How To: Flip a Flop

How To: Flip a Flop

One of my countless “flop” moments in student ministry came one Sunday night when I planned a Fiesta-themed party. It was called an “outreach night,” which simply translated to “Relax outside world, there won’t be any preacher time.” So off I went, planning a night that would compel scores of unchurched students to forever fall in love with church. Games. Flop. Funny videos. Flop. No one laughed except the three of us who made it. As part of my grand scheme to elevate the Fiesta theme, our... Read More
Orange Conference Ticket Giveaway:  XP3 Students Photo Contest

Orange Conference Ticket Giveaway: XP3 Students Photo Contest

The XP3 team is thrilled that The Orange Conference is right around the corner. Fifty-one days to be exact but who’s counting? The great thing about this year’s Orange Conference is that it gathers over 5,000 key influencers—senior, nextgen, student, children’s and preschool leaders—to experience the power of “YES,” and learn new insights into influencing the faith and character of the next generation. This year’s theme, “YES,” will show how just one... Read More
How to: Become Valuable on Twitter

How to: Become Valuable on Twitter

By Matt Mckee This week I read the following 17 Twitter Tips from a social media specialist who attended a conference hosted by Mashable. TWITTER TIPS @jeffpulver, Casting Director, #140conf: @davepeck, Director of Community, Meshin: “Respond to everybody, positive or negative.” @michiganflavor, COO, MIFlavor.com: “Retweet, retweet, retweet. People love to see their stuff retweeted, and they’ll start retweeting you.” @shrmsocmedguy, Social Media Strategist, Shrm: “Use your tweeting to set up... Read More
The Challenge (Part 3)

The Challenge (Part 3)

Over the past two weeks, we have been spotlighting special needs inclusion in student (youth) ministry environments.  Today’s post is the third and final part of this series, where Amy Fenton Lee (Director of Special Needs Initiatives for Orange and author of:  Leading Special Needs Ministry) interviews Katie Garvert an expert in the area of inclusion with special needs students. Amy Fenton Lee:  In the first post, you explained why teen inclusion is challenging. Last time you talked... Read More
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