Teaching Our Children the Value of Community Engagement

Teaching Our Children the Value of Community Engagement

As we work with children and families, we tend to provide the majority of our service projects and programming inside of the church building. It brings a sense of safety which allows for a closer connection among the people involved. The struggle with this strategy is helping kids see the importance of serving as the Church outside of the walls of the church building. We might give them the ability to do a project that will serve a specific group of people, but we seem to leave the delivery of... Read More
Miracles From Heaven

Miracles From Heaven

by Reggie Joiner, Founder and CEO of Orange Yesterday, the Orange staff along with some Atlanta churches and TD Jakes’ team previewed the new Miracles from Heaven movie. The entire room laughed and cried through this powerful and emotional reminder of how significant faith is for every family and community. I mostly appreciated the fact that it wasn’t just a happy-ending movie for people who believe, but it allows an inside look into the struggles and doubts we all feel when faced... Read More
Help For Fighting Holiday Overwhelm

Help For Fighting Holiday Overwhelm

by Ron Brooks Summer came and went for another year. It wasn’t easy, but you survived the back to school kick-off season. Then came the Halloween costumes. You were either sewing ears to hoodies and finding the perfect color face paint, or running store-to-store hoping to find that last pair of Yoda ears or light saber to make “Luke Skywalker” the true Jedi that he is. No sooner had Halloween passed, and the store shelves were quickly filled with turkey window clings and... Read More
How To Help Your Church Engage Families Through Serving

How To Help Your Church Engage Families Through Serving

by Joe McAlpine Imagine taking your first born into a foreign environment for the first time where no one speaks the language and there is extreme poverty all around you. This is exactly what I had the opportunity to do with my son Elijah about a year ago. We went to Brazil to work with a group of young people. The mission was to spend time with them and help them learn how to dream for their future. These kids all came from extreme poverty and dreaming would actually be discouraged by parents... Read More
Family Worship Nights For The Season

Family Worship Nights For The Season

by Yancy Richmond ’Tis the season for special events and breaking out of the normal routine of how we do church. I love the inspiration and the creativity that this time of year brings and how it so often makes us dig down deep to find and give our best. Even in all the hustle and bustle we can provide a way for families to stop, reflect and worship the Lord. Look up the passage in Luke 2:13-20. I love how it tells us the angels and shepherds praised God! There was a lot of worship happening... Read More