RYM 036: What Should I Do With My Student Leaders?

Raising up student leaders in your youth ministry is no small task. In fact, it requires a lot more time, energy, and planning than you might think you have time for. However, it’s actually one of the biggest investments you’ll make—not only in your youth ministry, but also in the next generation. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation all about identifying, training, and empowering students in your ministry to become the leaders and influencers they have the potential to be.

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What is a student leader? (3:00)

Your students have already started choosing who the leaders in your youth ministry are. (6:30)

The biggest influencer in your ministry can be the student you least expect it to be. (8:00)

Leadership isn’t a position, it’s a choice. (10:00)

We need to redefine potential when it comes to being a leader. (11:00)

We’re missing opportunities to raise leaders up because we’re too focused on our programs rather than on our people. (12:30)

If we’re not careful, we’ll be preparing students to live in a world that no longer exists. (18:00)

This generation is more aware of wanting to create impact and have influence than any other generation before them. (20:00)

When it comes to middle school student leaders, it’s all about the “pack” of leaders, instead of the individual. (22:00)

How do you help a middle school student understand the abstract concept of influence? (23:00)

Middle schoolers still really believe they can change the world. (24:00)

If you want student leaders, you’re going to have to give ministry away. (27:00)

Find specific moments within your programming to allow students to lead. (29:00)

Identify leaders, train leaders, and then commit to empowering leaders. (30:00)

Our goal to is to help students become adults who understand that people’s souls matter. (32:30)

What is INFLUNSR? (37:00)


Check out INFLUNSR! INFLUNSR is a interactive experience intended to fuel the next generation of student leaders. To learn more about INFLUNSR, click the image below.



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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).



Stuart Hall is an influential leader who speaks to thousands of students, leaders, coaches, and parents each year. Stuart has coauthored three books: The Seven Checkpoints: Seven Principles Every Teenager Needs to Know, MAX Q: Developing Students of Influence, and Wired: For a Life of Worship, Leaders Edition. Stuart also laughs incessantly, serves as a volunteer high school varsity girls basketball coach, and loves his wife and three kids.



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.



Jamey is a pastor, speaker, and writer of student content for North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to serving as the Director of High School at the Buckhead campus, he is also one of the voices speaking into the content and strategy for all six locations in the Atlanta area. As a long-time friend of Orange, he’s had the privilege of being a speaker, writer, and creative resource for XP3 Student Curriculum. In his spare time he can be found speaking at student events around the country, coaching new and aspiring communicators, and hanging with his beautiful wife Sara and their two children Cashman and Peyton.

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Orange Conference 2018