Stop, Shop, Pray

Stop, Shop, Pray

By Jonathan Payne, Youth Worker at South Point Community Church in Leonardtown, Maryland. As a relatively new volunteer youth worker, I was looking for a way to come up with some kind of meeting or program outside of Sunday mornings. I knew our students needed more, and this was reinforced by parents asking what else was available and suggesting small groups or a bible study. At the time, I didn’t have many resources, training, or experience. However, I wanted to create an opportunity to meet... Read More
Partnering With Parents During A Middle School Sex Series

Partnering With Parents During A Middle School Sex Series

You know what’s on the horizon? The XP3 Middle School sex series, which means  a few things are about to happen. Middle schoolers will act like they’re repulsed by the idea of talking about sex, yet somehow your youth group attendance will sky rocket during this series. Youth pastors will feel the pressure to be culturally relevant so students don’t think they’re lame or out of the loop, yet they have pressure from parents to not say too much about sex. (Yes, to not talk too much about... Read More
Post Camp Conversation Guide (Free Download!)

Post Camp Conversation Guide (Free Download!)

It’s July and it’s hot outside, which means it’s camp season for student ministries all across the country. (In fact, our very own High School Camp is happening right now in the mountains of Tennessee!) As you undoubtedly know, summer camps can be pivotal events in the lives of your students and small groups. Retreats often become the catalysts for powerful small group bonding, incredible memories, and significant faith decisions. What you may not know, though, is the... Read More
Casting Orange Vision To Parents

Casting Orange Vision To Parents

Partnering with parents is hard. And casting vision to parents is every harder. However…. One of the keys of successfully implementing the Orange strategy in your student ministry is getting your engaged parents on board.  But how does a student pastor cast the Orange vision to parents? Many XP3 leaders are asking this question especially since the fall is right around the corner. Here’s a podcast by Terry Scalzitti titled Casting Orange Vision To Parents and learn great tools that... Read More
Building a Strong Family Ministry in Your Church: An Interview with Perry Noble

Building a Strong Family Ministry in Your Church: An Interview with Perry Noble

How do you feel your church focuses on family ministry?           Well… Reggie Joiner interviews Perry Noble (Senior Pastor at New Spring Church) on how New Spring Church focuses and resources their family ministry environments. In order to achieve the maximum potential from a family ministry, it must be championed and FULLY supported by the senior pastor. What does that look like? Join Perry as he talks about the same ups and downs that you probably face, and... Read More