Advice from Orange Specialists

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… 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… 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

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… Read More

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.”… Read More