The 5 Best Uses of Facebook Live at Your Church

The 5 Best Uses of Facebook Live at Your Church

Facebook introduced live streaming on their platform in August 2015. Facebook Live wasn’t the first live video option on social media—others like Periscope and Meerkat came before. But it did introduce the feature to a wider, more established audience. Since then, Facebook Live has become the industry standard for live social video streaming. One in five videos on Facebook is now being broadcast live. And live videos are watched three times longer than pre-recorded videos. This gives live... Read More
Discovering the Needs of Our Neighbors

Discovering the Needs of Our Neighbors

Serving our communities and being the best neighbors we can be should be a goal of every faith community. Being for our neighbors, however, is easier said than done at times. Over the past century our churches have gone from being the centers of their neighborhoods to hosting programs that pull people from much larger geographic regions. The average volunteer or visitor most likely drives past many churches on their way to yours. This means we find ourselves less connected to our immediate... Read More
Giving Volunteers Your Best

Giving Volunteers Your Best

Volunteers are the life-blood of our ministries. Without them, we couldn’t do what we do each week. So, it should go without saying that they deserve our very best and highest level of care. And yet, so often I see leaders missing the mark with their volunteer teams, often leading to dissatisfaction, increased burn-out, and overall frustration. It’s crucial that we do everything within our means to keep this from happening, not only for the sake of our ministries—but for the sake... Read More
Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Getting to Know Your Neighbors

In one part of the city, there is Congregation A. Congregation A sits in the middle of a neighborhood where the average family income is $35,000 per year and the average family size is 4.5 people. Poverty rates are high. Violent crime rates are rising. Schools suffer from a lack of funding and teacher apathy due to the lack of resources they need to educate young minds. Kids are glad to become teenagers, and teenagers are considered blessed if they graduate from high school without having... 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