Keeping an Intentional Connection on High Attendance Holidays

Keeping an Intentional Connection on High Attendance Holidays

Holidays and high church attendance days seem to go hand-in-hand. People we’ve never met and people we haven’t seen in a while all seem to be present at once on Sundays connected to holidays. In addition to the Sundays, we have special events and services that are designed as easy on-ramps for people to join our communities of faith. Holidays give churches a great impetus to influence the faith of parents, kids, and students that we don’t get during the rest of the year. However, because of... Read More
Creating Church Events That Soar

Creating Church Events That Soar

There’s nothing quite like spending time and budget on an event that is poorly attended. We live in a culture that is always looking for something to do. Something to attend. Somewhere to spend their family time. So when our churches put an event together and it is poorly attended or misses its target audience it can leave us feeling defeated and frustrated. If we knew the secrets to plan an event that will succeed, I believe that no one would take a loss in this area ever again. These losses... Read More
Are You Using This Toolbox for Leading Small

Are You Using This Toolbox for Leading Small

About five years ago I heard Orange had a new resource that helps train small group leaders, get them their lessons, and connect them with their few all from one phone app. Since I was spending an incredible amount of time every week editing group content, trying to find developmental materials, and trying to make sure small group leaders had the information needed to show up predictably and randomly in their lives of their kids I needed to know what this was and how to use it right away.... Read More
Impacting Faith by Capturing Milestone Moments

Impacting Faith by Capturing Milestone Moments

There are moments throughout a child’s life that provide opportunities to partner with parents. These are moments of celebration that mark a child’s development. These opportunities—significant moments in the life journey of a parent and child that offer a unique opportunity to reinforce truth and celebrate a growing relationship with God—are called milestone moments (Think Orange, pg. 248).. We can use milestone moments, physical and spiritual moments, to show our families that we are... Read More
Reinforce the Family, Elevate the Parent!

Reinforce the Family, Elevate the Parent!

Family. School. Sports. Friends. Church. These are all communities of people that potentially have influence over a child’s thoughts, ideas, and actions. The Church is in a position to combine with some of these influences to make a greater impact on the life of a kid or student. When we combine the light of the church (yellow) with the love of the family (red), we can have a greater impact on the life and faith of the next generation (orange). However, in order for this combination to work,... Read More