What the Church Needs to Know about Families with Special Needs

What the Church Needs to Know about Families with Special Needs

You see them. You know they’re there. You might even provide a great Special Needs ministry for their child or young adult. But have you ever focused on what a family who has a kid with special needs might want you to know? After talking with lots of churches who serve families who have kids with special needs, and with the families themselves, here are some things we’ve learned and wish you’d know too. Their kid is awesome Every kid is unique and special to their parent, but here’s what we... Read More
Team Engagement and Collaboration: Motivating People to Work Together

Team Engagement and Collaboration: Motivating People to Work Together

I have two young children: a three-year-old and a six-year-old. For those of you that have young children, you know it’s a complete mixed bag. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but I often find myself making declarations that I thought I would never make. Very commonly in our house on any given day you might hear me declare:  Remember, don’t hit daddy in the face. Only use soft balls to throw at people. Don’t jump on his neck. As I write these out, I see that there is a common theme. I... Read More
What Does it Mean to Think Orange? 

What Does it Mean to Think Orange? 

Color is an amazing gift from God!  He loves color.  He has decorated our world so beautifully with sunsets, oceans, flowers, and more wonders than we can see in a lifetime! I love that God has created us in His image and has put creativity in the hearts of each one of us. Did you know that there is such a thing as color psychology? It is really interesting that research shows that colors can impact our moods, feelings, and behaviors. We have experts telling us what colors to paint certain... Read More
Teaching Our Children the Value of Community Engagement

Teaching Our Children the Value of Community Engagement

As we work with children and families, we tend to provide the majority of our service projects and programming inside of the church building. It brings a sense of safety which allows for a closer connection among the people involved. The struggle with this strategy is helping kids see the importance of serving as the Church outside of the walls of the church building. We might give them the ability to do a project that will serve a specific group of people, but we seem to leave the delivery of... Read More
Miracles From Heaven

Miracles From Heaven

by Reggie Joiner, Founder and CEO of Orange Yesterday, the Orange staff along with some Atlanta churches and TD Jakes’ team previewed the new Miracles from Heaven movie. The entire room laughed and cried through this powerful and emotional reminder of how significant faith is for every family and community. I mostly appreciated the fact that it wasn’t just a happy-ending movie for people who believe, but it allows an inside look into the struggles and doubts we all feel when faced... Read More