Surviving “The Talk” in Middle School Ministry

Surviving “The Talk” in Middle School Ministry

By Shane Sanchez, Pastor of Youth Ministries at MISSION Community Church in Gilbert, AZ  Is there anything with more potential for awkwardness than talking about sex with a room full of middle schoolers? Probably not! Awkward as it may be, it’s one of the most important and influential conversations you can guide your students through. In my experience, there are a few things you can do to help you get through it with as few awkward moments as possible. So as you’re preparing for “the talk”... Read More
RYM 049: Why You Should Never Talk About Purity Again

RYM 049: Why You Should Never Talk About Purity Again

For so long, the Church has approached the topics of sex and sexuality through the lens of purity. But with all the baggage associated with the word purity, could there be something better to use in its place? On this episode, join ministry leaders as we discuss the differences between sexual purity and sexual integrity—and how understanding these differences could change the way we lead students. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | SoundCloud | Spotify EPISODE RECAP We disregard... Read More
RYM 048: Setting Up Second-Semester Seniors to Win In Youth Ministry

RYM 048: Setting Up Second-Semester Seniors to Win In Youth Ministry

When second semester of senior year rolls around, most seniors start quitting things as the end of high school approaches. Some quit certain classes, some quit certain friendships, and some even quit church. On this episode, join Gerald Fadayomi, Marquise Cox, Crystal Chiang, and Sarah Anderson for a conversation on what youth workers can do to help second-semester seniors win—and not quit—as they prepare for graduation and the next chapter in their lives. How to listen: iTunes | Google Play |... Read More
RYM 047: Building Parent Buy-In For Your Youth Ministry

RYM 047: Building Parent Buy-In For Your Youth Ministry

There are all different kinds of parents in youth ministry: helicopter parents, parents who don’t even know their kid attends church, and everything in-between. But no matter where your students’ parents land, there are things every youth leader can do to support parents through the middle school and high school phases. This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation about what it looks like to partner with parents in a way that builds more parent buy-in for your youth ministry. How... Read More
Trending: The Strategy Behind These Standalone Messages

Trending: The Strategy Behind These Standalone Messages

Something in the XP3 Middle School world that we’re really excited about is a series of standalone messages called Trending. Throughout our Fall 2018 – Summer 2019 one-year scope, we’re tackling topics in this series that are trending in the world of middle schoolers—things like bullying, race, suicide, self-harm, and more. Our hope in each of these messages is to not only engage the conversations from a faith perspective, but to help students see that church really can be the safest place to... Read More
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