Youth Specialties 2018: You Are Welcome Here

Youth Specialties 2018: You Are Welcome Here

If it’s your first time to our annual gathering of youth workers, or you are returning once again to the annual pilgrimage of community, encouragement, laughter and training… you are welcome here. Every year for the past five decades or so, youth workers have gathered under one roof for training, resources, spiritual refreshment, and community. Since before you were born there have been youth workers laughing and learning, exchanging knowing glances, and learning from one another as one big... Read More
A New Future For Youth Specialties: Orange & Download Youth Ministry Partner to Assume Leadership of Ministry

A New Future For Youth Specialties: Orange & Download Youth Ministry Partner to Assume Leadership of Ministry

The leaders of Orange and Download Youth Ministry (DYM) are excited to announce their partnership in acquiring Youth Specialties from Real Resources. As a nationally recognized leader in the world of youth ministry, Youth Specialties has had a rich history of 50 years of training leaders, publishing resources, hosting events, and creating platforms designed to equip leaders serving in youth ministry. With fresh leadership and direction from both Orange and DYM, Youth Specialties is entering a... Read More
Welcome! Tom Shefchunas as Executive Director of Student Strategy

Welcome! Tom Shefchunas as Executive Director of Student Strategy

At Orange, we are thrilled to announce that Tom Shefchunas has been named the Executive Director of Student Strategy. Bringing an education background, over a decade of student ministry experience, and a long-standing relationship with Orange to the position, Tom represents both an added dimension and a seamless transition to the company. In this role, he will be leading the content development, strategy, and overall direction for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum, as well as the... Read More
Five Ways You Can Lead Student Volunteers Better

Five Ways You Can Lead Student Volunteers Better

When you work in kids ministry, you know volunteers are a big part of your success. Your volunteer teams on any given weekend can singlehandedly make or break the ministry experience for families. And it never fails: At the most inopportune times, it seems like everyone calls in sick and you’re in a tough spot. It’s time to start further building your team! Time to get some students on board. Now a lot of you are probably internally groaning at this suggestion. I get it. Teenagers have the... Read More
The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

Let’s start by being honest. Improving the way you mobilize teens to serve in your church probably isn’t on your list of things to do this week. Or if it is, it’s right below “fix the broken urinal handle in the men’s restroom” on your task list. Mobilizing teens just doesn’t feel like a pressing issue. But what if mobilizing teenagers is a bigger deal than we think? What if it has a greater long-term impact on our students and our church than we give it credit? The truth is, mobilizing... Read More