The Most Important Thing You Can Do With Your Student Leaders

The Most Important Thing You Can Do With Your Student Leaders

With most members of Gen Z being born after 9/11, the most defining event in their lifetime is the Great Recession. Beginning in 2007, this economic era is widely considered the worst global downturn since World War II. Generation Z, says the New York Times, “has had its eyes open from the beginning, coming along in the aftermath of those cataclysms in the era of the war on terror and the Great Recession.1” This helps explain the (surprising to many) embrace of socialism among young voters in... Read More
RYM 044: Engaging Unengaged Students In Youth Ministry

RYM 044: Engaging Unengaged Students In Youth Ministry

We all have programs and events that our students and volunteers love and might be working well. But what happens when that program doesn’t exactly align with the vision of your ministry? Or when you can’t name the reason behind having the event in the first place? On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about why you should kill something that’s working and how you can replace it with something that better aligns with the purpose and vision of your youth ministry. How to... Read More
RYM 043: What To Do When It Feels Like Your Senior Leader Doesn’t Care

RYM 043: What To Do When It Feels Like Your Senior Leader Doesn’t Care

Sometimes working in youth ministry can feel a little bit like working on an island—as if no one else in your church knows or cares about what’s going on in your ministry. This can be particularly frustrating if the person not caring is your senior leader. This week, join ministry leaders as they have a conversation with Clay Scroggins, Lead Pastor of North Point Community Church, about what it looks like to reengage and reconnect your senior leadership to what’s happening in your... Read More
The XP3 Students Scope & Cycle Release Strategy

The XP3 Students Scope & Cycle Release Strategy

Here at XP3 Students, we receive a variety of questions from youth workers such as you. Questions like: Are your graphics editable? How would you approach combined groups of middle and high school students? Is it Laurel or Yanny? Well: 1- Middle School, yes. High School, probably not. (It’s a whole thing.) 2- This probably needs a conversation. 3- If you hear high frequencies well, you probably hear “Laurel.” If you can’t hear high frequencies well, you probably hear “Yanny.” On occasion,... Read More
5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

By Jono Contestabile, Student Ministry Director at Crossroads Community Church in Westminster, MD I’ve always defaulted to the descriptor of “special needs.” The way I see it, or rather have come to see it after eight years of involvement in various special needs ministries, needs are the common denominator of all people. It just so happens that certain individuals have different, or perhaps more unique, and occasionally more demanding needs. I hate admitting my needs. Don’t you? From needing... Read More
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