XP3 Middle School Spring 2019 SEASON RELEASE

XP3 Middle School Spring 2019 SEASON RELEASE

Friends! Cheers to our first official season of XP3 Middle School curriculum for 2019! Are you so excited? Trust me, you should be, because this Spring season is full of amazing content and incredible truth that we think your students are going to love. This season, we’ve got four different series that look at four uniquely important topics in the life and faith of a middle schooler. We’re going to spend a couple of weeks talking about prayer in our series called LINK. If you’re like me, then... Read More
Surviving “The Talk” in Middle School Ministry

Surviving “The Talk” in Middle School Ministry

By Shane Sanchez, Pastor of Youth Ministries at MISSION Community Church in Gilbert, AZ  Is there anything with more potential for awkwardness than talking about sex with a room full of middle schoolers? Probably not! Awkward as it may be, it’s one of the most important and influential conversations you can guide your students through. In my experience, there are a few things you can do to help you get through it with as few awkward moments as possible. So as you’re preparing for “the talk”... Read More
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
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