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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
5 Vital Things Youth Workers Should Keep in Mind When Talking About Bullying

5 Vital Things Youth Workers Should Keep in Mind When Talking About Bullying

If you’ve spent any time in youth ministry over the last decade (if you’re reading this, chances are you have!), then you don’t need us to tell you that bullying is a hard-to-handle hot topic in the lives of most students. You’ve probably dealt with your fair share of it in your own ministry context. And even if you haven’t yet, a quick Google search or scan of the news will show you just how much bullying is impacting the lives of middle schoolers around the country. It’s a trending topic in... read more
RYM 039: How To Talk To Your Students About Bullying

RYM 039: How To Talk To Your Students About Bullying

If you work with students, you know that bullying is an issue many of them are facing. In fact, recent studies reveal that 1 in 3 students experience bullying at some point in middle school or high school. So what does that mean for us as youth leaders? This week, join ministry leaders and Mitch Young, Principal of Forsyth Central High School in Georgia, for a conversation about bullying and ways we can be proactive about it in the lives of our students. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play |... read more
RYM Bonus: Winter 2018 XP3 Curriculum Preview

RYM Bonus: Winter 2018 XP3 Curriculum Preview

A new season of XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School curriculum just released! Whether or not you use XP3 curriculum, we invite you to join us for a behind-the-scenes conversation about writing and creating great series for students. This season, we’re talking about growing in your faith, forgiveness, Christmas, and trending topics and questions in culture that students are facing. For more about XP3, visit TryXP3Free.com. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | SoundCloud |... read more
The One Thing I Would Never Cut from My Youth Ministry Budget

The One Thing I Would Never Cut from My Youth Ministry Budget

During my first year as a student pastor, I was given an annual ministry budget of $500. Yes, you read that correctly. Just $500 for the entire year. That amount was for 52 weeks of both middle school and high school ministry. So for those of you doing the math at home, that works out to be about $9.60 a week. Yes, you also read that correctly. Given the extremely limited funds, I knew I had to be very strategic on how this money was going to be spent. How much should go toward programming?... read more
RYM 038: How To Have A 5-Star Youth Ministry On A Shoestring Budget

RYM 038: How To Have A 5-Star Youth Ministry On A Shoestring Budget

If there’s one thing all ministry leaders and youth workers can agree on, it’s this: We never quite have everything we wish we could in our youth ministry budgets. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about building a killer youth ministry environment, investing the budget you do have in the right things, and leveraging resources and connections for your ministry—all on a limited budget. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | SoundCloud | Spotify... read more
XP3 Student Daily Devotionals: Now on YouVersion

XP3 Student Daily Devotionals: Now on YouVersion

Picture this. You’re in a room full of students. Maybe it’s your Large Group gathering on a Sunday night. Maybe it’s your Small Group scattered around some couches. Maybe it’s just a few students huddled around a table for a breakfast before school or a late afternoon coffee. Wherever it is, the attention is on you as you’re sharing some important truth with those students. To illustrate your point, you ask them to look up a specific passage in the Bible to read together. You pause, waiting... read more
XP3 Middle School WINTER 2018 SEASON RELEASE

XP3 Middle School WINTER 2018 SEASON RELEASE

I’m so excited to share with you what we’ve got coming your way this Winter in our brand new season of curriculum at XP3 Middle School. We’re covering four very different and super important topics this season that we think have the power to impact middle schoolers right where they are. You ready? Here we go! We’ll be talking about forgiveness in a series called OVER IT. We’ve all been hurt, or wronged, or found ourselves in conflict with another person. Maybe we’ve even been the ones to do... read more
XP3 High School WINTER 2018 SEASON RELEASE

XP3 High School WINTER 2018 SEASON RELEASE

It’s September, but here in North Georgia the high today will be in the upper 80s. So together, let’s close our eyes and imagine cooler weather and lower humidity by talking about our brand new series for Winter 2018! First up: MINE   When it comes to beliefs, most little kids just assume the faith and practices of their parents. That’s why youth ministry is so important. During the high school years, students begin to investigate and cultivate a faith of their own that’s separate from family,... read more

Leading a Volunteer from a Fan to a Raving Fan

We all know that ministry would be next to impossible without amazing volunteers. And from what I’ve seen, most of the work in volunteerism and most of the questions that are asked about volunteers happen on the recruiting side. While that’s great and definitely important, recruiting volunteers can kind of be like dating before you’re married: You’re willing do just about anything to get the person to marry you. In some cases, it’s basically smoke and mirrors in hopes you can trick them into... read more

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CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

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

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

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

ssheltonsshelton

Sara is a writer and communicator who has been serving in student and small group ministry s...

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

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

Jamey DickensJamey Dickens

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

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

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

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

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

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

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

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