RYM 033: Why You Should Kill Something That’s Working

We all have programs and events that our students and volunteers love and might be working well. But what happens when that program doesn’t exactly align with the vision of your ministry? Or when you can’t name the reason behind having the event in the first place? On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about why you should kill something that’s working and how you can replace it with something that better aligns with the purpose and vision of your youth ministry.

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Good things keep us from great things. (1:30)

If you’ve lost the reason why you’re doing a program or event or you know your reason but you aren’t measuring it, it’s time to kill it. (3:00)

Anytime there is a shift in vision or strategy, you need to ask why it aligns or does not align with the new direction. (3:30)

Ask: “Whose needs are we serving best?” (4:30)

We need to be able to articulate our goal as a ministry to know if something is beneficial or not. (9:30)

Decide early on what the values of your ministry are. (11:30)

What keeps us from killing something that’s working? (17:00)

Ask yourself: “Can I tweak this event to align with our vision?” and, “Who do I need to talk to about killing this?” Set a date to kill it to hold yourself accountable. (20:30)




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).



Shane Sanchez is the Youth Ministries Pastor at MISSION Community Church in Gilbert, Arizona. He believes that the next generation will make our world a better place. He’s passionate about developing leaders, investing in volunteers, communicating biblical truths in helpful ways, and learning as much as possible in the process. Most importantly, he loves his wife, Heather, sons, Asher and Oliver, and still aspires to one day dunk a basketball.



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, 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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Orange Conference 2018