How to Be a Church Where Pro-Family Equals Pro-Parent

How to Be a Church Where Pro-Family Equals Pro-Parent

Every parent—whether that person is the mother, father, stepfather, stepmother, grandparent-raising-grandkids, aunt-or-uncle-raising-niece-or-nephew, adopted or foster—wants to be the best parent. At least, that is what we choose to believe! Being pro-family requires that we are pro-parent, and that requires that we believe the best about every parent and what they want for their kid. After all, that is one commonality that too many parents share for us to believe otherwise. Being pro-parent... 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
Nehemiah’s Story, Your Context

Nehemiah’s Story, Your Context

If you have more than one child, you know how different they can be. The same background, values, and genes can produce a lot of different results. Variety is, after all, the spice of life.  To illustrate, Orange’s founder, Reggie Joiner, tells a story about when his kids were young and building a sandcastle. In the process, everyone’s personality became clear.  RP, his oldest and only son, dug trenches and did the methodical work of trying to figure out how the castle would be protected.... Read More
Re-Visioning Parent-Church Partnership

Re-Visioning Parent-Church Partnership

Ahh, November . . . The calm between the storms. Fall launch is over, school has started, and for the most part, families are back into their routines. It’s a few short weeks to take a deep breath before the craziness of the holiday season sets in. And while it’s important to take some time to enjoy your hard work and rest up for what’s coming, it’s also a good time to consider some practical ways you might re-vision parents on what partnership with the church means. Utilize... Read More
Building Trust With Parents as Small Group Leaders

Building Trust With Parents as Small Group Leaders

Inherently, being a small group leader comes with a lot of responsibility. You’re being entrusted with your few at least once a week and then some, especially as they get older. This isn’t something that anyone should take on lightly. There’s an incredible amount of trust and commitment that needs to go into those relationships. And as much influence as you may have, ultimately, you’re not their parent. You don’t have the final say in these young peoples’... Read More