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
Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

“Raising the bar.” We’ve all heard this phrase at some point. Yet sometimes I think we brush it off. Perhaps we give off a “yeah, yeah, I know, I know” vibe. Or maybe the statement confuses us. Something I hear is “I just don’t have time…. if we can just maintain what we’re currently doing I’m ok with that! And so is my senior leader…”   Well, I’m not ok with it!  If we choose to change nothing then nothing will change. We will be ineffective in... Read More
Summer Blues Turned to Cues

Summer Blues Turned to Cues

The summer months are quickly approaching. I know it from the fabulous frappuccino happy hours at Starbucks, the climbing temperatures, and the mass exodus I feel knowing so many of my volunteers are taking the summer off as families are booking vacations left and right! In years passed this time has left me stressed and weary of what that meant for the children’s ministry in my church.   It’s time to rethink this feeling. Let’s be proactive and turn our kid min summer blues... Read More
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