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
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
Book Study: Make Believe, Week 4

Book Study: Make Believe, Week 4

by Leslie Galema For week 1 of the Make Believe book study, click here. For week 2 of the Make Believe book study, click here. For week 3 of the Make Believe book study, click here. Last week, I woke up early, packed up my younger two kids, and headed two hours south to pick up our oldest daughter at camp. She had been gone for a week, and I missed her! We arrived, and as I scanned the large group of sleepy 10- and 11-year-olds—and saw her—she locked eyes with me with a look of annoyance. I... Read More
Signing Day

Signing Day

Several weeks ago was the NCAA College Football National Signing Day. This was the day that all the top (and not so top) high school football players had to sign their letter of intent to attend certain colleges. It’s a huge day in the life of college football teams and their future players as ESPNU dedicates a whole day of programming around it. If your team signs the right players, they have a great chance to be a top-tiered team. If not, there is a good chance that they are going to be just... Read More
Team Work: When Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry Collide!

Team Work: When Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry Collide!

by Brandy Barr About 2 ½ years ago I moved from the children’s ministry team to the student ministry team at the church I am on staff at in Austin, Texas. I love our children’s ministry team. The pastor and her staff introduced the Orange concept to our church and implemented First Look and 252 Basics. Kids thrived, and parents felt engaged. But as soon as a child was promoted from elementary to middle school, things changed. A different methodology of teaching was used. It was always high... Read More