The “H” Word

The “H” Word

“Uh-oh. It’s the H word. Halloween. Have you ever considered that the problem with Halloween may be that we have thought so much about what might be wrong with it and have never considered what might be right about it? Here are a few stats about Halloween: *An estimated 47 % of household consumers decorate for Halloween. *Halloween is 2nd place to Christmas in volume of decorations sold. *Candy Sales will Exceed 2 billion. *More than 93% of children go trick or treating every year. (I wonder... Read More
Progress Not Perfection

Progress Not Perfection

If you have said yes to the next generation and your committing to dig your heels in and see real life change in the families you serve then you need to brace your self for disappointment. We are all broken people and we’re trying to lead broken people. We’re not set up for success so why do we act so surprised when things go wrong? When something that was said hurts the core of who we are. When the person you invested so much energy and effort in walks away, when you hoped that... Read More
The Art of the Meeting

The Art of the Meeting

meet·ing [ˈmēdiNG] noun—an assembly of people, especially the members of a society or committee, for discussion or entertainment I absolutely love this Google definition of the word meeting. Can you guess which two trigger words I admire? That’s right, “Discussion” and “Entertainment.” These are the two secret ingredients to thriving in your next meeting. Now, I personally don’t think that it needs to be one or the other but both! As ministry leaders, we host meetings for various reasons but... Read More
Levels of Partnership with Parents

Levels of Partnership with Parents

One key distinctive about the Orange strategy is the intentionality of partnering with parents. We realize we have roughly 40 hours to invest in the lives of the children in our ministry in any given year. Parents, on the other hand, have 3,000 hours to influence their kids in a year.   As children’s ministry leaders, we put countless hours into making sure Sunday morning is the best hour of every kid’s week. But we pray, strategize, and lose sleep over the dilemma of how to help parents... Read More
Hot Topic: Recruiting Volunteers

Hot Topic: Recruiting Volunteers

In the past 12 years of serving and leading in children’s ministry, the term Recruiting Volunteers seems to be an Anthem! We hear it in our staff meetings because every ministry is trying to recruit! We hear it from current volunteers who feel stretched thin or who are on the verge of burn out. We feel it when we look at our numbers and we are off ratio. We feel it every time we get the dreaded Saturday night call: “I am not going to be able to make it,” or, worse, the Sunday Morning No Shows.... Read More
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