For high school seniors, we offer six different XP3 Next Conversation Guides (each containing three or more weeks of materials), to walk seniors through the transition to life post-high school and into the first semester of college. These guides build relationship beyond youth group, and can even connect seniors with other adults in the church. These guides are part of the XP3 College library and available for individual purchase or for selection by group subscribers.
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All Conversation Guides are based on a single topic that fall under one of seven core categories that we believe reflect the issues, concerns and passions of college-age people. Those categories are: identity, relationships, faith, life, work, community and restoration. For a list of the current available Conversation Guides, click here.
The Conversation Guides can be purchased individually. Or if you are a church or an organization, you can purchase 12 conversation guides with access for up to 20 mentors. This gives you approximately 36-40 weeks worth of small group or one-on-one mentoring resources.
Once a mentor selects a Conversation Guide, he/she receives the following:
Small Group Leader/Mentor’s Guide
XP3 College sets up small group leaders/mentors to win by equipping them with additional training on the nuances of any given topic as it relates to mentor/mentee and/or small group relationships. This includes, but is not limited to, guidance on what to watch for while discussing a specific topic, as well as a thought-out description of the topic and tensions faced in it specific to college-age people, etc. (This material won’t necessarily be taught, but is meant to give mentors insight on the issue.) Click here for a sample from the Conversation Guide, “The One About Justice.”
Topics are broken down into a series of three or more dialogs (depending on the breadth of the topic). The three dialogs are intentional in their placement and pacing, as shown below. You can meet weekly, every other week, whatever works for both of you. The key is to make that time consistent and important.
- DIALOG 1 will push at “the relationship.” It’s a chance for both individuals to be real and authentic with each other. To avoid slapping on “churchy answers” upfront, this segment intentionally avoids an overload of Scripture references. Rather, it’s a chance to mutually engage and explore a topic in each of your lives. Click here for a sample from the Conversation Guide, “The One About My Story.”
- DIALOG 2 guides you through Scriptures that speak to the given topic and helps you relate to one another as you dialog. Click here for a sample from the Conversation Guide, “The One About the Bible.”
- DIALOG 3 is about living out an authentic, Christ-like existence in light of what we’ve discovered to be true in the Scriptures and in our own stories. Click here for a sample from the Conversation Guide, “The One About What You Do.”
How do you use these Conversation Guides?
The Conversation Guides are intended to be used one-on-one between a mentor and college-age person or in a small group format. So, start by setting up a consistent time to meet. You can invite a college-age person to your home once a week, or meet him/her at a coffee shop every other week. There is no formula. Flexibility is important since a college-age person has an ever shifting schedule, but so is consistency. Find the balance for both of your schedules.
If you’re a mentor, start by reading the Small Group Leader/Mentor’s Guide. This is just for you, but the dialogs are intended to be used by both of you. This isn’t a teacher-pupil setting. It’s a time for discussion, where you both contribute by answering the same questions. You meet, discuss the topic and grow spiritually, together.
It’s that basic. That simple. Let’s start a Conversation!