by Jaime Handley
A Gift for You!
Tis the season! And as we approach the time of giving and receiving, we want to give you, our XP3 partners, a small gift to help you as you plan and vision cast for 2012. The Resolutions Stand Alone XP is an opportunity for you to hit pause and take a look at what you want to see happen in your youth ministry over the next 6-12 months. It’s a chance for you to get together with your senior pastor, associate pastor(s), volunteer teams and even your students to think through the needs of your local, global and student communities and strategize how to best fulfill those needs. To download this free gift, log in to your XP3 Students account and click on the “Free Christmas Gift” in your news tab.
Our Newest XP3 Students Series: Evolve ( available Mid–December )
We have flown from August to December and have arrived, once again, at that time of year when busyness and family go hand-in-hand. As we walk into one of the most lively and hectic seasons of the year, we are reminded of the tension that family dynamics can bring. Our newest series, Evolve, addresses the changing relationships within families that can often feel threatening but are also a great sign of relational health, especially for your students. Here is a description of this family-focused series:
When we were growing up, our family was everything to us. They were the safe place to run to. They were the calm in the storm. They were the people whose opinions we trusted most and whose advice we took to heart. But over the years, especially the teen years, the voices of our mom and dad become more like nails on a chalkboard than the sweet sound of comfort. So what happened? Our relationship evolved. And while that isn’t necessarily the most comfortable thing in the world for a teenager to go through, it also isn’t the worst thing either. So what do we do as our students become less and less willing to listen to the wisdom their families give? How do we handle the everyday conflicts that come up between students and their families? These are important questions worth finding answers to. Because, let’s face it, the relationship is changing. But as difficult as this may be to handle right now, that change can be for the good of everyone.
As you continue to work and serve towards bringing young people into a full relationship with Jesus Christ, we want to leave you with this prayer:
“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known” (Habakkuk 3:2a)
The XP3 Team