RYM 014: Overcoming Challenges Being A Female In Youth Ministry

Being a female in youth ministry presents a unique set of challenges that many women are navigating on a weekly basis. On this episode of Rethinking Youth Ministry, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the obstacles that females in youth ministry are facing. They’ll also talk about the value of having students see women in visible leadership positions and what you can do—no matter who you are—to better support the females in your youth ministry this week.

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What challenges have you faced as a female in youth ministry? (3:30)

Stereotypes for what women are and aren’t good at exist. (5:30)

There is so much value in having students see women lead. (7:45)

Kids can only be what they can see, and they will never be what they can’t see. (9:15)

When do healthy boundaries unintentionally inhibit women in youth ministry? (12:30)

What are some challenges and pressures that female communicators face? (17:00)

Know what you’re good at and own it. (21:30)

Don’t settle for a role just because it’s the one you are offered. (21:45)

Find community with other women in youth ministry. (23:00)

We, as females in youth ministry, need to be each other’s biggest fans. (23:15)

Males who are leading females in youth ministry: Who is a female that you see something in? What can you do to mobilize her to use what God has gifted her with? (25:30)

The only thing that will change the way females are viewed in youth ministry is the way that males treat them. (26:00)

Women represent part of the image of God. If students don’t see women represented, they will miss seeing a part of what God is like. (31:30)

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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.



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.



Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, co-host of The Think Orange Podcast, and co-author of 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. 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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