The Problem With Perfect Family Pictures

The Problem With Perfect Family Pictures

We’ve all seen them. The complimentary glossy family photo’s displayed in picture frames at stores. At first glance, the photo gives you a glimpse of an imaginary family to help compliment the frame. The people in the photo are all smiles, with super white straight teeth. Their attire is coordinated. The kids are calm, poised with angelic smiles. The picture is marketed to give the appearance of a family photo. Trouble is, the people in that photo are (spoiler alert) hired models. At Orange,... Read More
The Power of Story as an Ongoing Celebration of Ministry

The Power of Story as an Ongoing Celebration of Ministry

There is a story in the making at your church. God is up to amazing things in the lives of people in the local church. We mark celebrations of church anniversaries and of people being added. These are great stories to mark and tell. They are a way to see forward motion and how far we’ve come. The Old Testament is filled with celebrations God’s people used to recall God’s goodness. Stories and celebrations of His faithfulness is God’s idea! Do you help share the reasons to celebrate in your... Read More
Five Steps To Building A Healthy Team Dynamic

Five Steps To Building A Healthy Team Dynamic

Do you remember your first day of your ministry job? I know I do! You couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face! You could tell from a mile away that I was a newbie. Then slowly, over the next month or so, the smile began to fade, replaced by a frown and tears. You see, I started my job at the beginning of a new phase in our children’s and students’ ministry. In the words of one of my beloved southern friends, “God was fixin’ to do somethin’!” Some of you may have the illusion that if God is at... Read More
Volunteer, You Are The Awesome Secret Sauce

Volunteer, You Are The Awesome Secret Sauce

  Dear Volunteer, Thank you. Thank you for being on the frontlines of ministry each week. You play a unique role to help shape the future of a child’s life. There are not enough thank-you cards to say how grateful we are. Week by week, you plant and share God’s Truth in a relational way kids can put into practice. You prepare before you arrive on Sunday. You meet kids in their world to help them talk through and embrace faith. Thank you for choosing to develop relationships with kids to have... Read More
How to Lead Strongly This Month and This Year

How to Lead Strongly This Month and This Year

by Misty Phillips The first month of the New Year is now over. Are you still pursuing the goals you set to accomplish this year? Have you kept up momentum through the month of January? If you’re already feeling a slump in motivation to accomplish the goals you’ve set for this year, maybe it’s time to ponder making BIG asks this month—you still have 11 months left! Where do we start? How about with the person we see in the mirror? Big things start with asking God for wisdom,... Read More