New Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners

New Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners

If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “Scope & Cycle” or our reasoning behind having one, let me encourage you to head over to the XP3 101 post about it from this past March. The purpose of this blog isn’t just to rehash all of that golden information, but rather to inform you of some awesome information and documents about our updated Scope & Cycle resources. What’s New Our previous Scope & Cycle was dated from 2015 through 2018. Our new Middle School and High School Scope &... Read More
XP3 101 | Differences between XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School

XP3 101 | Differences between XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School

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. I have a confession to make: The 6th grade was the first year that I ever wore jeans. Whew. I feel better. Not only that, but I wore the same pair of jeans. Every. Single. Day. All winter long. Before 6th grade, I just couldn’t let go of the glorious comfort that was my stretchy waisted pants. I guess the pressures of being “that... Read More
XP3 101 | Small Groups

XP3 101 | Small Groups

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, I’m Brett! I’m an Orange Specialist here at Orange and I’ve been a youth pastor and a small group leader for a bunch of years, too. And because I’m so passionate about small groups and leading small group leaders, I want to take just a few minutes today to tell you about the resources that XP3 offers to help student pastors... Read More
13 Ways to Prevent SGL Burnout In Your Student Ministry

13 Ways to Prevent SGL Burnout In Your Student Ministry

We’ve all had ‘the talk.’ No, not that talk. I’m talking about the one that is prompted by a volunteer catching you on a Sunday and asking if you have time to chat this week. You say yes, but you don’t want to because you know what they want to talk about: They’re done. Sometimes volunteers stop serving for valid, unavoidable reasons, like moving away. Often, the reasons are circumstantial: busy season of life, trouble balancing their schedule, overwhelmed by the amount of time that the role... Read More
Processing Tragedy & Grief as a Student Ministry Leader

Processing Tragedy & Grief as a Student Ministry Leader

One of the things I love about my job as an XP3 Orange Specialist is resourcing those who reach out to us looking for some help. As a Pastor in a local church for 11 years before doing this, I remember how amazing it was to reach out to someone for resources and then receive a smorgasbord of delicious ministry treats. Just this past week I got an email from someone looking for some resources. But he wasn’t looking for anything about recruiting, training, sweet game ideas, or any of the other... Read More