Transitioning to the NEXT:  Moving your Senior Small Group to XP3 Next

Transitioning to the NEXT: Moving your Senior Small Group to XP3 Next

The only thing constant is change. Sure, there are seasons where things seem status quo, but life can change in a moment. For high school seniors, that change is one they’ve been anticipating for months. Just ask them—many have the days, or even hours, numbered. And the issues, decisions and challenges that face a high school senior are unique. Both the weight and freedom of the future are falling squarely on their shoulders. The youth group that has been home to them over the years is going... Read More
Tips On Becoming A Veteran XP3 User:  Make Mistakes and Talk To Others

Tips On Becoming A Veteran XP3 User: Make Mistakes and Talk To Others

(Picture brought to you by Roadsidepictures –  Some rights reserved) I started using XP3 because I was lazy.  How could I argue against instantly having access to prepared lessons, small group questions, and ideas on creating a great environment?  The grunt work was already done; XP3 Students just made sense. All was going well – in theory – until I started my very first series. I decided to kick off XP3 with the “WE” series because I was the new youth minister at my church... Read More

New Dating XP3 Series: Dating By Numbers

By Jaime Handley You’ve made it through the first month of 2012 and you’re ready to dig in with your students. And then February hits—the month of love! In the student world, the flurry of Valentine’s cards, candies and conversation hearts also comes the relational joys and mess of the teenage dating world. So, to help your students get some perspective on the wonderful wide world of dating, we present this month’s series, Dating By Numbers. Here is a summary of this three-week series: Let’s... Read More
XP3 Students February 2012 Ezine:  Create the Environment

XP3 Students February 2012 Ezine: Create the Environment

(Unwrapping Christmas set design picture is brought to you by Mike Edens, High School Pastor NewSpring Church) By Jaime Handley Remember the “good old days” of children’s and youth ministry—felt boards with cut outs of Jesus and burning bushes, overhead projectors and white boards with intricately designed bubble letter words? The times have changed, and so have the expectations and needs of your student ministry. It’s why we include a “Creating the Environment” section with every XP3 series... Read More
Going and Doing:  Reflections on Serving From A College Student

Going and Doing: Reflections on Serving From A College Student

By McKenzie  I’m a college student. So, I’ll be the first to say my life experience is pretty limited. After all, up until recently I didn’t realize that life truly doesn’t revolve around me. And thankfully so. Rather I’m a small part of something bigger; something that requires my participation, not self-gratification. There was no turning point, no sudden realization, no light bulb moment that triggered my desire to go and do. I think I always wanted to be the hands and feet of Jesus like I... Read More