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
Using XP3 in a Small Church (Part 4): Lead Small

Using XP3 in a Small Church (Part 4): Lead Small

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 One of the most difficult realities I have had to face in student ministry is that I am not the best person to help every student grow in their faith. I have a passion for working with students and walking through... Read More
Using XP3 in a Small Church (Part 3): Partnering with Parents

Using XP3 in a Small Church (Part 3): Partnering with Parents

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 One of the key components of partnering with parents is connecting what happens at church to what happens at home. When we combine both of these influences the impact is always greater. If you have kids, you have... Read More