Advice from Orange Specialists

Advice from Orange Specialists | Leadership

The Not-So-Secret Path to Leading Well

So, what exactly is “self care”? It is defined as any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | VBS | Volunteers

1 Big Idea to Turn VBS Volunteers into Year-Round Volunteers

YOU MADE IT! VBS is over, and you survived! I saw most of your posts on social media. Maybe you felt like you made it on a wing and a… Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary | How To | Leadership | VBS | Volunteers

3 Examples of VBS Volunteer Surveys

A few days ago, I shared some thoughts on “5 Crucial Questions for VBS Evaluation Forms for Parents” and I hope that you guys found that helpful. Today, I wanted to take some time to write down more ideas about feedback from… Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary | How To | Leadership | Parents | VBS

5 Crucial Questions for VBS Evaluation Forms for Parents

There's a valuable lesson I learned a few years ago that I think is applicable in just about EVERY area of ministry. (In fact, I would say that there isn't ANY area in or out of ministry that can't apply this principle.)… Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Volunteers

4 Things Your Volunteers May Not Know

When it comes to recruiting and retaining volunteers, we strive to find the best way to make sure everyone knows the opportunities available to serve. But sometimes it’s not what they know, but what they don’t know that hurts you. Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary | How To

Supply Prep

Something that I learned in my days  as a church planter, with a budget of $0, is that being ahead of the game is the key.  Anticipation is the name of the game. When I could work a month or two ahead, I… Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary | How To

Secret Sauce for ORANGE in a Small Church

Over the last 9 years I’ve had the awesome opportunity to connect with (conservatively) hundreds of amazing leaders. While it might come as a surprise, the majority of churches using ORANGE would actually fall into the category of “small churches”-many with less… Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary

Hot Topic: Recruiting Volunteers

In the past 12 years of serving and leading in children’s ministry, the term Recruiting Volunteers seems to be an Anthem! We hear it in our staff meetings because every ministry is trying to recruit! We hear it from current volunteers who… Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary | How To

Common Conundrum: Multi-Service Programming

I confess. I am a recovering multi service leader. Our church offered ministry to children at various service times. We offered a Saturday night ministry time, 2 Sunday services, plus a midweek service. At one time we had a different curriculum running… Read More

Advice from Orange Specialists | Elementary

Raising the Bar

“Raising the bar.” We've all heard this phrase at some point. Yet sometimes I think we brush it off. Perhaps we give off a “yeah, yeah, I know, I know” vibe. Or maybe the statement confuses us. Something I hear is “I… Read More