Advice from Orange Specialists

Explaining XP3’s Digital and Socially Distanced Options

Whether you’ve moved your youth ministry to be completely digital, or you meet in-person socially distanced, or you meet in small groups in the community—or maybe even a combination of… Read More

Going Back To Online Youth Ministry?

If you're approaching the reality of doing digital ministry yet again, we're going to guess that like us—you're probably not super-excited about it. Read More

13 Ways to Prevent SGL Burnout In Your Student Ministry

We’ve all had ‘the talk.’ No, not that talk. I’m talking about the one that is prompted by a volunteer catching you on a Sunday and asking if you have time to chat this week. You say yes, but you don’t want… Read More

3 Hacks to Partying on a Budget

By Jackie Raihl, Orange Specialist, TSA I’m sure we’ve all had those days when we were looking through our (admittedly awesome) XP3 materials, reading up on everything we may need for our lesson, when we see “it” on the list. The dreaded… Read More

XP3 101: What is an Orange Specialist?

Hi! I’m Brett and I’m an Orange Specialist, or OS, as the Orange insiders call us. Before I had this OS gig, I was a ministry leader just like you, navigating the vast waters of the Orange ocean trying to figure out… Read More

How McDonald’s Can Help You Improve Your Student Ministry

Did you know that McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food chain, actually fell into a bit of a slump in the 1990s? McDonald’s was facing attacks from nutrition and environmental critics and was threatened by big competitors such as Subway, Wendy's, and Burger King.… Read More

XP3 101 | Differences between XP3 Middle School and XP3 High School

This post is part of a series of posts called XP3 101. Be sure to check out the entire series! You can check out the previous post in this series by clicking here. I have a confession to make: The 6th grade… Read More

Processing Tragedy & Grief as a Student Ministry Leader

One of the things I love about my job as an XP3 Orange Specialist is resourcing those who reach out to us looking for some help. As a Pastor in a local church for 11 years before doing this, I remember how… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More