How to H2GO!

How to H2GO!

By Jaime Handley Before you begin planning the December’s featured series: Thrill of Hope, sit back, relax, and take a drink of water. That was easy, right? But for more than one billion people, a sip of clean water is a nearly impossible dream. This Christmas, we invite you and your student ministry to give something that’s both simple and vital: clean water. XP3’s H2GO! partners with Compassion International to raise money for water filter buckets that can each provide one million... Read More
XP3 Students January Featured Series:  Babel

XP3 Students January Featured Series: Babel

By Jaime Handley I recently heard a news report that was pretty startling: Only 20 years ago, a person could sit and stare at a beautiful natural scene—ocean waves rolling, ducks on a pond, you know, something off one of those inspirational posters—for an average of 14 minutes. That’s it. Just sit there, stare and take it all in. Fast forward to 2012. Now the average, everyday person can sit for only three minutes before they have to check their iPhone, Android, Facebook page, Twitter feed—the... Read More
The 5th Year Leader

The 5th Year Leader

By Chuck Bomar  The big pink elephant in far too many churches these days is the reality that kids will soon be graduating from high school and going away to college—and very few leaders know what they will do to keep in touch with these students. Even if our intentions are good, the pressures of fall kick-off easily sweep our desires into the trenches of our daily ministry with those in our physical presence. Disconnection is inevitable for far too many kids. So, many of us think of new and... Read More
3 Things Every College Student Needs to Hear from You

3 Things Every College Student Needs to Hear from You

by Abbie Smith How many times do you think the average parent tells his or her child, “You need to eat your vegetables, little Johnny, or Jane?” A lot. And how many times do you think it would take to tell an adult this same thing before you’d end up with a plate of smashed food in your face? Probably not a lot. Children need instruction, and adults do, too, but in a different flavor. And no one likes to be repeatedly told what to do all the time. College students often feel like they’re being... Read More
You’ve Got Mail:  Getting Students To Take The Next (1st) Step

You’ve Got Mail: Getting Students To Take The Next (1st) Step

As youth pastors, we want to come alongside students and help them take the next step (or first step) on their journey of faith. But sometimes the hardest part is identifying what that step looks like for each student. Sure, some of the older high school students can articulate their needs and desires in conversation, but they make up only a fraction of my group. Like you, I have the 7th grade girls who pass notes while I’m talking. I have the 9th grade guy who has emotionally shut down... Read More