The What And The Why: Finding A Win In Student Worship

You know why worship matters, but do your students? In today’s blog post, Tyler Rees, a worship leader and XP3 team member, explains how to find the win in student worship.

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How to Answer High Schoolers’ Biggest Questions with Action

High school is all about refining abilities, discovering uniqueness, and developing a sense of purpose. Learn more . . .

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XP3 101: What is an Orange Specialist?

Whether you’re a new Orange leader or a leader who has been using Orange resources for a while, at some point you’ve probably asked yourself, “What exactly is an Orange Specialist?” If that’s you, your answers are here . . .

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Why Should Churches Consider Having a Unique Middle School Ministry? (An Interview with Tom Shefchunas)

“Nobody would actually say they put middle schoolers on a shelf and forget about them, they just haven’t created a place for them.” Hear more from Tom Shefchunas [VIDEO] . . .

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8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

Pop quiz for all you student pastors out there! Have you ever stood in front of a roomful of teenagers and felt like you had absolutely no control over what was happening in the room? Have you ever attempted to teach a lesson and walked off stage wondering if the students even heard and processed anything you said? Have you ever tried to engage your student audience in your lesson, but lost complete control of the room in the process? Have you ever just wanted to give up (or at least shout a... read more
RYM 011: What To Do When A Student Self-Harms

RYM 011: What To Do When A Student Self-Harms

What do you do when a student tells you they’re harming themselves? And why is self-harm an important topic to discuss in your ministry? Self-harm can be a difficult subject to navigate with students, but it’s not impossible. On this week’s episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation with licensed associate professional counselor, Kayla Lin, as they unpack what to do when a student admits to self-harm and how to approach the subject of self-harm in your ministry environment.

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The What & The Why: Finding A Win In Student Worship

The What & The Why: Finding A Win In Student Worship

Imagine you’re a worship leader. Skinny jeans, amazing hair, perfectly picked out accessories, very cool guitar… you get the gist. You spend hours and hours practicing. You show up early on a Sunday to set up. Then, you practice again. You pray. You pray harder. You suit up in your ’14 vintage jean jacket (the one you can’t find in stores anymore). Then finally, you step on stage and put your heart and soul into soaring melodies and furious guitar playing, all coming together in what you think... read more
RYM 010: Keeping Pace With Student Culture

RYM 010: Keeping Pace With Student Culture

If there’s one thing we all know about the culture our students are living in, it’s that it is constantly changing. From the shows they watch and the accounts they follow on social media, to the music they listen to and the styles that are “in,” what’s considered “cool” in culture seems to change in the blink of an eye. As youth workers, how do we keep up with it? Join ministry leaders in this episode for a conversation all about student culture. They’ll discuss common tensions youth workers are feeling when it comes to keeping pace with student culture and practical ways you can utilize culture to connect with the students you lead.

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How to Help 6th Graders Navigate Drama at School

How to Help 6th Graders Navigate Drama at School

Psst! Did you hear about Emily and Olivia? Oh my gosh they had the biggest fight ever. And Ryan started the whole thing! Everybody’s talking about it! And so goes the story heard round the school. Measly kid stuff . . . unless you’re Emily’s mom, Olivia’s small group leader, or Ryan’s pastor. You lucky few better be all ears and ready for tears. Put any sixth grade class up against the latest hit reality show and you’ve got yourself a real contest. Help middle schoolers tone things down a... read more

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CONTRIBUTORS

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003...

CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

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

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, is the co-host of...

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

Tyler is the Project Manager working to keep the XP3 Middle School team in line and on tim...

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

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

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

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