Theology, Mustaches, and Other Thoughts On A Wonderful World

Theology, Mustaches, and Other Thoughts On A Wonderful World

(image::  All rights reserved by annette62) By Jared Herd I had an Early World History class in college that was taught by an elderly man with the most fabulous mustache you’ve ever seen. It was thick and bristly like a welcome mat, aged perfectly, no doubt grayed by years of deep reflection on the Aztecs and the Byzantine Empire. At the time mustaches weren’t cool.  They were a relic of our fathers and only displayed in black and white photos hanging on your grandmother’s wall, a sign of a... Read More
Orange Networking

Orange Networking

(image by Brandon Schaefer) By Jeremy Zach One of the main traits in my personality profile is “networker.” So, networking comes pretty easy to me. However, I know many don’t know how to do it or don’t enjoy “networking.” It is a lonely journey out there in student ministry, and student pastors need other like-minded student pastors to come alongside them to help resource, pray and encourage one another. Networking with other student pastors is what kept me alive and going in hard seasons of... Read More

New XP3 Series: Fake I.D…

By Sarah Anderson Every once in awhile—okay, probably more often than we admit—we create a series that we anticipate hitting home with students, but also come to realize it hits home with us—the XP3 team—as we wrote it. It turns out we need reminding on a fairly regular basis of the truths we care so much about instilling in future generations. And when that happens, we hope that the message we have worked so hard to make applicable for your group is also one that is applicable, challenging... Read More
Can Student Ministries Really Connect With Parents?

Can Student Ministries Really Connect With Parents?

By Andy Broad For me, partnering with parents in student ministry has always sounded like an awesome idea.  When it comes to implementing a successful strategy, however, things don’t always pan out the way we expect. A student pastor who wants to work with parents goes directly against every stereotype student pastors have been working hard to establish for decades, and parents don’t always respond the way we think they will when we reach out. Let’s be honest, partnering with parents is not... Read More
Contextualizing Curriculum: Moving From Author to Editor

Contextualizing Curriculum: Moving From Author to Editor

I have to confess: my first few years in youth ministry, I was anti-curriculum.  I thought they were overly simplistic, irrelevant, theologically unsound, or worst of all, boring! My stance toward curriculum has changed. I used to think that being the author of my own stuff was the only sure way to express my theological convictions.  But as any good teacher will tell you, even the author needs to edit his or her own work.  Editing is a delicate process of rewording, removing, and... Read More