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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Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Did you take your students on a mission trip this summer? If so, stop what you’re working on for the fall and take these 3 important steps RIGHT NOW to ensure this summer’s mission trips leave a lifelong impression on your students . . .

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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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High School Crisis Conversation Guides for Parents and SGLs

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. Download the FREE High School Crisis Conversation Guides for Parents and SGLs . . .

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RYM 005: What Every Youth Leader Wishes They Could Ask Jon Acuff

RYM 005: What Every Youth Leader Wishes They Could Ask Jon Acuff

What tools do you use to memorize your content when you speak? What should youth leaders stop doing when it comes to social media? How can I get better at communicating each week? How do you feel about queso coming to Chipotle? These are the questions that every youth leader wishes they could ask Jon Acuff! Listen to today’s episode to find out what Jon has to say about these questions and more in a conversation with ministry leaders.

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XP3 101: What is an Orange Specialist?

XP3 101: What is an Orange Specialist?

Hi! I’m Brett and I’m an Orange Specialist, or OS, as the Orange insiders call us. Before I had this OS gig, I was a ministry leader just like you, navigating the vast waters of the Orange ocean trying to figure out the best way to use all of the amazing resources that Orange offers. But, if I’m being honest . . . I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about it. I’m guessing that you might be a lot like me. You may be a new Orange leader who just signed up for one or more of our curriculums. Or,... read more
RYM 004: How Are Middle School And High School Students Different?

RYM 004: How Are Middle School And High School Students Different?

Navigating the tension of how to effectively communicate to and connect with both middle school and high school students can be difficult. If you’ve ever wondered, “Is it possible to address every kid in every grade?” this episode is for you! In today’s episode, ministry leaders talk about the differences between the middle school and high school phases, and why it’s important to leverage unique opportunities in each grade that you may never get again. How to listen: iTunes |... read more
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
RYM 003: What does it mean to get better?

RYM 003: What does it mean to get better?

Whether it’s personally or professionally, there are areas in which we all want to “get better.” And if you’ve ever wondered what exactly “getting better” looks like, this episode is for you. In today’s episode, listen as ministry leaders wrestle with defining what it means to get better personally, and discuss the importance of knowing, understanding, and leading yourself along the way.

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CONTRIBUTORS

CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

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

Jeremy ZachJeremy Zach

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

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

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

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

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

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

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