Church as a Community Stress-Reliever for the Christmas Season

Here it comes. With the start of December, all heads turn towards the approaching Holiday Season. For everyone (not just church folks) this means the beginning of the dance of laying out our families calendar of events from work events, school events, travel to...
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Introducing the Orange Leaders Audio Blog

Over the last several months, the team at Orange Leaders has been working to provide the valuable articles from our blog in an audio format. We are now excited to announce the launch of the Orange Leaders Audio Blog. But first, you might be wondering, what is an...
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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...
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Gaining a Perspective on Failure

At my first job in a church, my boss told me he wanted his children to fail as young as possible. This comment struck me as odd at first, but it’s made increasingly more sense the longer I’ve had to contemplate it. While missed opportunities are typically seen in a...
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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
Students

4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

Social media is an essential form of communication for your student ministry. But it can be overwhelming. Tweet this. Post that. Snap this. Pin that. Send this. Upload that. You barely have the time to prepare for what’s happening this Sunday in your student environment, let alone the time to engage with what’s happening on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or one of the other 10,000 social media apps. But just because it’s overwhelming doesn’t mean it’s not...

CJ Palmer

Orange Leaders
Orange Leaders

Moving People to Service

Moving People to Service

People like the idea of service more than they like to serve. Isn’t it true? My job at North Point Community Church is to mobilize people to serve, to help them engage in the real needs of our community through great nonprofits. For our team, the easy part is inspiring people who already love what we do. These are the people who give up their birthdays to fund a well in a third-world country, sacrifice a week of vacation every year to go on a mission trip, and serve regularly at a local...

Orange Leaders

OC17 Registration is NOW Open!

OC17 Registration is NOW Open!

What would happen if the neighborhood around your church suddenly decided . . . Your church is somewhere they can build solid friendships. Your church is a safe place for their kids to talk about important stuff. Your church actually helps when something goes wrong in your community. Your church can help their family win at being a family. Your church answers the questions they are really asking. Your church gives them hope and a reason to believe. What would happen if those of us who are in...

Orange Leaders

Viewing Transition Through Three Lenses

Viewing Transition Through Three Lenses

A friend of mine hiked the Appalachian Trail about a year ago. When he came home, I anticipated hearing him rave about amazing views and a victorious feeling of accomplishment from just hiking through 14 states. I did hear those things, but to my surprise what I heard about most were stories about the people who were right alongside him in the trek. He could have highlighted the 2,200-mile hike, but instead he told me stories about the people that got him through the journey. When you are...

Rachael Sibcy

Orange Guest
Preschool

Is Your Room Safe?

Is Your Room Safe?

I will never forget how I felt that day after picking up my older son from his preschool class at church. Tears dripped off my chin despite my desperate efforts to hold them back. I had just listened as the volunteer listed out every offense my son had committed during the past hour. I heard about everything from struggles sharing to the fact that he got wild after they fed him chocolate pudding. (Duh!) I knew he wasn’t perfect – believe me – I lived with him! I thought church was a safe place...

Preschool

Christmas (and H2GO) is coming!

Christmas (and H2GO) is coming!

Hello fall! I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful fall is finally here! As a former northerner, I am even more grateful than usual for the slightly cooler temperatures and the crisp autumn air! I just love the season of apples, pumpkin spice lattes, and colorful leaves on the ground! This beautiful time of year also means that Christmas is just around the corner—that wonderful season when we look for the perfect presents for the ones we love! While we are thinking of all the presents...

Elementary

Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting October 9

Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting October 9

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...

Elementary

December Editor’s Notes

December Editor’s Notes

When God created the world, He made it to be a place of peace and contentment. In the Magnificent Paradise, God provided fruit trees that were pleasing to the eye and good to eat. And He personally walked with His creation! But when sin entered the world, so did greed and jealousy. As circumstances changed and life presented more challenges, people found it harder and harder to be happy. However, even now in this broken world, God wants us to have joy. Even though we try to find joy through...

Dan

Orange Leaders

What Exactly Is NextGen?

What Exactly Is NextGen?

Sure, it sounds like a subgenre of science fiction novels or a creative rebrand of a student ministry. But NextGen isn’t really about spaceships or youth ministry terminology. It’s far more strategic than that. Actually, NextGen is one of the fastest growing ministry movements in the local church today. NextGen is simply about the Next Generation, typically infants through high school or sometimes including college. For the last several decades, the local church typically had a children’s...

Kenny Conley

Orange Leaders
Students

5 Small Group Leader Appreciation Ideas for this Fall

5 Small Group Leader Appreciation Ideas for this Fall

The content of this post has been generously provided by the amazing people at GoWeekly.com. If you enjoy the SGL appreciation ideas below, be sure to check out GoWeekly.com. They have lots of videos, PDFs, and other downloadable resources to equip you, your parents, and your small group leaders! A new school year means new opportunities to show your small group leaders how much you love them! Here are a few ideas to get you started: 1) Set a birthday reminder. At the beginning of the school...

Students

Your Talk Doesn’t Matter (Does It?)

Your Talk Doesn’t Matter (Does It?)

Discouragement has been a far too familiar friend to me throughout the last 11 years I’ve been in full time ministry. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you can’t (good for you). For me, it often comes from my constant battle of negative self-talk that I wrestle to overcome. One of those sources of discouragement often comes during the times when I feel as if my ‘up front’ teaching doesn’t matter. That it doesn’t have an impact. A few months back, we were in the midst of planning our Spring Retreat...

Orange Leaders

A New Kind Of Startup Church

A New Kind Of Startup Church

Back in the 1940s, when my grandfather started his first church in a wheat field, there were no church planting conferences, no church planting networks, and no money for new churches. It was just my grandfather, his family, and an abandoned church building. His strategy for reaching unchurched families was my grandmother teaching a Sunday School class to the neighborhood children. And it worked. My grandparents were able to start new churches across western Oklahoma, reaching many families...

Geoff Surratt

Orange Guest