Tom Shefchunas

Episode 16

RYM 016: Storytime With Marko – The History Of Youth Ministry

It's no secret that, over time, youth culture has become the dominant culture in our world today. Because of that shift, the way we do youth ministry has also changed.… Read More
Episode 15

RYM 015: How To Measure Success In Your Youth Ministry

It can be easy to measure the success of our youth ministries just by looking at attendance and numbers. But the truth is, attendance tells us more about the school… Read More
Episode 13

RYM 013: How To Talk About Sex And Dating With MS And HS Students

Our students live in a world where sex and dating are talked about everywhere they turn—on the bus, in the school halls, on Netflix, and on social media. Because it’s… Read More
Episode 10

RYM 010: Keeping Pace With Student Culture

If there’s one thing we all know about the culture our students are living in, it’s that it is constantly changing. From the shows they watch and the accounts they… Read More
Episode 9

RYM 009: When To Leverage (And Not Leverage) Culture

What’s happening in culture should be important to every youth leader. Why? Because culture reflects the world our students are part of every single day. In this episode, join ministry… Read More
Episode 7

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… Read More
Episode 6

RYM 006: How Do I Not Quit?

Have you ever found yourself wanting to quit youth ministry? Or, maybe, have you ever wondered what you can do to NOT quit? If you've ever been there before, today's… Read More
Episode 4

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… Read More
Episode 3

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… Read More
Episode 2

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?… Read More
Episode 1

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… Read More

RYM 000: About This Podcast

Welcome to Rethinking Youth Ministry – a podcast for youth ministry leaders, pastors, volunteers, workers, and anyone who cares about middle school and high school students. In our opening episode,… Read More