Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

It was a bright spring day in 2014. My daughter was five at the time, and we were spending the early afternoon where we often did: at the park. She had recently graduated to the “big kid playground,” which had a giant, enclosed slide, fast swings . . . and a set of tall monkey bars that looked impossibly imposing for her tiny frame. I should tell you that my girl has always been fiercely independent. Strong-willed. Determined. On this particular day, she focused all her attention on those... Read More
Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Last Friday you put on some tunes and busted a move in front of your totally-mortified middle school sons. Then tonight they came home from the dance doing the sprinkler, just like you taught ’em—only they gave credit to Jeff, their small group leader. What gives? And it’s not just your own kids, either. One of the toddlers you teach at church lost it over a missing toy on Sunday. You tried to talk her through it with no luck. In the end all she needed was a big hug from mom and the... Read More
Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Orange

Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Orange

Getting started with a new curriculum is exciting, and sometimes a bit daunting! Here at Orange we are passionate about helping leaders start off on the best foot possible. To help you reach this goal, we’ve put together a “Top 5” list for you: 1. Orange Specialists: Not sure where to find the curriculum materials you’ve just signed up for? Need some ideas for recruiting awesome volunteers? Want to find ways to engage parents in what you are doing in your ministry? Your ORANGE SPECIALIST is... Read More