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
What I’ve Learned About Pumpkin Season

What I’ve Learned About Pumpkin Season

By Mikiala Tennie, Director of Discipleship and Students at First United Methodist Church of Stuart in Stuart, FL I used to have a general apathy toward all things Pumpkin Spice related. As a Floridian, winter is my favorite season and fall is basically an extended summer where we pretend it’s not 87 degrees outside, while wearing our favorite scarves and boots. It’s a holding pattern until Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, my apathy lasted until I started working for a church that... Read More
The Most Important Thing You Can Do With Your Student Leaders

The Most Important Thing You Can Do With Your Student Leaders

With most members of Gen Z being born after 9/11, the most defining event in their lifetime is the Great Recession. Beginning in 2007, this economic era is widely considered the worst global downturn since World War II. Generation Z, says the New York Times, “has had its eyes open from the beginning, coming along in the aftermath of those cataclysms in the era of the war on terror and the Great Recession.1” This helps explain the (surprising to many) embrace of socialism among young voters in... 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
5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

5 Things to Remember When Integrating Students with Special Needs into Your Youth Ministry

By Jono Contestabile, Student Ministry Director at Crossroads Community Church in Westminster, MD I’ve always defaulted to the descriptor of “special needs.” The way I see it, or rather have come to see it after eight years of involvement in various special needs ministries, needs are the common denominator of all people. It just so happens that certain individuals have different, or perhaps more unique, and occasionally more demanding needs. I hate admitting my needs. Don’t you? From needing... Read More
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