Thirty Challenge

Thirty Challenge

Today I started the Thirty Challenge with my small group. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s the main idea: Spend 30 minutes with God for 30 days. This isn’t something our student ministry requires (although it’s encouraged), but it’s something I want for the girls in my group. Why? Because reading the Bible (the actual Bible and not just devotionals) is important. Because challenging yourself to do things that seem hard is also important, too. Because they’ll never have more free time than... Read More
XP3 High School FALL 2018 SEASON RELEASE

XP3 High School FALL 2018 SEASON RELEASE

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! OK, it’s not Christmas. And, it’s not the day after church camp. But it’s still a pretty good day because the new FALL SEASON of XP3 High School is out today! Watch This: Fall 2018 XP3 HS Walkthrough – Facebook Live Our team is so excited to share what’s been in the works for such a long time. This fall we’re going to be talking about five topics (that’s right, FIVE) that have the potential to challenge your high schoolers thinking and grow... Read More
XP3 101 | The 7 Segments

XP3 101 | The 7 Segments

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 Crystal and I’m the Director of High School Strategy here at Orange. If you’ve been following the XP3 blog, you know we’re in the middle of a series of posts designed to help you learn more about XP3 and how to make the most out of all of the tools we provide. And we’re going to keep that series going today as we... Read More
Shadowland:  A Response to Tragedy

Shadowland: A Response to Tragedy

One of our featured series for the month of July is the series titled:  Shadowland. What do we do if we learn about a tragedy or experience a tragedy firsthand?  This is obviously not fun and at times can feel like we are walking through a shadowland —where nothing seems quite right and there are more questions than answers.  What do we say? What do we do? What happens next? And, how long will it take? At some point, all of our student ministries we face a shadowland. When a crisis or tragedy... Read More
Eviction vs. Extension

Eviction vs. Extension

If I were honest, I’d tell you I don’t really like graduation Sunday. It’s not that I’m against the idea of graduating or of celebrating students who’ve been part of our ministry. It just seems that no matter what we do to make the event feel like a good thing, there always seems to be a hint, a shadow of sadness that goes along with it. I remember the first time I felt it. My sweet twelfth grade small group was graduating and one of them turned to me with wide eyes and welling tears and said,... Read More
Orange Conference 2018