Improve, Empower, Create . . . Weekly

Improve, Empower, Create . . . Weekly

by Elle Campbell I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced of something. Parents and small group leaders are the most important people in our churches. They’re more important than me, they’re more important than you, and they’re even more important than the most important person on your staff, when it comes to influencing kids. Parents matter because the church will never match the kind of influence that parents have in the lives of their own children. Our influence is temporary. A parent’s... Read More
Orange Tour SoCal: The Golden State Goes Orange

Orange Tour SoCal: The Golden State Goes Orange

Southern California may be well known for glitz and glamour, but the last few years it’s also been known to host the Orange Tour. And we’ll be passing through there for our fourth stop today and tomorrow. You may be asking yourself why we’ve come to SoCal yet again. Well, here are three reasons: California and Florida grow more oranges than any other state. (We’ll be there soon, Florida.) Demonstrations on making toothpaste from orange by-products were popular attractions at the Los Angeles... Read More
Remarkable!

Remarkable!

by Dr. Randy Ross & David Salyers Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., once wrote, “Nothing is as common-place as the wish to be remarkable.” Everyone wants to be remembered as having done something good. We all want to leave a legacy. But the reality is that most people live their lives simply wishing and not realizing such a desire, when becoming remarkable is well within their reach. It simply requires a change of perspective and a choice to live life on purpose. Being remarkable means that you... Read More
Orange Tour Seattle: At Home in the Evergreen State

Orange Tour Seattle: At Home in the Evergreen State

The state of Washington is not only home to our third Orange Tour stop, coming up later this week, but also called home by many of your American favorites including: Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Pictionary, Cranium, Jimi Hendrix, Bing Crosby and Bill Gates. Speaking of Bill Gates, in 1966 when he was 11-years-old, he won a dinner at the Seattle Space Needle restaurant offered by his pastor. He had to memorize chapters 5, 6, and 7 of the Gospel of Matthew, better known as the Sermon on the... Read More
INTRODUCING THE ORANGE CONFERENCE 2015: IT’S JUST A PHASE

INTRODUCING THE ORANGE CONFERENCE 2015: IT’S JUST A PHASE

A LOT OF KIDS IN YOUR MINISTRY THIS YEAR WON’T BE THERE NEXT YEAR. Before you know it they will simply move on to what’s next. And your chance to impact their present and shape their future will be gone. That’s why every phase in a kid’s life is more important than most of us realize. EVERY PHASE HAS UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS TO UNDERSTAND. EVERY PHASE HAS DISTINCTIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEVERAGE. EVERY PHASE HAS SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIPS TO INFLUENCE. A lot can happen in a kid’s life over the next... Read More