What’s New For XP3 Students 2013

Sometimes knowing what’s going on behind the scenes is a really good thing. Like when you’re watching a DVD commentary on your favorite TV series, or you go into a restaurant where the chef is performing all kinds of culinary magic behind a glass wall. So we wanted to give you a little “behind the scenes” peek at some exciting changes that are coming to XP3 this year. In 2013, we are . . .

  • Offering a detailed 3-year scope & cycle. All series will be featured and released in “seasons” (4 series per season). For example, our fall season will feature series to be used in the months of Aug/Sep/Oct, and will cover the 12 week period. Also, we’ll offer fresh content for 48 weeks a year as opposed to 36. The new scope and cycle will be released in March, and the newly featured series will launch in the fall of 2013 (August – October).
  • Restructuring the large group component. Starting with the I Wishseries (the featured series for April 2013) the large group component is now divided into smaller files so you can access specific parts more easily:
    • Contextualizing the Script is its own PDF file.
    • Creating the Environment includes the background playlist, worship song suggestions, and set design ideas.
    • Session Icebreaker/Game is its own document.
    • Script/Outline is its own document.
  • Improving the middle school component. Since fall of 2012, we’ve included a separate script that is specifically contextualized for middle school. The middle school large group files have also been restructured as noted above.
  • Making the teaching scripts more condensed. We’ve focused each teaching script to approximately 2,000 words, to make sure your communicators are able to get to the key teaching points quicker.
  • Making the application section of our scripts more practical. As you know, XP3 is short for eXPerience 3: Wonder, Discovery and Passion. So it’s our goal to help you move your students from hearing to experiencing. In other words, we want them to practice what is being preached. To that end, we’re dialing in on the application section of our teaching scripts to make it more practical and measurable.
  • Writing more focused Small Group questions. When we write series, we establish the goal of small groups before we tackle the teaching script. We’re now including that goal in both the script and the small group overview. Also, we’re breaking up our small groups questions to reflect different sections of our scripts (tension, truth, and application).
  • Asking more parents to get involved in planning and writing the ParentCue. Bridging the gap between church and home can be difficult, so we’re involving more parents in the writing of the Parent Cue. As always, our goal is to make the ParentCue as helpful, practical, and relational as possible.
  • Offering a talk on video for every week of a series. We know that you are one person trying to do the job of many people. So we’ve decided to provide the option of a video communicator for each session. Now you can step off the stage and spend more time recruiting leaders and hanging out with students (you can preview these videos at the Orange Store).
  • Offering a cost-efficient “video bundle” for each series. Now that we’re offering more videos, we want to make them a little more affordable. So in addition to offering videos individually ($5 per bumper and $15 per video communicator), we’re going to offer them as a bundle (for example, a bumper + 3 video communicators = $35).  Click here to see this video bundle for March’s featured series:  Reveal
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