Wired:  A 4-Week Devotional Experience For Students

Wired: A 4-Week Devotional Experience For Students

Before I graduated from high school there were certain things my parents wanted me to know. How to change a tire. How to do laundry. How to keep track of the amount of money left in a bank account. There was something about knowing my time in their care was coming to an end that got them thinking about what I was taking with me. As a student pastor, you probably think the same way. Except it isn’t just when you students are getting ready to graduate that you think through these kinds of... Read More
Team Work: When Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry Collide!

Team Work: When Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry Collide!

by Brandy Barr About 2 ½ years ago I moved from the children’s ministry team to the student ministry team at the church I am on staff at in Austin, Texas. I love our children’s ministry team. The pastor and her staff introduced the Orange concept to our church and implemented First Look and 252 Basics. Kids thrived, and parents felt engaged. But as soon as a child was promoted from elementary to middle school, things changed. A different methodology of teaching was used. It was always high... Read More
How To Create A GREAT Middle School Event

How To Create A GREAT Middle School Event

by Clint Nowery One of my greatest memories growing up was attending church camp every summer. Living in Florida meant HOT summers, and the camp we went to was right smack in the middle of the state! That meant no beach, no breeze, just lots of sweaty kids running around all week. One summer that stands out in particular was the year we had to turn the gymnasium into a make-shift clinic because of some bad pizza that was served. Just imagine a couple hundred kids packed into a hot gymnasium.... Read More
DYM Free Resources for Doug Field’s XP3HS Series: Battlefield

DYM Free Resources for Doug Field’s XP3HS Series: Battlefield

Did you hear? XP3 High School and Download Youth Ministry have teamed up! This is GREAT news for youth workers everywhere. “How will they work together??” you ask. Well, we see this partnership like a delicious cake. XP3 is the cake, and DYM is the icing on the cake (regardless of your feelings on cake, stick with us). You need both elements of the cake to have a full and delicious cake experience. You can’t lick your fingers if you don’t have icing, and if you only eat icing it’s not even... Read More
How To Use XP3 With The Lead Small App

How To Use XP3 With The Lead Small App

XP3 paired with the Lead Small App is a very powerful combo. XP3 gives you tools that give you teaching scripts, games, media, parent resources, a teaching strategy and small group questions.  XP3 is designed to save you not only a lot of time but make you look like a rockstar. But how do you actually get into our XP3 site and take advantage of the incredible resources? Here’s a short video you can share with your leaders on how to use our XP3 site so your leaders can download what they... Read More