RYM 031: How To Keep Your Youth Ministry From Being Shallow

If you’ve been in youth ministry long, you’ve probably heard parents, volunteers, or even other youth workers tell you their students want to “go deeper” in their faith. But how do you set your ministry up for depth? How do you keep your ministry from being shallow? This week, join ministry leaders as they talk about the characteristics of a deep youth ministry, wrestle through some common tensions youth workers face, and discuss practical ways you can take your youth ministry deeper.

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What is a deep ministry and what is a shallow ministry? (1:30)

Oftentimes, we think fun and deep are opposites, but many times they coexist. (4:30)

What are some tensions youth leaders are feeling when it comes to creating a deep ministry? (7:00)

What you count reveals what counts to you. (8:00)

How do you prioritize what you teach to your students? (10:00)

If the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, it means the truth students need to learn doesn’t change either. What will change is the way you present it. (12:30)

There’s a difference between teaching the Bible to kids and teaching kids the Bible. (13:00)

More information does not equal more retention of the information. (15:30)

True spiritual maturity is learning to feed yourself and wanting to feed yourself. (18:00)

It’s one thing to know Scripture and it’s another thing to practice it. (18:30)

What are the characteristics of a deep youth ministry? (25:00)

You have to define what deep means for your context. (34:00)

If you want to go deep in your ministry, you have to figure out who you are talking to and who you are leading. (35:00)



Book: It’s Just A Phase by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy

Podcast: Understanding Teenage Brains With Mark Oestreicher

Book: Teen Stages by Ken & Elizabeth Mellor

Book: Untangled by Lisa Damour




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).



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.



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.



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.

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Orange Conference 2018