7 Trends in Youth Ministry Seen By Orange Specialists

7 Trends in Youth Ministry

As Orange Specialists, we see trends in youth ministry from the leaders we work with. It’s no secret that youth ministry has evolved over the past 18 months. Read to learn more about the 7 trends we’re seeing in youth ministry.

How to Use XP3 Curriculum in a Combined Environment

In student ministry, one of the most important filters that everything can be run through is, “What is most helpful for the faith development of the students I’m working with?” Think about it. Everything from strategy, teaching, programming structure, or small group questions can be filtered by this question. Essentially, if we want our students […]

3 Ways to Be Present for High Schoolers

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Sleeping Under the Table

Early in our marriage, my husband Tim and I decided we wanted our home to be more than just our own space. Chuck Bomar, one of the authors of The Slow Fade, teaches that one of the signs of true community is when people are so comfortable and familiar in another person’s home they know where their […]

Deleting Digital Drama

Drama is a part of every person’s life . . . especially teenagers. In the past, drama was easy to spot—it happened face to face and everyone knew who said what. But with the rise of the Internet and social media, drama has found its place in the digital world. Digital drama, more commonly known […]

The 4 Significant Relationships Every High Schooler Needs

The 4 Significant Relationships Every High Schooler Needs

Relationships have the power to make or break a teenager’s high school experience. As you can, point your teen in the direction of people who are life-giving (think encouragers over discouragers), engaging (think social over social media), and growing (think getting better over staying the same). 

Is This Missing from Your High Schooler’s Life?

Is This Missing from Your High Schooler’s Life?

So…if no volunteer can ever know what a parent knows, then why recruit anyone to help with kids? It would definitely make things easier if you could just tell parents, “Since you know more than we can ever know, and you have more time than we will ever have, and you care more than we ever will, then this is really up to you as the parent.” 

8 Do’s and Don’ts for Interacting with High Schoolers on Social Media

Social media is the place where all the world’s a stage and you—a grown adult—find yourself playing understudy to the next generation. Hey, we get it. As soon as you get a grasp on Facebook or Instagram they announce another big change. And new social media platforms are popping up all the time.

You might be tempted to just stay away from social media, but then you’d miss out on some big opportunities for connection.