New Resources, Giveaways, Meetups, & More at OC17!

New resources, giveaways, and meetups for our favorite ministry leaders (that’s you!) — all happening at the 2017 Orange Conference! Get all the details . . .

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How McDonald’s Can Help You Improve Your Student Ministry

What can your student ministry learn from McDonald’s? More than you think. How the world’s largest fast-food chain can help you clarify your mission, maintain relevance, and grow without sacrificing quality . . .

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Freeze Frame: A Free Game with Slides from XP3

Here’s a FREE GAME for your student ministry! It’s called Freeze Frame. This is an easy game requiring no supplies, so it’s a great game to use if you’re in a pinch. Learn how the game works and download the free slides that go with it . . .

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XP3 101 | Differences between XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School

XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School. One strategy, two life phases. One brand, two curriculums. If you’ve been wondering what the real differences are between XP3MS and XP3HS, this is the blog post you’ve been waiting for . . .

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XP3 101 | Differences between XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School

XP3 101 | Differences between XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School

This post is part of a series of posts called XP3 101. Be sure to check out the entire series! You can check out the previous post in this series by clicking here. I have a confession to make: The 6th grade was the first year that I ever wore jeans. Whew. I feel better. Not only that, but I wore the same pair of jeans. Every. Single. Day. All winter long. Before 6th grade, I just couldn’t let go of the glorious comfort that was my stretchy waisted pants. I guess the pressures of being “that... read more
CREW: A New XP3 Series by Doug Fields

CREW: A New XP3 Series by Doug Fields

If you’ve been working with students for a while, you know there’s no topic more important to them than their friends. For both the student who has a ton of friends and the student who’s struggling to find one friend, this topic hits home. No matter where the students in your ministry sit on the social ladder, relationships in high school are important; who they hang out with, who influences them, and how they treat their crew matters. That’s why we’re so excited to release this series called... read more
XP3 101 | Scope & Cycle

XP3 101 | Scope & Cycle

This post is part of a series of posts called XP3 101. Be sure to check out the entire series! You can check out the previous post in this series by clicking here. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Scope & Cycle?” It’s an idea we believe in, here at Orange, when it comes to designing a teaching strategy for kids and teenagers. Here’s what it means. A SCOPE is a comprehensive plan that prioritizes what you teach. And a CYCLE is your plan to recycle and reinforce what you teach so it’s... read more
XP3 101 | Small Groups

XP3 101 | Small Groups

This post is part of a series of posts called XP3 101. Be sure to check out the entire series! You can check out the previous post in this series by clicking here. Hey, I’m Brett! I’m an Orange Specialist here at Orange and I’ve been a youth pastor and a small group leader for a bunch of years, too. And because I’m so passionate about small groups and leading small group leaders, I want to take just a few minutes today to tell you about the resources that XP3 offers to help student pastors... read more
13 Ways to Prevent SGL Burnout In Your Student Ministry

13 Ways to Prevent SGL Burnout In Your Student Ministry

We’ve all had ‘the talk.’ No, not that talk. I’m talking about the one that is prompted by a volunteer catching you on a Sunday and asking if you have time to chat this week. You say yes, but you don’t want to because you know what they want to talk about: They’re done. Sometimes volunteers stop serving for valid, unavoidable reasons, like moving away. Often, the reasons are circumstantial: busy season of life, trouble balancing their schedule, overwhelmed by the amount of time that the role... read more

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CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School and Social Media Strategist for XP3's blog...

Steph WhitacreSteph Whitacre

Steph is the Lead Writer for the XP3 Middle School curriculum at Orange. She has over a de...

Sarah BraggSarah Bragg

Sarah Bragg has been working with students in ministry for more than 15 years and previo...

Matt IvyMatt Ivy

Matt is an incredible Orange Specilist for XP3 High School. That means he spends his ...

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

Ashley is the Content Director for XP3 Middle School. She has worked with student...

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

Crystal currently leads the XP3 High School initiative at Orange. Before that, she spen...

Ben NunesBen Nunes

Ben is one of our amazing Orange Specialists, taking care of our XP3 Middle School and XP3 ...

Jeremy ZachJeremy Zach

Jeremy aka JZ spent 9 years as a paid, professional youth pastor in the local church. Now J...

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

Brett Talley is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after 11 years in full time minis...