Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

The phase, or the time in a kid’s life that we influence significant relationships, understand present realities, and leverage distinctive opportunities, flow in a continuum that requires all kid and student ministry workers to have a basic knowledge how one impacts the other. The four phases that allow us to embrace, engage, affirm, and mobilize a kid from birth into adulthood do not stand alone. One phase directly affects another and the needs of one phase never completely dissipates. They... Read More
The Blessing of Discomfort Zones

The Blessing of Discomfort Zones

I have a five-year-old. His name is Truman. If you’ve ever been around a five-year-old you know what a magical time it is. He’s not a baby, yet he has some holdovers like the special stuffed animal he sleeps with, trouble opening certain packages, and he can’t tie his shoes. He’s not completely self-sufficient and needs our supervision. At the same time, he’s exploding with growth. He’s learning how to read and how to write and how to do by himself all the things we take for granted. It seems... Read More
They Grow Up So Fast | It’s Just A Phase So Don’t Miss It

They Grow Up So Fast | It’s Just A Phase So Don’t Miss It

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. “They grow up so fast.” That’s the number one comment I hear from strangers who see me with my children. They are six, four, and six months and we are a walking reminder to everyone who has ever had kids that time is moving. It’s the sentiment of grandparents everywhere. The days when their children were six, four, and six months feel a breath away. It’s the bafflement of teachers. They may... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Dan Scott

Voices of the Phase Project :: Dan Scott

After 9 years of full-time children’s ministry, Dan joined the Orange team bringing not only the perspective of a ministry practitioner and the father of four but also the knowledge of an avid reader. (We have becoming increasingly convinced there is no book on child development and parenting Dan has not read.) Maybe interviewing Orange staff is like cheating, but every time I’m in a room to talk about Phase with Dan I think “everyone needs to hear this.” What he understands in theory from... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Sherry Surratt

Voices of the Phase Project :: Sherry Surratt

As the former visionary CEO and President of MOPS International and now as our Executive Director of Family Strategy, Sherry Surratt is one of the most influential champions for kids in the preschool phase. Sherry’s wisdom about parenting and about preschoolers comes not only from an academic background in child development, but also her time as a teacher and administrator in the public school system, years of ministry experience, raising two children of her own, and now enjoying three... Read More