Family Traditions

Family Traditions

The word “tradition” is defined as the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.  I love this!  Traditions are multi-generational, crossing all lines of age and even ethnicity.  When we share with our kids and grandkids their lineage and heritage it broadens their perspective and worldview.  God made us one and all, so different and yet so much the same.   Some of these traditions have been passed down from several generations and keeping them alive will teach your kids... Read More
Strategy Matters

Strategy Matters

If you have been around ORANGE for any length of time-using our curriculum, attending our events or reading any of our books, you have heard us talk about “ORANGE Strategy”: the combining of the influence of the Church and the Home to have a greater impact on the next generation. Maybe the idea of “strategy” in relation to church is new to you. Or, maybe you have bought into the idea of strategy, but you are not really sure if it is making any kind of a difference. In either case, you may be... Read More
The “H” Word

The “H” Word

“Uh-oh. It’s the H word. Halloween. Have you ever considered that the problem with Halloween may be that we have thought so much about what might be wrong with it and have never considered what might be right about it? Here are a few stats about Halloween: *An estimated 47 % of household consumers decorate for Halloween. *Halloween is 2nd place to Christmas in volume of decorations sold. *Candy Sales will Exceed 2 billion. *More than 93% of children go trick or treating every year. (I wonder... Read More
Progress Not Perfection

Progress Not Perfection

If you have said yes to the next generation and your committing to dig your heels in and see real life change in the families you serve then you need to brace your self for disappointment. We are all broken people and we’re trying to lead broken people. We’re not set up for success so why do we act so surprised when things go wrong? When something that was said hurts the core of who we are. When the person you invested so much energy and effort in walks away, when you hoped that... Read More
The List of To Do’s

The List of To Do’s

As a new kind of leader, we know your team has a lot to do to help make great ministry happen each week.   You probably keep a to do list on your phone, or written somewhere.  It can be a pretty rare thing to have everything checked off the list of to do’s.  There are so many facets to ministry.  Ministry is a challenge if you are planning for 10 kids or a 500 kids each week. Turns out no matter where you are doing ministry on the planet, or what you’re your ministry even is- elementary teams... Read More
From Planning to Dreaming: A Strategy for Planning Ahead

From Planning to Dreaming: A Strategy for Planning Ahead

One of the recurring issues we hear from partners is their constant struggle to plan ahead.  As the saying goes, “Sunday is coming” and there are a lot of pieces that need to be put in place before it arrives! The life of a CM leader can easily become a repeating pattern of rush and prep to present on Sunday each week, followed by hurry and clean up as soon as the last service is over.   And the cycle continues, doing what has to be done, week to week and Sunday to Sunday. One of the fastest... Read More
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