4 Ways to Keep Up with Student Culture

4 Ways to Keep Up with Student Culture

“The time will come when people will travel in stages moved by steam engines from one city to another, almost as fast as birds can fly, 15 or 20 miles an hour…”  – Oliver Evans, 1755-1819. Remember the first time you experienced an Internet connection that was NOT dial-up? For me, that was my college dorm room. We had a “T1 line.” I didn’t know what that meant, but I knew it was fast. It was like a whole new world. I could download a photo without taking a water break. Even downloading a... Read More
3 Ways to Utilize the XP3 Student Daily Devotionals

3 Ways to Utilize the XP3 Student Daily Devotionals

If you’re an XP3 partner, you know one of the components included with every series is a set of daily devotionals to share with your students. These short devotionals come with five days of content and Scripture images created to help your students stay engaged and dive deeper into what they’re learning during each series. The content for each week’s devotionals is developed through the filter of what we call the Four Faith Skills, specific prompts designed to help students grow in four areas... Read More
Movies, High School, And Studying “The Nature of the Beast”

Movies, High School, And Studying “The Nature of the Beast”

One morning in college, I showed up to my 9am class to find the lights low and the opening credits of a movie already rolling (I was part of the one-minute-after-is-still-on-time tribe). It was one of my education classes, and as the opening scenes started, my professor said something I’ll never forget: “If you’re going to do this well, you’re going to have to know the nature of the beast.” That beast was high school students. And that movie…was The Breakfast Club. And to some extent, my... Read More
5 Ways to Make The Most Of Your Youth Ministry Space

5 Ways to Make The Most Of Your Youth Ministry Space

By Ray Milsap, Student Pastor at Momentum Church in Gulf Breeze, FL  The squawks of seagull attacks while meeting under a beach pavilion. The sound of blenders running in the tight spaces of a coffee shop. The squeaking of trampolines overheard at the gymnastics center. It’s safe to say our youth ministry has had quite a few unique and challenging environments to navigate over the years. But every environmental move we have made has been to create more room for more students to be loved and... Read More
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