Strategy, Not Curriculum

Strategy, Not Curriculum

A curriculum provides information, but a strategy teaches with the end in mind. There are key things a child needs to learn at each age from birth to graduation—age-specific core concepts, principles, and experiences to have a real, growing and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. By having an overall strategy, a master plan exists that keeps the end result for a child in mind. A curriculum equips leaders, but a strategy develops them. A strategy helps leaders focus on the right... Read More
What’s so Great about Orange?

What’s so Great about Orange?

“What’s so great about Orange? What makes you unique?”   It’s a question we get almost daily. Admittedly, I am a bit biased, but after over 20 years in ministry, and after talking to thousands of leaders in all those years, I am always confident in the answers I give. Different leaders have different elements that appeal to them based on their particular ministry needs and personal preferences. This is a variety of those pieces that come together to make us a truly unique choice:... Read More
What Role Will Small Groups Play in Your Church?

What Role Will Small Groups Play in Your Church?

In other words, do you want to be a church of small groups or a church with small groups? This is one of the most important questions you can ask. And understanding the differences will help you decide what type of church you want to be. A church of small groups will typically look to the small group unit as the primary way in which people get connected, grow, and receive care. For these churches, life in the body happens through a small group. A church with small groups will see small groups... Read More
Providing Freedom for Connection and Creativity

Providing Freedom for Connection and Creativity

In October of 2014, my then family of three (now four) moved to Burbank, Calif., to help plant the South Hills Burbank campus. My main role and purpose for coming was to establish a solid children’s ministry. My pastor knew that in order to be effective early on, that our kids’ areas needed to be excellent. Of course, this placed a lot of pressure on my arrival but I was up for the task. We started with a different children’s curriculum at launch, but I just found that it wasn’t very concise... Read More
This Is The One Thing You Don’t Want Kids To Miss

This Is The One Thing You Don’t Want Kids To Miss

“Why aren’t you all the same?” We often get this question here at Orange. Why aren’t all of your curriculums talking about the same scripture or topic each week? That is a great question. Let me answer that question with a question. If you have less than 20 times this year to connect with kids in your area of ministry, what are you going to teach them? Will you take them chronologically through the entire Bible? Will you cover your denomination’s 14 core doctrines? Will you teach... Read More