The What And The Why: Finding A Win In Student Worship

You know why worship matters, but do your students? In today’s blog post, Tyler Rees, a worship leader and XP3 team member, explains how to find the win in student worship.

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How to Answer High Schoolers’ Biggest Questions with Action

High school is all about refining abilities, discovering uniqueness, and developing a sense of purpose. Learn more . . .

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XP3 101: What is an Orange Specialist?

Whether you’re a new Orange leader or a leader who has been using Orange resources for a while, at some point you’ve probably asked yourself, “What exactly is an Orange Specialist?” If that’s you, your answers are here . . .

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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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RECENT POSTS

Women in Ministry: A Spectrum of Positions

Women in Ministry: A Spectrum of Positions

In Episode 14 of Rethinking Youth Ministry, we talked about the unique challenges that women face in ministry and leadership. Our goal wasn’t to argue the theology surrounding women in leadership or define what roles women could/should serve in, but to acknowledge the real tension that female leaders face—whether they’re employed by the church or not—when they try to do what God created them to do. Listen to Episode 14 Regardless of where you land theologically, there’s something we can all... read more
RYM 014: Overcoming Challenges Being A Female In Youth Ministry

RYM 014: Overcoming Challenges Being A Female In Youth Ministry

Being a female in youth ministry presents a unique set of challenges that many women are navigating on a weekly basis. On this episode of Rethinking Youth Ministry, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the obstacles that females in youth ministry are facing. They’ll also talk about the value of having students see women in visible leadership positions and what you can do—no matter who you are—to better support the females in your youth ministry this week.

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Partnering With Parents During A Middle School Sex Series

Partnering With Parents During A Middle School Sex Series

You know what’s on the horizon? The XP3 Middle School sex series, which means  a few things are about to happen. Middle schoolers will act like they’re repulsed by the idea of talking about sex, yet somehow your youth group attendance will sky rocket during this series. Youth pastors will feel the pressure to be culturally relevant so students don’t think they’re lame or out of the loop, yet they have pressure from parents to not say too much about sex. (Yes, to not talk too much about... read more
RYM 013: How To Talk About Sex And Dating With MS And HS Students

RYM 013: How To Talk About Sex And Dating With MS And HS Students

Our students live in a world where sex and dating are talked about everywhere they turn—on the bus, in the school halls, on Netflix, and on social media. Because it’s so prevalent, it’s important for us to talk with our middle school and high school students about it as well. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the best ways to address the topic of sexuality in our ministry environments. They’ll discuss real questions that students are asking, what to say and what not to say about sex and dating, and how you can better equip parents and small group leaders for conversations with students about this topic.

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RYM 012: Navigating Mental Health and Suicide In Your Ministry

RYM 012: Navigating Mental Health and Suicide In Your Ministry

There’s never been a time when mental health and suicide have been talked about more in culture than right now. And with teen suicide trends on the rise, it’s more important now than ever to address this issue in our ministries. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation with licensed professional counselor, Kayla Lin. They’ll discuss how to navigate the topics of mental health and suicide in your ministry, what to do when a student displays signs of suicidal ideation or shares they’ve had suicidal thoughts, and how you as a ministry leader can lead through the tragedy of student suicide.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

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

CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School and Social Media Strategist for XP3's blog...

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...

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

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

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

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