Family Ministry and Special Needs

Family Ministry and Special Needs

by Meaghan Wall and Amy Fenton Lee While there are extra demands and differences for parents of children with disabilities, an Orange approach to parenting still applies. As family ministry leaders, we have a responsibility to work through the logistics of accommodation so that families impacted by special needs can attend church. We also have the responsibility to encourage and support these same parents as they facilitate the spiritual development of their child with differences. “No one has... Read More
Getting Ready for the Next

Getting Ready for the Next

In most student ministries, there is a group of people who begin to disappear this time of the year—your seniors. For high school seniors, the countdown is on. And in between school projects, college/scholarship applications, jobs and everything else, your seniors are beginning to feel like they are on a fast track to whatever is next. The pressures they are facing—as well as the options that are beginning to open up for them—put them in a much different point of life than a high school... Read More
Brave Steps

Brave Steps

by Misty Phillips With each of our four kids, we realized it was quite natural for them to be a bit hesitant at times when embracing something new. However, my husband and I knew that they would be helped if they took whatever “next, brave step” was in front of them. Steps like: Standing alone Two-wheelers Sports tryouts Drivers Ed College applications And oh, so many more brave steps At the time, they all seemed like mountains before them. Now, I know they needed those brave next steps at... Read More

YouLead Feature Email: Invested Leader

YouLead provides leaders with email copy that can be used to inform, invest, encourage, and praise volunteers and staff. Following is an example of these emails. We encourage you to send out a communication to volunteers and staff on a weekly basis. Here’s an interesting statistic relating to replacing yourself as a leader: 66% of business leaders say they’re more aggressively educating employees on their role in the company. (Grant Thornton, LLP) Why would business leaders be more... Read More
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years Book Study, Week 2

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years Book Study, Week 2

One of my all-time favorite movie characters is William Wallace in the movie Braveheart. Despite the loss he experienced and the odds that were stacked against him, he never swayed from what he believed and held to his convictions until the bitter end. Wallace was someone who, despite his rough and violent lifestyle, moviegoers cheered for—you wanted and hoped that in the end, he would win. The character of William Wallace was one of passion and conviction—qualities that many people desire to... Read More