Advice from Orange Specialists

The Student Ministry Preflight Checklist

Before every flight a pilot must perform a preflight inspection. The pilot in command is responsible for ensuring that the aircraft is in airworthy condition. The pilot must also do a visual inspection of the aircraft. During the visual inspection the pilot… Read More

Hanging Christmas Lights & The Art of Prioritizing

It’s pretty easy to get stuck focusing on the wrong things in ministry, right? Shoot, that’s true in life in general. Maybe it’s... Something we enjoy doing more, but just isn’t as important. Something that comes easier to us, even though the… Read More

Your Talk Doesn’t Matter (Does It?)

Discouragement has been a far too familiar friend to me throughout the last 11 years I’ve been in full time ministry. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you can’t (good for you). For me, it often comes from my constant battle of negative… Read More

When Something Doesn’t Quite Feel Right

Have you ever attended a group gathering (concert, work, church, school recital, etc) where you are haunted by the energy in the room? You are sitting there, trying to engage, but constantly distracted by the feeling of “this just doesn’t seem right.”… Read More

How to Utilize High School Students as Volunteers

Spiritual growth and serving are connected. Most students who get spiritually stuck need avenues to do something significant. If we as student pastors want to keep moving students in a better direction, we must create consistent opportunities for our students to serve.… Read More

XP3 Game Demo: 5 ‘N 5

An XP3 game is a great way to start a Sunday morning or Wednesday night with your students. It gives students a chance to relax and laugh a little, which can help them engage with what's going on in your environment. In this video… Read More

HELP! 8 Tips For Setting Up New SGL’s For Success

If there's one thing that can truly make or break the potential impact of your student ministry, it's your small groups. The environment, the games, the music, the message... It all pales in comparison to the life-changing potential that a small group can have in… Read More

Team Work: When Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry Collide!

by Brandy Barr About 2 ½ years ago I moved from the children’s ministry team to the student ministry team at the church I am on staff at in Austin, Texas. I love our children’s ministry team. The pastor and her staff… Read More

7 Ways to Prime Your Ministry

By Chris Parker Just like priming the pump for my old rusty lawn mower before I get it started, you and I both have some things we could do to prime the pump of our ministry before the school year gets underway. When… Read More

Clarifying a Clear and Simple Vision For Your Student Ministry

How do you craft and communicate a compelling vision? As student ministry leaders, we have these great plans and visions but how do we communicate in a way that sticks? Well we thought it would be fun to give you access to… Read More