Secret Sauce for ORANGE in a Small Church

Secret Sauce for ORANGE in a Small Church

Over the last 9 years I’ve had the awesome opportunity to connect with (conservatively) hundreds of amazing leaders. While it might come as a surprise, the majority of churches using ORANGE would actually fall into the category of “small churches”-many with less than 25 children in their ministry.   I’ve been asked dozens of times, “Will ORANGE work in a small church?” The answer is an unequivocal YES! And, I’d also say there is a bit of a “secret sauce” to small churches doing excellent... Read More
Exhausted. Frustrated. Discouraged. Burned out.

Exhausted. Frustrated. Discouraged. Burned out.

Unfortunately, these are words that have become synonymous with leading a ministry. Why? Because we are so busy concentrating on helping others connect with God that we forget that we also need to connect with God. While we encourage parents and volunteers in our ministry to prioritize well: God, then family, then work; we think that because we are in ministry that somehow our work moves to the front of our line. And while our work is for God, our work is NOT God, or our relationship with Him.... Read More
Creative “Thank Yous” for Volunteers

Creative “Thank Yous” for Volunteers

“Thank you.” Don’t you feel appreciated when someone says those two words to you? So simple, yet so impactful! We like to hear it said to us, but do we strategically think about how we say it, or show it, to our volunteers? We know it’s important. But do we make it a priority? While we may carve out time and budget dollars for an annual Volunteer Appreciation event, how are you saying “Thank you!” to those folks who show up so faithfully, Sunday in and Sunday out?   There are actually... Read More
An EVERYday Faith for Kids

An EVERYday Faith for Kids

We all want our children to have an everyday faith. Not a faith that just lives at church, but a faith that goes with them everywhere they go. But how do we help kids grow their faith from something they think only happens at church, to knowing their faith is actually a part of them no matter where they are?   Well, for starters, they have got to interact with God outside the walls of the church. If they only open their Bibles or pray at church, they will begin to think (if they don’t... Read More
Benefits of Providing Special Needs Dedicated Space

Benefits of Providing Special Needs Dedicated Space

One of the best ways to facilitate special needs inclusion is to assign a one-on-one helper or “buddy” to participants with learning differences or disabilities. Yet, even with buddies, some students still need access to an alternate environment. A child with special needs may benefit from a few minutes of regular participation inside the special needs dedicated space for any of the following reasons: (1)   Sensory issues may arise during certain activities. Common sensory challenges include:... Read More
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