Voices of the Phase Project :: Dan Scott

Voices of the Phase Project :: Dan Scott

After 9 years of full-time children’s ministry, Dan joined the Orange team bringing not only the perspective of a ministry practitioner and the father of four but also the knowledge of an avid reader. (We have becoming increasingly convinced there is no book on child development and parenting Dan has not read.) Maybe interviewing Orange staff is like cheating, but every time I’m in a room to talk about Phase with Dan I think “everyone needs to hear this.” What he understands in theory from... Read More
Take Your Goal-Setting to the Next Level

Take Your Goal-Setting to the Next Level

“These are goals, not initiatives. I asked you for six initiatives that would support our vision for the campus. These are just things you would like to see happen or programs you want to implement. Take these back and try again. If we really want to see results I need you to think steps.” I pressed my lips together, gritted my teeth and forced a smile. I also nodded and stormed out of my supervisor’s office. I had put a lot of time and effort into my semi-annual evaluation. I had probably... Read More
Getting to the Heart of Service in Small Groups

Getting to the Heart of Service in Small Groups

After a day of learning about what advocacy looks like in organizations and churches, our compassionate ministry training landed on a question: “What breaks your heart?” Before the question was asked, I felt empowered with new knowledge, comforted that there was a plan in place to aim for community transformation through a network of churches and ministries around the world but I also felt somewhat detached from it. Because . . . information doesn’t always motivate me. Pain, however, does.... Read More
Planning Center Check-Ins: Chaos to Confidence

Planning Center Check-Ins: Chaos to Confidence

By Emily Jiles A new family’s impression of your church can be framed by their first experience with your children’s ministry. What kind of impression is your children’s ministry making on your attendees? How do you think parents feel when they come to check-in their children on a Sunday morning? Many of us at Planning Center have worked, and still volunteer, in children’s ministry—we know how chaotic check-in time can be. The massive influx of people can completely overpower your volunteers’... Read More
Building Trust With Parents as Small Group Leaders

Building Trust With Parents as Small Group Leaders

Inherently, being a small group leader comes with a lot of responsibility. You’re being entrusted with your few at least once a week and then some, especially as they get older. This isn’t something that anyone should take on lightly. There’s an incredible amount of trust and commitment that needs to go into those relationships. And as much influence as you may have, ultimately, you’re not their parent. You don’t have the final say in these young peoples’... Read More