It’s Fall Orange Blogger Week!

It’s Fall Orange Blogger Week!

School is back in session, so it’s a great time to learn. We love to learn here at Orange, and feel one of the best ways to do that is from each other. So, we wanted to point you to some of our friends with great things to say. They are leaders and ministry practitioners. They are also excited about Orange Conference 2014! So, if you’re curious about Orange or joining us next April, these folks might be a great resource for you. Meanwhile, soak up their knowledge! We can all stand to learn a... Read More
Play for Keeps Webcasts!

Play for Keeps Webcasts!

You can’t make a kid love God, have faith or care about what really matters. But there are some things you can do. That’s why we wrote Playing for Keeps. We wanted to talk to parents and leaders (and anyone else who influences the lives of kids and teenagers) about six things you can give a kid over time that will make a significant impact. These six things can help give a kid the kind of history that will show them why they matter to God. But, just like discovering a vaccine,... Read More
Book Study: The Slow Fade, Week 4

Book Study: The Slow Fade, Week 4

I graduated from high school in 1999 and was in college until 2003. Growing up in the church, I heard the phrase, “Kids are not the church of tomorrow, they are the church of TODAY.” Confession: I had no idea what they meant. I can remember thinking to myself: Church of today? How? I think we are the church of tomorrow, we can’t do anything around church while we are kids. That is the adults job. If I am being really honest, I should admit that I didn’t believe kids... Read More
Using the Orange Strategy to Align Between Multi-Sites

Using the Orange Strategy to Align Between Multi-Sites

by Darren Kizer As church leaders, we are familiar with the idea of evaluation, and often score events, weekend programming, and even ourselves with a scorecard mentality. Whether consciously or in the back of our minds, we have ideas of what a “win” looks like, and either reward or remove points accordingly. A few years ago, our team realized that parents, students, and other church staff were all evaluating with very different scorecards. While examining the same set of experiences, several... Read More
Awareness

Awareness

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation started using pink ribbons in the 1980s. The foundation took off in 1992 when Estee Lauder cosmetics teamed up with Self magazine to create an awareness campaign symbolized by pink ribbons. Now look around, breast cancer awareness is everywhere. My recycling can has a pink lid. My father-in-law, a high school football coach, wears a pink shirt during games in October. Even the White House is illuminated pink every October 1 in honor of Breast Cancer... Read More