Rank #1: RYM 018: Understanding Teenage Brains With Mark Oestreicher
Have you ever looked at one of your students and thought, “What were you thinking?” Well, thanks to new discoveries in adolescent brain development, we’re starting to find out. The truth is, a teenager’s brain changes dramatically throughout their middle school and high school years. This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation with Mark Oestreicher about the teenage brain and how we can leverage the development of the brain to set our students up for a vibrant faith.
Jan 16 2018
Rank #2: RYM 049: Why You Should Never Talk About Purity Again In Youth Ministry
For so long, the Church has approached the topics of sex and sexuality through the lens of purity. But with all the baggage associated with the word purity, could there be something better to use in its place? On this episode, join ministry leaders as we discuss the differences between sexual purity and sexual integrity—and how understanding these differences could change the way we lead students.
Nov 27 2018
Rank #3: RYM 002: What Do We Do About Losing Our High School Students?
By the time our students reach their senior year, most of them have disappeared from our youth ministries. Why is that? And more importantly, what should we do about it? If you're tired of losing your high school students, today's episode is for you. Listen as former teachers and ministry leaders discuss this uncomfortable problem along with potential solutions to keep our students engaged in our ministries.
Sep 11 2017
Rank #4: RYM 026: What You Need To Know About Generation Z
This generation of middle school and high school students, known as Generation Z, is unlike any other. But what sets them apart from the generations that preceded them? And how can the Church best serve and influence them? This week, join Tom Shefchunas, Crystal Chiang, Ashley Bohinc, and Sarah Anderson for a conversation on what Generation Z is all about, how they're different from the generations before them, and what that means for us as youth workers.
Mar 20 2018
Rank #5: RYM 058: The Effects of Social Media on Students
Even though the most popular social media platforms might change, one thing is certain: Social media is here to stay. The question is, how is it affecting us? This week, join ministry leaders and Social Media Pastor Dave Adamson as they talk about the effects of social media on our students, how we can better partner with parents in this area, and what it looks like for a student to have a healthy relationship with social media.
Feb 19 2019
Rank #6: RYM 064: What To Do When Students Find Their Identity In Sports, Band, And More
Sports and church. We’ve wrestled through this conversation before and we’re back to tackle it again. On this episode, join Stuart Hall, Dan Scott, Ashley Bohinc, and Sarah Anderson for a follow-up conversation on the tensions between church and extracurricular activities, what identity has to do with it, and what youth leaders can do for students who find their identity in sports, band, theater, and more.
Apr 02 2019
Rank #7: RYM 044: Engaging Unengaged Students In Youth Ministry
Keeping students in youth ministry engaged is a challenge every youth worker faces. And reengaging students who have disengaged is an even greater challenge. The truth is, there are a lot of reasons a student may lose interest in youth ministry. But is there a key to reengaging them or even engaging them for the first time? On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation all about why students become unengaged and how you can begin to reengage the unengaged students in your ministry.
Oct 16 2018
Rank #8: RYM 074: How To Increase Student Attendance Frequency In Your Youth Ministry
On average, how often are your students showing up to youth group? Once a month? Twice a month? Once every six weeks? The truth is, attendance numbers aren’t the most important measures of success in youth ministry—but they still matter. That’s why this week, we’re talking about ways we can start encouraging our students to show up more frequently by engaging them in specific ways through our programming and throughout the week.
Aug 27 2019
Rank #9: 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.
May 22 2018
Rank #10: RYM 086: Creating And Sustaining A Healthy Small Groups Culture In Your Youth Ministry
Discipling students doesn’t happen from a stage—it happens in the context of relationships. That’s why creating a healthy small groups culture is such a vital part of youth ministry—but one that takes a lot of hard work. On this episode, youth leaders and small group leaders chat about the ins and outs of what it takes to create, sustain, and grow a healthy, relationship-based small groups culture in your youth ministry.
Nov 26 2019
Rank #11: RYM 051: How To Handle Conflict As A Youth Ministry Leader
Conflict can lead to uncomfortable, anxiety-filled experiences for just about everyone. So what do we do when conflict arises in our youth ministries? The truth is, there are all different ways to handle conflict—some of those ways are healthy and some are unhealthy. On this episode, join ministry leaders as they discuss the best ways to handle conflict as a youth ministry leader and why it’s important for our students to see us handle conflict in a healthy way.
Dec 11 2018
Rank #12: RYM 028: Should Middle School And High School Be Separate Or Combined?
When it comes to separating or combining middle school and high school ministry environments, there are many factors to consider: ministry size, volunteers, space, budgets, and more. With variables like these, how do we create engaging and developmentally appropriate environments for middle AND high schoolers? This week, join ministry leaders as they discuss the benefits and drawbacks of separate and combined ministries, as well as possible solutions you can begin implementing in your ministry.
Apr 03 2018
Rank #13: 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.
Aug 21 2018
Rank #14: RYM 007: How Do I Get Better At Speaking?
How often do you speak to students? Whether you communicate to students every week, once a month, or just a couple times per year, chances are, as a communicator, you've asked this question: “How do I get better at speaking to students?” Join ministry leaders on this episode for a conversation about getting better as a communicator, and discover practical ways that you can improve as you speak to students.
Oct 17 2017
Rank #15: RYM 030: Evaluating Small Group Leaders
Small Group Leaders are vital to your youth ministry. If we're honest though, keeping up with SGLs beyond the kickoff of the year can be a real challenge. But should we really leave such an important part of our ministry unchecked? This week, join ministry leaders and Afton Phillips, Director of Small Group Strategies at Orange, for a conversation about the importance of evaluating Small Group Leaders and what it looks like to set your SGLs up for success in your student ministry's context.
Apr 17 2018
Rank #16: RYM 004: How Are Middle School And High School Students Different?
Navigating the tension of how to effectively communicate to and connect with both middle school and high school students can be difficult. If you've ever wondered, “Is it possible to address every kid in every grade?” this episode is for you! In today's episode, ministry leaders talk about the differences between the middle school and high school phases, and why it's important to leverage unique opportunities in each grade that you may never get again.
Sep 26 2017
Rank #17: RYM 001: How Do I Get My Lead Pastor To...?
Have you ever tried to get your lead pastor on board with an idea? If you've ever tried to get your lead pastor on board with a new event, a new budget item, or something else, you know how challenging it can be. In today's episode, listen as ministry veterans unpack the right and wrong ways to approach your senior leadership.
Sep 11 2017
Rank #18: RYM 003: What Does It Mean To Get Better?
Whether it’s personally or professionally, there are areas in which we all want to “get better.” And if you’ve ever wondered what exactly “getting better” looks like, this episode is for you. In today’s episode, listen as ministry leaders wrestle with defining what it means to get better personally, and discuss the importance of knowing, understanding, and leading yourself along the way.
Sep 19 2017
Rank #19: RYM 019: Surviving The Constant Competition Between Church And Sports
There are a lot of things competing with youth group attendance, and for many youth leaders, there's no greater competitor than sports and athletics. Whether it's travel baseball, swim meets, or soccer tournaments, when our students prioritize sports over church, it feels like we're losing them. But are we? This week, join Brett Talley, Ashley Bohinc, Stuart Hall, and Dan Scott as they discuss how to survive the competition and how ministry leaders should respond to the growing tension.
Jan 30 2018
Rank #20: RYM 061: Understanding How You're Wired As A Youth Ministry Leader
We’re all wired in our own way, and it’s likely that looks different from the people around us. And while that might seem obvious, what's not always obvious is how the way we're wired can affect the ministries we lead. That’s why it’s so important to spend time getting to know yourself! On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about understanding how you’re wired and how knowing yourself better can help you become a more effective youth ministry leader.
Mar 12 2019