Why is High School such a Critical Phase? (An Interview with Brad Griffin)

Why is High School such a Critical Phase? (An Interview with Brad Griffin)

Anyone who wants to know more about the high school phases probably already knows Brad Griffin. We love hanging out with Brad because he blends academia and real-world ministry—which just means he’s the kind of smart that also feels incredibly relatable. Brad’s experience as a youth pastor and small group leader—combined with his discoveries from the past ten years at the Fuller Youth Institute—give us insight into what it really means to mobilize the faith of highshoolers and emerging... Read More
3 Ways to Leverage This Year’s Mission Trip to Make Next Year’s Even Better

3 Ways to Leverage This Year’s Mission Trip to Make Next Year’s Even Better

If you read Part 1 of this two-part list last week, you have already completed (or are on your way to checking off) the first three items on your post mission trip to-do list: A Parent Resource The Follow-Up Surveys  Space for Students to Share  #HighFive !! Read Part 1: Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List Now, let’s talk about three things you can do to ensure next year’s mission trips go even more smoothly than this past summer’s. No, we can’t guarantee there won’t be sickness—viral,... Read More
Why Should Churches Consider Having a Unique Middle School Ministry? (An Interview with Tom Shefchunas)

Why Should Churches Consider Having a Unique Middle School Ministry? (An Interview with Tom Shefchunas)

You know you’re talking to a phase expert when they answer the, “Why is this the most important phase?” question with a smile and a simple “because it is.” Tom Shefchunas doesn’t just have the gift of simplification and sarcasm, he’s actually one of the smartest leaders we know when it comes to understanding the world of middle school. Shef has passion unlike any other for creating a safe place where every middle schooler knows they belong. His life mission—to do for a few what he... Read More
Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking. Wait. Mission trip to do list? This would have been great to have in May. While it’s true this year’s mission trip season is in the rearview mirror, I’m here to tell you (beg you, implore you) there are just a few more things to do in order to make this year’s trips leave a lasting impression as well as prepare for even better mission trip experiences next summer. In fact, the most important mission work you do is, arguably, right now, right here, from... Read More
Is Every High School Student “At-Risk”? (An Interview with Josh Shipp)

Is Every High School Student “At-Risk”? (An Interview with Josh Shipp)

Josh Shipp is new to the Orange family, but we were immediately moved by his story and integrity. Inspiring and hilarious, Josh uses his platform as a TV host, author, and speaker to share the powerful message that every teen deserves a chance to live life at it’s fullest. Josh has proved integral to our High School Phase research and we can’t wait to see what he does next! Check out this great interview with Josh, where he talks about someone who’s greatly influenced his life, the... Read More