Boosting Your Church’s Reach on Social Media

You get it—social media is a big deal. Everyone uses it. And your church needs to be using it to reach people for Jesus. But you’re just not sure how to do that. You set up a Twitter account and post occasionally. So why aren’t people flocking to your great social...
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9 Steps to Gauge and Boost Volunteer Morale

“The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it’s usually lousy.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower If you’re already talking about the morale of your volunteer team, it must be at a critical spot. If not, you...
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Voices of the Phase Project :: Josh Shipp

Josh Shipp is new to the Orange family, but we were immediately moved by his story and integrity.  Inspiring and hilarious, Josh uses his platform as a TV host, author, and speaker to share the powerful message that every teen deserves a chance to live life at it’s...
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What’s Trending? 2 Things You Can Do To Help Volunteers

It’s not rare for me to get mic dropped by my kids. One day while I was texting and scootering in my driveway with my seven-year-old. She said, “Mom, if you’re going to be a kid, THEN BE A KID!” She was calling me out. I obviously didn’t know what “being a kid” meant...
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Elementary

April Editor’s Notes

April Editor’s Notes

Humility is a response of the character of God. God has no beginning and no end. God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. He deserves all of our worship and praise for what He has done and continues to do in our life. On the other hand, we are humans, created by God. And while we are the crowns of God’s creation, we are nothing without our Creator God. Yet so often, we act like we are God. We allow our pride to take over and forget that any of our strengths or accomplishments would...

Dan

Orange Leaders

OC17 Breakouts—Registration Opens Today!

OC17 Breakouts—Registration Opens Today!

We have an important announcement: Orange Conference 2017 BREAKOUTS OPEN AT NOON EASTERN TIME TODAY! So make plans to register as soon as you can. Some Breakouts will fill up quickly, and we want you to have the best chance at registering for your first picks. Remember, the best way to learn how to do what you do better is to listen to those who have a proven track record. At OC17, you’ll learn from a host of experience practitioners and thought leaders who will challenge you to rethink how...

Students

XP3 101 | Teaching with XP3

XP3 101 | Teaching with XP3

This post is part of a series of posts called XP3 101. Be sure to check out the entire series! You can check out the previous post in this series by clicking here. Hey! My name is Ashley and I’m the Content Director for XP3 Middle School Curriculum. One of the things I am most passionate about in life and in ministry is communicating to students about the story of God, and the truths of Scripture. That’s why I’m such a big fan of XP3 and why I’ve used it in my own ministry as a student pastor....

Orange Leaders

Is it Possible to Find Balance Between Your Job and Your Personal Life?

Is it Possible to Find Balance Between Your Job and Your Personal Life?

The balance between our work and our personal lives will always be what Andy Stanley calls a “tension to manage.” We need to strive for balance, but we will never fully find it. What we can do, is be as intentional as possible in fighting for this balance. It’s in this daily fight that we can discover how to manage the tension appropriately. Here are three ways we can fight for balance between our work and our personal lives. Fight for balance by giving yourself permission to say...

Orange Leaders

Controlling Crazy

Controlling Crazy

Life can get wild and ministry can get crazy. When you don’t think things can get any busier, they can and they do. Often, busy is a relative term. What one person calls busy is not busy to another. The fact is no matter how you define busy it causes you to be deal with pressure. Pressure can cause you to grow, or it can also expose weakness in your abilities. Either way, pressure is your friend. People are paid by how much pressure they can handle and deal with. If you want to make more money...

Preschool

Preference or Priority

Preference or Priority

I love this time of year! In the South, it means whispers of possible snow and shouts of joy when school is closed as the first flakes hit the pavement. In my life, it means looking back at the last twelve months to see what helped me become more like Jesus, and what pulled me away from Him. Then, I ponder and pray and choose what things to change in order to become more like Him this year. In my home, it means going through cabinets and closets and drawers and pulling together items that no...

Heather Kenny

Orange Guest
Students

Our Spring 2017 Series by Kara Powell

Our Spring 2017 Series by Kara Powell

Our featured series for the month of February for XP3 High School is called Road Trip. Road trips are awesome, but the unexpected always seems to happen on the road: flat tires, detours, surprisingly great lunch stops, disappointingly awful gas stations. The unexpected is just part of the experience. Life works a lot like this too, and that’s exactly what our new Road Trip series is all about. This three-week series studies the life of Paul. Paul was known for his experiences on the...

CJ Palmer

Orange Leaders
Preschool

Puzzles

Puzzles

When I was a little girl, my mom and dad had a Christmas tradition of giving me a doll, a book, and a puzzle. I LOVED putting together puzzles! We would spend the entire Christmas break from school working on puzzles. I still enjoy working on puzzles and will sometimes get one out and put it on a table to work on at my leisure. Puzzles allow for solitude. There are no bells and whistles. You can spend as much time or as little as you want studying the various pieces, and you feel such...

Students

XP3 101 | The 7 Segments

XP3 101 | The 7 Segments

This post is part of a series of posts called XP3 101. Be sure to check out the entire series! You can check out the previous post in this series by clicking here. Hey! My name is Crystal and I’m the Director of High School Strategy here at Orange. If you’ve been following the XP3 blog, you know we’re in the middle of a series of posts designed to help you learn more about XP3 and how to make the most out of all of the tools we provide. And we’re going to keep that series going today as we...

Elementary

February Editor’s Notes

February Editor’s Notes

Love is a reflection of the character of God. God is love. As we read through God’s One Big Story in the Bible, we see an epic love story unfold that started in a garden with a perfect relationship between God and His creation. When Adam and Eve sinned and broke that relationship, God didn’t give up on creation. His love for us drove Him to make the ultimate sacrifice: sending His one and only Son, Jesus to pay the ultimate price to make it possible for us to be with God forever. Because we...

Dan

Elementary

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for December 4

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for December 4

Sunday mornings are like game day for children’s ministry. Just like any good coach, gather your team of volunteers for a pre-game pep talk. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion to kick the morning off: Has someone ever broken a promise to you? Have you ever broken a promise to someone else? Sometimes when we read, “God always keeps His promises” we have a tendency to diminish that truth or to gloss it over and move on. But...

Elementary

Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting December 4

Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting December 4

These posts are designed to review the lesson, so plan for them to appear in your ministry’s social media accounts after you’ve taught the lesson in your ministry. Also, if you share social media accounts with other ministries in your organization, coordinate with them to develop a plan for when to schedule posts and how to designate the intended audience. If Pampers and Goldfish are more your speed, check out our First Look blog for the social media plan to connect parents with...

Preschool

A Christmas How-To for Your Preschool Families

A Christmas How-To for Your Preschool Families

As fall settles in, naturally we begin to look forward and ask, “What’s next?” Whether you’re a church leader or parent, the children you impact are about to experience their first, second, fourth … thirteenth Christmas. What do you want them to know this season? How can you teach (and remind them of) the true meaning of this exciting, gift-filled, twinkly lighted Christmas? HELP PARENTS TELL THE STORY AT HOME Written just for preschoolers and toddlers, The Christmas Story presents the story...

Preschool

Partnering with Parents Through Special Occasions

Partnering with Parents Through Special Occasions

Celebration – just saying the word conjures up images of brightly colored balloons, ribbons, confetti, and delectable sweets. Who doesn’t love a fun celebration?! I know I certainly do! And if the book of Exodus is any indication, God does too! Over and over God instructed His people to build a monument or institute a feast in order to remember significant events. As leaders, we have an opportunity to partner with parents during times of celebration too! Every month, we send home placemats...

Students

How to Say No and Set Boundaries as a Ministry Leader

How to Say No and Set Boundaries as a Ministry Leader

Have too much to do? Feeling stretched by the length of your to-do list? Welcome to ministry! In a world where just about anything can be included in your job description, how do you keep it all manageable? Are there things we simply must do? Is it okay to say “no” to some requests? How do you decide which to say “yes” to and which to say “no” to? Today we’re excited to share an audio recording of a breakout that Tom Shefchunas led at a recent Orange...

CJ Palmer

Orange Leaders