Laying A Spiritual Foundation In Preschool Ministry

Laying A Spiritual Foundation In Preschool Ministry

Kelly Stockdale is the Preschool Director at The Orchard Fellowship outside of Memphis, Tenn. During Orange Conference 2015, we featured Kelly on Instagram, highlighting her work with preschoolers. We asked Kelly about her experience with her phase and how Orange is being used in her environments. ORANGE: Tell us about your church. KELLY: Our church, The Orchard Fellowship, is an almost five-year-old church plant in a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. We currently do not own our own facilities. We... Read More
Three Convictions I Have About Children’s Ministry

Three Convictions I Have About Children’s Ministry

by Perry Noble I LOVE the children’s ministry at NewSpring Church. They have a passion for teaching kids about Jesus on a level that they can understand, and it is SO appreciated by me as a pastor AND as a dad! I see a monumental problem in churches today. When we consider that un-churched people are not being reached, AND we combine that with the fact that MANY students who were raised in church walk away when they graduate high school . . . well, that’s a problem. I think one way to combat... Read More
How To Make Fun A Team Value

How To Make Fun A Team Value

by Ryan Reed Ever drive a boat? How about a big boat? Say, a ferry boat? Full of people? In the San Francisco Bay? Without a license? I did. All because my supervisor thought it would be fun! “What?!” Now, that would be an appropriate reaction to learning that a youth pastor piloted a commuter ferry with over 300 people traveling home from San Francisco. And I am sure that if those people knew, then they would have said a few more words than just “What!?” It happened after a day of staff... Read More
Creating A Ministry Culture From Scratch

Creating A Ministry Culture From Scratch

by Kirstin Vlodica You could cut the awkward silence with a knife. We stood in the big empty multi-purpose room to pray before first service began. Six of us. There were six of us, including us full-time kid’s ministry staff. A couple of people wandered in looking confused as we began to pray but ducked out embarrassed when they realized we were having some kind of meeting. At the time, we had over 40 leaders serving on a Sunday morning but most went straight to their rooms without saying a... Read More
Calling Over Comfort: 3 Honest Questions

Calling Over Comfort: 3 Honest Questions

The gym I go to to has this sign on the wall that compares heart rates to how you’re feeling, all to help motivate people who want to improve their fitness. For example, the lowest threshold should feel like you’re still sitting on your couch—you’re probably not trying all that hard. On the other hand, at the highest threshold, you feel like you’re going to pass out. We’re human, so there is such a thing as pushing too hard. That’s why there are emergency stop buttons on treadmills. If you... Read More