Follow along with the Orange Tour!

Follow along with the Orange Tour!

Carey Nieuwhof wrapped up the last tour with these thoughts about Family, captured by Orange leader, Ron Hughey. We’ve also included the recap video from Grand Rapids to get us pumped up for tomorrow’s Tour Stop in Phoenix. Imagine the end *We have less time than we realize but more influence than we realize *Even in the teen years you are still the biggest influencer in your child’s life. *Focus your priorities on what matters most. (What are the priorities and how do you convey... Read More

Orange Tour- the State of Church and Family

Some of our Orange staff are already in Phoenix, Arizona getting ready for tomorrow’s Orange Tour. Here are some notes about families by Sue Miller, reported by non-blogging friend Ron Hughey. You’re the greatest thing that ever happened to me, Dad…..or not. Ten new ways to raise your child – leads to “wow there’s ten new ways I am failing. State of the Church and Family Report • Barna Group • Download at www.stateofthechurchandfamily.org • Coupon code ot2011 • 50% of parents said... Read More
Save Blue Like Jazz (the movie)

Save Blue Like Jazz (the movie)

Fridays on Orange Leaders we’re posting our Favs and we want to tell you about an amazing movement of people giving generously to save the movie of an Orange friend, author and communicator, Donald Miller. A group of us were in Portland right after he announced on his blog that making the movie was on hold indefinitely due to a lack of funding. But then there was an “inciting incident”- two regular guys kickstarted a campaign to save “Blue Like Jazz” (the... Read More

Research- Parents are Prioritizing Family Time

Did you know that there’s some recent research suggesting that parents are spending more time interacting with their kids now than generations before? In 1965, according to data from the Americans’ Use of Time Study, mothers spent 10 hours weekly on childcare as a primary activity. Fathers spent 3 hours. Fast forward to a recent analysis by economists Garey and Valerie Ramey who found that college-educated moms now spend 21.2 hours on childcare. Not to leave out fathers, Betsey Stevenson and... Read More

REAL MINISTRY: Concordia Church – "Pro-Family Culture"

Last week we launched our first installment of a blog series we’re trying out called “Real Ministry.” Each week we will be checking in with one of four churches to find out how things are going within a particular aspect of the Orange strategy. If you missed the introduction to each of these church leaders, check them out here. Today we’re hearing from Richard Schmidt at Concordia Church in California. We asked Richard to let us know Concordia is doing in the area of reactivating the family.... Read More