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The Most Important Thing You Can Do With Your Student Leaders

The Most Important Thing You Can Do With Your Student Leaders

With most members of Gen Z being born after 9/11, the most defining event in their lifetime is the Great Recession. Beginning in 2007, this economic era is widely considered the worst global downturn since World War II. Generation Z, says the New York Times, “has had its eyes open from the beginning, coming along in the aftermath of those cataclysms in the era of the war on terror and the Great Recession.1” This helps explain the (surprising to many) embrace of socialism among young voters in... read more
RYM 044: Engaging Unengaged Students In Youth Ministry

RYM 044: Engaging Unengaged Students In Youth Ministry

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 your ministry? Or when you can’t name the reason behind having the event in the first place? On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about why you should kill something that’s working and how you can replace it with something that better aligns with the purpose and vision of your youth ministry. How to... read more
RYM 043: What To Do When It Feels Like Your Senior Leader Doesn’t Care

RYM 043: What To Do When It Feels Like Your Senior Leader Doesn’t Care

Sometimes working in youth ministry can feel a little bit like working on an island—as if no one else in your church knows or cares about what’s going on in your ministry. This can be particularly frustrating if the person not caring is your senior leader. This week, join ministry leaders as they have a conversation with Clay Scroggins, Lead Pastor of North Point Community Church, about what it looks like to reengage and reconnect your senior leadership to what’s happening in your... read more
The XP3 Students Scope & Cycle Release Strategy

The XP3 Students Scope & Cycle Release Strategy

Here at XP3 Students, we receive a variety of questions from youth workers such as you. Questions like: Are your graphics editable? How would you approach combined groups of middle and high school students? Is it Laurel or Yanny? Well: 1- Middle School, yes. High School, probably not. (It’s a whole thing.) 2- This probably needs a conversation. 3- If you hear high frequencies well, you probably hear “Laurel.” If you can’t hear high frequencies well, you probably hear “Yanny.” On occasion,... read more
5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

By Jono Contestabile, Student Ministry Director at Crossroads Community Church in Westminster, MD I’ve always defaulted to the descriptor of “special needs.” The way I see it, or rather have come to see it after eight years of involvement in various special needs ministries, needs are the common denominator of all people. It just so happens that certain individuals have different, or perhaps more unique, and occasionally more demanding needs. I hate admitting my needs. Don’t you? From needing... read more
RYM 042: Taking Care Of Students With Special Needs In Youth Ministry

RYM 042: Taking Care Of Students With Special Needs In Youth Ministry

Students show up where they’re wanted. This is true for all students—including those with developmental disabilities. But what does it really look like to create a ministry environment that attracts and engages students with special needs? On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation with special education expert Melinda Anderson all about engaging students with special needs in your community and equipping leaders to effectively serve those with developmental disabilities. How to... read more
Identifying Student Leaders

Identifying Student Leaders

“Imagine a large river with a high waterfall. At the bottom of this waterfall hundreds of people are working frantically trying to save those who have fallen into the river and have fallen down the waterfall, many of them drowning. As the people along the shore are trying to rescue as many as possible, one individual looks up and sees a seemingly never-ending stream of people falling down the waterfall and begins to run upstream. One of other rescuers hollers, “Where are you going? There... read more
RYM 041: Setting Healthy Boundaries In Your Youth Ministry

RYM 041: Setting Healthy Boundaries In Your Youth Ministry

If you’re in youth ministry, you know that creating boundaries that keep you sane can be a challenge. There’s always a text that needs to be answered, an email that needs a response, or a meeting that needs to happen. So what does it look like to set healthy boundaries to help balance your personal life and ministry? This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the importance of setting boundaries and for some practical ways you can begin implementing boundaries right now. How to... read more
Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Things to Remember

Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Things to Remember

Written by Brett Talley, an Orange Specialist, and Mandy Baldwin, a Licensed Counselor for Couples & Teens in Indianapolis, IN As you may have heard, the month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month. So, we want to take a few minutes to talk about why it’s so important that we as youth workers are talking about this crucial, yet sensitive, topic in our youth ministries. Here are three solid things to consider as we are tackling this topic in our ministries with our leaders and... read more
RYM 040: What To Do NOW For Your 2019 Student Mission Trips

RYM 040: What To Do NOW For Your 2019 Student Mission Trips

The end of summer marks the end of mission trip season for most youth ministries. But guess what? It’s time to start thinking about NEXT year’s trips! (Insert shocked face emoji here.) But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. This week, join Brett Talley, Ashley Bohinc, and Erica Schimelpfenig, Executive Director of YouthWorks, for a conversation about what you can do NOW for your 2019 student mission trips—and how you can leverage momentum from this year’s trips to make next year’s even... read more

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Brooklyn LindseyBrooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn is a wife and mother, an international speaker and writer.  She has served as a y...

Jamey DickensJamey Dickens

Jamey is a pastor, speaker, and writer of student content for North Point Ministries in Atla...

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

Brett Talley is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after 11 years in full time minis...

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003...

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, is the co-host of...

CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School at Orange and one of the hosts and producer...

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

Crystal currently leads the XP3 High School initiative at Orange. Before that, she spen...

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

Tyler is the Project Manager working to keep the XP3 Middle School team in line and on tim...

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