September Editor’s Notes

September Editor’s Notes

My youngest son is usually pretty fearless. But as we approached a roller coaster that goes backwards, he was hit by a case of nerves. I couldn’t understand it. He’d ridden it before and liked it. The entire extended family was planning to ride. Why, now, was he suddenly afraid? So I offered him my hand. Told him I’d ride next to him, and he could hold my hand the entire time. Knowing someone he trusted would be right next to him, gave him the courage to join the family on the ride. (And he... Read More
On the Road Again: Orange Tour 2013

On the Road Again: Orange Tour 2013

Whether you’re aware of it or not, time is moving. You can’t stop it. You can’t slow it down. You can’t change it. The number of weeks you have to influence a child or teenager is limited.   So, what would happen if your ministry team spent one day reprioritizing what you do each week in the life of a kid or teenager?    Orange Tour 2013, taking place this fall in 12 cities across the U.S., will begin a conversation with church leaders about a few core things to focus on every week... Read More
Social Media Plan for Reaching Elementary Parents Starting July 1st

Social Media Plan for Reaching Elementary Parents Starting July 1st

Racking your brain for a way to provoke meaningful conversations between parents and their elementary kids in less than 140 characters? Well, rack no more! Below, you will find everything you need to cue parents this week through every major social media outlet from Twitter to Pinterest (so you can focus your brain power on posting the really important stuff—like that picture you just took of your cat sunbathing). And if you missed our first post explaining what all this is, take a second to... Read More
Small Group Supplies, by Age

Small Group Supplies, by Age

If you weren’t able to attend Orange Conference 2013 this year, we missed you!  In the Ages and Stages breakout about elementary kids, two of the things that seemed most helpful to leaders were: How to set up your environment with favorite supplies for each of the three main age groups (K-1, 2-3 and 4-5). How to give your small group leaders extra age-appropriate game ideas they can use if they have more time to fill. I’m going to summarize these ideas here and I’d love for you to ADD to them…... Read More
Social Media Plan for Reaching Elementary Parents Starting June 24th

Social Media Plan for Reaching Elementary Parents Starting June 24th

Racking your brain for a way to provoke meaningful conversations between parents and their elementary kids in less than 140 characters? Well, rack no more! Below, you will find everything you need to cue parents this week through every major social media outlet from Twitter to Pinterest (so you can focus your brain power on posting the really important stuff—like that picture you just took of your cat wearing a sweatsuit). And if you missed our first post explaining what all this is, take a... Read More
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