From the XP3 Team – November

From the XP3 Team By Jaime Handley By now, your year is in full swing and so is ours! Hopefully, amidst all the fun fall activities, you have been able to spend valuable time with your students (and your own families) while walking through corn mazes, picking out pumpkins and sitting around bonfires. The fall season lends itself to casual time to invest in your students. It’s this relational youth ministry contact work that makes all the difference in becoming a trusted partner with your... Read More
50 First Dates

50 First Dates

 by Stuart Hall Sometimes what was intended for mindless laughs presents a picture of a troubling reality that all of us as youth leaders should heed. It all depends on your perspective. Consider if you will the soul-shaking motion picture 50 First Dates… OK. Soul shaking is a stretch, especially when Adam Sandler is involved (In all fairness: Sandler’s performance in Reign Over Me was unbelievable). For those who have not experienced this epic tale, allow me to summarize: Henry Roth (Sandler)... Read More
Why Experience

Why Experience

Experience. Seems like a simple word. One with which we are intuitively familiar. But when was the last time you actually looked at the definition? Experience is “practical contact; it’s something acquired; it leaves an impression.” Why is it then that the idea of “experiencing faith” has become a side note instead of an emphasis? For XP3, experience is not a secondary thought; it’s a priority. Each series includes an XP component. The XP is designed to help your students move past the... Read More
6 Things Heath Krueger Learned From Orange Tour- Charlotte

6 Things Heath Krueger Learned From Orange Tour- Charlotte

The Orange team met Heath Krueger at Chick-Fil-A during the Charlotte Orange Tour.  Heath has  been in student ministry for over 15 years. Heath wrote on his blog (http://heathkrueger.com/) what he learned at Orange Tour– Charlotte. Check out some of the many things Heath learned: (1)  An Orange leader is someone who influences parents and leaders to build faith into the next generation.  Design a strategy that combines the family with the faith community to demonstrate the message of... Read More
The Value of Customizing Small Group Material

The Value of Customizing Small Group Material

By Kurt Halvorsen The dream of every student pastor/point person is to purchase small group material in a box, add a small group leader, and then sit back and watch life change occur in student small groups. Right! That ended up being my approach with the XP3 small group material. I would read through the small group questions and make minor adjustments, but I did not take the time to put myself in students’ shoes and think about what they would experience in small group. XP3 does a great job... Read More