Naming An Idea

Naming An Idea

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. A few years ago on the drive home to Atlanta from Orange Tour Kansas City, Reggie Joiner turned down “70s on 7” and paused the musical education of our friend Afton—who still insists all good music is inspired by Justin Timberlake.  For a few hours, we had something more important to figure out. And it wasn’t how to identify Chicago by the sound of brass in the band. We were halfway through... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Holly Crawshaw

Voices of the Phase Project :: Holly Crawshaw

One of our favorite parts of the Phase Project is learning from smart leaders like Holly Crawshaw. Holly has not only worked as a preschool director, but she’s also the mother of preschoolers and living out these phases in her own home. Oh, and she’s also incredibly smart and fun to hang around. Here’s what she said when we asked her a few questions about the Preschool... Read More
Re-imagine the Potential You Can Have as One Voice

Re-imagine the Potential You Can Have as One Voice

Momentum is never an accident. It happens when everyone on the team is moving together in ONE direction. Whenever . . . parents and small group leaders are working toward common goals staff and volunteers are compelled by a common vision those who have influence speak a common language the church and the home are connected by a common strategy an entire community is inspired to champion common values . . . things tend to move forward in a powerful and positive way. Let’s be honest. Every... Read More
What Smart Leaders Know About the Holidays

What Smart Leaders Know About the Holidays

The holidays are upon us! Family calendars fill up fast. We check our list and check it twice. There are choir concerts, school parties, teacher gifts and more. Jingle here. Jingle there. Smart leaders like you understand that while it’s the most wonderful time of year, it can also be a tumultuous time in families lives. Shared custody challenges, loss of loved ones, absent military family, job loss, finances and so much more. Emotions run high during the holidays. Middle and High School kids... Read More
Is Your Church Stuck? This May Be Why

Is Your Church Stuck? This May Be Why

Has your church hit a plateau in the growth cycle? The Unstuck Group recently published this helpful article pinpointing three elements of your ministry that need to be addressed if you want to jump-start the growth of new families attending your church. Children’s ministry can easily become an overlooked driver to the overall health and progress of our churches. In all reality, as long as volunteers are still showing up and if we don’t hear any major complaints, everything is okay back there,... Read More