The Four Faith Skills

The Four Faith Skills

How do you know if your students are actually growing in their faith? How do you as the Youth Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, or Small Group Leader help students grow in their relationship with God? Is it just about what you teach them? Or is there more? How do we help students make their faith their own? What we do know is there is a difference between… Knowing about someone Meeting them Getting to know them better over time. And just like with people, getting to know God is different than... Read More
Thirty Challenge

Thirty Challenge

Today I started the Thirty Challenge with my small group. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s the main idea: Spend 30 minutes with God for 30 days. This isn’t something our student ministry requires (although it’s encouraged), but it’s something I want for the girls in my group. Why? Because reading the Bible (the actual Bible and not just devotionals) is important. Because challenging yourself to do things that seem hard is also important, too. Because they’ll never have more free time than... Read More
When to Split Your Middle and High School Ministry

When to Split Your Middle and High School Ministry

When asked when to split your middle and high school ministry, my answer is usually a simple one:  “As soon as you possibly can.” There are just way too many good reasons to separate them: High School student are more apt to invite their friends when there aren’t a bunch of middle school kids running around. Some middle school students might be more likely to show up if they aren’t worried about that high school guy with the beard hanging around. The ability to craft every second from... Read More
XP3 Middle School: A New Take On Teaching Videos

XP3 Middle School: A New Take On Teaching Videos

I don’t know about you, but we have been reading all we can about Generation Z, trying to understand the why behind the trends we’ve been noticing with middle schoolers across the board. It’s SO fun! One of the primary things we’ve seen in recent studies is the increase in middle schoolers’ involvement with YouTube and social platforms. But as much as their generation hides behind screens, it’s interesting to see how much they value authenticity, too. Surprisingly, they value it more than just... Read More
Introducing The Curriculum Expansion Pack: Your Solution For Multiple Weekly Gatherings

Introducing The Curriculum Expansion Pack: Your Solution For Multiple Weekly Gatherings

One of the most common questions we get from youth pastors goes something like this: “My youth ministry meets twice a week, but XP3 Curriculum is only designed for a once a week gathering that contains both a large group and a small group time. What should I do during the other gathering I have each week?” We hear you! Whether it’s Sunday School, a mid-week gathering, or an additional small group time, we know so many of you have to come up with programming and content for more than just one... Read More
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