There are tons of differences between a 6th grader and a senior in high school. Can they both thrive in the same environment? Can they both thrive in the same environment? That’s the question we’re wrestling with this week. In our conversation, we discuss the developmental differences between MS and HS students, the importance of varied communication styles, and unique ways we can connect with each phase inside and outside of large group.
- Host Brett Talley, along with podcast guests Ashley Bohinc, Candice Wynn, and Crystal Chiang share their experiences with having a mixed group in youth ministry (1:48)
- The major differences between middle school and high school students that make a shared space difficult (9:58)
- The difference between maturity and development (12:23)
- How we can reach middle schoolers and high schoolers better during shared large group times (23:24)
- How to keep students engaged in a combined environment (26:11)
- How to keep middle schoolers engaged (30:15)
- How to keep high schoolers engaged (39:15)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
Small groups help students dive deeper into a topic they might have a tough time understanding. —Candice Wynn Click To TweetIdentifying a champion for each age group in your youth ministry is a powerful tool that can help you figure out what it looks like to be more intentional with each grade and each phase in the room. —Crystal Chiang Click To TweetLeading a youth ministry with middle schoolers and high schoolers in the same room? Always be thinking about how you can tweak your programming to be more intentional with each phase. —Candice Wynn Click To TweetMiddle school leaders have to find ways to concretely anchor abstract ideas to things middle school students know and understand. —Ashley Bohinc Click To TweetIf you're a leader of both middle school and high school students, you have to be bilingual. You have to speak both middle school and high school languages and be constantly aware of who you’re communicating with. —Candice Wynn Click To Tweet
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
Resource: Phase Guides
Resource: XP3 Middle School curriculum
Resource: XP3 High School curriculum
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
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).
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.
Candice Wynn currently serves as an Orange Students Specialist. After graduating from Florida A&M University and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Candice became an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Since then, she has served as both a Youth and Next Generation Pastor for over 13 years in the Southeast. Candice is infatuated with all things urban and artsy. As such, she and her husband, Maxim, often spend their weekends creating graffiti art, baking cupcakes with their two children, Mason and Sunni, or sneaking off for a date—when they can find a sitter.
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.
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