Answered Prayer, Life-Change, and The Orange Conference

Answered Prayer, Life-Change, and The Orange Conference

You’ve likely heard the saying, “Be careful of what you pray for, it might just come true.” That saying has been around for a long, long time, and has been proven true for as long as any of us can remember. I’ve reflected on that thought many times thanking God for, time and again, coming through on things I was praying about. Well, I’d like to share with you one of the biggest prayers I’ve prayed and how God used The Orange Conference to answer what I had been praying about. I was once an... Read More
Preparing Kids Room at Christmas and Beyond

Preparing Kids Room at Christmas and Beyond

During the Advent Season, we’re often reminded to “prepare Him room.” We set up special activities like the Advent Wreath or the Jesse Tree that walk us through Scripture each day leading up to our celebration of the birth of Christ on Christmas morning. These activities help keep our hearts focused on the true meaning of Christmas instead of being sidetracked by all the lights, presents, and activities. All of which will fade away the minute the season passes. Each year around this time, I am... Read More
Talking to Kids About Death

Talking to Kids About Death

There are times in our ministries where we are called upon to do very difficult tasks, perhaps one of the most painful is being the person to deliver the news to a child or student about a family member’s death. Everything matters. Our words matter. Our actions matter. Our follow up matters. It’s a very heavy responsibility, and yet it is an honor to be in the inner circle with families in those life-changing moments. Our responsibility is sacred when we are discussing life and death. These... Read More
Empowering Youth Leaders to Be the Church

Empowering Youth Leaders to Be the Church

The comment, “The youth are the future of the church,” has always made me cringe. It would be said in meetings, interviews and the halls of our church. Oftentimes, I would stop the well-meaning utterer of this phrase and politely (most of the time) correct them by saying, “No, they are the church now.” This always led to polite, halfhearted agreement. You see, our church has been on the path to being Orange for a decade. We send leaders to the conferences, read all the books, and host a... Read More
What You Lose When You Widen the Circle

What You Lose When You Widen the Circle

One-on-one connection with kids about their faith is, without a doubt, my favorite part of being a kids’ pastor. It’s within these conversations where I’m given a front-row seat to God’s grace and goodness in their young lives. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are certainly days when getting a child to open up about their personal faith journey is a struggle. But more often than not, kids have a beautiful way of articulating in their own words how Jesus is making a difference in and around them.... Read More