What’s so Great about Orange?

What’s so Great about Orange?

“What’s so great about Orange? What makes you unique?”   It’s a question we get almost daily. Admittedly, I am a bit biased, but after over 20 years in ministry, and after talking to thousands of leaders in all those years, I am always confident in the answers I give. Different leaders have different elements that appeal to them based on their particular ministry needs and personal preferences. This is a variety of those pieces that come together to make us a truly unique choice:... Read More
Creating a Rhythm All Week Long

Creating a Rhythm All Week Long

Do you remember the opening scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? He’s rushing down the hallway of his house, moving through his morning routine, when he looks at the camera and says: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” That’s impressive insight from a high school boy.  After all, what parent hasn’t felt this way about their pace from time to time?  When my son was born, a friend told me these would be the longest and shortest days of my... Read More
Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

We have all heard of the phrase, “information overload,” and I am 99.9 percent sure that each of us have experienced it. In fact, this post just might fall victim to a rapid delete from your inbox simply because you have just had too much “adulting” today! I hate to break it to you but this problem will continually get worse. Pew Research Center survey says, one in three teenagers send more than 100 texts a day. Go ahead, take a few minutes and look at your phone and see what your magic number... Read More
The 3 Elements of Every Phase

The 3 Elements of Every Phase

Every phase is crucial. Every phase has its own: 1. Significant Relationships. The significant relationships in a child’s life include parents, small group leaders, decision makers, first cousins, and senior pastors. If you gain influence in a kid’s life now, you stand a better chance of having influence with them later when it matters even more. That’s why every phase of a kid’s life gives your church a new opportunity to connect kids to a significant relationship. Remember,... Read More
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