What needs to be on your bucket list this summer? What movies should you see? What books should you read? And will Shef ever get as buff as Doug Fields? Find answers to these important questions and more on this week’s special bonus episode, as we talk about what’s on our youth leader summer bucket list.
Books on our summer reading lists: (4:00)
- The Alchemist
- The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
- The Hate U Give
- Ten Percent Happier
Movies on our watchlist this summer: (8:30)
Most binge-worthy podcasts to listen to this summer: (14:30)
- Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
- Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
- Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller
- Life After God
- The Road Back to You
- Sleeping At Last
- The Enneagram Project
- Often Ambitious
What do you dread about the summer? (21:00)
What are you most excited about for this summer? (23:00)
Shef, Crystal, and Ashley’s summer recommendations. (26:00)
- SodaPalooza RaceTrac gas station cups (and other similar promotions) make great youth ministry game prizes!
- Check out the most popular YouTube channels currently trending for middle school students HERE.
- Read some books or watch some movies from a culture you are not from.
- Sam Hunt is dropping a new album that you should check out.
That’s our summer over here at XP3. Let us know about your summer in the XP3 Partners Facebook group, and we’ll see you back here in August! (30:00)
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).
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.
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.
Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, is the co-host of The Think Orange Podcast, and co-authored 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, a ministry in Ethiopia which focuses on orphan prevention and family preservation by empowering women. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
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