Connecting Kids Through Service Opportunities

Connecting Kids Through Service Opportunities

Public schools in the U.S. are engaging students in serving their communities. Check out these statistics: 68% of U.S. K-12 schools offer service opportunities for students. 86% of high schools provide ways for students to volunteer at school and in their communities; they also publicly recognize students for their volunteer work. High school students who regularly volunteer are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, are more engaged in the classroom, and enter college with a sense of... Read More
Beyond “Okay” and “Fine”

Beyond “Okay” and “Fine”

by Bre Hallberg I had a lot of preconceived ideas before I had kids. Then I had kids. And as I stared down at my son, who had chosen the middle of the aisle in Target, to throw himself on the floor and cry, I did what any parent would do, I told him if he didn’t stop I was going to tell his mother when we got home. In all seriousness, partnering with parents never became so significant as it did when I experienced it from the other side, as a parent, not just a leader. Just the other day, when... Read More
Why YouLead?

Why YouLead?

Sometimes I look at my house and the disaster our family of five made by leaving toys, dirty dishes, backpacks, laundry, and endless stacks of papers our kids bring home from school and feel completely overwhelmed. I see EVERYTHING there is to do around me and am paralyzed by where to start! Leadership can be like that at times. Not necessarily disastrous or messy, but definitely overwhelming! We look around and see all the things that there are to do, the meetings that need to be had, emails... Read More
YouLead and Know God: Orange Tools for Fall

YouLead and Know God: Orange Tools for Fall

In a recent blog post by Ben Read, we at YouLead were excited to read his glowing comments about Orange’s YouLead materials, as well as the Know God, 28-day devotional. If you’re considering YouLead or Know God, read what Ben has to say: We want to invest heavily in our leaders, so we’ll be using YouLead from Orange to train our team. You can check out YouLead by visiting their site; but to wrap it up in a nutshell, YouLead is a strategic plan to make sure you are still learning as a leader... Read More
Don’t Pamper. Engage!

Don’t Pamper. Engage!

It’s almost that time, the time you plan for all year long. You recruit, you train, you inspire, you encourage, and you appreciate until you are blue in the face. But you are ready, and you know your hard work, time and energy will be worth the effort. Fall Kickoff—here . . . we . . . go. And when your hard work does pay off, you start off with a bang. But then something happens a few months in, doesn’t it? We get through our Fall Kickoff, and finally take a deep breath. Then somewhere around... Read More
New YouLead Materials Coming Soon!

New YouLead Materials Coming Soon!

In an effort to provide you with resources to help you do ministry better, we wanted to let you know what’s NEW! EVENT: What in the World (updated Orange Tour 2.0 Event) You are stewards of timeless truth. You have an opportunity, in the life of a child or teenager to help them connect the dots of God’s story in their lives. You are uniquely positioned to help them understand what God is trying to say in their lives, and to connect them to His truth—which ultimately shapes their... Read More