Trending: The Strategy Behind These Standalone Messages

Trending: The Strategy Behind These Standalone Messages

Something in the XP3 Middle School world that we’re really excited about is a series of standalone messages called Trending. Throughout our Fall 2018 – Summer 2019 one-year scope, we’re tackling topics in this series that are trending in the world of middle schoolers—things like bullying, race, suicide, self-harm, and more. Our hope in each of these messages is to not only engage the conversations from a faith perspective, but to help students see that church really can be the safest place to... Read More
3 Ways Student Culture is Changing

3 Ways Student Culture is Changing

Being a youth worker is hard. It’s kind of like being a missionary who changes countries every 2-3 years. Just when learn to zig in response to student culture, it shifts and we must learn to zag. So, what’s the latest zag? Well, there are a lot of them. And like I mentioned here, “what’s new” is different from region to region and city to city, but occasionally there are some cultural shifts that happen on a larger scale. And one of the most recent shifts we’ve noticed is this: Everything is... Read More
The XP3 Students Scope & Cycle Release Strategy

The XP3 Students Scope & Cycle Release Strategy

Here at XP3 Students, we receive a variety of questions from youth workers such as you. Questions like: Are your graphics editable? How would you approach combined groups of middle and high school students? Is it Laurel or Yanny? Well: 1- Middle School, yes. High School, probably not. (It’s a whole thing.) 2- This probably needs a conversation. 3- If you hear high frequencies well, you probably hear “Laurel.” If you can’t hear high frequencies well, you probably hear “Yanny.” On occasion,... Read More
Identifying Student Leaders

Identifying Student Leaders

“Imagine a large river with a high waterfall. At the bottom of this waterfall hundreds of people are working frantically trying to save those who have fallen into the river and have fallen down the waterfall, many of them drowning. As the people along the shore are trying to rescue as many as possible, one individual looks up and sees a seemingly never-ending stream of people falling down the waterfall and begins to run upstream. One of other rescuers hollers, “Where are you going? There... Read More
Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Things to Remember

Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Things to Remember

Written by Brett Talley, an Orange Specialist, and Mandy Baldwin, a Licensed Counselor for Couples & Teens in Indianapolis, IN As you may have heard, the month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month. So, we want to take a few minutes to talk about why it’s so important that we as youth workers are talking about this crucial, yet sensitive, topic in our youth ministries. Here are three solid things to consider as we are tackling this topic in our ministries with our leaders and... Read More
Orange Conference 2018