Spread the Love: Programming Multiple Service Times

Orange often gets questions about programming multiple service times. Below, hear from Orange Specialist Misty Phillips about what worked for her church! I recall heading into fall and planning for birth through grade 5 as a leader. Our team had multiple curricula going because of different service times. We were throwing Bible concepts everywhere, thinking we had a great plan because it fit the service time. After all, it was Scripture we were sharing. The service day/time was leading us,... Read More

Leveraging Infuence

Almost four years ago, I took over as the minister to children and families at the First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale. One of my first goals, besides creating a strategy that allowed the church and the family to become partners, was to grow our volunteer base. For the first time, we began opening up weekly positions for high schoolers to begin serving, and they came out of the woodwork! Students were discovering how to be players in “the game,” rather than spectators in “the game.” Some... Read More
Parenting Beyond Your Capacity Book Study, Week 4

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity Book Study, Week 4

This past summer was not an easy one for me as a parent. Although my children are all competent young adults, the “mothering” part of me still wants to shelter and protect. That’s not easy to do when your kids are spread across the country—literally. Our oldest just moved to San Diego, our middle child interned in New York City for the summer (and already plans on moving back after graduation this December), and our youngest was smack-dab in the middle of the country in the great state of... Read More
The Orange Conference 2013: New Site Launched!

The Orange Conference 2013: New Site Launched!

We’re already knee-deep in planning OC13, and wanted to show you what we’ve been up to! Next year, we’ll be talking all about Focus. We’ll guide you through ways to clarify the essentials and eliminate the distractions, which will allow you to focus on what matters most in your ministry, church and community. Who couldn’t stand to learn a little bit more about those great ideas? (Hint: If you’re about to stop reading because your email just dinged, it’s probably you.) Check out the shiny new... Read More
Out of Your Bubble

Out of Your Bubble

by JC Thompson If there is one principle that I’ve learned since being in preteen ministry, it’s to look at more than just my primary area of responsibility in order to determine effectiveness. I think as ministry leaders it’s pretty easy for us to get stuck in the “am I being effective at what I’m doing” bubble of analytical thought. But before we realize it, our bubble looks much different, not because of our doing, but because of the “doing” of someone else. I’ve met some leaders who rather... Read More