Love Over Time is the One Thing That Matters Most

Love Over Time is the One Thing That Matters Most

It takes a village to nurture kids over time. Sometimes, it is not until we become parents that we realize how much our caring parents and key influencers have loved us over time. Single acts of love are quite powerful, without a doubt. But, experiencing love over years and decades communicates an exponential impact on each of us. Maybe we didn’t always wipe our wet, filthy feet before entering the house, but you loved us anyway. Thanks for the fun celebrations after countless graduations.... Read More
Sharing a Message That Won’t Get Lost

Sharing a Message That Won’t Get Lost

There are so many lessons that we can teach kids and students to introduce them to God, help them learn biblical truths, and live in a way that follows the example of Jesus Christ. We could teach about the ceremonial, civic, and moral laws of the Old Testament. We could spend Sundays teaching about every miracle and parable in the New Testament. We could get into apologetics and biblical history. But if we give each of those messages, I wonder how many will actually stick. Even more valuable... Read More
Why Our Catholic Church is Orange

Why Our Catholic Church is Orange

I am so excited to get to share a bit about our church’s story with you. We’re part of a small, but growing number of Catholic churches, who are using Orange Strategy and curriculum to prepare kids and students for lifelong faith. While we may be unique among Catholic churches in our area, we find that we have much in common with the thousands of other churches using Orange around the country. Regardless of denominational differences, we hold fast to a common belief in Jesus Christ and a... Read More
Today, This Week, Next Year—What Your Church is Doing Matters

Today, This Week, Next Year—What Your Church is Doing Matters

And the winner is. . . . What an exhilarating, stress-filled rush, right? Why do we put ourselves through the surge of overwhelming emotions? We already know what is going to happen. The camera is going to zoom in on the lid that covers the unforgivable dish of the chef that will be unfortunately eliminated, then immediately cut to a commercial segment that we cannot wait to end (unless we were smart enough to utilize the DVR). Oh, the intense agony of waiting for the outcome! But we still... Read More
The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

“Stories over time move us to imagine a world beyond ourselves.” —from the book, Playing For Keeps The Importance of Stories Stories are important. There’s a reason why Jesus constantly spoke in parables to his disciples. And there’s a reason why kids seem to gravitate towards story books. Stories allow us to make sense of the world around us. Which is especially important for kids. Just imagine trying to explain the theological significance of the Christmas story to a child. You... Read More