Whether or not you have foster families in your church now, it’s important to be informed about what foster care is and isn’t so that we can know how to best love and serve these families.
If you’re in charge of volunteer leaders at your church, you know that your initial kick off is absolutely crucial if you are going to have a manageable year. You also know if you can start off strong, your chances of having an amazing season go up exponentially. The Volunteer Kickoff from the MVP Box is so much more than an event. Here are my top four reasons why the MVP Volunteer Kickoff is indispensable.
But the MVP in this case stands for Messaging to Volunteers and Parents. Because that’s our real goal at each Orange Conference—helping you to better communicate with volunteers and parents. Because they’re the ones who most directly influence the next generation.
Since the Orange Conference Live Experience will be so unique compared to our usual in-person conference, we thought we’d come up with a few suggestions on how to make the most of this (or really any) online conference.
The Church Technology Monster has been in your life because there hasn’t been another way to produce quality Kids ministry programming without Olympic effort from our Kids Ministry leaders. Until now.
We’ve also seen a lot of headlines about how to weather this storm as a church leader. And more specifically about how many churches are dipping their toes into leading a remote church team.
We call this special time “Seriously Night” because we take the entire session to look at ourselves as Christians and say: “Seriously? I mean, seriously, we do this? We say this? We act like this? We’re not doing this?
Some things are better received from parents. Other stuff lands easier on the ears when it’s coming from anyone but mom and dad.
We originally had a different vision for this blog post. It was originally written as a resource to church leaders who couldn’t attend the Orange Conference in person. But things have changed since then.
If we’re going to continue to grow the Church (with a capital C), we must be willing to learn what we can from our fellow church leaders and beyond. So today, we’re going to step outside the environment where we spend most of our time.
At many churches around the country and around the world, we’ve pressed the pause button during this COVID-19 virus crisis. Pressing pause doesn’t mean that we’re no longer preaching the Gospel or ministering to people. It simply means we’re temporarily not doing things they way we’ve always done them.
Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 has spread to 50 states. Schools, businesses, churches, events, and other organizations are wrestling with how to respond to the growing threat of coronavirus. And local churches are no exception.
In the beginning, God spoke and change happened. That may have been the last time change management was that simple. For the rest of us, there is usually a process to change.
You’ve probably heard all about this Covid-19 thing that’s happening around the world. That’s why the entire Orange team has been hard at work preparing lots of content and resources to help you and your church get through this time.
Every kid is unique and special to their parent, but here’s what we miss sometimes: As church leaders, we tend to focus on what we can do for someone with a special need and overlook the unique gifts and talents they bring to a church.
We all want volunteers who are not only prepared, but also empowered and excited to engage with the few kids and teenagers God has entrusted to them every week. But let’s face it: Your leaders also have schoolwork, jobs, kids of their own, and/or other volunteer commitments.
With measures like social distancing, school and church closures, and even mandatory quarantines for segments of our populations, we are realizing just how important, necessary, beautiful, and life-giving real connection is.
You might not have the weekly gathering in a building like you used to, but you still have a small group of students who need encouragement and connection when everything about their world has changed.
If you’re a leader (which we’re willing to bet you are), you’ll eventually lead through change. Change is inevitable. Without it, your church can become stagnant, lose influence, or become irrelevant.
That’s where your volunteers come into play—specifically your small group leaders. And you expect your volunteers to engage with kids every week. You work hard to make sure your volunteers know how to engage kids in conversations about faith.