Recently, I (Jeremy) had the opportunity to sit down with Ben Crawshaw, our new Creative Director of XP3 Students. I thought it would be fun to pick Ben’s brain about his experience as a student pastor, passion for students and what is on the horizon for XP3 this coming year. Ben is a student ministry veteran, always on the creative edge, a principled and compassionate leader and balances a professional, practical and comedic leadership style. So without further adieu….here’s what Ben had to say in this “exclusive unofficial interview”.
Why are you involved in student ministry?
I love working with two groups of people—students and student pastors. There are well over 16 million high school students in the United States. That represents a lot of work to be done! If people who want to reach students can’t rally together, we’re in serious trouble.
What were you doing before you got to Orange/XP3 Students?
I was the Creative Director for high school ministry (called InsideOut) at North Point Community Church. I did programming, media, events, curriculum, and bulk shopping at Costco. InsideOut has five campuses, with attendance ranging from 50 students at our smallest campus to 800 at our largest. So I feel like it gave me a decent idea of how to make content exportable to student ministries that vary in size.
What about XP3 excites you the most?
I love all of it—helping student pastors succeed, taking things off their plate, adding creativity, strategizing, listening, creating opportunities for students to serve/learn/experience, on and on I could go!
But if I had to pick one thing, it’s small groups. In my opinion, our greatest chance to succeed with the next generation comes from the relationships that are facilitated by groups. I believe XP3 has incredible potential to help churches strategize in that arena.
What are some of your dreams and hopes for XP3 in 2013?
Hmmmm. Great question. A few things I’d love to do:
- Have our 3-year scope & cycle ready to launch by August ’13.
- Have more churches utilizing our video communicators.
- Get to know more of our XP3 partners.
- Expand the national conversation on small groups.
- Get an XP3 mascot. I’m thinking something waterfowl or insect pest related. Maybe a Freckled Duck? Spur-winged Goose? Tsetse fly? Okay, I’m done.