2016 Year-End Review: Colton Key

2016 Year-End Review: Colton Key

The end of the year is a great time to pause, take a breath, and reflect. It’s a chance to celebrate the wins, take note of the setbacks, and make plans to improve in the New Year. And this practice of pausing and reflecting isn’t just helpful in our personal lives; it’s helpful for our ministries as well. That’s why we reached out to a few of our amazing XP3 Partners to see if they’d be willing to answer a few questions about their year in student ministry.... Read More
Processing Tragedy & Grief as a Student Ministry Leader

Processing Tragedy & Grief as a Student Ministry Leader

One of the things I love about my job as an XP3 Orange Specialist is resourcing those who reach out to us looking for some help. As a Pastor in a local church for 11 years before doing this, I remember how amazing it was to reach out to someone for resources and then receive a smorgasbord of delicious ministry treats. Just this past week I got an email from someone looking for some resources. But he wasn’t looking for anything about recruiting, training, sweet game ideas, or any of the other... Read More
We Are Your Team

We Are Your Team

Behind every great leader is a great team. A great team makes a leader more effective. But many churches aren’t large enough to afford a full-time student pastor, much less a full team. But what if your curriculum could help? What if your curriculum could provide more than just great sermons? What if your curriculum could give you an entire team? Well, here at XP3 WE are YOUR team. Our XP3 curriculum teams are made up of current and former student pastors, student ministry staff members, and... Read More
How to Say No and Set Boundaries as a Ministry Leader

How to Say No and Set Boundaries as a Ministry Leader

Have too much to do? Feeling stretched by the length of your to-do list? Welcome to ministry! In a world where just about anything can be included in your job description, how do you keep it all manageable? Are there things we simply must do? Is it okay to say “no” to some requests? How do you decide which to say “yes” to and which to say “no” to? Today we’re excited to share an audio recording of a breakout that Tom Shefchunas led at a recent Orange... Read More
4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

Social media is an essential form of communication for your student ministry. But it can be overwhelming. Tweet this. Post that. Snap this. Pin that. Send this. Upload that. You barely have the time to prepare for what’s happening this Sunday in your student environment, let alone the time to engage with what’s happening on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or one of the other 10,000 social media apps. But just because it’s overwhelming doesn’t mean it’s not... Read More