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

RYM 018: Understanding Teenage Brains With Mark Oestreicher

RYM 018: Understanding Teenage Brains With Mark Oestreicher

Have you ever looked at one of your students and thought, “What were you thinking?” Well, thanks to new discoveries in adolescent brain development, we’re starting to find out. The truth is, a teenager’s brain changes dramatically throughout their middle school and high school years. This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation with Mark Oestreicher about the teenage brain and how we can leverage the development of the brain to set our students up for a vibrant faith.

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Moving In: Four Hacks For A Successful Transition

Moving In: Four Hacks For A Successful Transition

If you’ve been doing student ministry for any length of time, you know that at some point you’re probably going to find yourself at a new church with a new group of students and whole new set of expectations. And those expectations are coming from everyone—parents, students, staff, pastors, and even yourself. That’s why how you navigate the first few months of that transition is crucial to your success long-term. So here are a few hacks to set you up for transition success (and hopefully save... read more
RYM 017: Recalibrating Your Own Faith For The New Year

RYM 017: Recalibrating Your Own Faith For The New Year

The start of a new year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the previous year, set goals for the upcoming year, and refocus ourselves for what’s ahead. But as ministry leaders and youth workers coming out of a very busy season, what’s the best way to refocus and reset as we begin a new year? This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation about what it looks like to recalibrate your faith, invest in yourself, and prepare for the next season of ministry.

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Saying Goodbye: How To Transition Well

Saying Goodbye: How To Transition Well

Sooner or later, most of us will transition out of the role or the job we are in now. As we all know, where we start is hardly ever where we finish. So when the time comes for us to transition, how do we do it well? How do we set up the church we’re leaving for success? How do we make sure the students we leave behind aren’t devastated or bitter? How can we finish strong? Essentially, the question we’re asking is this: How do we make sure we’re minimizing the potential damage of a bad... read more
Year End Review : Podcast Edition

Year End Review : Podcast Edition

Before we take off running full speed into a new year, we thought it would be fun to celebrate where we’ve been this past year! In September 2017 we decided to launch a podcast. Now, we all know everyone and their grandmother had a podcast these days, but our aim was to bring something a little different to the table. And so Rethinking Youth Ministry was launched! With the hope and goal to raise the bar for youth ministry, we’ve had the chance to sit down with some incredible... read more

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CONTRIBUTORS

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

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

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

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

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

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

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

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

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...