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
When Students Serve, Everybody Wins

When Students Serve, Everybody Wins

Anyone who has ever tried to teach a child to do pretty much anything knows that it’s just easier to do it yourself. When my daughter, Lucy, was young, she always wanted to “help” me cook. And I really wanted to be the Pioneer Woman who thought of her kitchen as the heart of the home and invited everyone to “gather ’round.” But honestly, I wanted her out of the way so I could get in and get it done. Fortunately for me, I kept those feelings to myself, sucked it up and allowed her to “help.”... Read More
How to Leverage More Opportunities in Student Ministry

How to Leverage More Opportunities in Student Ministry

Think back to the last big game you watched. Maybe it was a football game with the season on the line or a basketball game with huge implications. No matter what sport you’re into, after any big game there are always postgame interviews with the winning players. And they all say nearly the same thing every time: “We’ve worked really hard this week preparing for this game, and I’m really proud of how we all came together to make it happen. We had a strategy and we executed well today.” Sounds... Read More