Walk This Way: Teaching Kids to Walk Out Justice

Walk This Way: Teaching Kids to Walk Out Justice

While Run DMC’s infamous song resonates with most members of Generation X, that is not the topic of this article today. The kids of Gen Xers and Millennials are getting older and seeing that justice is still a big issue in our world today. However, this new generation, Gen Z, matures faster than we ever did and will begin asking questions at younger ages about why there is so much hate in our world. Remember, this is the generation where diversity is normal. It might be hard for them to... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Sherry Surratt

Voices of the Phase Project :: Sherry Surratt

As the former visionary CEO and President of MOPS International and now as our Executive Director of Family Strategy, Sherry Surratt is one of the most influential champions for kids in the preschool phase. Sherry’s wisdom about parenting and about preschoolers comes not only from an academic background in child development, but also her time as a teacher and administrator in the public school system, years of ministry experience, raising two children of her own, and now enjoying three... Read More
God Is like a Balloon

God Is like a Balloon

Maybe God is like a balloon. There are two ways to think about thinking. Maybe that sounds too philosophical to be practical, but it may be the most critical idea when it comes to how a kid relates to God. It’s also just one more thing that separates humans from the rest of creation. Animals don’t have the same created ability to… Self-reflect Tell a personal narrative Carry on an inner-monologue What’s fascinating is that there are two basic views people hold about intelligence. Some people... Read More
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