Win a FREE Orange Conference 2017 Ticket!

Free Ticket to Orange Conference

The Orange Conference is just a few weeks away and I have a free ticket available to give away. If you would like a chance to win a free ticket to Orange Conference, it’s simple: Just click here to head to my Facebook page and do two things:

  1. Like the page
  2. Comment on the post about this with your city/town

You have until Friday, April 7 at 5pm. I’ll randomly choose someone who does both of those things and they’ll win the ticket. I doubt many people can use it this late, so if you can, your odds are pretty good.

Good luck!

FREE Webinar: How to Use a Summer Team to Recruit Volunteers

Recruit Volunteers for Summer

Is summer a difficult time when it comes to scheduling volunteers in children’s ministry?

Do you want to give your regular volunteers a break so they’re refreshed and ready for a new school year?

Could you use a yearly on-ramp for potential volunteers that addresses any fears they may have?

It’s been almost 10 years since our church started a summer team of children’s ministry volunteers. We started it to give regular volunteers a break and to help with summer schedules, but it turned out to be so much more. In this free webinar, we’ll share everything we do to recruit volunteers for summer and everything we’ve learned about this key strategy we use. We’ll also give away documents and resources you can adapt and use to start a summer team in your church.

Use the form below to sign up and get a replay of the webinar along with our resources:

See you on the webinar!

How Innovation and The Orange Conference Help Our Churches

The Orange Conference 2017

It’s Orange Week, which is a time when a bunch of leaders and bloggers write posts related to The Orange Conference and the Orange Strategy. I’ll be at the Orange Conference again this year. If you plan to attend, you’ll want to register right away before the price increases on Feb 17.

One Of My Favorite Things

The thing I love most about Orange, other than the people, is how they are constantly innovating. They’re always looking to improve, add, tweak, change, and create in order to help churches win with families. I don’t know about you, but our team does not have enough time to do all the things Orange does. However, we do benefit from it.

The Orange Conference is just over a decade old,  yet I can point to numerous innovations over the years from Orange that were released at the conference. All of them have been helpful to our church.

Partnering With Parents

Partnering with parents wasn’t a new idea, but the innovation of Orange made it the priority it is today in many churches. They did that by teaching about the importance the influence of parents, creating resources for parents, and creating curriculums that are based on the value of parents leading their children.

Family Experience

This was an innovation of Reggie Joiner while he was at North Point, but Orange helped it spread to churches everywhere. The purpose is an extension of the previous innovation, the desire to help parents learn with their children and lead them in matters of faith.

Lead Small

Lead Small” is a phrase coined by Orange to emphasize the importance of having kids and students in small groups with consistent, weekly leaders and peers. Small Groups have been a strategy in churches for some time now, but Orange helped emphasize their importance for kids and students. Our church has small groups for kids from age 3 all the way up through high school, and Orange has helped us tremendously with that effort.


Phase is one of the biggest and most recent innovations of Orange. It is a collaborative, ongoing, effort assembling classic and innovative research, with practical application for parents and church leaders that can help them understand and lead kids best at every phase of their life.

What’s Coming This Year?

Every year, I’m excited to see what’s released at The Orange Conference. This year will be no different. There are a couple things related to equipping parents and helping us grow as leaders that I can’t wait to hear more about.

Will you be there?


100 Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

100 Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

If you’re like me, you always feel grateful for every volunteer who serves in your ministry. We know we can’t do anything we do without them. They don’t serve for us and they don’t serve for our church. Ultimately, they serve to be a part of God’s mission to reach the world and use the gifts and talents he gave them in the process. While they don’t serve for us, we certainly want to show appreciation to them regularly.

I don’t know about you, but we’re always looking for creative ways to appreciate volunteers. I never feel like we do it enough. In some cases, we can spend some money and other times we have to get real creative. To help all of us, I put together a resource with 100 different ways we can appreciate volunteers. Just fill out the form below and you’ll get an email with the PDF resource.

100 Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

What has been your best appreciation idea recently (comment below)?

Are Your Children & Youth Ministry Staff/Volunteer Ratios Healthy?

How Many Children's & Youth Ministry Staff

An important question that comes up often in children and youth ministry conversations is:

Do we have enough staff to lead this ministry well?

Another closely related question is:

Do we have enough volunteers? 

Now, many of us would simply assume we don’t have enough of either because we’re busy and there are holes to fill. However, I think it’s really helpful to know what a healthy ratio is for staff and volunteers and there aren’t a lot of guides out there for children’s and youth ministry. Ministry Architects does have some helpful guides and this podcast features Anthony Prince as he and I talk about those benchmarks.

Children & Youth Ministry Staff/Volunteer Survey

In order to help us all have some context and benchmarks to look at when asking these questions, I’m asking you to fill out a survey to indicate the staffing and volunteer ratios at your church. The goal is for hundreds of leaders to take the survey so we have a large enough sample size to make the results reliable and helpful.

Win Free Stuff!

Yes, I’m going to bribe you with prizes! Awesome ones, too. All told, there are 26 prizes worth $2,711.00.

The Survey Is Now Closed – Check back for results