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 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 #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 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 #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 031: How To Keep Your Youth Ministry From Being Shallow
If you've been in youth ministry long, you’ve probably heard parents, volunteers, or even other youth workers tell you their students want to “go deeper” in their faith. But how do you set your ministry up for depth? How do you keep your ministry from being shallow? This week, join ministry leaders as they talk about the characteristics of a deep youth ministry, wrestle through some common tensions youth workers face, and discuss practical ways you can take your youth ministry deeper.
Apr 24 2018
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 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 #11: 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
Rank #12: RYM 046: Reaching Students During The Week
We all know it's important to connect with students during our weekly programs. But what about the rest of the week? The truth is, sometimes we spend so much time focusing on our weekly programming, we forget about the opportunities we have to reach students throughout the week. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about why reaching students during the week matters and what you can do to inspire your volunteers to invest in their students outside of weekly programming.
Oct 30 2018
Rank #13: RYM 041: Setting Healthy Boundaries In Your Youth Ministry
If you’re in youth ministry, you know that creating boundaries that keep you sane can be a challenge. There’s always a text that needs to be answered, an email that needs a response, or a meeting that needs to happen. So what does it look like to set healthy boundaries to help balance your personal life and ministry? This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the importance of setting boundaries and for some practical ways you can begin implementing boundaries right now.
Sep 25 2018
Rank #14: RYM 062: Sunday School Or Small Groups?
Is a small groups model better than a Sunday school model? And should your church really consider a shift from Sunday school to small groups? This week, join some of the Orange students team for a candid conversation all about the benefits and drawbacks of both Sunday school and small group strategies, and how to tell whether or not it's time for your ministry to make a shift.
Mar 19 2019
Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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.
Aug 20 2019
Rank #18: RYM 060: Coaching SGLs To Show Up Randomly In Students' Lives
Showing up for students outside of youth group can seem like an overwhelming task for your Small Group Leaders. But the truth is, when we show up in students lives when we don’t have to—when we show up randomly—it can have a huge impact. On this episode, join some of the Orange Students team for a conversation with youth pastor Katie Matsumoto about coaching SGLs to show up randomly and the potential impact it can have in our students’ lives.
Mar 05 2019
Rank #19: RYM 053: "I'm Just A Youth Pastor" And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves
“When are you going to be a real pastor?” “If you just teach Sunday School, what else do you do during the week?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?” If you're a youth pastor, you've probably been asked these questions before—or maybe you're asking them yourself. How do you answer these questions? This week, join us as we talk about combating misconceptions in youth ministry, building personal confidence, and addressing the lies we tell ourselves about being a youth worker.
Jan 15 2019
Rank #20: 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