Orange Week – Partnering With Staff

One element of being an Orange Church is working together as a team. It is an inclusive way of doing ministry. In most churches, each ministry is compartmentalized and doesn’t communicate with the other ministries. In an Orange Church, ministries will work together.

Here’s some examples of way ministries can work together:

  • Middle School Ministry that transitions students from children’s ministry to youth ministry should have youth and children’s pastors as a part of the program.
  • Children’s pastors should work with preschool directors to transistion between preschool and children’s church smooth.
  • Children’s pastors and youth pastors can go to each others events and church camps to build relationships with students.
  • Children’s pastors and youth pastors can work together on missions projects and outreach events.
  • Children’s pastors and youth pastors will be mindful of each other’s calendars and schedules when planning events.

Orange Week – Partnering With Parents

One of the keys in being an Orange children’s ministry is partnering with parents to minister to thier children. Here’s some ideas on ways to do that.

Communication: Communication is one of the key factors in partnering with parents. Most children’s ministries only communicate with the parents of their students to let them know about an upcoming event or program. This is not enough. If you truly want to communicate with parents, you need to let them know what’s going on in children’s ministry, what your goals and core values are, where you’re headed, and what you’re teaching. Newsletters, fliers, and bulletins are one way to do this, but they can’t be the only way. Communication, to be effective, needs the personal touch. Call the parents of your students or visit them. When you do talk to them, don’t only talk. Ask them what they would like to see as spiritual growth in their children. Communication is a two way street.

Use Parents On Your Leadership Team: One way to make sure parents are involved in children’s ministry is to have parents on your children’s ministry planning team. Sometimes they won’t be able to particiapate every week as workers, but by having parents on your planning team, you give them a voice.

Minister to Families: Sometimes we get so focused on children, we forget about families. Make focused efforts to include the entire family in some programs. You could have a parent/child banquet or include entire families in baby dedication. When a child is baptized or becomes a member of the church, find a way to include the family in the celebration.

Include Children In Services: It is great to have children’s services where children can learn and worship on their own level. But if they’re never allowed in the sanctuary, never allowed to be a part of the congregation as a whole, they miss out on being mentored by their parents and elders in a worship setting. Find a way to include children in services sometimes. And when you do include them, give them opportunities to participate.

Give Parents and Children Opportunities to Minister: Does you church do fundraisers for missions, feed the hungry, or give out free school supplies. These are great opportunities for parents and children to minister along side each other.

Give Parents Resources: You told the parents what you’re teaching their children. Also give them resources to share with their children at home. Devotional books like One Year Devo For Girls and One Year Devotions For Boys, PrayKids Magazine, and a list scriptures and prayers that relate to the lessons are a great resource tool for parents.

Pray: Don’t just pray for the children in your children’s ministry. Pray for their families.

Orange Week – Orange Essentials

There are five Orange Essentials. I got them from this link. You can read more about them there. 

Integrate Strategy:

Two combined influences create synergy. Align leaders and parents to lead with the same end in mind.

Refine The Message:

Two combined influences amplify what’s important. Craft core truths into engaging, relevant, and memorable experiences.

Reativate The Family:

Two combined influences build an everyday faith. Enlist parents to act as partners in the spiritual formation of their own children.

Elevate Community:

Two combined influences increase the odds. Connect everyone to a caring leader and a consistent group of peers.

Leverage Influence:

Two combined influences mobilize generations. Create consistent opportunities for students to experience personal ministry.

Orange Week – What Is Orange?

This week is Orange Week. For those of you who don’t know what that mean, Orange is more than a fruit of a color. Orange, developed by Reggie Joiner, is a perspective that has been lost in children’s ministry.

Orange is a secondary color made when merging red and yellow. In this case, red stands for parent’s ministry to their children. Yellow stands for church ministry. When the church makes an effort to integrate ministry with what parent’s can do, that makes Orange.

In Scripture, the first responsibility for the spiritual education of children goes to parents. But in our society, it relegated only to the church. Society mores of making all areas of a child’s education, schooling, values, sex education, to others instead of parents only exasperates the problem.

Orange Ministry looks for ways to help the church rethink it’s ministry to children to integrate it with parents. This link is to the Orange leadership blog that will give you some practical ways to do that. There’s also an Orange Conference every year that has some great speakers.

Here’s some blogs that are participating in Orange Week that also might give you some good tips and maybe even some free resources.

Children’s Ministry Online

Sam Luce

Gina McClain

Jonathan Cliff

Dan Scott

So what are you doing to make your children’s ministry Orange?