Small is Big

Small is Big

As a kid, I had a fascination with miniatures: tiny porcelain animals. Bonsai trees. The petite, twisted spritz cookies my mom made. From my four-foot vantage point, small was intriguing; all the good stuff boiled down to something you could fit in the palm of your hand or lift on a finger. At Orange, we’ve started thinking small, too. We’ve always promoted small groups, but we’re preparing to make even greater investments in helping you take your children’s ministry, whatever size, and... Read More
Smart Teaching: Understanding What the Brain Can’t Ignore

Smart Teaching: Understanding What the Brain Can’t Ignore

Do you know why infographics that combine compelling graphics, charts, lists and texts are so popular and spread so quickly? Our brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than printed words or auditory cues alone. In the last decade, we’ve discovered 90 percent of what we know to be true of our brains, but we still forget 90 percent of what we learn each day, usually within the hour that we learn in. How can that be? Because our teaching styles haven’t changed much, despite all... Read More
Play “Orange Strategy in Five Minutes”

Play “Orange Strategy in Five Minutes”

Okay, before you read any further, this blog does not contain a five-sentence summation of what the Orange Strategy is. Actually, it’s a challenge. For those of you that are already Orange thinkers and practitioners at your various places of worship, I want to see how you would explain the Orange Strategy if you had only five sentences to explain it to another minister who has never heard of Orange. You only have five sentences and five sentences only. Run-on sentences will not be accepted.... Read More
Practice What You Preach

Practice What You Preach

If a month has five Sundays in it, we use that fifth week to highlight a faith skill. These are skills we believe are beneficial in growing one’s relationship with God. They are as follows: Navigate the Bible. Personalize Scripture. Dialogue with God. Articulate faith. Worship with your life. Or more simply: Learn how to find stuff in the Bible. Memorize Bible verses. Talk to God. Talk about God. Do everything you do to honor God.   These are all important skills that a Christian should... Read More
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