Scope & Cycle: How The XP3 Student Curriculum Roadmap Was Formed

Scope & Cycle: How The XP3 Student Curriculum Roadmap Was Formed

If you’re an XP3 Student curriculum user, then you’ve probably heard the words “scope” and “cycle” thrown around a lot. They’re basically the words we use to describe the roadmap we have for our curriculum. Our SCOPE is the comprehensive plan that prioritizes what you teach and when. It basically tells you what we’re teaching now with our curriculum and what we’re planning to teach in the future. It’s the big picture curriculum plan for XP3. Our CYCLE is the plan to recycle or revisit what you... Read More
8 Creative Ways to Use the XP3 Teaching Videos

8 Creative Ways to Use the XP3 Teaching Videos

When it comes to communicating to students, we think your best option (if possible) is to have a live communicator deliver the large group message to students. Even better? Having a live communicator that your students both know and trust! Students are always more likely to engage with someone they know over someone they don’t. But we all know that having a live communicator isn’t always possible for your student ministry. And when that happens, one of the best things you can do is use the... Read More
Five Tips for Talking to Middle Schoolers about Sex

Five Tips for Talking to Middle Schoolers about Sex

Let’s be real. The “sex talk” you may or may not have received when you were in middle school is a far cry from the conversations middle schoolers are having about sex these days. We live in a very over-sexualized culture, and that means students are exposed to sexual images and language at a much younger age than ever before. What hasn’t changed? A middle schooler’s squirrely response to talking about this topic. They may act like they dread it, but attendance is usually at a season high... Read More
Partnering With Parents During A Middle School Sex Series

Partnering With Parents During A Middle School Sex Series

You know what’s on the horizon? The XP3 Middle School sex series, which means  a few things are about to happen. Middle schoolers will act like they’re repulsed by the idea of talking about sex, yet somehow your youth group attendance will sky rocket during this series. Youth pastors will feel the pressure to be culturally relevant so students don’t think they’re lame or out of the loop, yet they have pressure from parents to not say too much about sex. (Yes, to not talk too much about... Read More
8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

Pop quiz for all you student pastors out there! Have you ever stood in front of a roomful of teenagers and felt like you had absolutely no control over what was happening in the room? Have you ever attempted to teach a lesson and walked off stage wondering if the students even heard and processed anything you said? Have you ever tried to engage your student audience in your lesson, but lost complete control of the room in the process? Have you ever just wanted to give up (or at least shout a... Read More
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