Navigating the Four Phases of High School

Navigating the Four Phases of High School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and... Read More
Navigating the Two Phases of Middle School

Navigating the Two Phases of Middle School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and... Read More
JULY: The Best Month to Set Goals for Your Student Ministry?

JULY: The Best Month to Set Goals for Your Student Ministry?

July isn’t exactly the month most of us think about setting goals. In fact, July is probably the time of the year when goals are farthest from our minds. After all, we’re a full six months past the goals we set in January and six months away from the goals we’ll set next January. Not only is it not goal-setting season, it’s the middle of summer. And summer means our lives are slowing down for a bit—especially after we get back from summer camp with our students. Maybe... Read More
New Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners

New Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners

If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “Scope & Cycle” or our reasoning behind having one, let me encourage you to head over to the XP3 101 post about it from this past March. The purpose of this blog isn’t just to rehash all of that golden information, but rather to inform you of some awesome information and documents about our updated Scope & Cycle resources. What’s New Our previous Scope & Cycle was dated from 2015 through 2018. Our new Middle School and High School Scope &... Read More
Connect Four

Connect Four

Remember that amazing game where you put red or black checkers into a vertical plastic game board in an attempt to get four in a row? I always tried to be super sneaky and work on a row unobtrusively, but I didn’t win very often! I recently saw a giant version of the game in a children’s ministry classroom, and it made me think of the connections we need to be making with our small groups throughout the summer. Staying connected during the summer is hard. Someone is always out on... Read More