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RYM 066: Are Your Student Mission Trips Really Helping or Hurting?

RYM 066: Are Your Student Mission Trips Really Helping or Hurting?

For many of us in youth ministry, mission trips are a part of our yearly rhythm. And while these trips seem life-changing on the surface, are they really all they’re cracked up to be? This week, we’re joined by Henok Berhanu, founder and CEO of Carry 117 and host to dozens of mission teams every year in Ethiopia. Together, we discuss the biggest mistake student mission teams make, the importance of cultural awareness, and why relationship building can be even more impactful than financial giving.

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2019-2020 Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners

2019-2020 Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners

If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “Scope & Cycle” or our reasoning behind having one, let me encourage you to head over to the XP3 101 post about it. Or, for even even more in-depth look at what our Scope & Cycle is all about, check out this post. The purpose of this blog isn’t just to rehash all of that golden information, but rather to inform you of some awesome information and documents about our updated Scope & Cycle resources. What’s New Our previous Scope & Cycle... read more
RYM 065: Leading Students of the Opposite Gender

RYM 065: Leading Students of the Opposite Gender

In the unrelenting pace of youth ministry, it’s easy to slip into an, “I’ve got this. How hard can it be to talk to someone of the opposite gender?” mentality. But there ARE differences, and those differences are important to consider if we want the things we communicate from stage to land with both guys AND girls every week. In this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the best ways to connect and engage with students of the opposite gender and the importance of having equal representation on your youth ministry team.

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RYM 064: What To Do When Students Find Their Identity In Sports, Band, And More

RYM 064: What To Do When Students Find Their Identity In Sports, Band, And More

Sports and church. We’ve wrestled through this conversation before and we’re back to tackle it again. On this episode, join Stuart Hall, Dan Scott, Ashley Bohinc, and Sarah Anderson for a follow-up conversation on the tensions between church and extracurricular activities, what identity has to do with it, and what youth leaders can do for students who find their identity in sports, band, theater, and more.

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RYM 063: How To Help Parents And Teenagers Connect About Life And Faith At Home

RYM 063: How To Help Parents And Teenagers Connect About Life And Faith At Home

It’s no secret that parents and teenagers don’t always see eye to eye. Yet, as ministry leaders, we know just how important it is for parents and teenagers to connect throughout the middle school and high school years. This week, join the Orange Students team for a conversation with Dr. Kara Powell on what youth leaders can do to help parents and teens connect about life and faith at home, and how your church can be a place that helps families grow WITH one other—instead of growing apart.

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RYM 062: Sunday School Or Small Groups

RYM 062: Sunday School Or Small Groups

Is a small groups model better than a Sunday school model? And should your church really consider a shift from Sunday school to small groups? This week, join some of the Orange students team for a candid conversation all about the benefits and drawbacks of both Sunday school and small group strategies, and how to tell whether or not it’s time for your ministry to make a shift.

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RYM 061: Understanding How You’re Wired As A Youth Ministry Leader

RYM 061: Understanding How You’re Wired As A Youth Ministry Leader

We’re all wired in our own way, and it’s likely that looks different from the people around us. And while that might seem obvious, what’s not always obvious is how the way we’re wired can affect the ministries we lead. That’s why it’s so important to spend time getting to know yourself! On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about understanding how you’re wired and how knowing yourself better can help you become a more effective youth ministry leader.

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Why Is My Curriculum Missing A Week and What Should I Do About It?

As a youth pastor, your schedule is important. Your time is both limited and valuable, and that can make planning content for your weekly services a challenge from time to time. Between your day to day responsibilities at your church, prepping and pouring into your small group leaders, and making time for your students, finding the space to develop new content each and every week just isn’t easy. Enter XP3! Helping eliminate the challenge of content creation for youth pastors is one of the... read more
RYM 060: Coaching SGLs To Show Up Randomly In Students’ Lives

RYM 060: Coaching SGLs To Show Up Randomly In Students’ Lives

Showing up for students outside of youth group can seem like an overwhelming task for your Small Group Leaders. But the truth is, when we show up in students lives when we don’t have to—when we show up randomly—it can have a huge impact. On this episode, join some of the Orange Students team for a conversation with youth pastor Katie Matsumoto about coaching SGLs to show up randomly and the potential impact it can have in our students’ lives.

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XP3 Middle School SUMMER 2019 SEASON RELEASE

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: Summer 2019 curriculum season release day! I’m so excited to share with you what we’ve got coming your way this summer in our brand new season of curriculum at XP3 Middle School. We’re covering four different and very important topics this season that we think have the power to impact middle schoolers right where they are! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store for Summer 2019: LOOKOUT How many times in life have you heard a middle schooler talk about... read more

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Jamey DickensJamey Dickens

Jamey is a pastor, speaker, and writer of student content for North Point Ministries in Atla...

Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

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

Tyler ReesTyler Rees

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

CJ PalmerCJ Palmer

CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School at Orange and one of the hosts and producers...

Brett TalleyBrett Talley

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

Ashley BohincAshley Bohinc

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

Crystal ChiangCrystal Chiang

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

Sara SheltonSara Shelton

Sara is a writer and communicator who has been serving in student and small group ministry s...

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