Navigating the Three Phases of Preschool

Navigating the Three Phases of Preschool

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and... 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
Two Mistakes You Might Be Making When it Comes to Understanding Kids

Two Mistakes You Might Be Making When it Comes to Understanding Kids

Try explaining age to a three-year-old. You may say, “One day you’ll be big like me!” And then he’ll respond, as he stands on a chair, “Look! I’m getting bigger already!” Teens aren’t any easier. Sure, they get what it means to be 16, but they don’t understand what it takes to be considered an adult. You, on the other hand, hold the membership card. You’ve lived longer, seen more, and know better. That’s why you are the one who leads the way. So I’m the boss and what I say goes right? Not... Read More
Monday Is Coming

Monday Is Coming

by Mike Jeffries Sure, everybody knows about Sunday. That’s what churches do. Some churches might get wild and crazy and have a service on a Saturday. But that’s usually it. When it comes to church, everybody’s waiting for the weekend. Wait, though. What if the real action starts when the weekend ends and the week starts? What if it’s not about what happens on Sunday, but about what happens on Monday? That’s the idea behind this year’s Orange Conference, set for April 27-29 in Atlanta. This... Read More