Are You Using This Toolbox for Leading Small

Are You Using This Toolbox for Leading Small

About five years ago I heard Orange had a new resource that helps train small group leaders, get them their lessons, and connect them with their few all from one phone app. Since I was spending an incredible amount of time every week editing group content, trying to find developmental materials, and trying to make sure small group leaders had the information needed to show up predictably and randomly in their lives of their kids I needed to know what this was and how to use it right away.... Read More
This Ministry Tool Equips and Empowers Small Group Leaders

This Ministry Tool Equips and Empowers Small Group Leaders

Years in children’s ministry have taught me to always have an eye out for the best way to help volunteers succeed. Whether it be the way we set up a room, the method information is delivered, or the system of communication used, I am always looking for ways to equip and empower our volunteers. The Lead Small App is fantastic and is one mighty strong app. Can apps be strong? Well, this one is! The new design is sleek and intuitive for the small group leader (SGL). Here are three reasons why I... Read More
5 Things Small Group Leaders Need

5 Things Small Group Leaders Need

We were in a quiet monastery in Ohio. I held a book in my hands that became one I’d revisit every year, required reading turned manifesto. It was a small spiritual formation class during my senior year of college. We were few, but the lessons we learned were many. The book we read was called, In The Name of Jesus, by Henri Nouwen. If I were asked to pick one book to offer volunteers in ministry, it’d be this one—a nurturing guide to continue to develop them as servant leaders. When small group... Read More
Equipping Small Group Leaders to Minister to Their Few

Equipping Small Group Leaders to Minister to Their Few

Google search the word pastor (I know what you’re thinking: Why would anyone do that?), and the first thing you will find is this definition: “a minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation.” Merriam-Webster’s definition while similar, adds an important component: “a spiritual overseer; especially: a clergyman serving a local church or parish.” Pastor? Who, me? While the title pastor does usually characterize the person who leads a church, I think we often limit this role to the... Read More
It’s Time for Something New!

It’s Time for Something New!

So, we made a decision recently at Orange that is pretty exciting to us. Since we put a lot of effort into traveling throughout the fall on Orange Tour we decided to maximize our time and do something new in each city. Those of you who have participated in past years probably know that we typically do a training event for small group leaders on the evening before the tour day called Lead Small. That training will be a priority this year as well, but starting this fall, Orange Tour will get a... Read More