RYM 034: Setting Up Worship In Your Youth Ministry To Win

Great worship experiences in youth ministry rarely just happen. With so many distractions and opportunities for disengagement, setting up your students to worship in an engaging and meaningful way can be a real challenge. On this episode, join ministry leaders and worship leaders as they discuss leading middle schoolers and high schoolers in developmentally appropriate ways, creating a culture of worship for your students, and what it takes to set up worship in your youth ministry to win.

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What is the difference between worshipping with students and worshipping with adults? (4:00)

When leading middle schoolers in worship, remember to use concrete language and give examples of what the words they are singing mean to them. (5:00)

Connect the dots of what they’re singing and how it applies to their life. (6:00)

Teach students what the lyrics of a song means before you actually sing it. (7:00)

By teaching them what the songs they are singing mean, you are building a culture of worship early on. (8:00)

High schoolers want something that is authentic, and when they see an adult modeling worship in an authentic way, they want to be part of that, too. (17:00)

When a teenager stands in front of their peers to lead in any capacity, their peers are more likely to engage. (17:30)

Ask your students which songs they want to sing in your ministry, and then sing them. (24:00)

Help eliminate distractions during worship through your transitions. Then your students will be more likely to be engaged during the experience of worship. (26:30)

When two or three people are willing to fully engage in worship, it gives everyone else in the room permission to fully engage as well. (36:00)

Where do you go to find out the latest worship leader uniform? (38:00)


Blog Post: The What & The Why: Finding A Win In Student Worship

Blog Post: Worship Leaders: One Thing To Stop Doing

Blog Post: How to Use the XP3 Students Worship Leader Guide (Example Middle School and High School Worship Leader Guides HERE!)

Trey McKnight’s Suggested Worship Leader Outfit:

Tyler Rees’ Suggested Worship Leader Outfit:




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).



Tyler is the Project Manager working to keep the XP3 Middle School team in line and on time. A Baltimore native now living in the Atlanta area, Tyler has been leading students in worship, communicating in student ministry, and hanging out with the most fun people on Earth—Middle Schoolers—for the last eight years. He’s passionate about both words and music in ministry and gets amped up about helping people get better at both. You can find Tyler most often serving students, visiting the coolest coffee shops, or listening to new music. Neither a cat nor a dog person, Tyler is really just a person person.



Trey McKnight is a host, communicator, pastor, and worship leader who currently serves as Camp Director at BigStuf. Among various other adventures, Trey has worked in student ministry in some capacity for the last 15 years, most recently as the High School Director at Woodstock City Church, one of the Atlanta area churches of North Point Ministries. His intense passion for life, for people, and for inspiring life change in people is remarkably evident. He desires nothing more than to point everyone he meets to the best life through active engagement with Jesus. Born and raised in the south, Trey lives in north Atlanta with his wife, Jamie, and their two boys.


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.

Orange Conference 2018