Navigating the Four Phases of High School

Navigating the Four Phases of High School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and... Read More
Navigating the Two Phases of Middle School

Navigating the Two Phases of Middle School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and... Read More
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
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
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