A “Picture a Day” of Spiritual Growth

Sometimes I wish I could take a picture of where I am spiritually every day of my life and then look back a year, or even 10, and see how I’ve grown. Of course, there would be times when I was pretty stagnant, but I think all I’d have to do is look at the video and I’d be motivated to get going again. What inspired me to even think about this idea of a spiritual picture of growth? Watch this: Growing a Beard So maybe growing a beard isn’t your thing, but I’d challenge you to do this: Start... Read More
Family Time Matters

Family Time Matters

Here are some interesting findings when it comes to the importance of family time and spiritual growth: The Search Institute (2007) found that three factors as predictors of faith development in teens were: 1) frequency of discussions about faith with parents; 2) frequency of family prayer time; and 3) frequency of shared family experiences and activities. Lifeway (2010) interviewed parents of young adults (ages 20-35) about what they did with their children that resulted in positive spiritual... Read More
Leader Heart

Leader Heart

by Tom Shefchunas Leadership is a complicated thing. I often get chances to speak at conferences for student ministers. I love to do them. I love to share ideas and learn from everybody. And, because I run a large ministry with many volunteers I often get questions about leading volunteers. In fact, I can’t remember a conference where I wasn’t asked about them. Furthermore, I can’t remember a conference where I wasn’t asked this specific question that gets to my point. Here it is. “What are... Read More

Orange Leaders’ New Look, Same Great Content!

If you’ve looked around the Orange website, you’ve noticed that Orange Leaders has a new layout and design. You’ll notice better, larger images, more featured categories, and a new job board! Over the last few weeks, the Orange Leaders job board was disabled while we performed maintenance routines on our systems, and upgraded the Orange Leaders’ site. The job board is now available, and you can post any jobs you still have available in your church. If you previously posted a job that you wish... Read More
Student Led Culture Change

Student Led Culture Change

by Leslie Bolser Several years ago, I had laser eye surgery to correct a pretty bad case of nearsightedness. I read all the pamphlets, so I knew what I was getting into. The process was never painful (although maybe a bit uncomfortable at times). A few months later, as I reflected on the change in my vision and perspective, I was very grateful. In the fall of 2011, our student ministry experimented with the idea of using a monthly value word and definition in the high school. The idea was that... Read More