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3 Valuable Tips On Being Orange And Being Great At It!

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by Rebekah Bullard As a kid’s ministry leader, you are many things: visionary, a shepherd, a curator of environments, a professional event planner, a cheerleader for parents, an expert in safe practices, a communicator and a team player! You have a BIG job! Thankfully, one thing you DON’T have to be is a curriculum writer! You get to be the expert of your people and environments, while the innovators at Orange get to be the expert in resourcing you with the most effective tools possible to invest truth into the hearts of the next generation. In my experience, the difference between HAVING the Orange tools and being great at USING the Orange tools hinges on intentional and practical preparation. Make Them Your Own And Get Organized – Identify a plan of action. Develop a process. Have a checklist. Breakdown...

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3 Tips for Organizing Small Groups

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Do you have small group leaders who wouldn’t dream of missing time with their kids on Sunday? Seeing those kinds of invested relationships doesn’t just happen by slapping a new label on an old volunteer role or even by starting a well intentioned huddle on Sundays. You need a strategy for creating intentional small groups with a consistent leader and the same peers each week to have maximum impact.   Our task is to provide a safe space where kids can find their “tribe.” The friends our kids spend time with will ultimately influence their decisions in life. Without a solid plan, our ministry hour can run the risk of feeling like slightly organized chaos rather than intentional small group ministry. Here are three tips to help maximize the structure of your groups so that relationships can take root....

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Sticky Faith For Families With Children With Special Needs

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Katie Garvert is the Access Ministries Coordinator for Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She shared how her ministry helps family affected by special needs on the Orange Leaders blog. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – At the end of the day, will we really make a difference in the lives of our special needs families and students? I worked for nine years as the leader of a special needs ministry where we grew our ministry from serving seven families to serving over 100 families. Yes, we had many success and heartwarming...

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Each Parent’s Next Step

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You’re an Orange leader. You want to combine the church’s influence with the parents’ influence to fuel faith in the next generation. You partner with parents…or at least that’s the goal, right?   If you’re anything like me when I was a children’s ministry director, I thought about this a lot. How do we partner with parents? How do we equip parents to have spiritual conversations at home? If you are not asking this question often, you should be.   What I want to encourage you to think about is that partnering with parents isn’t going to look the same for all parents. If your church is like mine, there are families all over the spiritual spectrum. Some of your parents can name all of the major and minor prophets in order AND in reverse…Malachi, Zechariah, Haggai…   Other...

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Smartphone Apps To Boost Productivity

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Tom Pounder is an Orange blogger and church leader at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He shared about his favorite productivity apps on the Orange Leaders blog. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Ever since I got my very first smartphone (Palm Treo, to be exact), I was completely engulfed in how productive this little handheld device could make me. In the palms of my hands I had access to my email, phone, calendar notes and even some games I could play when bored in meetings (but if you play games during your...

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Supply Prep

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Something that I learned in my days  as a church planter, with a budget of $0, is that being ahead of the game is the key.  Anticipation is the name of the game. When I could work a month or two ahead, I could pour over the supply lists and the activities and know what I needed to be on the look out for. Ask for donations—If there is a supply needed like a deck of cards, newspapers, magazines, send out a request on social media. Ask people in your church if they have something they would let you us. One man’s junk is a KidMin Leader’s treasure—For example, we didn’t have a stage for our Large Group time, so I brought in the bright-colorful rug from my daughter’s bedroom and THAT was our stage. It was a prop I had...

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