7 Tips for Running a Large Group Environment Smoothly

7 Tips for Running a Large Group Environment Smoothly

by Kendra Fleming If you use 252 Basics like we do, then every Sunday you unpack the Bible story and lead your kids to worship in your large group environment. This is your big chance to communicate the truth of God’s Word in such a way that it engages the kids and sticks with them! You and I both know that you can have the most amazing content and any number of things can still go wrong. And nothing is more frustrating than to know that you missed your mark with the kids due to distractions... Read More
Celebrate the Big and Small

Celebrate the Big and Small

 by Amy Fenton  I love to celebrate! I love parties. I love holidays. I love birthdays. A few weeks ago it was my birthday, and it was fabulous! It wasn’t that I did anything big. It was simply a day of celebrations. When I woke up, my kids (who know I love a good party) had set the table with paper plates and little birthday napkins. We had breakfast together, and they gave me a few gifts along with precious homemade cards. It was special because they were so thoughtful in the ways that they... Read More
Loving Others Through Giving

Loving Others Through Giving

Orange teaching revolves around the two greatest commandments: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’” (Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV). As our children and youth learn to follow both of these commands, they more fully honor Christ. That’s why Orange is partnering with Operation Christmas Child to encourage kids to love a child in... Read More
Creating A Healthy Volunteer Culture

Creating A Healthy Volunteer Culture

by Jenilee Hurley You finally just figured out your recruiting strategy, and you have a plan in place. But what happens after the volunteers commit and show up? Creating a healthy volunteer culture requires a plan and requires some hard work, but if you are willing to put in the effort, the results will be worth the investment. Create Clarity. Before you even launch your recruiting strategy, create clarity around what you are asking people to do. Answer the hard questions: What are your vision... Read More
What Mistakes Can Teach Us

What Mistakes Can Teach Us

by Yancy Richmond Have you ever made a mistake? I know, I know. I’ll rephrase the question: When was the last time you made a mistake? I have made many mistakes over the years, on stage and off. The issue isn’t whether you make mistakes or don’t make mistakes, rather it’s how you respond to those mistakes. I’ll give you a couple of examples. A number of years ago, I was leading worship for our student ministry. We were singing a new song that night, and when it came time to start singing I... Read More