Married and in Ministry: The Me Mindset

Married and in Ministry: The Me Mindset

When a couple marries, they stand before family and friends and make a BIG promise to one another. While some people write their own vows, most couples promise to love “for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or worse, until death do us part.” Yes, we were all naïve when we got married. No, we didn’t fully realize what we were signing up for. But we promised our spouse’s friends and family that they could trust us with their loved one’s lives. We led everyone to believe... Read More
Leading Small for Big Results

Leading Small for Big Results

Is your anxiety level rising on Saturday, because you are still recruiting volunteers for Sunday programming? Are you frustrated by constant recruiting? Is your ministry more activity based than relational? Three years ago, when I stepped into my role as children’s director, I answered yes to all the above questions. We had a rotational style Sunday School with monthly volunteers. The ask was small. Show up for a training once a year. Sign up for 1-2 monthly slots for the year. Get your lesson... Read More
When Less Becomes So Much More

When Less Becomes So Much More

Kids live in a world of more. The world of a child is one of constant information bombardment. From the time he wakes each morning until he is back in bed that night, he continually hears messages from various sources. School work, homework, family conversations, television, video games, computers, cell phones and social media all provide an ongoing stream of more words, more pictures, more music, more questions, more messages that pour into his brain. Studies say that the average child spends... Read More
How to Freshen Up Your Ministry This Spring

How to Freshen Up Your Ministry This Spring

For those of us who dare to think spring while still in the throws of winter, March appearing on the calendar brings hope. Early March means spring training has finally arrived for our home MLB team. Baseball teams prep for six weeks anticipating 162 tries in the month’s to come for a W. Teams forget the past season and press forward with pennant dreams swirling in their heads. They bring on new faces to add strength to positions. They study how to win. They talk winning. They plan for a... Read More
How to Explain Orange to Your Volunteers

How to Explain Orange to Your Volunteers

In the heart of every kid’s ministry leader is this deep longing and passion to make a difference in the lives of kids and families. We know this is true because we hear the stories and concerns from so many of you. We love when you share how God is showing up week after week in such amazing and tangible ways! What you do really does matter and it is making a huge difference in the lives and homes of kids! We want you to know that the heartbeat and passion at Orange is to help you win! A huge... Read More