Networking Could be Your Ministry’s Super Power

According to the Huffington Post, networking should be written into your job description. Have you ever thought about it that way? It truly is a super power to ministry leaders! So, put on your cape and strike the confidence pose. In all seriousness, who doesn’t want...

Strategy Turns Vision Into Reality

If you're a church leader you have, no doubt, heard a LOT about vision. Countless blog posts are written about it. It’s the topic of many sessions in many conferences. There are books written about it. As a church leader, vision is everywhere you look. Truth is, it’s...

6 Ways to Embrace the Physical Needs of a Toddler

Toddlers get a bad rap. Sure they whine and throw tantrums. But can you blame them? There’s a lot going on in those pint-sized bodies. By age two your little one will grow to half their adult height—something they’ll spend the next two decades reaching. And...

Setting Boundaries Between Family and Ministry

Here’s a random question for you. If I were to say that somebody was a “PK” would you know what I meant? It probably will take a little bit more context. The term means “Preacher’s Kid” or “Pastor’s Kid” depending on the background or denomination. Now knowing that,...
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Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

When my kids were younger, at two times during the year, Christmas Break and Spring Break, we would go through all the closets and storage boxes of clothes and discard anything that no longer fit. Some of the items were still in good shape. Some of the items were worn out. Some of them came with funny stories and precious memories. And dare I say that some of them still had the tags on them (Shhhhh! Don’t tell!) For most items, none of that mattered. The only criteria was whether the item...

Paula Dannielle

Orange Guest
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Reserve Your Spot for the OC18 Live Stream!

Reserve Your Spot for the OC18 Live Stream!

In two weeks, we are going to welcome over 7,000 attendees to The Orange Conference in Atlanta, Ga.! Of course we would love to have every single one of you join us for our annual party, but we know that’s not always possible. So here’s the next best thing: The Orange Conference Live Stream! Beginning with our opening session on Wednesday evening, April 25, we’ll cover selected main sessions, exclusive speaker interviews and offer fun giveaways throughout the three days of conference. This...

Preschool

He Calls Me By Name

He Calls Me By Name

I adore spending time with my twin granddaughters.  It is so hard to have them live fifteen hours away, but when I get a chance to visit, I make the most of it! On my last visit, I was sitting on the couch with them chatting.  My pet name for them is Lovey Doves.  They made the comment, “Kitty, you always call us Lovey Doves.”  I replied that yes, I do!  I asked them what their Gigi calls them.  They replied, “Precious girls,” in their sing-song voices.  I then asked them what...

Students

RYM 029: Structuring Your Ministry For Growth

RYM 029: Structuring Your Ministry For Growth

Creating structure that supports the strategy of your youth ministry is key to overall ministry health and growth. But what should that structure look like? And how do you know if you have the wrong structure in place? On this episode, join Kurt Johnston, Pastor to Students at Saddleback Church, for a conversation with ministry leaders about the importance of structure and what you can do to create and implement structure that aligns with the overall strategy of your ministry.

Students

Worship Leaders: One Thing To Stop Doing

Worship Leaders: One Thing To Stop Doing

I’ve noticed something about supervillains recently. They’ve got massive resources. Their genius is boundless. They always have a carefully crafted plan and focused vision. But still, they’re always brought down in the end by the same thing: the monologue. You know what I mean, right? They’ve finally got the hero right where they want them, but before they can finish the job, they always pause to give some long speech, inevitably creating just enough time for the hero to come up with a plan to...

Elementary

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Road trips. We all take them. We might be able to recall a memory from our childhood sliding around in the backseat (yes, we used to be ok not wearing a seatbelt.)  I remember flipping my cassette tape over to side B and adjusting my headphones while I strategically positioned my pillow in between the headrest and the door. Road trips for me were all about music and food! I loved getting to go through a drive through at the half way point where I could super-size my meal for .25 cents and have...

Jessica

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Sights, Eats, and Sounds Around Orange Conference 2018

Sights, Eats, and Sounds Around Orange Conference 2018

Whether you live here in Atlanta or will just be visiting for The Orange Conference, there is never a shortage of fun things to do and fantastic places to eat. We’ve been told that many organizations use our event as a team-building experience. So, if that’s your group or you’re just flying solo, plan on spending a little extra time in our Southern hub, where the hospitality is free and the tea is always sweet. It’s a great place to explore! Here are a few of our favorite suggestions: Near the...

Students

Three Keys for Finding Great Volunteers

Three Keys for Finding Great Volunteers

We’re all in need of volunteers. If we’re going to build a great student ministry—the one that we believe God wants us to build—we’re not going to be able to do it alone. We’re going to have to find great people to help. In fact, I would argue that your student ministry will rise and fall based on the quality of your volunteer team. And that’s because a great ministry is more than just a great building, a great budget, or a great strategy. Great volunteers make great ministries. Great...

Preschool

May 2018 Editor’s Notes

May 2018 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!  We see works of art every day that have a Maker and a plan. We pass them on the street, at work, and every Sunday they play around our feet. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes, I’m talking about people! People are God’s works of art.  He is our Maker. And, He has a plan for each of us. Every neighbor. Every preschooler. Every parent. God has a plan for all of us, because He made us and loves us. We want to teach our preschoolers this month that God has a plan...

Preschool

Refresh

Refresh

I’m not into New Year’s Resolutions. I know, goals are good. They keep us on track. They make us better. But this year instead of making resolutions, I’ve decided to ask myself this question, “What areas in my ministry or life need some refreshing?” re·fresh | rəˈfreSH | verb | to give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate. Here are a few spots I’m analyzing to see if they need a bit of strength or energy in them. Environments Are my preschool rooms looking tired? Are there broken toys,...

Elementary

Leading Small Groups in Kindness

Leading Small Groups in Kindness

Kindness is one of those Life-Apps that is always in season. More than just having good manners, kindness reflects a core principle: that every person is made in the image of God, and is valuable to Him. Being nice seeks no one’s harm; being kind seeks others’ good. Kids are often told to “be nice”, “share” and “get along”, but how can we as Small Group Leaders encourage them to treat others as God’s special creation? “Treat others as you want to be treated” is a pretty good rule of thumb,...

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Re-imagine the Potential You Can Have as One Voice

Re-imagine the Potential You Can Have as One Voice

Momentum is never an accident. It happens when everyone on the team is moving together in ONE direction. Whenever . . . parents and small group leaders are working toward common goals staff and volunteers are compelled by a common vision those who have influence speak a common language the church and the home are connected by a common strategy an entire community is inspired to champion common values . . . things tend to move forward in a powerful and positive way. Let’s be honest. Every...

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What Smart Leaders Know About the Holidays

What Smart Leaders Know About the Holidays

The holidays are upon us! Family calendars fill up fast. We check our list and check it twice. There are choir concerts, school parties, teacher gifts and more. Jingle here. Jingle there. Smart leaders like you understand that while it’s the most wonderful time of year, it can also be a tumultuous time in families lives. Shared custody challenges, loss of loved ones, absent military family, job loss, finances and so much more. Emotions run high during the holidays. Middle and High School kids...

Misty Phillips

Orange Specialist
Students

RYM 013: How To Talk About Sex And Dating With MS And HS Students

RYM 013: How To Talk About Sex And Dating With MS And HS Students

Our students live in a world where sex and dating are talked about everywhere they turn—on the bus, in the school halls, on Netflix, and on social media. Because it’s so prevalent, it’s important for us to talk with our middle school and high school students about it as well. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about the best ways to address the topic of sexuality in our ministry environments. They’ll discuss real questions that students are asking, what to say and what not to say about sex and dating, and how you can better equip parents and small group leaders for conversations with students about this topic.

Elementary

The Tangibles and Intangibles of an Excellent Preteen Enviornment

The Tangibles and Intangibles of an Excellent Preteen Enviornment

The moment you walk in the door you begin to judge the atmosphere of any business. If you walk in a coffee shop you are trying to find where you place your order and what coffee options are available. You begin judging whether or not you will ever return based on the tangible things you see, taste, and experience as well as the intangible things you feel, smell, and hear. The same is true with the preteens that walk in our preteen environments. We might not have full control over the smells in...

Elementary

5 Multi-Age Small Group Tips

5 Multi-Age Small Group Tips

As a small group leader, when you meet with your few, when you show up for them consistently and randomly, you’re impacting the future faith of an entire generation. If you’re like many users of our Compact material, it feels like you have an entire generation at small group every week!  To help small group leaders engage all the kids in their unique circles, check out our top 5 Multi-Age Small Group Tips! Pair older and younger kids within the group. For activities that involve...

Preschool

Presents With A Purpose

Presents With A Purpose

It is that most wonderful, hectic, stressful time of year again for our already very busy families. This season, let’s help our parents win at home by helping them with their Christmas shopping. We certainly don’t need to go to all the stores for them, but we can give them some amazing suggestions and point them to presents that have a purpose! We all have the desire to help parents win, and more importantly to partner the church with the home. So let’s get some great items into every home we...

Students

8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

Pop quiz for all you student pastors out there! Have you ever stood in front of a roomful of teenagers and felt like you had absolutely no control over what was happening in the room? Have you ever attempted to teach a lesson and walked off stage wondering if the students even heard and processed anything you said? Have you ever tried to engage your student audience in your lesson, but lost complete control of the room in the process? Have you ever just wanted to give up (or at least shout a...

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