Taking a Cue From the Theater

The Holly Theater in Dahlonega, Georgia, opened for the first time on April 12, 1948, bustling with people who came to see the newest film. In the years after World War II, movies were making people come alive and bringing magic into their lives. With the rise of television, people lost interest in the historic movie house. By 1970, the Holly was forced to close and fell into disrepair. Abandoned, it became nothing more than a shelter for rodents. But a group of Dahlonega residents began to... Read More
Orange Tour registration opens TODAY!

Orange Tour registration opens TODAY!

Say YES to the Next Generation Save $40 per person off the regular price for TODAY ONLY! Pay only $49 per person (lunch provided) OR, register for both the Orange Tour and 2015 Orange Conference at the same time and save! Pay only $259 today only—a combined savings of $149 per person off of the regular rates. For more information, please visit OrangeTour.org. Seven Things Your Team Can Get From The Orange Tour By Rob Cizek Part of our job as leaders is to stay out in front. We need to keep up... Read More
Married People Book Study, Week 2

Married People Book Study, Week 2

by Daron Dickens One of my prized possessions is a very old copy of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. The high regard that I have for it has little to do with its actual worth. The worth is purely personal. It is attached to memories of special times with my dad as he would read to me these strange stories. I will admit that I didn’t really understand them, but I enjoyed them because of the sing-song nature of their structure. Years later, when my son was born, I pulled this ancient tome from the... Read More
Getting Along With Grown-Ups

Getting Along With Grown-Ups

Most children’s and student ministry leaders are more comfortable in relationships with young people than with adults. However, if you cannot lead and impact adults you’ll never have an outstanding ministry to families. Following are 12 tips for dealing positively with adult volunteers and co-workers. 1. Realize you need help. You must allow others to be involved. Doing the job alone will never leave fruit that remains. 2. Let people get to know you. Share your heart with those you lead. Spend... Read More
Sayonara, seniors

Sayonara, seniors

“Pomp and Circumstance” is at the height of its popularity this time of year, as high school seniors are taking the stage in their caps and gowns. It’s a great time for churches to recognize the contribution these students have made in ministry and to encourage them as they set out for college and careers. Here are a few ideas for sending off the seniors in your ministry: Be practical: College students need food (think grocery store gift cards), energy (think caffeine), and... Read More