Allowing Room for Margin

Allowing Room for Margin

Do what only you can do and let somebody else do the rest.  This is the best advice I have for busy ministry leaders!  It can be tempting in children’s ministry to just do it all yourself, because you know YOU will do it the way you want it done.  The problem with that is, there is only one of you and 24 hours in a day (that also needs to include things like family time and sleep), and you are robbing someone else of the opportunity to be part of life change!  From day one of ministry, it is... Read More
Family Traditions

Family Traditions

The word “tradition” is defined as the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.  I love this!  Traditions are multi-generational, crossing all lines of age and even ethnicity.  When we share with our kids and grandkids their lineage and heritage it broadens their perspective and worldview.  God made us one and all, so different and yet so much the same.   Some of these traditions have been passed down from several generations and keeping them alive will teach your kids... Read More
Strategy Matters

Strategy Matters

If you have been around ORANGE for any length of time-using our curriculum, attending our events or reading any of our books, you have heard us talk about “ORANGE Strategy”: the combining of the influence of the Church and the Home to have a greater impact on the next generation. Maybe the idea of “strategy” in relation to church is new to you. Or, maybe you have bought into the idea of strategy, but you are not really sure if it is making any kind of a difference. In either case, you may be... Read More
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
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