Preparing Kids Room at Christmas and Beyond

Preparing Kids Room at Christmas and Beyond

During the Advent Season, we’re often reminded to “prepare Him room.” We set up special activities like the Advent Wreath or the Jesse Tree that walk us through Scripture each day leading up to our celebration of the birth of Christ on Christmas morning. These activities help keep our hearts focused on the true meaning of Christmas instead of being sidetracked by all the lights, presents, and activities. All of which will fade away the minute the season passes. Each year around this time, I am... Read More
Making a Place in Your Ministry for Children With Special Needs

Making a Place in Your Ministry for Children With Special Needs

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’” – Matthew 25:40 (AMP) Oftentimes when we think of this verse, our thoughts are drawn to the homeless, the helpless, the sick or the poor. We think of third-world countries, people without food or clean drinking water, and children who are growing up without opportunity. During the last five years, our... Read More
Empowering Youth Leaders to Be the Church

Empowering Youth Leaders to Be the Church

The comment, “The youth are the future of the church,” has always made me cringe. It would be said in meetings, interviews and the halls of our church. Oftentimes, I would stop the well-meaning utterer of this phrase and politely (most of the time) correct them by saying, “No, they are the church now.” This always led to polite, halfhearted agreement. You see, our church has been on the path to being Orange for a decade. We send leaders to the conferences, read all the books, and host a... Read More
What You Lose When You Widen the Circle

What You Lose When You Widen the Circle

One-on-one connection with kids about their faith is, without a doubt, my favorite part of being a kids’ pastor. It’s within these conversations where I’m given a front-row seat to God’s grace and goodness in their young lives. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are certainly days when getting a child to open up about their personal faith journey is a struggle. But more often than not, kids have a beautiful way of articulating in their own words how Jesus is making a difference in and around them.... Read More
It’s Personal at OC19—Registration is Now Open!

It’s Personal at OC19—Registration is Now Open!

When ministry is personal in the right way, it will not only change how your church sees your community, it will change how your community sees your church. At Orange Conference, not only do we want to talk about why churches that make it personal have a different kind of influence with a generation, we want to invite you to personally join us for a unique three-day experience. It’s personal when everyone who shows up cares about the faith of every kid. It’s a powerful experience to be... Read More