Cultivating Community

Cultivating Community

By Kristie McCollister Student ministry is hard. It often feels like it competes with so many other things in a student’s life: culture, school, extra curricular activities, friends, etc. But what we need to remember is that church (and by church, I mean the Body of Christ) offers something students don’t easily find anywhere else—authentic community. Church offers students a place to come together to learn and grow in their faith, to wrestle with doubts and celebrate victories, to pose... Read More

From the XP3 Team – December

by Jaime Handley A Gift for You!  Tis the season! And as we approach the time of giving and receiving, we want to give you, our XP3 partners, a small gift to help you as you plan and vision cast for 2012. The Resolutions Stand Alone XP is an opportunity for you to hit pause and take a look at what you want to see happen in your youth ministry over the next 6-12 months. It’s a chance for you to get together with your senior pastor, associate pastor(s), volunteer teams and even your students to... Read More
XP3 Students Scope and Cycle

XP3 Students Scope and Cycle

Choice has been a part of who we are here at XP3 Students from the very beginning. Five years ago, we launched this resource with flexibility as a predominant characteristic—we wanted you to be able to choose what you wanted to teach, when you wanted to teach it. However, we also realize that sometimes too much choice can be overwhelming. So, in order to help you plan out your year in a way that helps you really impact your students, we have created the XP3 Students Scope and Cycle. The XP3... Read More
What We Found Out

What We Found Out

By Abbie Smith and Tim Walker An encouraging word is a big deal. It can change the whole course of your day. It can shift the way you see something or someone. It can give you the fuel to keep going. And several encouraging words? Well, when that happens, you just have to share the news with someone. Recently, we received some encouraging words from a group whose opinion we value very highly—our XP3 College partners. We sent out a survey this past summer to find out how our partners are using... Read More

Importance of Community In Youth Ministry

By Ben Read  Odds are you have heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. My wife and I have not entered the phase of life where we have children, but I know this statement to be true. I know it to be true because as a youth pastor, the same principle applies, whether we take advantage of it or not. For several years, I worked as a youth pastor in small churches in small communities, and I loved it. But one of the things I can look back on and see is that I did not produce the... Read More