Voices of the Phase Project :: Tom Shefchunas

Voices of the Phase Project :: Tom Shefchunas

You know you’re talking to a phase expert when they answer the “Why is this the most important phase?” question with a smile and a simple “because it is.” Tom Shefchunas has not only the gift of simplification and sarcasm, he is actually one of the smartest leaders we know when it comes to understanding the world of middle school. Shef has passion unlike any other for creating a safe place where every middle schooler knows they belong. His life mission to do for a few what he wishes he... Read More
NOTES: Main Sessions by The Sketch Effect

NOTES: Main Sessions by The Sketch Effect

Thank you for joining us at The Orange Conference 2016. As part of the main sessions, the very talented William Warren of The Sketch Effect created topical summaries of each speaker. To save the images below, right-click the image and choose to save the image to your desktop. ANDY STANLEY JIM BURNS JIM MELLADO JON ACUFF AND KRISTEN IVY JON ACUFF JUD WILHITE KARA POWELL PERRY NOBLE REGGIE JOINER RYAN LEAK JEFF HENDERSON JEANNE STEVENS TOM SHEFCHUNAS DOUG FIELDS VIRGINIA WARD  ... Read More
The Best Of Orange Tour Quotes

The Best Of Orange Tour Quotes

Many of you enjoyed last week’s post of quotes from Reggie Joiner at Orange Tour. There was so much wisdom shared during the 13 stops of Orange Tour that we wanted to share more quotes from the leaders who joined us on our journey. Carey Nieuwhof – @cnieuwhof Say YES to people outside the church by realizing they are spiritual and engage them in real conversations. People outside the church are afraid of coming; they think we’ll hold them to expectations we don’t... Read More
5 Reasons It Makes Sense to Have a Separate Middle School Ministry

5 Reasons It Makes Sense to Have a Separate Middle School Ministry

by Tom Shefchunas In 2009, Outreach Magazine did an interview with Andy Stanley about Church growth. In it, they asked him what he thinks the optimal church size is. To my surprise, his answer gave me both hope and an increased sense of job security! He said, “We decided the optimal-size church is one that’s large enough to maintain a vibrant junior high and high school ministry that are split into two groups.” Now, let that sit for a few seconds and marinate. That’s pretty... Read More