Coronavirus: Everything Your Church Needs for Digital Family Ministry Experiences

Coronavirus: Everything Your Church Needs for Digital Family Ministry Experiences

We knew when we selected the theme for the Orange Conference 2020, Every Generation Needs a New Revolution, that it would require a willingness to change. We had no idea just how much we would need to change. We didn’t know we would be facing a global health pandemic. We had never heard the word coronavirus. We weren’t familiar with a term like “social distancing.” (Now, we’re a little too familiar with what that term means.) But just because your church doors might be closed, doesn’t mean you... Read More
What’s Happening with the 2020 Orange Conference Because of COVID-19?

What’s Happening with the 2020 Orange Conference Because of COVID-19?

TL;DR: Looking for a quick update on the Orange Conference? Click here to read all about it. What you do still matters The past few weeks have been an unprecedented time in ministry. We are all asking the same question: How can we help? At a time like this, it’s easy to buy into the myth that what we do is inconsequential in this global concern, or that ministry is somehow on hold. But the truth is what you do this week matters more than ever. How the Church responds in this moment will... Read More
Approaching Limitations in Ministry

Approaching Limitations in Ministry

No matter what you’re doing, whether within the church or not, you will experience limitations in your work. It’s an inevitable part of the process. But it’s really not the limitations that matter. Rather, it is how you handle said limitations—how you respond to them, how you frame them, and ultimately how you work within them. That’s what makes the ultimate difference. Responding to Limitations Nothing was ever accomplished by overreacting to a challenge. Sometimes the... Read More
How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

I get asked a lot of questions about family ministry. The only question that ever gets on my nerves is when someone asks, “Do you guys break up into small groups at the end?” Now, I get it. It seems like a fair and harmless question. Maybe you’ve even asked it yourself. I know that there are semantics involved here, but the honest answer is, “No. We want our children and students to experience our entire Sunday program as a small group—not just at the end.” There might be a time at the end... Read More
5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

The start of a new school year usually means the start of new small groups, the start of soccer games, the start of PTA meetings, and the start of a busy season for parents. This is a perfect time to reactivate parents, so kids at every phase will stay connected to them. Regardless of how much a church learns about life stages, parents know things no one else knows about their own children. That’s why parents have an advantage the church will never have related to the future of a child. A... Read More