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.
- 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)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
FUN in youth ministry matters, because fun is a universal language. It breaks down walls. —Tom Shefchunas Click To TweetFun often opens the door to effective ministry. —Charlie Conder Click To TweetAny time we can create those, “Remember that time…?” moments, it’s a strategic move that can lead to deeper conversations down the road. —Tom Shefchunas Click To TweetHaving fun leads to memories students can recall when they’re looking for common ground with those around them. —Jean Sohn Click To Tweet
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
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 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 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 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.
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