Orange Leaders

Orange Leaders
The Orange Group is a gathering of leaders who are passionate about engaging churches and families to influence the faith and character of the next generation. Contributors include some of the most widely respected thought-leaders in children’s ministry, including Reggie Joiner, Sue Miller, Kendra Fleming, Jim Wideman, and Bre Hallberg. New blog entries, podcasts, webcasts, and video downloads are available every week to help you keep leading yourself and growing with your team.
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  • 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Kidmin

    by Craig Jutila Someone once said, “You can’t buy experience.” However, you can read about it! Occasionally, the world of children’s ministry—or any ministry for that matter—can get a little fuzzy, some would say blurry. My hope in this post is to offer a set of “experience glasses” that will bring a little clarity in […]

  • Four Principles for Leaders About Change

    by Tyler Reagin Why is it so hard to change? I mean seriously. How many times have you tried to change a habit, a routine, even an attitude and you come up short? You keep repeating your same mistakes. Maybe for you it’s not even mistakes, it’s just continuing to do the same thing you […]

  • You are You Because of Others

    by Nikki Myers A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu speak about leadership. Each sentence was a sound bite of humility, leadership, love and challenge. Beyond being an absolute inspiration and so full of wisdom, he has the sweetest, most contagious laugh you can imagine (no really, look it […]

  • Sporadic Summer Attendance

    Summertime usually equals sporadic attendance in the student ministry world. You’ve probably witnessed this firsthand if you’re a small group leader. Sometimes only one student may show up for small group—and it may not be the same student from week to week! How can you make sure your students don’t fall away during summer? One […]

  • 3 Things to Look for in a Small Group Leader

    by Kevin Ragsdale The small-group leader is the single most important volunteer in our ministry, and over the years I have made some interesting discoveries that have redefined what I look for in a leader. First, a good small group leader must have time. It doesn’t matter how good you are with students or how […]

  • The Cure for Jealousy

    I’m sure you’ve never been jealous of someone, or of someone’s ministry or speaking ability, but I sure have. Working in ministry, it’s easy to be surrounded by people who can do what you do ten times better. And it’s even easier to secretly wish that person would fail. Jealousy says, “I like what you’ve […]

  • Don’t Forget the Parents

    Connecting with students is hard work. Ask any seasoned volunteer, ministry staff, or parent. But when it comes to relationships with teenagers, parents may need encouragement more than anyone else. When all they get at home is an attitude, they can often wonder if anything positive is happening internally. As a volunteer and leader, you get […]

  • Football, Leadership and Ministry

    by Matt Norman I’m know I’m the only one. I am probably the only children’s pastor/worker/ministry leader/business leader that has ever done this, but I am going to share anyway just in case. When I took over our children’s ministry and our children’s church, the pastor and I had a big vision. After spending some time […]