The Coaching Approach

The Coaching Approach

In the movie Star Wars, there are coaches everywhere: Qui-Gon Jinn to Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan to Anakin, Obi-Wan to Luke, and Yoda to just about everyone. In X-men, Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X, makes it his mission to coach troubled mutant youth. In the movie Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi coaches a bullied student and demonstrates there is more to karate than fighting. In the Gospels, Jesus coached His 12 disciples so they could be light and love to others. In the book of Ephesians, Timothy... Read More
From The XP3 Team:  Small Group Dialogue Update

From The XP3 Team: Small Group Dialogue Update

You may not know it, but XP3 is part of a larger organization called The reThink Group. And at reThink, we take that name quite literally because we believe that change is good. It’s been the motto for television commercials, self-help books and the ever-changing world of technology. At XP3, we work very hard to bring you all the best to help you win in your ministry—the latest youth research, ways to connect with the parents in your ministry, XP ideas to connect your students to the message... Read More
Pain During The Christmas Season

Pain During The Christmas Season

By Sarah Anderson Christmas—for many—is not an easily navigated season. It is burdened with paradox—powerful hope, joy, expectation—but also brings to the surface long buried hurts, and fresh felt pain. It is a season of contradiction. This Christmas, it is never more true. The tragedy of Connecticut felt deeply personal and brought a sense of innocence lost to us a nation. But in my corner of the world, it seems Christmas this year bears unwelcome news and unforeseen pain, to more people than... Read More
Creating A Space For Your Students To Respond

Creating A Space For Your Students To Respond

By Brian Drinkwine It’s a Sunday evening and students arrive from surrounding neighborhoods at the local student ministry gathering.  As students enter the room, they are greeted by loving and caring adults.   Each student is given a name badge — “Hello, my name is…..” —  with the name of the student in black marker. On the stage there is a simple lighting arrangement that highlights two giant name badges with “Fake I.D.” written on them, which is the name of the new... Read More