Roller Skating Rinks and Rural Communities

Roller Skating Rinks and Rural Communities

Hi ya’ll!  My name is Jessica Hampton-Shipman, and I am the Middle School Large Group Leader (aka the Middle School Pastor) for Meadow Heights Church Farmington. I also lead a Small Group of eighth grade girls whom I’ve been with since sixth grade. And did I mention yet that I’m 100% a volunteer in both roles? It’s a crazy season but most definitely worth the work! Meadow Heights Church is multisite church with three locations in rural communities. The first location is in Fredericktown,... Read More
Women in Ministry: A Spectrum of Positions

Women in Ministry: A Spectrum of Positions

In Episode 14 of Rethinking Youth Ministry, we talked about the unique challenges that women face in ministry and leadership. Our goal wasn’t to argue the theology surrounding women in leadership or define what roles women could/should serve in, but to acknowledge the real tension that female leaders face—whether they’re employed by the church or not—when they try to do what God created them to do. Listen to Episode 14 Regardless of where you land theologically, there’s something we can all... Read More
For Our Neighbor: A Day of Caring

For Our Neighbor: A Day of Caring

By April Wahl, Middle School Director at Century Baptist Church in Bismark, North Dakota Isn’t it interesting how saying yes to the little things can lead us to the big things? Not by chance, not even by our own doing, but by being obedient to God’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves. When we say yes to the seemingly little things out of love, the bigger things ahead are unimaginable. Recently, the middle school ministry at our church, Century Baptist Church in Bismarck, North Dakota,... Read More
High School Crisis Conversation Guides for Parents and SGLs [FREE DOWNLOAD]

High School Crisis Conversation Guides for Parents and SGLs [FREE DOWNLOAD]

As students get older, the potential for them to experience a crisis—from tragedy, bad decisions, rejection, or trauma—also increases. And with the growing conversation around suicide, mental illness, and even shows like 13 Reasons, it’s becoming even more important for us to support our students and help them navigate any crisis they may be facing. Whether a student is facing the death of a friend, a parents’ divorce, a failing class grade, or even a bad breakup, understanding how... Read More
Using XP3 in a Small Church (Part 5): Presentation Matters

Using XP3 in a Small Church (Part 5): Presentation Matters

The XP3 blog is all about you, the student ministry leader. That’s why we love it when we’re able to share helpful ideas and insights straight from student pastors and leaders like you. If you would like to contribute in a future post, send us an email. By Tim Van Dalen Last week we talked about the importance of small groups in your student ministry. However, that does not mean the presentation of God’s Word is unimportant. It is very important! Students need to know what God’s... Read More