Why the Church Needs Less Volunteers and More Mentors

Why the Church Needs Less Volunteers and More Mentors

I’ve been a huge advocate for mentoring for about 10 years and have been blessed to experience being both a mentor and a mentee for the last several. Concurrently, I’ve been working in children’s ministry in the local church and now oversee an elementary ministry that consists of about 300 first-fifth graders and nearly 100 volunteers on Sunday mornings. Believe it or not, I used to keep these two worlds separate from one another. The work I did in the mentoring community was... Read More
Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for July 9

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for July 9

Sunday mornings are like game day for children’s ministry. Just like any good coach, gather your team of volunteers for a pre-game pep talk. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion to kick the morning off: The God of the universe made YOU and has a specific adventure tailor made for you. Remind your kids this week that God goes before (so he was with them yesterday) and God goes in front of us too (so he holds the future). That... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Sue Miller

Voices of the Phase Project :: Sue Miller

Sue Miller can most accurately be described as a cornerstone, not just for us at Orange, but for preschool ministry as a whole. For 17 years she led a 3,000-strong children’s ministry at Willow Creek Community Church, and since 2005 she’s developed groundbreaking ministry books, resources and events for preschool leaders, volunteers, and parents. She’s an expert on families and an integral part of our family at Orange.... Read More
Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting July 10th

Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting July 10th

Here is the First Look Social Media Plan for influencing parents to interact with their preschoolers. If you missed the first post explaining our plan, please click here.  The following information will be 6 tweets, 5 Facebook posts, 2 pictures or ideas for Instagram, and 2 articles to pin on Pinterest.  Feel free to use any and all of this information but don’t feel tied to these updates word for word.  These are simply examples that you could copy and paste if you wanted or you can add your... Read More