XP3’s December Featured Series:  Thrill of Hope

XP3’s December Featured Series: Thrill of Hope

By Jaime Handley Fall colors and pumpkin décor are changing the landscape around us. Churches are posting signs about harvest festivals. Christmas trees are even starting to pop up at mall entrances. And while this may feel unusually early, believe it or not, the change from summer to fall happens every year at the same time—and it always comes too early (well, for some of us). So, to keep up with the trending pattern, we are presenting to you with not one, but two months early—our latest... Read More
XP3 Students Poll:  How Do You Spend Your Time?

XP3 Students Poll: How Do You Spend Your Time?

One word that describes a youth pastor’s schedule is busy.  Some weeks, it is difficult prioritizing what is most important and what to spend a good chuck of your time doing.  The XP3 team thought it would be fun to poll our users and ask:  In any given youth ministry week, how do you spend most of your time?   [polldaddy poll=6563419]   What are big time wasters for youth pastors? If you have unlimited time in your ministry week, what would you spend a large majority of your time... Read More
Tips On Creating An Awesome Student Ministry Environment

Tips On Creating An Awesome Student Ministry Environment

By Neil Hinders Creativity is taking an unique thought and implementing it to produce something of value.  At Greenwood Christian Church, our creative team gives their time and energy to create an environment that enhances the value of each teaching series for our students. We realize that wonder, discovery, and passion (Orange’s 3 dials) are best stimulated through an environment that engages multiple senses; thus, the teaching becomes a multi-faceted experience. Our most recent design came... Read More
Batman, Robin and Inviting Students Into The Bigger Story of God

Batman, Robin and Inviting Students Into The Bigger Story of God

By Joel Larison I recently saw Christopher Nolan’s last installment of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Dark Knight Rises.  The movie was all that I wanted it to be. Suspenseful. Frightening. Stylistically action-packed. Heart wrenching. Director Christopher Nolan had a decision to make as he closed out his epic trilogy–how would he wrap it up? Batman’s death? Gotham’s demise? Or leave the door open on Batman’s crime fighting ways for many more sequels to ensure millions of dollars for decades... Read More

XP3 Students Hangout: Reactivating the Family in Student Ministry

XP3 Students  had the privilege to test a google hangout with Michael Bayne (Student and Family Pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN) and Andy Broad (Director of Student Ministries @ Eastern Hills Wesleyan in Buffalo, NY).  In our hangout, we discussed the realities of reactivating the family in our student ministry context.  I (Jeremy) asked both Mike and Andy a few questions: –  When ministering to the family how does this impact your student ministry? –  How do we... Read More