Five Tips for Talking to Middle Schoolers about Sex

The church should be the safest place on Earth to talk about anything students are curious about. And that includes the topic of sexuality. Nervous about approaching this topic with your students? Here are 5 tips for talking to middle schoolers about sex . . .

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The Three Things You Have To Do in Every Student Talk

One of the hardest things about communicating is knowing if you did well when it’s all said and done. You put in the work, deliver the talk, and then walk offstage and think, “Hmmm, I wonder how that went…” How do you know if you did a good job? Find out . . .

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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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CONTRIBUTORS

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...

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...

Brooklyn LindseyBrooklyn Lindsey

Brooklyn is a wife and mother, an international speaker and writer.  She has served as a y...

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

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

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

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