I realized the other day that I left a cliffhanger a couple months ago when I asked if anyone had ever heard of the xp3 curriculum and if they were using it. (It is the merging of Reggie joiner’s 252 basics children’s curriculum and Andy Stanley’s 7 checkpoints.) When I first heard that they combined I was intrigued and this stuff does not disappoint. We have decided that our student ministry would go with it this fall. So 3 months later there is my follow up post.
Here is what HSM has been gearing up for as we enter the fall. From facilities, to philosophy we have some changes ahead and here is how it all fits in…
Our vision of reaching and growing is accomplished through our 4 values…
Worship-This happens in our Wednesday night services. As I already mentioned we are going with the XP3 curriculum and I am excited. It is a complete evening in a box from start to finish. From games, to worship songs, graphics, videos, themes, and lessons it will help me spend my time on equipping and managing people rather than coming up with conceptual stuff from start to finish.
Wednesday nights are also getting a boost as our worship hits another level. We have some guys who are going to invest in this group and take it to the next level both in leadership, time, and technical expertise that I was unable to do amidst the forest.
We also have some adults who make this night work from registration, to food and atmosphere, and even working the room as social butterflies.
Grow-This happens in our Grace Groups that meet during the week and one during middle hour. We have some awesome, capable, enthusiastic adults who will 3 guys groups and 3 girls groups. These groups will also be stocked with student leaders. Grace groups are groups where transformation happens through biblical truth, caring relationships, prayer, and accountability.
Serve-HSM students serve on Sundays during services and especially during Middle Hour. There are many ministries that fit a rang of gifts and personalities, such as Upstreet Live (a full acting production for k-5), Waumba Land (puppet program for preschool), Tech crew, Ushering, Nursery, and working with The Zone (middle school), or with children’s ministries Adventure Alley during 1st and 2nd service.
HSM will also have serve Saturday’s monthly in a array of different places to serve as a high profile doorway into service opportunities.
Outreach-This happens through personal relationship “one person at a time” (as our church and ministry vision say). We will teach, program, and encourage that outreach happens and our Wednesday night worship will always be sensitive to new people. This completes the cycle of our 4 values.
We will also have special events to interject life into personal outreach such as this weeks food fight launch, a couple concerts, and March’s dodgeball tournament.
Hope this all made sense. It is not perfect, but that is where our ministry and church are right now and the philosophy we are built around.