Where are the Lines?

Where are the Lines?

Last month, Brian White, the director of Mobile Technology for Disney, spoke at an Orange staff meeting. His “Lessons from Disney” talk inspired us to think in new directions. He took some time to explain Disney’s strategy for lines at their parks. As Disney Parks grew in popularity, the lines at their park attractions grew as well. This is a good problem for Disney to have, as it meant more people are coming and enjoying themselves. Certainly don’t want to stop that! But how can the wait for... Read More
The Christmas Machine

The Christmas Machine

This year, I saw my first “Christmas preview” sale back in September. Frankly, I’m just waiting for the “Christmas in July” events to bleed right on through the rest of the summer, meet up with those previews, and give us a full six months of frantic commercialism. When it comes down to your children’s ministry, it can seem like the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are already a wash. It’s an uphill battle against a dozen outside influences—all of which seem to have a head start:... Read More
Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices

Growing up in Sunday School as I did, I was taught all the great Old Testament stories where the big, booming voice of God would speak to His people.  I pictured Noah looking up into the sky, listening to the powerful voice telling him to build an ark.  Or Moses standing before a burning bush, God’s voice crackling through the flames.  And then there’s that talking donkey. As I grew older, it became clear to me that God wasn’t talking to me.  Or at least not in the same grand fashion.  I’ve... Read More
Disney-level Ministry

Disney-level Ministry

When Walt Disney was about 50 years old, he took his kids to an amusement park. While they rode the carousel, he sat on a park bench to read his newspaper. As Walt Disney looked around him, he saw ride operators who looked bored, parents sitting with their newspapers, and kids merrily riding around and around. He was suddenly struck with inspiration. What if there was a park where kids and parents could have fun together? And Disneyland was born. Sound like a familiar idea? I hope it’s similar... Read More
Creativity Environments

Creativity Environments

Your environment says a ton about how you value kids. It not only tells kids that you understand them, it tells them that you like them. Seriously, what kid doesn’t want to hear the words, “I like you”? Last month, we challenged all of you to take your environments to the next level. And wow! Did you ever bring your A-game to Creativity! Each week, we loved seeing all of the pictures and ideas on Twitter and Facebook that we just couldn’t keep them to ourselves. We wanted to take a moment to... Read More
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