The Student Ministry Preflight Checklist

The Student Ministry Preflight Checklist

Before every flight a pilot must perform a preflight inspection. The pilot in command is responsible for ensuring that the aircraft is in airworthy condition. The pilot must also do a visual inspection of the aircraft. During the visual inspection the pilot will check landing gear, tires, master switches, fuel supply, oil levels, propellers, wings, landing flaps, windshield, and cabin windows. The purpose of preflight is to evaluate whether or not the airplane is ready to perform a success... Read More
Hanging Christmas Lights & The Art of Prioritizing

Hanging Christmas Lights & The Art of Prioritizing

It’s pretty easy to get stuck focusing on the wrong things in ministry, right? Shoot, that’s true in life in general. Maybe it’s… Something we enjoy doing more, but just isn’t as important. Something that comes easier to us, even though the return isn’t as great. Something we’re avoiding or don’t want to do, so we find distractions and rationalize. Maybe it’s simply the constant lure of the urgent winning out of the important. Either way, it’s pretty easy to slip into that funk. I... Read More
Your Talk Doesn’t Matter (Does It?)

Your Talk Doesn’t Matter (Does It?)

Discouragement has been a far too familiar friend to me throughout the last 11 years I’ve been in full time ministry. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you can’t (good for you). For me, it often comes from my constant battle of negative self-talk that I wrestle to overcome. One of those sources of discouragement often comes during the times when I feel as if my ‘up front’ teaching doesn’t matter. That it doesn’t have an impact. A few months back, we were in the midst of planning our Spring Retreat... Read More
When Something Doesn’t Quite Feel Right

When Something Doesn’t Quite Feel Right

Have you ever attended a group gathering (concert, work, church, school recital, etc) where you are haunted by the energy in the room? You are sitting there, trying to engage, but constantly distracted by the feeling of “this just doesn’t seem right.” This awkwardness often causes us to disengage, almost giving the same knee-jerk response you might have when you hit skip on Pandora because a song came on that doesn’t seem like it fits (why did they just play Fetty Wap on my Avett Brothers... Read More
How to Utilize High School Students as Volunteers

How to Utilize High School Students as Volunteers

Spiritual growth and serving are connected. Most students who get spiritually stuck need avenues to do something significant. If we as student pastors want to keep moving students in a better direction, we must create consistent opportunities for our students to serve. Over the past few years, there has been a lot of research aimed at why it’s so important for students to serve. Sticky Faith found that the more students serve and build relationships with younger students, the more likely it is... Read More
XP3 Game Demo: 5 ‘N 5

XP3 Game Demo: 5 ‘N 5

An XP3 game is a great way to start a Sunday morning or Wednesday night with your students. It gives students a chance to relax and laugh a little, which can help them engage with what’s going on in your environment. In this video our amazing OS (Orange Specialists) team plays the game “5 ‘N 5” from our upcoming OVER TIME series (part of our XP3HS Summer 2016 curriculum). If you’re an XP3 subscriber our suggested dates for this series are July 10, July 17, July 24, 2016.... Read More
Orange Conference 2018