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
Breaking Tradition

Breaking Tradition

“Well, this is just ridiculous. There’s a reason certain things are a tradition around here. You are ruining senior year! You are ruining everything!” Maybe you expect that from one of your students. But what if I told you I heard those words coming from the mom of a teenager and that ruining everything meant we were changing where our student ministry attended summer camp? I had expected a few students to struggle with changing the location for camp, but I surely wasn’t prepared to get such... Read More
Making A Tough Call

Making A Tough Call

Have you ever had a student tell you something that left you wondering what to do next? If not, the day is coming. Lead a student ministry for any length of time and you—or one of your small group leaders—will hear at least one of the following: “I went to this party and…” “I don’t feel safe in my house…” “There are these mean girls at school who push me around…” “I’ve been looking at some stuff online…” “My friend has an eating disorder…” “No one knows this but…” These sorts of conversations... Read More