The Brand New Youth Pastor Checklist

The Brand New Youth Pastor Checklist

So you’re new to youth ministry? Welcome to the team! I’m excited for you, and I believe in you! I can’t wait to see how God is going to use you to change students’ lives and lead them to Jesus. But can I just be honest with you for second? I’m also a little worried for you, too. I’m worried because I remember. I remember what those first few months of youth ministry were like for me. I’m sure anyone who’s been doing youth ministry for a while now can say the same thing. We can all look back... Read More
How to Use the XP3 Students Worship Leader Guide

How to Use the XP3 Students Worship Leader Guide

If you’re reading this, then I’m guessing you fit into one of these categories: You’re a youth leader, but… You have no idea where to start when it comes to leading a musician on your team. You know how to lead your worship team, but, in the craziness of your schedule, you need an easier way to do it. You’ve been leading worship yourself, but you know you need to start training someone new. You’ve just been watching the worship programming for a while, and you’re realizing the worship leader... Read More
8 Creative Ways to Use the XP3 Teaching Videos

8 Creative Ways to Use the XP3 Teaching Videos

When it comes to communicating to students, we think your best option (if possible) is to have a live communicator deliver the large group message to students. Even better? Having a live communicator that your students both know and trust! Students are always more likely to engage with someone they know over someone they don’t. But we all know that having a live communicator isn’t always possible for your student ministry. And when that happens, one of the best things you can do is use the... Read More
Three Keys for Finding Great Volunteers

Three Keys for Finding Great Volunteers

We’re all in need of volunteers. If we’re going to build a great student ministry—the one that we believe God wants us to build—we’re not going to be able to do it alone. We’re going to have to find great people to help. In fact, I would argue that your student ministry will rise and fall based on the quality of your volunteer team. And that’s because a great ministry is more than just a great building, a great budget, or a great strategy. Great volunteers make great ministries. Great... Read More
What to Say When the Unthinkable Happens

What to Say When the Unthinkable Happens

As I prepared for youth group last week after the news of the tragedy in Parkland, FL, I had more than a message on my mind. I was wondering how our families were doing emotionally. I was wondering if we needed to have additional security meetings. I was wondering about what to say, not only to our students but to my own children as well. Today, when the fire alarm sounded at one of our local high schools, the students sat quietly in their chairs. To them, the alarm doesn’t mean a fire drill... Read More
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