Touching The Community You Serve

Touching The Community You Serve

by Virginia Ward Every church is physically placed in a neighborhood to be salt, an agent that preserves, and light, a voice of God-consciousness. As youth leaders, we are privileged to work with youth to develop supportive communities as they journey through adolescence. It is important for youth ministries to be aware of the assets within their local church as well as those assets in their local community. The goal of mapping these assets is to build a network of resources for youth from the... Read More
How to Affect the Future of the Next Generation

How to Affect the Future of the Next Generation

by Mike Clear At Orange, we are absolutely convinced that if every child had a place to belong and someone to believe in them, it could radically affect their faith and their future. Now, I can’t do that for every child. I can’t even do it for very many. But I can do it for a few. I can lead small. But what exactly does it mean to lead small? When you lead small, you choose to be present. Being present in the lives of other people is how you connect their faith to a sense of... Read More
5 Reasons It Makes Sense to Have a Separate Middle School Ministry

5 Reasons It Makes Sense to Have a Separate Middle School Ministry

by Tom Shefchunas In 2009, Outreach Magazine did an interview with Andy Stanley about Church growth. In it, they asked him what he thinks the optimal church size is. To my surprise, his answer gave me both hope and an increased sense of job security! He said, “We decided the optimal-size church is one that’s large enough to maintain a vibrant junior high and high school ministry that are split into two groups.” Now, let that sit for a few seconds and marinate. That’s pretty... Read More
40 Quotes from Reggie Joiner at Orange Tour

40 Quotes from Reggie Joiner at Orange Tour

The 2014 Orange Tour covered 13 cities and wrapped up in Tampa, Florida, earlier this week. Over the last several weeks, we’ve rounded up some of Reggie Joiner’s quotes about saying yes to tension, the pivotal role of the small group leader, and God’s plan for telling a story of redemption and restoration through our lives. Small Group Leaders, you can impact how kids see God, how they see themselves, and how they see others. The best way for a kid to know God is to know... Read More
Creating Big Moments For Little People

Creating Big Moments For Little People

by Holly Crawshaw Can I tell you a secret? I hate Pinterest. I mean, I love it—it taught me how to French braid my daughter’s hair and how to get that tricky juice stain out of my hallway rug. But I also hate it—it makes me feel like a terrible mom because my Christmas tree skirt isn’t handmade and my freezer is filled with popsicles and waffles and not neatly-labeled bags of healthy, premade meals (They know our names and orders at the local Chik-fil-A . . . can I get an amen?). The problem... Read More