3 Vital Elements for Every Student Talk

3 Vital Elements for Every Student Talk

This post is brought to you by Speaking To Students, the first online community created specifically for men and women who communicate to students on a consistent basis. Learn more at SpeakingToStudents.com. One of the most challenging and frustrating parts about communicating to students is wondering whether or not you did well. You put in the work, deliver the talk, and then walk off the stage and think, “I wonder how that went.” How do you know if you were engaging? How do you know if you... Read More
XP3 101 | What is XP3?

XP3 101 | What is XP3?

Hey there! My name is Ben and I’m the Creative Director for XP3 High School here at Orange! Starting today, we’ve decided to try something new here on the XP3 blog: a series of posts we’re calling XP3 101. These posts are designed to help you… Learn about XP3 for the very first time. Learn how to better use everything XP3 provides (even if you’ve been using it for years). Cool? Cool. So let’s get started with a pretty basic question. What exactly is XP3? XP3 is the strategy we’ve developed... Read More
All In

All In

What if we could reach more students in our towns… by asking them to participate, not just observe? by asking them to be a part, not just asking them to be quiet and listen? by telling them we need their help, not just telling them to come back next week? Instead of merely hoping that more students will hear about the love of God, what if we summoned more of them to experience God’s love in action? What if we invited students to be a part of the incredible experience that Jesus spoke about:... Read More
Time Change

Time Change

I love seeing student pastors in action with their students. It’s awe-inspiring. Lots of people in the outside world hear the word “teenager” and start frowning. One day I was talking to a guy next to me on an airplane. He asked what I do for a living. For some reason, I get nervous when people ask me that question. It’s hard to explain to someone who’s not in the church world. But I gave it my best shot. Here’s how he responded: “I don’t know how you do that. It’s hard for me to even be... Read More
How To: Flip a Flop

How To: Flip a Flop

One of my countless “flop” moments in student ministry came one Sunday night when I planned a Fiesta-themed party. It was called an “outreach night,” which simply translated to “Relax outside world, there won’t be any preacher time.” So off I went, planning a night that would compel scores of unchurched students to forever fall in love with church. Games. Flop. Funny videos. Flop. No one laughed except the three of us who made it. As part of my grand scheme to elevate the Fiesta theme, our... Read More