RYM 073: What Reggie Joiner is Rethinking About Youth Ministry

This week, as we kick off Season 3 of Rethinking Youth Ministry, we’re joined by founder and CEO of Orange, Reggie Joiner, and Orange’s Executive Director of Student Strategy, Crystal Chiang. Together, they’ll unpack and discuss several things they’re thinking—or rethinking—about the world of youth ministry today.

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  • What Reggie Joiner and Crystal Chiang have noticed in their years working in youth ministry (2:17)
  • What happens in the period of time between graduation and getting settled into a faith community in a new town and/or school (5:24)
  • Crystal talks about her new book, Starting Now, and how it relates to teens after graduation (7:25)
  • How to rediscover the potential of middle school ministry and change the future (12:44)
  • Reevaluating how success is measured for 11th and 12th grade groups (15:20)
  • Reengaging parents of teens on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis (19:30)
  • What to say to the overwhelmed youth pastor seeking advice on how to care for kids and parents simultaneously (24:31)
  • How to reestablish service as a priority for discipleship (26:45)
  • Recycling content around what matters most (35:54)
  • Why rebuilding a leadership base that reflects diversity is imperative (42:34)


Website: On My Team

Book for parents: 18 Plus: Parenting Your Emerging Adult

Book for graduated seniors: Starting Now

Resource for youth leaders: XP3 Students curriculum (Try it for FREE!)

Event: Orange Tour 2019


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Reggie is founder and CEO of Orange (The reThink Group). He has co-written three parenting books, Don’t Miss ItPlaying for Keeps and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity as well as other leadership books including A New Kind of Leader and Think Orange. Reggie lives in Georgia with his wife, Debbie, and has four grown children, Reggie Paul, Hannah, Sarah, and Rebekah.



Crystal is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at 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.



Sarah is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003. In 2007, she joined the XP3 high school team where she now works as a lead writer and content creator. She also a contributing writer to the Parent Cue blog. Sarah lives in Roswell, Georgia, and is a big fan of her husband, her two boys, Asher and Pace, and, in her weaker moments, McDonald’s french fries.

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Orange Conference 2018