Fall Promotions: Operation Christmas Child

Fall Promotions: Operation Christmas Child

In grade school, I never realized how little our one-income family had. My parents trusted God’s provision and knew how to spin “just enough” into a warm, secure childhood where Christmas meant singing carols around the manger scene every evening in December and a stack of wrapped gifts under the tree Christmas morning. But my grandparents were missionaries in Haiti, and through their letters, I caught glimpses of a world where children didn’t live with the same abundance I did. “Little... Read More
Fall Promotions: Parent Cue App

Fall Promotions: Parent Cue App

Have you noticed your ministry seems to have seasons? In the winter, attendance slows due to flu season. In the spring, kids get a little more excitable as cabin fever sets in. The summer is full of camps, vacations, and ice cream. But the fall is, in my opinion, the best season because we kick-off so many new opportunities! In 252 Basics, we’re kicking off a ton of new things, as we’ve been talking about this summer (check out the link at the top of this blog to get the scoop).... Read More
Camp KidJam

Camp KidJam

During July I had the privilege of hosting Camp KidJam. Each session I had the job of being crazy, getting the kids crazy, and telling crazy stories that were (somewhat) true to get the kids excited about a) being at camp and b) learning more about God. Now, I don’t have to tell you that playing Minute to Win It games with kids gets them pretty loud and excited. I also probably don’t need to remind you that the comedic schtick of falling off ladders will get a laugh—every time. And of course... Read More
TGIM?

TGIM?

Does your team look forward to working in your environment? Do they enjoy coming in on Monday mornings… or whenever your work week or volunteer hours begin? The atmosphere you create, whether you’re working with staff or volunteers, is vital to everything you do together. As a leader, you can create a space people love and gravitate toward … or one they’d rather avoid. At 252, we’re not quite as hands on with family ministry as you are on the front lines, but the same principles of working as... Read More
Working Within Our Strengths

Working Within Our Strengths

Tom Rath wrote a great book called Strengths Finder 2.0 about developing your strengths instead of fixing your shortcomings. The accompanying online assessment, StrengthsFinder, allows you to determine your top five talents. At Orange, we use this assessment to help each staff member find their best fit. Our 252 Basics team has recently restructured, allowing many of us to work more deeply within our strengths. We have all found ourselves venturing into new roles, using different talents, and... Read More
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