In this episode, I talk with my friend, Dave Truitt, about creating great family experiences for parents and kids, where they can learn and talk about faith together. He breaks down what goes into each experience, how they prepare for it, and why it is key to their strategy for partnering with parents.

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Links Mentioned in This Episode


Family Experience

Family Experience Supplemental Resources – A list of all the supplemental resources Orange provides to help you create a great FX

Family Experience on the Orange Blog – Hear the heart and vision behind FX, how to make it work on a budget, and other thoughts from leaders who are doing FX

Jingle Jam Family Experience

Jingle Jam – Check out this year's Jingle Jam website, complete with the theme, supplemental resources, and other great content designed to help you create an irresistible environment where families and kids can come together to hear the Christmas story

Jingle Jam Wrapped Up EP CD – Music produced specifically for Jingle Jam

Jingle Jam Store – Videos, graphics, scripts, and other Jingle Jam resources and downloads

Jingle Jam on the Orange Blog – Check out key practices for producing a great Jingle Jam and partnering with families during the Christmas season through this special FX

Elements of a Family Experience

  1. Worship song (kickoff)
  2. Welcome
  3. Worship songs
  4. Rapid response game
  5. Intro sketch (sets up the problem)
  6. Teaching
  7. Outro sketch (resolution of problem)
  8. Theme song
  9. Prayer
  10. Characters share what they learned
  11. Closing

Action Items

  1. If you do not currently do FX, ask some key questions to determine whether or not your church should try it
  2. If you already do FX,  determine one step you can take to make your FX better–whether that involves shifting the schedule, adding or taking away certain elements, or focusing more closely on partnering with parents

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Next Episode: Adam Duckworth

In the next episode, I talk with Adam Duckworth about volunteers. Adam has co-authored two books with Sue Miller, Not Normal: Seven Quirks of Incredible Volunteers and Leading Not Normal Volunteers. He shares key principles and practices from these, and what it takes to build a culture for not normal volunteers. Adam then dives into what he's learning from coaching and networking with other ministry leaders, and how what he's learning can help you as you lead volunteers, or other staff who lead volunteers.