Kristen Ivy

Kristen Ivy is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange and the founder of The Phase Project, and co-author of the Phase Guide series, "It's Just a Phase," and "Playing for Keeps." She combines her degree in secondary education with a Master of Divinity and lives out the full Orange spectrum as the wife of XP3 Students Orange Specialist, Matt Ivy, and the mother of three children, Sawyer, Hensley, and Raleigh.

Navigating the Two Phases of Middle School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid's life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase… Read More
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RYM 001: How do I get my lead pastor to…?

Have you ever tried to get your lead pastor on board with an idea? If you've ever tried to get your lead pastor on board with a new event, a… Read More

Why is High School such a Critical Phase? (An Interview with Brad Griffin)

Anyone who wants to know more about the high school phases probably already knows Brad Griffin. We love hanging out with Brad because he blends academia and real-world ministry—which just… Read More

Why Should Churches Consider Having a Unique Middle School Ministry? (An Interview with Tom Shefchunas)

You know you’re talking to a phase expert when they answer the, “Why is this the most important phase?” question with a smile and a simple “because it is.” Tom… Read More

Is Every High School Student “At-Risk”? (An Interview with Josh Shipp)

Josh Shipp is new to the Orange family, but we were immediately moved by his story and integrity. Inspiring and hilarious, Josh uses his platform as a TV host, author,… Read More

Why is High School an Important Phase? (An Interview with Stuart Hall)

Every good comedian has to know his audience if he wants to make them laugh. Every good teacher has to know her audience if she wants to make them think.… Read More