Approaching Limitations in Ministry

Approaching Limitations in Ministry

No matter what you’re doing, whether within the church or not, you will experience limitations in your work. It’s an inevitable part of the process. But it’s really not the limitations that matter. Rather, it is how you handle said limitations—how you respond to them, how you frame them, and ultimately how you work within them. That’s what makes the ultimate difference. Responding to Limitations Nothing was ever accomplished by overreacting to a challenge. Sometimes the... Read More
How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

I get asked a lot of questions about family ministry. The only question that ever gets on my nerves is when someone asks, “Do you guys break up into small groups at the end?” Now, I get it. It seems like a fair and harmless question. Maybe you’ve even asked it yourself. I know that there are semantics involved here, but the honest answer is, “No. We want our children and students to experience our entire Sunday program as a small group—not just at the end.” There might be a time at the end... Read More
5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

The start of a new school year usually means the start of new small groups, the start of soccer games, the start of PTA meetings, and the start of a busy season for parents. This is a perfect time to reactivate parents, so kids at every phase will stay connected to them. Regardless of how much a church learns about life stages, parents know things no one else knows about their own children. That’s why parents have an advantage the church will never have related to the future of a child. A... Read More
17 Inspiring Books About Working With Kids and Teens

17 Inspiring Books About Working With Kids and Teens

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. One of the questions I’m asked most often whenever I get to speak about the Phase Project is this: What books are you reading? Well, the real answer is: I’m the mother of three, with a full-time job. Sometimes I think I’m reading a lot less than people expect. Often I get my inspiration through TED talks, podcasts, magazine articles, and links from twitter. But when it comes to books, there... Read More
NEW Resources Debuting At OC16!

NEW Resources Debuting At OC16!

While you in the local church may focus a lot of time and energy on your fall kickoff, we at Orange focus a lot of time and energy on The Orange Conference. It’s where we get to show you all the new things we’ve been working on to help you do ministry better. Think of it as a parade, football game, showcase, motivational seminar and concert all in one! And we’ve got some exciting things for you this year! Here’s a sneak peek: BOOKS: Don’t Miss It by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner You will have... Read More