Measuring What Seems Un-Measurable

Some things in life are easy to measure. How many times did you tweet? How many Double Stuf Oreos did you eat? How many miles per gallon does your vehicle get? Some things in life are harder to measure. How much water is in the ocean? How many people live in the...
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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....
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What an 8-Year-Old Taught Me About Calling, Community and Caring for Others

By Dr. Lorie Lee When I meet Audrey Mae, she is super cute with a glittery little top hat barrette, dark straight hair and is Filipina. She is unbelievably cute, isn’t she? Audrey Mae lives in the city Payatas, on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. The...
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Navigating the Four Phases of High School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults...
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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
Students

Navigating the Four Phases of High School

Navigating the Four Phases of High School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and...

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
Students

RYM 006: How Do I Not Quit?

RYM 006: How Do I Not Quit?

Have you ever found yourself wanting to quit youth ministry? Or, maybe, have you ever wondered what you can do to NOT quit? If you’ve ever been there before, today’s episode of Rethinking Youth Ministry is for you. Join ministry leaders as they discuss the reasons many youth pastors feel the need to quit, what you can do to not quit, and what to do when it’s time to move on.

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...

Students

Navigating the Two Phases of Middle School

Navigating the Two Phases of Middle School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and...

Orange Leaders
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...

Preschool

Strategy for Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Strategy for  Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

I remember my first day on staff as Preschool Coordinator at the church my family and I had been attending for a year. “Good morning how are you? Are you serving anywhere?” I asked this very assertive looking woman checking in her kids. She looked at me like I had lost my mind. She then responded, “Do you know who I am?” I smiled and said “a future kid ministry volunteer?” She politely smiled and walked away. Immediately following, I turned to my left and...

Orange Leaders

Why the Church Needs Less Volunteers and More Mentors

Why the Church Needs Less Volunteers and More Mentors

I’ve been a huge advocate for mentoring for about 10 years and have been blessed to experience being both a mentor and a mentee for the last several. Concurrently, I’ve been working in children’s ministry in the local church and now oversee an elementary ministry that consists of about 300 first-fifth graders and nearly 100 volunteers on Sunday mornings. Believe it or not, I used to keep these two worlds separate from one another. The work I did in the mentoring community was...

Daniel De Jesus

Orange Guest
Orange Leaders

Voices of the Phase Project :: Sue Miller

Voices of the Phase Project :: Sue Miller

Sue Miller can most accurately be described as a cornerstone, not just for us at Orange, but for preschool ministry as a whole. For 17 years she led a 3,000-strong children’s ministry at Willow Creek Community Church, and since 2005 she’s developed groundbreaking ministry books, resources and events for preschool leaders, volunteers, and parents. She’s an expert on families and an integral part of our family at Orange....

The Phase Project

Orange Leaders
Orange Leaders

Start Acting Like Everyone Is Invited

Start Acting Like Everyone Is Invited

There’s a party happening. It’s actually going to be one HEAVEN of a party, because the invitation was extended from the Creator of the universe. And the good news is that everyone is invited. This one idea—that God is throwing a party for everyone—could potentially change how we see the world around us. What if you started acting like everyone is invited to the party? Think about it. How would that one idea change your relationship with people you meet every day? Not only is everyone around...

Reggie Joiner

CEO & Founder, Orange
Students

Using XP3 in a Small Church (Part 5): Presentation Matters

Using XP3 in a Small Church (Part 5): Presentation Matters

The XP3 blog is all about you, the student ministry leader. That’s why we love it when we’re able to share helpful ideas and insights straight from student pastors and leaders like you. If you would like to contribute in a future post, send us an email. By Tim Van Dalen Last week we talked about the importance of small groups in your student ministry. However, that does not mean the presentation of God’s Word is unimportant. It is very important! Students need to know what God’s...