Why Kids Need More Than Just Their Parents

Why Kids Need More Than Just Their Parents

If no volunteer can ever know what a parent knows, then why recruit anyone to help with kids and teenagers? It would definitely make things easier if you could just tell parents, “Since you know more than we can ever know, and you have more time than we will ever have, and you care about this more than we ever will, this is really up to you as the parent.” You could also misquote Deuteronomy 6 to convince parents it’s their job alone, not the church’s to raise their kids. Just skip the part of... Read More
The One Thing Every Kid Needs the Most

The One Thing Every Kid Needs the Most

All kids need the same thing. Kids who are black, white, Asian, Hispanic. Kids who are fostered or adopted. Only children, middle children, and youngest children. High risk, special needs, gifted, introverts, extroverts, strong-willed, or mild-tempered . . . All kids need the same thing. Actually, it may seem like kids need a lot of things. In fact, if you listen to the voices in our culture advocating for kids, you can very quickly become overwhelmed by all the things kids need. They need a... Read More
Sexual Integrity Through the Phases: Helping Parents Navigate Sexual Integrity At Every Age

Sexual Integrity Through the Phases: Helping Parents Navigate Sexual Integrity At Every Age

by Dr. Jim Burns and Kristen Ivy Authorities in the area of sex education tell us: “The more positive, value-centered sex education kids receive from home, the less promiscuous they will be.” That sounds simple enough. But a majority of parents didn’t receive healthy conversations about sexuality from their parents. So they don’t have a lot to go on. And as church leaders we should probably admit that we haven’t always done a very good job either. It’s easy to see how this generation of... Read More
It’s Orange Blogger Week

It’s Orange Blogger Week

Not only is it already fall, but it’s just about time to open Orange Conference 2015 registration! To help us countdown to Thursday, we’ve asked a few of our friends to talk about their past conference experience and what they’re excited for this next year. Whether you’ve been before and want to share in some warm, fuzzy memories, or are completely new to this thing called Orange Conference and want to hear more about it, you’re going to love hear from these bloggers. They are guys and gals... Read More
Parents Need Encouragement, Too

Parents Need Encouragement, Too

One of the interesting things I’ve discovered as I have been training groups of parents is their need for affirmation and praise. I have been surprised by how many of them feel like they are failing most of the time when parenting their children. Think about it: Where do parents hear that they are doing a good job? The school system? No, parents tell me all they get there are lists of things they “should” do next year. Talk shows? Nope, they mainly highlight the problems parents are... Read More