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RYM 079: How To (Not) Emotionally Manipulate Your Students In Youth Ministry

RYM 079: How To (Not) Emotionally Manipulate Your Students In Youth Ministry

There’s a complicated relationship between emotions and faith. And if we’re honest, as youth ministry leaders, sometimes it can be tempting to leverage our students’ emotions to help them make big faith and life decisions. But is that necessarily a bad thing? Join us this week as we talk about how we can avoid accidentally emotionally manipulating our students, and what it looks like for our students’ emotions to play a healthy role in their lives and faith going forward.

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RYM 078: Can MS & HS Students Thrive In A Combined Youth Ministry Environment?

RYM 078: Can MS & HS Students Thrive In A Combined Youth Ministry Environment?

There are tons of differences between a 6th grader and a senior in high school. Can they both thrive in the same environment? Can they both thrive in the same environment? That’s the question we’re wrestling with this week. In our conversation, we discuss the developmental differences between MS and HS students, the importance of varied communication styles, and unique ways we can connect with each phase inside and outside of large group.

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RYM 077: Why You Need To Market Your Youth Ministry

RYM 077: Why You Need To Market Your Youth Ministry

For many of us, the word “marketing” conjures up unsettling, slightly slimy images of trying to sell people things they don’t need. But the truth is, marketing doesn’t have to be this way! That’s why this week, we’re talking about a different kind of marketing—the generous kind that invites people to be a part of something great. In our conversation, we discuss why your ministry needs to start marketing and how it can help you spread the message of God’s love to more people than ever before.

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RYM 076: What Can We Do About Student Anxiety As Youth Ministry Leaders?

RYM 076: What Can We Do About Student Anxiety As Youth Ministry Leaders?

Anxiety among middle school and high school students has been rising rapidly in recent years. In fact, anxiety disorders are now the most common mental illnesses among students, affecting about 25 percent of all teens—and these are just the reported cases. That’s why this week, we sit down with Licensed Professional Counselor, Kayla Lin, along with Sara Shelton and Marquise Cox, to talk about why student anxiety is on the rise and what we can do as youth leaders to walk with and support students struggling with anxiety right now.

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The One Free Thing You Can Do for Your Graduates

The One Free Thing You Can Do for Your Graduates

This post appeared first at CrystalCChiang.com. We’ve started the countdown. In less than 12 months, my small group of teenage girls will have our last official, formal small group conversations. When I think about that, I can’t help but remember my very first group and how that conversation caught me off-guard, how I prepared exactly zero emotionally for the impact that moment would have. So, in what may be a vast overreaction, I’m already planning that conversation now. Some parts I’ll never... read more
RYM 073: What Reggie Joiner is Rethinking About Youth Ministry

RYM 073: What Reggie Joiner is Rethinking About Youth Ministry

Welcome to Season 3 of the Rethinking Youth Ministry podcast! Today our host, Sarah Anderson, is joined by the founder and CEO of Orange, Reggie Joiner, and Orange’s executive director of student strategy, Crystal Chiang, to talk about some crucial ideas to consider when gearing up for a brand new youth ministry school year.

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RYM 072: What Should Your Youth Ministry Be Doing Over The Summer?

RYM 072: What Should Your Youth Ministry Be Doing Over The Summer?

As the school year comes to an end and with summer quickly approaching, it’s easy to become a little more relaxed in our youth ministries. But is that a good thing? Should we really be slowing things down over the summer, or is this the time to invest more in our connections with students? In this episode, join ministry leaders as they discuss the pros and cons of summer programming and what it looks like to implement an effective summer strategy.

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RYM 071: Supporting Lower-Income Students and Families in Youth Ministry

RYM 071: Supporting Lower-Income Students and Families in Youth Ministry

Economic diversity exists everywhere. Which means, if we’re hoping to connect with every student in our community, we must consider the unique ways we can support and serve students of various economic backgrounds—including those from lower-income families. On this episode, join us for an honest conversation about what it looks like to minimize assumptions, partner with parents, and best serve students in lower-income situations.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

Crystal currently leads the XP3 High School initiative at Orange. Before that, she spen...

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

Tyler is the Project Manager working to keep the XP3 Middle School team in line and on tim...

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003...

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, is the co-host of...

CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School at Orange and one of the hosts and producers...

Jamey DickensJamey Dickens

Jamey is a pastor, speaker, and writer of student content for North Point Ministries in Atla...

Sara SheltonSara Shelton

Sara is a writer and communicator who has been serving in student and small group ministry s...

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

Brett Talley is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after 11 years in full time minis...

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