Three Ways to Effectively Communicate With Parents

Three Ways to Effectively Communicate With Parents

by Bre Hallberg The other day I was driving down the road and I saw a truck with an ad on the back for Home Improvement Specialists followed by the number 407 797099. Uh, if these people aren’t getting a lot of calls, I’m pretty sure I know why. Maybe the details do matter. I feel like sometimes how we communicate to the families in our church may be missing a few numbers. Maybe we’ve got the right content, but not the right delivery system. Maybe we are putting all our energy in only one form... Read More
5 Questions Your Team May Have About Change

5 Questions Your Team May Have About Change

by Joe McAlpine Have you ever walked through the halls of a church and felt like you were walking through different decades as you pass from one addition to another? I have. Many times I find myself getting stressed out as I exit one area that is seemingly traditional and enter a new area that is contemporary. What is the vision? Why didn’t the whole church change? Why did they just leave the old and add something new? Why didn’t they transition and change the entire thing instead of just... Read More
Finding My Way To Orange Conference

Finding My Way To Orange Conference

by Dana Spivy “Have you thought about volunteering for the Orange Conference?” she suggested with a helpful grin. That’s the question that led to this great opportunity. I’m a children’s minister, and part of my time is allotted for conferences and personal growth. Since we implement Orange strategies and use Orange materials, I usually attend the Orange Conference (OC) to get great coaching and learn how to serve our parents better within our system. There are lots of conference opportunities... Read More
From Silos To One Family Ministry

From Silos To One Family Ministry

by Nick Belvins When I attended church as a kid and as a teen, “family ministry” was a phrase you never heard. Ministry for children was mostly about Sunday School while Youth Ministry was popular, thriving, and typically ran like a completely separate entity. My experience attending the same church as a kid, as a student, and as an adult were all very different. It was all good, but very distinct. What If We Were One? Jesus prayed for all of us that we would be one just as he and... Read More
How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

Transitions can be difficult. Even the most thought-out and well-designed transitions can be stressful. When we are leading in ministry, transitions are something we come to expect. People in our communities move on, someone on our staff transitions out, we have to let people go, or sometimes transition is forced upon us. If we are not careful, we can easily allow our minds to spin in unhealthy directions. Many times during transition, we do not know all of the details or variables. We have to... Read More