The Orange Connection Benefiting Children Around The World

The Orange Connection Benefiting Children Around The World

by Joe McAlpine It’s a hot and sunny day. I am in a bus in Quito, Ecuador, headed to my first experience with a Compassion International project. I am traveling with a few other pastors, and as I look around I can see that they are probably thinking some of the same things I am. What am I going to see when I get there? Am I going to be disappointed? What if I learn that this whole child sponsorship thing that I have heard about basically my whole ministry career is exactly what I thought... Read More
5 Characteristics Of Highly Effective Children’s Pastors

5 Characteristics Of Highly Effective Children’s Pastors

by William Vanderbloemen Children’s pastor searches are the most difficult searches there are. In fact, when I started Vanderbloemen Search Group to help churches find their staff, I wanted to solely focus on senior leader searches because children’s pastor searches were so difficult. I’ll never forget the day I was at Catalyst Conference in California when I heard Kay Warren say, “If you are not doing something with your ministry to welcome children into the Kingdom, then you must not be a... Read More
Three Convictions I Have About Children’s Ministry

Three Convictions I Have About Children’s Ministry

by Perry Noble I LOVE the children’s ministry at NewSpring Church. They have a passion for teaching kids about Jesus on a level that they can understand, and it is SO appreciated by me as a pastor AND as a dad! I see a monumental problem in churches today. When we consider that un-churched people are not being reached, AND we combine that with the fact that MANY students who were raised in church walk away when they graduate high school . . . well, that’s a problem. I think one way to combat... Read More
FAQs After OC15

FAQs After OC15

What a wonderful week of encouragement and inspiration last week! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, ideas, questions and insights with Orange Leaders through social media. Now that things have settled down a bit, here are a few answers to frequently asked questions we received: Can I get a playlist of all the music played onstage at OC15? Indeed you can and it is located here. We’ve also created this cool playlist on Spotify. Can I get the lyrics to the parody songs that were sung... Read More
What To Do With What You Learned At OC15

What To Do With What You Learned At OC15

By Matt McKee Orange Conference 2015 is over. Hopefully, you either attended, watched the Live Stream or saw a massive amount of social media posts from the event. You are inspired, full of new ideas, challenged, and ready to impact your community. Great! Now what? How do you make the most out of OC15, or any conference you attend? Don’t let the every day overtake what you learned and what you hope to now accomplish. Here are seven action items that will help answer the question, “Now... Read More