2 Reasons and 6 Ways to Make Marriage Events the Best Entry Point Into Your Church

2 Reasons and 6 Ways to Make Marriage Events the Best Entry Point Into Your Church

In 2001, we started creating quarterly, one-night marriage events at our church. I knew one of our biggest hurdles would be to make the event appealing to the men of our church. Notice, I said the men of our church, emphasis on church. Because I never dreamed that a marriage event would be a good place for our regular attenders to invite their non-church going or non-believing family, friends, and neighbors . . . especially if they happen to be male. Why? Because, typically, it’s men who don’t... Read More
4 Keys to Establishing a Recovery Program That Reaches Your Community

4 Keys to Establishing a Recovery Program That Reaches Your Community

I have yet to meet a person who has always had a perfect, easy life. At some point we all struggle with something. Some of us struggle with the things we typically think of when we think of addiction: drugs, alcohol. And sometimes our struggles are not so obvious, like relationship issues or depression. When we struggle, it can have a serious impact on our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with God. It can impact the way our family functions and our ability to be fully present for... Read More
It Started at the Nursery Door

It Started at the Nursery Door

At a new Bible study, I ran into the mother of two grown boys. Her greeting began, “You would never recognize my boys now.” She added, “One of my special memories of you was the first day we came to the church. I brought my crying baby to the nursery. I was so upset. I didn’t know what to do. You calmly held out your arms for him and let me know you LOVE babies and there are special people here that will lovingly care for him. You assured me a care-giver would call me if he cried more than a... Read More
3 Simple Ways You Can Impact Your Community With a Live Event

3 Simple Ways You Can Impact Your Community With a Live Event

Since our church began using Orange curriculum two years ago, we have had a goal to make an impact in the lives of families. One of our biggest impacts has come through the use of Jingle Jam, a family-friendly live event that is easy to invite friends and those who don’t attend church regularly. Here are 3 simple ways to impact your community with a live event. 1. Preparation You can never be over prepared for a live event. We typically begin preparing as early as September. Since we have... Read More
The Blessings of Service—for Others and You!

The Blessings of Service—for Others and You!

Serving others is a foundational principle that Jesus laid out for us many times during His ministry on Earth. For example, in Mark 10:45, Jesus told His disciples that He had come “not to be served but to serve others.” Following the example of Jesus, we know that serving others is innately “others” focused. However, serving does have benefits to the person that is actually doing the serving. Here are four ways that serving others can actually benefit you. Serving is life-giving.... Read More