3 Hacks to Partying on a Budget

3 Hacks to Partying on a Budget

By Jackie Raihl, Orange Specialist, TSA I’m sure we’ve all had those days when we were looking through our (admittedly awesome) XP3 materials, reading up on everything we may need for our lesson, when we see “it” on the list. The dreaded “it” that brings up images of dollar signs, long clean-up times, and awkward dance moves. Party supplies. When we see these words, we can often think that we just don’t have anything that will make our space a “celebration” zone.  We might even have the... Read More
XP3 101: What is an Orange Specialist?

XP3 101: What is an Orange Specialist?

Hi! I’m Brett and I’m an Orange Specialist, or OS, as the Orange insiders call us. Before I had this OS gig, I was a ministry leader just like you, navigating the vast waters of the Orange ocean trying to figure out the best way to use all of the amazing resources that Orange offers. But, if I’m being honest . . . I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about it. I’m guessing that you might be a lot like me. You may be a new Orange leader who just signed up for one or more of our curriculums. Or,... Read More
How McDonald’s Can Help You Improve Your Student Ministry

How McDonald’s Can Help You Improve Your Student Ministry

Did you know that McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food chain, actually fell into a bit of a slump in the 1990s? McDonald’s was facing attacks from nutrition and environmental critics and was threatened by big competitors such as Subway, Wendy’s, and Burger King. McDonald’s was in trouble, proving that even the biggest can fall if they fail to adapt to consumer and cultural changes. What elements of McDonald’s mistakes and consequent improvement plan can we translate into... 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
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
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