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We want to hear from you! We have a number of ways you can talk and connect with us at Orange. From smartphone apps to Pinterest accounts, we’re all over the place! Leave a comment on a blog, tweet us a picture of your staff or environment or Friday lunch (that includes something orange, of course), post your Sunday stories and activities on our Facebook pages or watch our Vimeo videos. Keeping in touch with Orange is easy. Just pick your social media method of choice! APPS: OrangeLeader... Read More

YouLead Feature Video: Chap Clark

Chap Clark is associate professor of youth, family and culture and director of youth ministry programs at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. In this video Chap gets really practical, unpacking the importance of natural, organic practices we can engage in with our children and teens that help them relate to the God of the universe. YouLead Feature Video: Chap Clark Developed by Orange, YouLead is a simple curriculum designed to develop the leadership skills of yourself, your... Read More
Parenting Beyond Your Capacity Book Study, Week 3

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity Book Study, Week 3

There have been seasons in our house where it’s felt more like a battlefield than a home. Tempers flare and pride takes front and center, leaving someone wounded in the end. Our family isn’t perfect. But I have learned that in the heat of the battle, it is better served for us as parents to set aside our tempers and pride and take to heart exactly what we’re fighting for. Author Carey Nieuwhof says it well in chapter 5, “When you fight with people, relationships are jeopardized. When you fight... Read More
Tips and Tools for Including the Child with Special Needs

Tips and Tools for Including the Child with Special Needs

Kids with learning differences often require visual indicators to understand what is expected of them when they are inside of a certain space. (The same can be true for any child who struggles to pay attention and follow directions in the preschool and children’s ministry setting.) Creating an environment with defined areas and visual communicators provides important cues for the child who doesn’t process auditory instruction particularly well. With visual reminders and an associated routine,... Read More

Hey married people…shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

My wife and I have said many times that we would love to go back to when we first got married and tell ourselves a thing or two. One of the things I would love to say to the young, even-with-more-hair, Ted is this, “Shhhhhhhh.” For example— Grumpy Ted: I’m not a morning person. Early in the morning I can say things or respond in ways I regret the moment my coffee is working it’s magic. Over the last few years, I silently remind myself in the morning, “Don’t talk, or say very little.” It has... Read More