Why My Church is an Orange Church

Why My Church is an Orange Church

I remember standing in a mall bookstore looking for some new reading material to challenge me to the next level as a leader. I was drawn to the bright, strangely shaped book called, “Think Orange.” At the time, I was not a youth pastor but was serving as a young adult pastor in a very large church. My heart has always been for youth but I took the job to serve young adults largely because—after being a youth pastor for about 10 years—I was frustrated at two things. First, I was frustrated that... Read More
Engaging Parents to do One Thing More

Engaging Parents to do One Thing More

“If we add one more thing to our plates, we will implode,” they said as they looked at the board. Though Darren and Agnes desperately wanted to invest more into their family, they did not see how they could make the kid’s ministry strategy into their already hectic family rhythms. To us, our ministry strategies may seem pretty simple and easy to execute. That is probably because we created it and understand how I all works together. Sometimes our strategy is not so easy for others to... Read More
Leveraging Social Media to Reach Parents

Leveraging Social Media to Reach Parents

It is well known that if you want to reach students these days, you have to have an active presence on social media. That is where students are and will be. But what about parents? How do you reach parents these days? As hard as it may be to believe, social media is actually a great way to reach parents. Sure, they may like emails a lot and may not be on as much social media as their children are, but they are actively on one social media platform or another. That is why you can use social... Read More
Reinforce the Family, Elevate the Parent!

Reinforce the Family, Elevate the Parent!

Family. School. Sports. Friends. Church. These are all communities of people that potentially have influence over a child’s thoughts, ideas, and actions. The Church is in a position to combine with some of these influences to make a greater impact on the life of a kid or student. When we combine the light of the church (yellow) with the love of the family (red), we can have a greater impact on the life and faith of the next generation (orange). However, in order for this combination to work,... Read More
What We Get Wrong About Partnering With Parents

What We Get Wrong About Partnering With Parents

We are really good at talking about the importance of partnering with parents without actually doing it. Maybe that’s a bit harsh, but every church leader that I’ve ever met who works with kids or teenagers is “partnering with parents.” But they’re not really. Partnering with parents is the spoken value of a lot of churches, but not what they practice. It’s what Patrick Lencioni refers to as an “aspirational value.” It’s a value that a church knows is necessary if they want to reach kids and... Read More