Taking A Break: Navigating Summer in Your Youth Ministry

Taking A Break: Navigating Summer in Your Youth Ministry

To meet or not to meet. That is the question so many youth ministries are facing over the summer. Do we keep chugging along doing business as usual so that we don’t lose momentum? Or do we take a break from the norm and do something different in order to build momentum going into the fall? I’m sure some of you like the idea of taking a break from the status quo during the summer, but what exactly does that mean? And more importantly, what would you do? Many student ministries that lack... Read More
RYM Bonus: 2018 Youth Leader Summer Bucket List

RYM Bonus: 2018 Youth Leader Summer Bucket List

What needs to be on your bucket list this summer? What movies should you see? What books should you read? And will Shef ever get as buff as Doug Fields? Find answers to these important questions and more on this week’s special bonus episode, as we talk about what’s on our youth leader summer bucket list. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | SoundCloud | Spotify EPISODE RECAP Books on our summer reading lists: (4:00) The Alchemist The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap... Read More
The Perfect Storm: What Makes a Student Camp Successful

The Perfect Storm: What Makes a Student Camp Successful

On October 28, 1991, a nor’easter off the coast of Nova Scotia absorbed Hurricane Grace and collided with a third weather system. The convergence of those three weather systems was so intense, meteorologists called it “perfect,” meaning that it could not possibly have been more potent. … could not possibly have been more potent… Sounds a lot like student camp to me. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 have been a camper at least once at a summer camp run by a religious... Read More
What YouTube Channels Are Middle Schoolers Watching?

What YouTube Channels Are Middle Schoolers Watching?

Over here at XP3 Middle School, we’ve been reading all we can about Generation Z, with hopes to better understand the recent trends we’ve been noticing among middle schoolers all over the country. One of the most prominent things we’ve noticed as we’ve studied this generation is the increase in middle schoolers’ involvement with social platforms, and especially their involvement with YouTube. In fact, recent studies have shown between 80-95% of Generation Z uses... Read More
The Four Faith Skills

The Four Faith Skills

How do you know if your students are actually growing in their faith? How do you as the Youth Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, or Small Group Leader help students grow in their relationship with God? Is it just about what you teach them? Or is there more? How do we help students make their faith their own? What we do know is there is a difference between… Knowing about someone Meeting them Getting to know them better over time. And just like with people, getting to know God is different than... Read More
Orange Conference 2018