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
Making an Orange Multi-Campus Church Work Across States and Countries!

Making an Orange Multi-Campus Church Work Across States and Countries!

Central Church has nine multi-site campuses with five in the Las Vegas Valley including a Spanish-speaking campus, one in Arizona, two in Florida, and one in Australia. Not only are there geographical distances and language barriers, but the context of Central Kids environments is vastly different. Here is a snapshot of our campuses: We have one campus with six services and one campus with two services. We have campuses that split up 1-3 grade and 4-5 grade while other campuses have elementary... Read More
Riding the Wave of Church Growth Without Drowning

Riding the Wave of Church Growth Without Drowning

One of the first rules of surfing is that to catch a wave you have to get ahead of it. A couple strokes timed just right will put you in the right place for a great ride, but once the wave gets ahead of you, you’ve missed it. When growth begins to happen in a church—if you are prepared—you can take advantage of it, but if you aren’t prepared, you’re left standing on the beach. When I arrived at my current church I was the first fulltime children’s pastor. We were a church transitioning from a... Read More
Urban Family Strategy: Starting Up and Shifting Perspective

Urban Family Strategy: Starting Up and Shifting Perspective

By Jeremy Martin There are just not a lot of kids and families in the “footprint,” the 16-block radius of the burgeoning downtown Las Vegas revitalization. It’s not a huge surprise. Initially the tech boom brought in a bunch of young, single entrepreneurs living their passion, not thinking about kids. Family is just something not emphasized here. And we knew that coming in. One thing our team observed early on is the lack of importance placed on marriage, kids, and family within this... Read More
Thinking Orange In A Yellow, Red And Blue World

Thinking Orange In A Yellow, Red And Blue World

by David Moody My own Orange journey has been developing over the last nine years. I’ve even been able to get to five Orange Conferences from 2008-2016—which is no small feat from New Zealand—which has greatly added value to my experience. My wife Alison and I serve in The Salvation Army, and 17 of our 23 years in ministry has been in a church, known as corps, pastoring role. Our current role is supporting and developing children and youth ministry in the South Island. We also serve in our... Read More