The 5 Reasons Why I Attend The Orange Conference

The 5 Reasons Why I Attend The Orange Conference

It’s a non-negotiable for me. I have to attend The Orange Conference every year. I put it on the calendar and excitedly await its arrival. Anyone who works with the next generation needs to experienceThe Orange Conference. Once you do, you’ll understand why I have to keep coming back year after year. Here’s the five reasons I attend Orange Conference every year. 1. There’s incredible worship and teaching. If you’re like me, being able to attend your church’s worship service can feel like... Read More
Reactivating Small Group Leaders to Lead Small

Reactivating Small Group Leaders to Lead Small

The start of the year is a great time to reactive not only yourself but your small group leaders. Reminding your entire preschool team of the value of leading small and how that’s possible in the context of your preschool environments will help to ensure you’re all on the same page as you invest in the lives of preschoolers. 1. BE PRESENT Preschoolers thrive on continuity. You might have figured that out when a preschooler in your ministry put the death grip on mom, refusing to enter her room,... Read More
Safe, Able, and Okay

Safe, Able, and Okay

I am so thankful for other voices in my kid’s lives – the small group leaders, the staff members, teachers, parents. These people show up in my children’s lives and echo much of what my husband and I prioritize as parents. During the preschool years, each age is asking a question (even if they can’t verbalize it yet) to know if they can belong in your small group. It’s our job as small group leaders or preschool directors to help answer those questions alongside parents. Am I safe? (0-1... Read More
Creating a Summer Rhythm

Creating a Summer Rhythm

I like a good schedule—the predictability of knowing what to expect. I get to have this three-quarters of the year. Then, along comes summer with her pool days, her vacations, her warm temperatures, her longer days, and before I know it, she’s got me staying up late, feeling lazy and throwing my schedule right out of the window. Don’t even get me started on what summer does to my kids. “What are we going to today? Can we go swimming? Can we go to the movies? When do we leave for vacation?” So,... Read More
Grace and Safety in Small Group

Grace and Safety in Small Group

One of my earliest memories of embarrassment came on a Sunday morning in my 4-year-old Sunday School class. I felt like there was something in my nose, so I did what every normal 4- year-old does – I reached into my nose and attempted to get out what was bothering me. (Let’s not pretend your 4-year-old self — and maybe adult self — didn’t pick your nose, okay?) My Sunday School teacher looked up and simply said out loud to me (and all the kids at the table), “Kelly, we do not... Read More
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