Afton Phillips

Afton has been the Weekly and Lead Small Director at Orange for four years. She spends all day, every day reading, writing, and researching everything small groups. She has a degree in Children’s Ministry, but most importantly, she is a Small Group Leader for second graders every Sunday. She’s married to an introvert, Hudson, and they live with their son, Julien, and two wonderful dogs.

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RYM 030: Evaluating Small Group Leaders

Small Group Leaders are vital to your youth ministry. If we're honest though, keeping up with SGLs beyond the kickoff of the year can be a real challenge. But should… Read More

5 Small Group Leader Appreciation Ideas for this Fall

The content of this post has been generously provided by the amazing people at If you enjoy the SGL appreciation ideas below, be sure to check out They have lots… Read More

Update to Lead Small App Customization for XP3 Users

By Afton Phillips I think it’s a pre-requisite for youth pastors to be flexible. Engaging anyone between the ages of 13 to 18 requires a little bit of patience and… Read More

Meet Your New Personal Assistant . . . Weekly

As a leader, you believe small groups are the answer to everything. Well, maybe not everything. But you believe small groups are the answer for how to disciple kids and… Read More