Phase Defined: 4 Things That Are True for Every Child

Phase Defined: 4 Things That Are True for Every Child

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. What does phase really mean? If you really break it down, there are four things that are true at every phase: 1. Every phase has significant relationships you can influence. Kids in different phases listen to different voices at different volumes. (Kind of the same way they listen to different music at different volumes, too) So, it just makes sense. If you want to influence a kid’s future,... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Sue Miller

Voices of the Phase Project :: Sue Miller

Sue Miller can most accurately be described as a cornerstone, not just for us at Orange, but for preschool ministry as a whole. For 17 years she led a 3,000-strong children’s ministry at Willow Creek Community Church, and since 2005 she’s developed groundbreaking ministry books, resources and events for preschool leaders, volunteers, and parents. She’s an expert on families and an integral part of our family at Orange.... Read More
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