Staying Connected with Volunteers and Parents During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Staying Connected with Volunteers and Parents During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Well, folks, it feels like we collectively blinked, and 2020 took a sharp turn into some pretty uncharted territory. Needless to say, the landscape of the world looks vastly different than it did a few months—even a few weeks—ago. And what we previously understood about our jobs, our schools, our churches, our social lives, and even what a trip to the grocery store looks like has been challenged. We’re in this together Right this second, I don’t know where you live or what you’re facing. I... Read More
A Weekly Communication Strategy for Churches to Engage with Parents and Volunteers

A Weekly Communication Strategy for Churches to Engage with Parents and Volunteers

If you’re a church leader, that probably means you connect and engage with kids or teenagers every week. (That’s sort of your job, right?) Kids and teenagers show up in your programming, and it’s up to you to make sure they have something to do, something to learn, and someone who can know them, personally.  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... Read More
In Times Of Crisis: Create Space For Grace

In Times Of Crisis: Create Space For Grace

Have you ever felt stunned when a child or teenager shares something shocking? Have you ever witnessed a crisis happening and wondered what to do? Have you ever watched a student leave your church knowing the fears that wait for them at home or at school? Have you ever been invited to know more about a kid’s inner battle but haven’t been sure what to say? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re probably a parent, a youth leader, or maybe even a loving friend who wants to help... Read More
5 Ways To Know If Small Groups Are Working

5 Ways To Know If Small Groups Are Working

Having a strategy and a plan is important. Even more important is being able to measure if your strategy is working! For my team and me, one of the best places we can measure to see if the Orange Strategy is having an impact is in our Small Groups. We fully identify with the benefit of “putting a trusted adult in the life of children BEFORE they need them, so they will be there when they need them.” Here are five ways you can tell if Small Groups are working for you! Parents respond to their... Read More
6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

It might seem easy to blame your SGLs for your meeting failures. Have you ever heard yourself say thing like “They aren’t committed enough” or “They are too busy” or “They weren’t even paying attention!” And maybe you’re right. But maybe there’s something wrong with the way you’ve been creating your meetings. I think there are six things we can do to make a GREAT small group leader meeting. Make sure you’ve got all six ingredients, and you’re on your way to making a meeting strategy that... Read More
How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

I get asked a lot of questions about family ministry. The only question that ever gets on my nerves is when someone asks, “Do you guys break up into small groups at the end?” Now, I get it. It seems like a fair and harmless question. Maybe you’ve even asked it yourself. I know that there are semantics involved here, but the honest answer is, “No. We want our children and students to experience our entire Sunday program as a small group—not just at the end.” There might be a time at the end... Read More