Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Getting to Know Your Neighbors

In one part of the city, there is Congregation A. Congregation A sits in the middle of a neighborhood where the average family income is $35,000 per year and the average family size is 4.5 people. Poverty rates are high. Violent crime rates are rising. Schools suffer from a lack of funding and teacher apathy due to the lack of resources they need to educate young minds. Kids are glad to become teenagers, and teenagers are considered blessed if they graduate from high school without having... Read More
Welcome! Tom Shefchunas as Executive Director of Student Strategy

Welcome! Tom Shefchunas as Executive Director of Student Strategy

At Orange, we are thrilled to announce that Tom Shefchunas has been named the Executive Director of Student Strategy. Bringing an education background, over a decade of student ministry experience, and a long-standing relationship with Orange to the position, Tom represents both an added dimension and a seamless transition to the company. In this role, he will be leading the content development, strategy, and overall direction for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum, as well as the... Read More
What a Small Clapboard Church Can Teach Us About Success

What a Small Clapboard Church Can Teach Us About Success

It was a typical July morning in Oklahoma, with the sun and clouds playing a game of keep away as thunderstorms threatened the horizon. The small clapboard church sat just off the highway that took most of the town’s residents to their jobs in the sprawling city nearby. Not much had changed since the church found its home on the corner near some railroad tracks. There was a narthex, the wooden panel walls held paintings of Jesus tending to His own, and the painted pews creaked a little. The... Read More
How to Work With Difficult People

How to Work With Difficult People

There are a lot of things about being a leader that I love. I love getting to experience people’s stories. I love coming alongside of people and helping them grow. If I’m real honest, I love being able to walk through the “Authorized Personnel Only” door. I even love the long days and late nights. However, being a leader isn’t all potlucks, door access, and being in charge. There are a lot of things I hate. For example, I hate paperwork, I hate paperwork, and did... Read More
God Is like a Balloon

God Is like a Balloon

Maybe God is like a balloon. There are two ways to think about thinking. Maybe that sounds too philosophical to be practical, but it may be the most critical idea when it comes to how a kid relates to God. It’s also just one more thing that separates humans from the rest of creation. Animals don’t have the same created ability to… Self-reflect Tell a personal narrative Carry on an inner-monologue What’s fascinating is that there are two basic views people hold about intelligence. Some people... Read More