3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember, right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid. Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life. Of course you now know that middle school drama, like everything else, won’t matter in a few short years. With the right approach, you can help preteens focus on... Read More
3 Ways to Leverage This Year’s Mission Trip to Make Next Year’s Even Better

3 Ways to Leverage This Year’s Mission Trip to Make Next Year’s Even Better

If you read Part 1 of this two-part list last week, you have already completed (or are on your way to checking off) the first three items on your post mission trip to-do list: A Parent Resource The Follow-Up Surveys  Space for Students to Share  #HighFive !! Read Part 1: Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List Now, let’s talk about three things you can do to ensure next year’s mission trips go even more smoothly than this past summer’s. No, we can’t guarantee there won’t be sickness—viral,... Read More
Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking. Wait. Mission trip to do list? This would have been great to have in May. While it’s true this year’s mission trip season is in the rearview mirror, I’m here to tell you (beg you, implore you) there are just a few more things to do in order to make this year’s trips leave a lasting impression as well as prepare for even better mission trip experiences next summer. In fact, the most important mission work you do is, arguably, right now, right here, from... Read More
XP3 101 | Teaching with XP3

XP3 101 | Teaching with XP3

This post is part of a series of posts called XP3 101. Be sure to check out the entire series! You can check out the previous post in this series by clicking here. Hey! My name is Ashley and I’m the Content Director for XP3 Middle School Curriculum. One of the things I am most passionate about in life and in ministry is communicating to students about the story of God, and the truths of Scripture. That’s why I’m such a big fan of XP3 and why I’ve used it in my own ministry as a student pastor.... Read More