Getting Unstuck From Depression

Getting Unstuck From Depression

Depression and extreme anxiety can be a crippling state to be in. If you’ve never experienced it, consider yourself fortunate. Chances are, however, in some way you have. The statistics suggest that those in America going through some sort of depression and anxiety is a very large number indeed. There are plenty of things that people would suggest to do. Certainly as a marriage and family therapist, I think counseling is a very wise choice. Still, sometimes the paralyzing effects can... Read More
The Bible’s Big New Home

The Bible’s Big New Home

I will never forget attending The Orange Conference for the first time. You know you are going to hear dynamic speakers. You expect to demo engaging content. What I was not prepared for? How MASSIVE the conference was. People were everywhere. Not only did it make for an exciting buzz throughout the conference, it was encouraging to see thousands of fellow church staff and leaders worshiping as one heart and voice. Orange Conference is a BIG conference! Recently, I got to visit the Museum of... Read More
Creating A Rhythm of Prayer in the Life of a Preschooler

Creating A Rhythm of Prayer in the Life of a Preschooler

I recently wrote a blog post about the value of prayer in my life (you can read that post here). One of the reasons prayer is an integral part of my life is because of the value my mom placed on God’s word and prayer when I was young. As an Early Childhood pastor, one of my goals is to encourage and inspire families of preschoolers as they disciple their little treasures. Creating a prayer rhythm is a wonderful way to create a lifestyle of prayer with preschoolers. There are so many... Read More
Building Momentum in Your Student Ministry

Building Momentum in Your Student Ministry

The XP3 blog is all about community. We are a community of student pastors and leaders sharing ideas, strategies, victories, and struggles. That’s why we’re starting a new blog post series focusing on you, the student ministry leader. Once a month we’re asking you questions about student ministry and sharing your answers with the XP3 community. If you would like to contribute in a future post, send us an email. By Joe Harwell What unexpected resource have you stumbled upon... Read More
Top Leaders Remain Teachable

Top Leaders Remain Teachable

We have all had the volunteer or parent over the years who seemingly pushed against every little thing we would want to do, right? In my early ministry years, I had a lot of pushback from a particular volunteer. It would frustrate me that she acted as if she knew more than I did. After all, I was the leader . . . I was the one with all the answers, right? I would often think she was intentionally difficult and purposely creating problems. After some time and a ton of arguing with God, I... Read More