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As the school year comes to an end and with summer quickly approaching, it’s easy to become a little more relaxed in our youth ministries. But is that a good thing? Should we really be slowing things down over the summer, or is this the time to invest more in our connections with students? In this episode, join ministry leaders as they discuss the pros and cons of summer programming and what it looks like to implement an effective summer strategy.

The post RYM 072: What Should Your Youth Ministry Be Doing Over The Summer? appeared first on XP3 Students.

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Economic diversity exists everywhere. Which means, if we're hoping to connect with every student in our community, we must consider the unique ways we can support and serve students of various economic backgrounds—including those from lower-income families. On this episode, join us for an honest conversation about what it looks like to minimize assumptions, partner with parents, and best serve students in lower-income situations.

The post RYM 071: Supporting Lower-Income Students and Families in Youth Ministry appeared first on XP3 Students.

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Have you ever been in charge of a youth ministry event that completely flopped? If you have, you're not alone. The truth is, even though events are a staple in youth ministry, they’re not always easy to pull off. In fact, putting together an awesome event that students will love can be one of the toughest things to do. In this episode, join youth leaders as they talk about the best and worst events they’ve planned and the things every leader needs to consider while planning their next big event.

The post RYM 070: How to Plan Your Next Big Youth Ministry Event appeared first on XP3 Students.

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There’s often an underlying tension between children’s ministries and youth ministries—or between children's pastors and youth pastors—in the church. But why? What's causing the tension and what's keeping these two ministries from working together efficiently. On this episode, join children's ministry leaders and youth ministry leaders as they discuss what every children’s pastor wishes their youth pastor knew (and vice versa) and share how the two ministries can begin working better together.

The post RYM 069: What Every Children’s Pastor Wishes Their Youth Pastor Knew appeared first on XP3 Students.

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Your youth ministry environment is communicating something—whether you're intentional about it or not. The question is, what is it communicating? As students walk through your ministry's doors each week, is the environment saying what you want it to? This week on the podcast, join us for a conversation about the impact an environment can have on a student’s sense of belonging and the growth of their faith, and how you can create a great environment on ANY budget.

The post RYM 068: Creating A Great Youth Ministry Environment On Any Budget appeared first on XP3 Students.

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Science and faith. For many students, these two categories seem incompatible. But are science and faith really as disconnected as our students might be led to believe? Let's face it—these days, students are asking some pretty complex questions about the way science fits into our faith and vice versa. This week, join us for a transparent conversation all about the best ways to talk about science and faith in youth ministry—even when you don’t have all the answers.

The post RYM 067: Navigating The Tension Between Science And Faith In Youth Ministry appeared first on XP3 Students.

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For many of us in youth ministry, mission trips are a part of our yearly rhythm. And while these trips seem life-changing on the surface, are they really all they’re cracked up to be? This week, we’re joined by Henok Berhanu, founder and CEO of Carry 117 and host to dozens of mission teams every year in Ethiopia. Together, we discuss the biggest mistake student mission teams make, the importance of cultural awareness, and why relationship building can be even more impactful than financial giving.

The post RYM 066: Are Your Student Mission Trips Really Helping or Hurting? appeared first on XP3 Students.

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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. Or, for even even more in-depth look at what our Scope & Cycle is all about, check out this post. The purpose of this blog […]

The post 2019-2020 Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners appeared first on XP3 Students.

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In the unrelenting pace of youth ministry, it’s easy to slip into an, “I’ve got this. How hard can it be to talk to someone of the opposite gender?” mentality. But there ARE differences, and those differences are important to consider if we want the things we communicate from stage to land with both guys AND girls every week. In this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the best ways to connect and engage with students of the opposite gender and the importance of having equal representation on your youth ministry team.

The post RYM 065: Leading Students of the Opposite Gender appeared first on XP3 Students.

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Sports and church. We’ve wrestled through this conversation before and we’re back to tackle it again. On this episode, join Stuart Hall, Dan Scott, Ashley Bohinc, and Sarah Anderson for a follow-up conversation on the tensions between church and extracurricular activities, what identity has to do with it, and what youth leaders can do for students who find their identity in sports, band, theater, and more.

The post RYM 064: What To Do When Students Find Their Identity In Sports, Band, And More appeared first on XP3 Students.

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