RYM 035: Leading A Youth Ministry When A Church Is In Transition

Every church will experience seasons of transition in leadership, vision, or direction at one point or another. And these seasons of change can having a lasting impact on the students we lead. So what does it look like to lead our youth ministries well through these transitions? On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about leading through transition, honoring everyone involved through the process, and serving the students in your ministry throughout it all.

How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | SoundCloud | Spotify


How do you lead when you are navigating transition in your church? (2:00)

It can be easy to be hurt or let down during periods of transition. (4:00)

It’s important to remember that transitions in the church have a huge impact on students. (6:30)

Transitions have the potential to erode trust with your students. (9:30)

There’s a difference between what you’re responsible FOR and what you’re responsible WITH. (14:10)

How do you balance honoring your leadership and being honest during periods of transition? (15:00)

When communicating information about a transition in your church, try to surprise as few people as possible. (22:00)

What do you do when you can’t share information about a transition in your church? (24:00)

During times of transition, don’t forget who you follow. (27:00)

While you want to be transparent and honest, you must discern what information to share with your students. (28:00)

As the ministry leader, have a safe place to talk openly about the situation that is completely disconnected from the situation. (29:00)

How do you take care of yourself during a period of transition? (30:00)

It’s not until you fully process a situation that you can experience healing. (37:00)


Going through a church transition and need to talk? Reach out to an Orange Specialist. Visit OrangeSpecialists.org or email Charlie Conder (charlie [at] thinkorange.com) or Brett Talley (brett [at] thinkorange.com). Charlie and Brett are not only regulars on Rethinking Youth Ministry, but also Orange Specialists available for you.




CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School and Social Media Strategist for XP3’s blog and social media platforms. CJ has been leading small groups for middle school and high school students at North Point Community Church for the past 10 years. He also placed 5th in his 8th grade class fun run. CJ and his wife, Teri, live in Alpharetta, GA.



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, 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.

If you enjoyed this episode, we would love for you to rate or review the podcast on iTunes. Your rating and review help us make this podcast better, and help get the podcast in front of other youth leaders and listeners. Thank you for listening!

Orange Conference 2018