curating fun (19:46)
  • What it means for us to be strategic with fun (23:11)

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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).

CHARLIE CONDER

CHARLIE CONDER

Charlie is an XP3 Orange Specialist at Orange after spending the past 20 years working with students in educational and ministry settings. Most recently, Charlie spent 12 years as the middle school youth pastor in a thriving Methodist church in the Metro Atlanta area. Charlie grew up in rural Illinois but has been living in metro Atlanta, GA for the past 14 years. She lives with her husband Eric, her sometimes snarky but lovable daughter, and their three pups.

JEAN SOHN

JEAN SOHN

Jean has been working with students for 12 years. She started as a middle school science teacher, served as a youth leader at her local church, and now currently works at Gwinnett Church in their middle school environment called Transit. Jean is married and has 2 kids.

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 curriculumPreviously, Tom was North Point MinistriesMulti-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.

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Orange Conference 2018