Welcome to Season 3 of the Rethinking Youth Ministry podcast! Today our host, Sarah Anderson, is joined by the founder and CEO of Orange, Reggie Joiner, and Orange’s executive director of student strategy, Crystal Chiang, to talk about some crucial ideas to consider when gearing up for a brand new youth ministry school year.


  • What Reggie Joiner and Crystal Chiang have noticed in their years working in youth ministry (2:17)
  • What happens in the period of time between graduation and getting settled into a faith community in a new town and/or school (5:24)
  • Crystal talks about her new book, Starting Now, and how it relates to teens after graduation (7:25)
  • How to rediscover the potential of middle school ministry and change the future (12:44)
  • Reevaluating how success is measured for 11th and 12th grade groups (15:20)
  • Reengaging parents of teens on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis (19:30)
  • What to say to the overwhelmed youth pastor seeking advice on how to care for kids and parents simultaneously (24:31)
  • How to reestablish service as a priority for discipleship (26:45)
  • Recycling content around what matters most (35:54)
  • Why rebuilding a leadership base that reflects diversity is imperative (42:34)


Website: On My Team

Book for parents: 18 Plus: Parenting Your Emerging Adult

Book for graduated seniors: Starting Now

Resource for youth leaders: XP3 Students curriculum (Try it for FREE!)

Event: Orange Tour 2019

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