From the XP3 Team: I Wish

By Jaime Handley It’s February—the month after the month of new beginnings and New Year’s resolutions. It’s the month when we realize that all we were hoping and planning to do—all the diets, all the goals and all the bucket-list plans—may be less likely and more difficult than we thought. But it’s also the month when we get to reassess how realistic (or unrealistic) those overly ambitious New Year’s intentions are and remind ourselves that it’s the small day-in and day-out decisions that help... Read More

Focusing on Orange 2013: Why You Need to be There

By Jaime Handley At this year’s Orange Conference 2013, the theme is simple, one word even—Focus. We are going to focus on the specific needs and issues that we hear come up over and over again in the youth ministry world. We are going to focus on developing a dialogue and making connections within the national and global community of youth workers. And we are going to focus on you, your team and your ministry needs. But we are asking you to do some focusing too. We are asking you to focus on... Read More
Mentoring Young Men While Building VW Bugs

Mentoring Young Men While Building VW Bugs

By John Albrycht After investing 20+ years in youth ministry, I had witnessed first hand— we were losing a lot of students after they graduate every year.  We had crafted great programs, taught countless hours in large group settings and planned some incredible trips, but when it came to what matters, we had been utterly insignificant encouraging students to have a faith of their own.   In 2006, I realized I had to radically change the way I viewed and did youth ministry.  So I started... Read More
Hacking The XP3 Teaching Script

Hacking The XP3 Teaching Script

By Andy Cornett  You’ve done this. You open up a file or flip through the pages of an XP3 script for the week.  You start to think – how am I ever going to do that? You know it’s one thing to get a tool out of a box; it’s another to figure out how to use it in the best way. At our church, we use XP3 for both our midweek middle and high school programs. That means a basic 3-step process for any series. We read through the whole package and make some decisions about whether to tailor its... Read More
Families Serving Together + Angel Tree = Incredible Ministry

Families Serving Together + Angel Tree = Incredible Ministry

Article by Mike Storts Reggie Joiner states: God isn’t holding up a perfect picture; He’s writing a bigger story. One of the key ways I believe the Orange Strategy invites families into a bigger story is through service. A generation is growing up and walking away from the church because they have found something else more dangerous and exciting. Churches need to offer tangible service opportunities that are dangerous, exciting and messy. Historically, the church I am a part of— offered... Read More