3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid. Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life. Of course you now know that middle school drama, like everything else, won’t matter in a few short years. With the right approach you can help preteens focus on... Read More
Can You Influence Someone You Don’t Know?

Can You Influence Someone You Don’t Know?

Kids know more about you than you know about them. People are wired to pay closer attention to someone who has power over their world. Think about it. You probably know more about the President than he knows about you. As kids and teenagers grow up, they depend on the adults in their world to get food, to have transportation, and to pay for something on occasion. It just makes sense for them to . . . Pay attention to what you like—so they can sweet-talk you later. Listen to what you dislike—so... Read More
Why Your Ministry Needs a Champion

Why Your Ministry Needs a Champion

If you’re reading this article, more than likely it’s because you influence children or teenagers. That puts you in a unique tribe of leaders who spend every week teaching, programming, and leading the next generation. It also means it’s up to you. You are in a position to change how adults in your church see kids and teenagers, how nonbelieving parents see your church, how Christian families see their neighbors, and how lead pastors see children and youth ministry. You have a list of... Read More
Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Last Friday you put on some tunes and busted a move in front of your totally-mortified middle school sons. Then tonight they came home from the dance doing the sprinkler, just like you taught ’em—only they gave credit to Jeff, their small group leader. What gives? And it’s not just your own kids, either. One of the toddlers you teach at church lost it over a missing toy on Sunday. You tried to talk her through it with no luck. In the end all she needed was a big hug from mom and the... Read More
Finding My Way To Orange Conference

Finding My Way To Orange Conference

by Dana Spivy “Have you thought about volunteering for the Orange Conference?” she suggested with a helpful grin. That’s the question that led to this great opportunity. I’m a children’s minister, and part of my time is allotted for conferences and personal growth. Since we implement Orange strategies and use Orange materials, I usually attend the Orange Conference (OC) to get great coaching and learn how to serve our parents better within our system. There are lots of conference opportunities... Read More