Deep and Wide Book Review

Deep and Wide Book Review

North Point Community Church has one vision—to be a church that unchurched people love to attend. Throughout the years, they have remained true to that vision. Write your vision in ink; everything else should be penciled in. Plans change. Vision remains the same.  pg 304 Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley is broken into five major sections. Here are the titles, subtitles, and my one-sentence summary of each section: My Story: Starting Up and Starting Over — How North Point Community Church began.... Read More
10 Books Every XP3 Leader Needs To Read

10 Books Every XP3 Leader Needs To Read

If you are anything like me, I buy books on amazon and I literally just take the book out of the package and put it on my bookshelf and never read it. Student pastors love books and with so many great books ministry leaders can read, what books are actually worth reading? What books would be helpful for student pastors and are beneficial to our student ministry? After asking a few of our trusted XP3 peeps and some of our Orange staff, we decided to make a focused, helpful reading list that... Read More
Funny Youtube Videos For Your Student Ministry

Funny Youtube Videos For Your Student Ministry

Who doesn’t like funny (appropriate) youtube videos to show in your student ministry environment? The tough thing is finding them. Well we collected a list of the funniest videos you can immediate use your student ministry. Here they are: How Animals Eat Their Food   “MORE NFL” — A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL   Martial Arts Tryout Bloopers   The “Me” Church   AP Drivers Ed. Cat Jumps On Ceiling Fan   Selfies Anonymous   Jesus Video #1   Dog Wants a Kitty     [Star... Read More
Best Text Messaging Service For Your Student Ministry

Best Text Messaging Service For Your Student Ministry

A question we have been getting a lot is:  What’s the best text messaging service for my student ministry? This is an excellence question because teenagers text a lot. The average teenager sends 3,339 Texts Per Month. So figuring out how to best text your students is a big deal. We polled our XP3 community asking them by texting service they use and here’s what they said. Some suggested: Simply TXT Ministry Tracker Pro EZ Texting Lead Small APP Obviously, our favorite is the Lead... Read More
Communicating For Change

Communicating For Change

Every XP3 Students series’ large group script is based off of the book — Communicating For Change by Andy Stanley. So we thought it would be helpful to summarize Communicating For Change so our XP3 users and Orange Thinkers could understand the why behind our teaching approach. Communicating For Change is a must read.  We did our best to boil it down to four points: (1)  Begin With an Intriguing Story: The story begins with a narrative written by Lane Jones. We meet a guy named Ray,... Read More
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