XP3 101 | More Resources for Student Pastors

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 there! I’m CJ, the Managing Editor of XP3 High School curriculum, and I’m here to close out this XP3 101 series with a few links and resources we thought might be helpful. Because here’s the thing I love most about what our team gets to do with Orange: XP3 is more than just a curriculum. It’s a strategy.

Take a look.

DEVOTIONALS

This is obvious, but I’ll say it anyway. As youth pastors, even if we preach the best messages on the planet, it doesn’t mean our students will automatically develop a personal faith. They need tools to help them spend time with God daily. So to help your students grow, here’s what we’ve created for you.

  • DAILY SCRIPTURE IMAGES. These daily images and prompts are our newest upgrade to XP3 and are now available as part of XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School curriculum.
  • WIRED. This devotional by Sarah and Rodney Anderson is our newest devotional journal from XP3. It’s a 4-week devotional experience that focuses on Jesus’ Greatest Commandment: love God, and love your neighbor as yourself. It’s designed for both new believers and not-so-new believers alike.
  • KNOW GOD. This 28-day devotional gets back to the basics of knowing God as it helps students unpack the four things they can do today, and every day, to help them know God better.
  • LIVE FREE. This devotional by Ben Crawshaw is a 5-week journey through the life of Paul and helps students discover how, like Paul did, to live a life of grace and freedom through Jesus.

BOOKS

Like you, we care about your students a lot. But we also care about you, so we’ve written a few books with student pastors in mind that we hope you’ll find helpful.

  • MAKE BELIEVE. This is our newest book by XP3 and, in it, Ben Crawshaw and Kevin Ragsdale unearth five ideas that combine faith and imagination (plus practical steps to help leaders turn those beliefs into behaviors) with the goal of reinvigorating student pastors’ hearts and ministries.
  • LEAD SMALL. This book isn’t exactly for you, student pastors, but we think you’ll still want to read it. Lead Small (by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas) clarifies the responsibility of the small group leader for those who work with children and teenagers and establishes five common threads so that those who choose to lead in any size church can work off the same blueprint. It’s basically a job description for your small group leaders.
  • CREATING A LEAD SMALL CULTURE. Lead Small wasn’t for you, student pastors, but this one definitely is. If Lead Small is the job description for your small group leaders, Creating a Lead Small Culture, written by Reggie Joiner, Krsiten Ivy, and Elle Campbell, is the job description of anyone who is leading, or wants to launch, a small groups strategy. It’s how to make sure your church is a place where every student is known by someone and has a place to belong.

WEEKLY

And finally, we have one more resource we wanted to tell you about. It’s called Weekly and, check this out, it’s everything you need to develop small group leaders and engage parents in two hours a week. Yeah. It’s pretty awesome. So if you want to be more strategic about partnering with parents and training leaders, but you don’t have a ton of time to invest, GoWeekly.com is definitely worth checking out.

Okay! That’s all! Congratulations, you have officially completed this XP3 101 blog series. Hopefully you feel a little more informed than you did before, and maybe you’ve even uncovered a few new tools or strategies you didn’t know existed.

If you have more questions about what XP3 is all about, or how it can work for you, get in touch with us. An XP3 Orange Specialist would be really happy to talk to you.

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