Ways to Appreciate and Encourage Volunteers This Season

This is a wonderful time of year. It’s a great time to be with friends and family as the weather gets colder, the food gets more delicious and it is a much more festive time of year. Unfortunately, as great of a time of year it is, it is also a very busy time of year....
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Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

We all know when you are in ministry world you have to start thinking about Christmas a few days after you survive promotion Sunday. Our minds are always thinking ahead to the next thing. And Christmas is a biggie! So, now that your pastor has made the final call on...
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The #1 Need of Senior Leaders

The more I talk to leaders, the more I’m sensing the #1 need of senior leaders is to have other leaders they can talk to and who “get” them. Over and over again, I hear pastors talk about the need to connect with peers they trust, coaches and mentors...
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Turn Up the Volume On Engaging Through Worship

When you plan a trip, rarely do you hop in the car and start driving with no plan of where you’re headed, much less have a plan for stops along the way. Leading a worship set is similar to taking a trip. It’s important to think about and develop a plan for where you...
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Orange Leaders

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...

Orange Leaders

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...

Preschool

The New Kids

The New Kids

New environments make me so nervous. At the heart of it, I don’t want to feel stupid. And, not knowing what the routine is, what I can expect, or what the proper etiquette is will drive my inner self crazy with anxiety. If, as an adult, I feel this way, I can only imagine what a preschooler must feel when he encounters a new environment run by a bunch of “big people.” If we want to create a safe place for a new preschooler, we need to take a look at how we are making new kids feel welcomed and...

Orange Leaders

Refuse to Quit

Refuse to Quit

I started playing basketball in fourth grade. I had hit a growth spurt and everyone kept suggesting I try it out. My dad took me to the community center and signed me up. I didn’t know how to dribble or shoot and the rules were as familiar to me as calculus theorems. I was lost, to put it mildly. In my first game I rebounded 20 balls, which may sound impressive, except that I also walked twice, missed every shot I attempted, and fouled out in the third quarter. It was around this same time...

Jessica Bealer

Orange Leaders
Orange Leaders

Walk This Way: Teaching Kids to Walk Out Justice

Walk This Way: Teaching Kids to Walk Out Justice

While Run DMC’s infamous song resonates with most members of Generation X, that is not the topic of this article today. The kids of Gen Xers and Millennials are getting older and seeing that justice is still a big issue in our world today. However, this new generation, Gen Z, matures faster than we ever did and will begin asking questions at younger ages about why there is so much hate in our world. Remember, this is the generation where diversity is normal. It might be hard for them to...

Paula Dannielle

Orange Guest
Preschool

Life Is A Party

Life Is A Party

Last night, I called my little twin grand-daughters right before bed to video chat. They are three-years-old and live fifteen hours away. “Hey Kitty!” they said. “We’re having a sleep party!” My daughter-in-law stepped in to explain that right now everything’s a party. Bedtime is a sleep party. They have lunch parties, watching Beauty and the Beast parties, go see Daddy at work parties, and on and on. Oh, to enjoy life like a three-year-old! I started thinking about it. What if Sunday morning...

Elementary

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...

Amy Grisham

Orange Specialist
Orange Leaders

026: Clarifying the Win for Small Group Leaders with Tom Shefchunas, Afton Phillips and Ashley Bohinc

026: Clarifying the Win for Small Group Leaders with Tom Shefchunas, Afton Phillips and Ashley Bohinc

If you’re a listener of this podcast, you likely understand the great importance of small groups and how they’re a big part of growing the faith of kids and adults alike. However, the commonly used phrase, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” can also apply to small groups: If small group leaders and the people who oversee them don’t communicate the strategies and wins that make a small group thrive, nobody wins.

In today’s episode of the Think Orange Podcast, you’ll hear from Tom Shefchunas, Director of Strategy at Orange, Afton Phillips Director of Lead Small at Orange, and Ashley Bohinc, Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange. Together, they’ll discuss how you can set your small group leaders up for success.

Elementary

Large Group Recruiting

Large Group Recruiting

Remember that time when you were a kid and that leader got up to teach at church? They were so monotone. They held a binder and read a Bible Story to the group with very little passion and enthusiasm. Maybe they paused between each sentence for what seemed like 10 minutes. Wait. Hold the phone. Record scratch. No, you don’t remember it BECAUSE of those things. As a matter of fact, it’s a wonder that you are even still in church now if that was you. God surely is gracious! Here’s the thing: If...

Orange Leaders

Don’t Let Your Church Miss Seasonal Opportunities

Don’t Let Your Church Miss Seasonal Opportunities

Where did this year go? It seems like yesterday we were talking about starting this year off with a bang and here we are in the last quarter. I want to finish the year strong and to accomplish all that I need to, to make sure I don’t miss the opportunities ahead that October, November, and December bring. I worked for a pastor that used to tell the staff that if you miss seasonal opportunities, you’ll have to work a whole year to have these same opportunities again. (Some things just stick...

Elementary

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...

Stephanie Porter

Orange Leaders
Preschool

The Importance of Tone

The Importance of Tone

When my oldest son was eleven, we were blessed to go to China on a short-term mission trip. I had never been to China before, and I definitely didn’t know how to speak the language! Before our trip I learned to say “Hello,” “Thank you,” and “I love you” in Mandarin. Thankfully, a translator accompanied us everywhere we went. I loved listening to the sing-song up and down of her voice as she translated for us. Mandarin is a tonal language. It is extremely important that you use the correct...