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The Last 52 Weeks

Twelfth grade...the phase when your emerging adult pulls away, gets closer, does things for the last time; and you both start asking, “What’s next?”  Read More

Motivations and Moral Compasses: Helping Students Discern What Is Right

Growing up has always been hard work. And it’s even more challenging today. Read More

How to Help High Schoolers Respond to Cultural Changes

The way a teen resolves the 'Where,' 'Why,' 'How,' and 'What' questions of life provides a compass for navigating their future direction. Read More

Middle School: Understanding This Wonderfully Awkward Phase

Middle school is the phase when nothing you do is cool, everything is fun in a crowd, and one smart kid will remind you, “yeah…I know.” Read More

If They Aren’t Asking Questions, They Aren’t Listening

Don’t let the term 'philosopher' confuse you. High schoolers want more than theory. They want to know what is helpful for life right now. Read More

Helping Middle Schoolers Answer: Who Am I?

Every phase of a kid's life has unique cultural changes. But you can’t discover everything you need to know about the culture of childhood and adolescence in a book. By… Read More

How to Read a High Schooler’s Mind

Ever had a high schooler try and persuade you that homework doesn’t really matter? Yes? Keep reading. Read More

3 Ways to Help High Schoolers Relate to God

One of the incredible things about a relationship with God is the way He has something unique to show us at every phase. Just like the same dad would respond… Read More

The One Free Thing You Can Do for Your Graduates

We’ve started the countdown. In less than 12 months, my small group of teenage girls will have our last official, formal small group conversations. When I think about that, I can’t… Read More

2019-2020 Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners

If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “Scope & Cycle” or our reasoning behind having one, let me encourage you to head over to the XP3 101 post about it.… Read More

Why Is My Curriculum Missing A Week and What Should I Do About It?

As a youth pastor, your schedule is important. Your time is both limited and valuable, and that can make planning content for your weekly services a challenge from time to… Read More

XP3 Middle School SUMMER 2019 SEASON RELEASE

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: Summer 2019 curriculum season release day! I’m so excited to share with you what we’ve got coming your way this summer in… Read More