Shane Sanchez

Shane has been involved in student ministry for over a decade in both volunteer and staff roles. He continues to learn from and be inspired by the next generation. He’s passionate about leading teenagers to find thriving life in Jesus and the continued progress of the local church. He loves investing in other youth ministry leaders, speaking to students and adults, and writing content that inspires innovation. He spent 8 years as a student pastor at MISSION Community Church in Gilbert, AZ and Gwinnett Church in Sugar Hill, GA (a campus of North Point Ministries). Now, he currently works as the Director of High School Content at Orange. Shane’s most important roles are husband and father. He loves his wife, Heather, kids, Asher, Oliver, Elliot, and Mila and still aspires to one day dunk a basketball.


Sometimes a refresh is just…refreshing…isn’t it?   Well, the time has come to refresh two of the most popular collections of standalone talks in XP3 Middle School (MS) and XP3… Read More

3 Characteristics of Great Leaders

Ever wondered how to select the right ministry team? There are 3 key characteristics of great leaders you need to look out for. Read More

Building an All-Star Youth Ministry Teaching Team

Building a teaching team will make you a better student ministry leader. Now, I know. You might be thinking something like: “I don’t have time to build a teaching team!… Read More

Surviving “The Talk” in Middle School Ministry

Is there anything with more potential for awkwardness than talking about sex with a room full of middle schoolers? Probably not! Awkward as it may be, it’s one of the… Read More
Episode 35

RYM 035: Leading A Youth Ministry When A Church Is In Transition

Every church will experience seasons of transition in leadership, vision, or direction at one point or another. And these seasons of change can having a lasting impact on the students… Read More
Episode 33

RYM 033: Why You Should Kill Something That’s Working

We all have programs and events that our students and volunteers love and might be working well. But what happens when that program doesn’t exactly align with the vision of… Read More