XP3 Spotlight

Suicide Prevention Month: 3 Things to Remember

Written by Brett Talley, an Orange Specialist, and Mandy Baldwin, a Licensed Counselor for Couples & Teens in Indianapolis, IN As you may have heard, the month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month. So, we want to take a few minutes… Read More

5 Vital Things Youth Workers Should Keep in Mind When Talking About Bullying

If you’ve spent any time in youth ministry over the last decade (if you’re reading this, chances are you have!), then you don’t need us to tell you that bullying is a hard-to-handle hot topic in the lives of most students. You’ve… Read More

Leading a Volunteer from a Fan to a Raving Fan

We all know that ministry would be next to impossible without amazing volunteers. And from what I’ve seen, most of the work in volunteerism and most of the questions that are asked about volunteers happen on the recruiting side. While that’s great… Read More

My Experience with Pastoring Students in the Juvenile Justice System

By Cory Sullivan, Youth Pastor at Wheatland Community Church in Rush, NY  There has not been a more life-shaping experience for me than pastoring students in the juvenile justice system. These are the youth that society has forgotten—the  ones that have been… Read More

Pulling A Zero in Your Youth Ministry

By Jesse Criss, Fresh Ministry Consulting.  Back in my early days of youth ministry, I pulled my very first zero—as in zero kids came to youth group. I had planned an event, bought supplies, advertised to students and parents, and then, no… Read More

5 Hacks for Using XP3 in a Small Church Context

By Cory Sullivan, Youth Pastor at Wheatland Community Church in Rush, NY  When I hear the terms “small church” or “rural church,” a few things immediately come to mind: small attendance, limited volunteers, and a tiny (or non-existent) budget. There’s little time,… Read More

4 Ways to Keep Up with Student Culture

“The time will come when people will travel in stages moved by steam engines from one city to another, almost as fast as birds can fly, 15 or 20 miles an hour…”  - Oliver Evans, 1755-1819. Remember the first time you experienced an… Read More

XP3 Middle School: A New Take On Teaching Videos

I don’t know about you, but we have been reading all we can about Generation Z, trying to understand the why behind the trends we’ve been noticing with middle schoolers across the board. It’s SO fun! One of the primary things we’ve… Read More

Four Things to Do When You Transition to Using Orange

By Luke Mihail, Youth and Young Adults Pastor at Kilsyth South Baptist Church in Melbourne, Australia Have you ever started in a new ministry role only to find yourself thinking: “How am I ever going to change this?” Maybe it was something… Read More

Love Inspires Us to Act: Unique Ideas to Mobilize Your Students to Serve

By: Katie Edwards, Junior High Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA One of my favorite parts about student ministry is getting my students involved in giving back to the community around them. But if I’m being honest, it’s also one… Read More