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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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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RYM 007: How Do I Get Better At Speaking?

RYM 007: How Do I Get Better At Speaking?

How often do you speak to students? Whether you communicate to students every week, once a month, or just a couple times per year, chances are, as a communicator, you’ve asked this question: “How do I get better at speaking to students?” Join ministry leaders on this episode for a conversation about getting better as a communicator, and discover practical ways that you can improve as you speak to students. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | SoundCloud EPISODE RECAP  ... read more
Navigating the Four Phases of High School

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Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and... read more
RYM 006: How Do I Not Quit?

RYM 006: How Do I Not Quit?

Have you ever found yourself wanting to quit youth ministry? Or, maybe, have you ever wondered what you can do to NOT quit? If you’ve ever been there before, today’s episode of Rethinking Youth Ministry is for you. Join ministry leaders as they discuss the reasons many youth pastors feel the need to quit, what you can do to not quit, and what to do when it’s time to move on.

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Navigating the Two Phases of Middle School

Navigating the Two Phases of Middle School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and... read more
RYM 005: What Every Youth Leader Wishes They Could Ask Jon Acuff

RYM 005: What Every Youth Leader Wishes They Could Ask Jon Acuff

What tools do you use to memorize your content when you speak? What should youth leaders stop doing when it comes to social media? How can I get better at communicating each week? How do you feel about queso coming to Chipotle? These are the questions that every youth leader wishes they could ask Jon Acuff! Listen to today’s episode to find out what Jon has to say about these questions and more in a conversation with ministry leaders.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Jeremy ZachJeremy Zach

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

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...

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

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