5 Vital Things Youth Workers Should Keep in Mind When Talking About Bullying

5 Vital Things Youth Workers Should Keep in Mind When Talking About Bullying

If you’ve spent any time in youth ministry over the last decade (if you’re reading this, chances are you have!), then you don’t need us to tell you that bullying is a hard-to-handle hot topic in the lives of most students. You’ve probably dealt with your fair share of it in your own ministry context. And even if you haven’t yet, a quick Google search or scan of the news will show you just how much bullying is impacting the lives of middle schoolers around the country. It’s a trending topic in... Read More
The One Thing I Would Never Cut from My Youth Ministry Budget

The One Thing I Would Never Cut from My Youth Ministry Budget

During my first year as a student pastor, I was given an annual ministry budget of $500. Yes, you read that correctly. Just $500 for the entire year. That amount was for 52 weeks of both middle school and high school ministry. So for those of you doing the math at home, that works out to be about $9.60 a week. Yes, you also read that correctly. Given the extremely limited funds, I knew I had to be very strategic on how this money was going to be spent. How much should go toward programming?... Read More
XP3 Student Daily Devotionals: Now on YouVersion

XP3 Student Daily Devotionals: Now on YouVersion

Picture this. You’re in a room full of students. Maybe it’s your Large Group gathering on a Sunday night. Maybe it’s your Small Group scattered around some couches. Maybe it’s just a few students huddled around a table for a breakfast before school or a late afternoon coffee. Wherever it is, the attention is on you as you’re sharing some important truth with those students. To illustrate your point, you ask them to look up a specific passage in the Bible to read together. You pause, waiting... Read More
XP3 Middle School WINTER 2018 SEASON RELEASE

XP3 Middle School WINTER 2018 SEASON RELEASE

I’m so excited to share with you what we’ve got coming your way this Winter in our brand new season of curriculum at XP3 Middle School. We’re covering four very different and super important topics this season that we think have the power to impact middle schoolers right where they are. You ready? Here we go! We’ll be talking about forgiveness in a series called OVER IT. We’ve all been hurt, or wronged, or found ourselves in conflict with another person. Maybe we’ve even been the ones to do... Read More
XP3 High School WINTER 2018 SEASON RELEASE

XP3 High School WINTER 2018 SEASON RELEASE

It’s September, but here in North Georgia the high today will be in the upper 80s. So together, let’s close our eyes and imagine cooler weather and lower humidity by talking about our brand new series for Winter 2018! First up: MINE   When it comes to beliefs, most little kids just assume the faith and practices of their parents. That’s why youth ministry is so important. During the high school years, students begin to investigate and cultivate a faith of their own that’s separate from family,... Read More
Orange Conference 2018