Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Did you take your students on a mission trip this summer? If so, stop what you’re working on for the fall and take these 3 important steps RIGHT NOW to ensure this summer’s mission trips leave a lifelong impression on your students . . .

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Why Should Churches Consider Having a Unique Middle School Ministry? (An Interview with Tom Shefchunas)

“Nobody would actually say they put middle schoolers on a shelf and forget about them, they just haven’t created a place for them.” Hear more from Tom Shefchunas [VIDEO] . . .

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High School Crisis Conversation Guides for Parents and SGLs

With the growing conversation around suicide, mental illness, and even shows like 13 Reasons, it’s becoming even more important for us to support our students and help them navigate any crisis they may be facing. Download the FREE High School Crisis Conversation Guides for Parents and SGLs . . .

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What do middle schoolers need most? (An Interview with Brooklyn Lindsey)

What do middle schoolers need most? Check out how Brooklyn Lindsey answers this question. Great interview!

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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 for you. In today’s episode, listen as ministry leaders wrestle with defining what it means to get better personally, and discuss the importance of knowing, understanding, and leading yourself along the way.

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3 Ways to Help High Schoolers Relate to God

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One of the incredible things about a relationship with God is the way He has something unique to show us at every phase. Just like the same dad would respond differently to his three-year-old than his 13-year-old, our heavenly Father seems to respond in different ways at different times so we can better understand how completely He loves us. High school is a time to test the limits. And teenagers in high school are ready for new experiences and desire greater independence from authority.... read more
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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? If you’re tired of losing your high school students, today’s episode is for you. Listen as former teachers and ministry leaders discuss this uncomfortable problem along with potential solutions to keep our students engaged in our ministries.

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RYM 001: How do I get my lead pastor to…?

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 new budget item, or something else, you know how challenging it can be. In today’s episode, listen as ministry veterans unpack the right and wrong ways to approach your senior leadership.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

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

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 and Social Media Strategist for XP3's blog...

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

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

Jeremy ZachJeremy Zach

Jeremy aka JZ spent 9 years as a paid, professional youth pastor in the local church. Now J...