3 Ways to Help High Schoolers Relate to God

3 Ways to Help High Schoolers Relate to God

One of the incredible things about a relationship with God is the way He has something unique to show us at every phase. Just like the same dad would respond differently to his three-year-old than his 13-year-old, our heavenly Father seems to respond in different ways at different times so we can better understand how completely He loves us. High school is a time to test the limits. And teenagers in high school are ready for new experiences and desire greater independence from authority.... Read More
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
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