Before we take off running full speed into a new year, we thought it would be fun to celebrate where we’ve been this past year! In September 2017 we decided to launch a podcast. Now, we all know everyone and their grandmother had a podcast these days, but our aim was to bring something a little different to the table. And so Rethinking Youth Ministry was launched! With the hope and goal to raise the bar for youth ministry, we’ve had the chance to sit down with some incredible leaders and thinkers and wrestle with topics that are vital in this day and age. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey thus far. We’re just getting started!
Enjoy a look back at our top 5 episodes from this past year!
How often do you speak to students? Whether you communicate to students every week, once a month, or just a couple times per year, chances are, as a communicator, you’ve asked this question: “How do I get better at speaking to students?” Join ministry leaders on this episode for a conversation about getting better as a communicator, and discover practical ways that you can improve as you speak to students.
2. RYM 002: What do we do about losing our high school students?
By the time our students reach their senior year, most of them have disappeared from our youth ministries. Why is that? And more importantly, what should we do about it? If you’re tired of losing your high school students, today’s episode is for you. Listen as former teachers and ministry leaders discuss this uncomfortable problem along with potential solutions to keep our students engaged in our ministries.
If there’s one thing we all know about the culture our students are living in, it’s that it is constantly changing. From the shows they watch and the accounts they follow on social media, to the music they listen to and the styles that are “in,” what’s considered “cool” in culture seems to change in the blink of an eye. As youth workers, how do we keep up with it? Join ministry leaders in this episode for a conversation all about student culture. They’ll discuss common tensions youth workers are feeling when it comes to keeping pace with student culture and practical ways you can utilize culture to connect with the students you lead.
4. RYM 004: How Are Middle School And High School Students Different?
Navigating the tension of how to effectively communicate to and connect with both middle school and high school students can be difficult. If you’ve ever wondered, “Is it possible to address every kid in every grade?” this episode is for you! In today’s episode, ministry leaders talk about the differences between the middle school and high school phases, and why it’s important to leverage unique opportunities in each grade that you may never get again.
What’s happening in culture should be important to every youth leader. Why? Because culture reflects the world our students are part of every single day. In this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the tensions youth leaders are facing when it comes to leveraging culture in their ministry environments. Through their discussion you’ll discover when to leverage culture and when not to, and how you can begin to prepare students for culture instead of protecting them from it.