Cannon is enjoying his 1st trip to Krispy Kreme
This post is for Orange Week. Check out all of my posts for Orange Week 2013.
When you talk about ministering to parents, you often get this “we’re really still trying to figure it out.” This answer speaks to a couple of things…
- There is one right answer
- We are waiting to get it perfect before we start
Here are a few ways I’ve seen others including myself make family ministry so complicated and a couple of ideas to think through for each.
I grew up playing baseball. One of the things that I quickly realized is that I wasn’t a power hitter. I wasn’t the drive it to the fences and make everyone ooh and aah over my muscles. Every time I tried to swing for the fences, I either struck out or popped up. When I was simply content to hit to get on base, I was more patient, more disciplined and got on base way more than when I was trying to be Mark McGwire circa 1998.
One of the things that I think happens when you start to talk about partnering with parents is that people begin to dream way too big. They think of all the events, classes, mentoring programs, etc.
I think we get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff that we don’t do and can’t get enough stuff done fast enough. One of the things that I’ve learned about ministering to parents thanks to Orange is that it’s not as much about all the “BIG extras”.
So if you are struggling with what ministry to parents really look like. Here’s __ things you can do to get better immediately at ministering to parents. (these aren’t hard to do but they make a huge difference.)
So I’m a little late getting in to the Orange Week, blogger’s portion but I hope to make up for it with some great thoughts or just some thoughts.
I think people who aren’t “Orange” kinda come back to the we don’t use the curriculum thing. The part that I love most about Orange is that the vision is bigger than their products. Don’t get me wrong, I love their products, but they way they simplify and clarify the vision and strategy of what they do IS THE BEST PART!!
Here are some small ideas that I hope to unpack that I’ve learned in my time, “being Orange”.
3. 5 things that will instantly make you more Orange-ier (I just made that word up)
4. Why being Orange is the best thing for your ministry. Period. (if you didn’t count that is 3 periods in a row, serious stuff)
I hope you’ll enjoy it and grab some stuff that is helpful to you.
So I was reading Sam Luce’s blog today and I found out that I am in the Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs of 2013!! I’m super excited and am even more excited about an awesome list. Be sure to check out the Top 50 Family Ministry blogs of 2013!
We made #35 on the list! I don’t know how other than the great people that read this site! Thanks so much for sharing and commenting. I guess this means I’ll keep writing this thing!
Orange is releasing something new again!! I was privileged to receive this book at this past Orange Conference and it’s been unbelievable. The notes and phrases that I’ve shared from this book are outstanding.
Here’s a quick summary of the book.
Whether you’re a parent or a leader, you’re making history. The question is, what kind of history are you making with the kids and teenagers who are closest to you? Playing for Keeps is a book about six things every kid needs over time from the parents and leaders who are closest to them.
It’s about 6 things that matter more over time.
LOVE over TIME
WORDS over TIME
FUN over TIME
STORIES over TIME
TRIBES over TIME
TIME over TIME
These 6 things are huge. There will be a lot of people talking about the 936, the average amount of weeks from birth to high school graduation. But I’ll share with you a number that I’ve been sharing with parents of 5th grade students.
402 is the number of weeks until a student entering 5th grader graduates from high school!!
The best thing about this book is that it brings FOCUS to your life. I can’t tell you the amount of parents that are now investing more meaningful time into their kids because TIME became more in focus.
You can purchase the book over at the Orange Store. There are few resources that will make more of an impact on how you partner with families than this resource.
I’m able to do a giveaway as well today. Use the widget below to tweet and comment to get a chance to win a copy of Playing for Keeps.
I just love this little dude!
This past week, we kicked off The Story. This is a recap of our first week and some ideas for you and your family to take this a bit further in your home.
We decided to tackle the Fall. We feel like out of all the things in Chapter 1 (Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Tower of Babel, & Noah) that this part is the most important for our students. The Fall is a core piece of faith and in Switch, our students begin to understand that they are sinful. Not only is it important for us to teach this but it also gives us a huge piece of application for our students when it comes to their personal journey of faith.
What do we do with our sin?
So if you haven’t already heard, we are going through The Story at Brookwood Church. We are offering a lot of free resources on our church site, but for parents or volunteers that are looking for more, then this is for you.
I plan to post recaps here on my blog of what we talk about in Switch along with some thoughts on why we chose the topic. Hopefully these will begin to help you get into the mind of 5th and 6th grade students and possibly learn how to talk to them about Scripture. Not only that but I hope to give away our weeks content in the near future.
Below will be the links to every recap that we post…
Sometimes you just don’t get a chance to reflect. Here is my past weekend.
We went to the zoo with a few couples from my small group. I got to take a few fun pictures with Cannon here and here. It was a fun time except for my squawking child on 1.5 hr road trip back in a carpool situation. #yikes
We watched a couple of football games and actually had one of our teams win this weekend.
We started The Story as a church. It’s going to be a huge thing and something that is great for families to tackle together. I got the opportunity to share the gospel.
I also was able to teach a week of a class that we do at Brookwood called, “Words Kids need to Hear”. Our family pastor teaches the 3 week class but I got to step in while he was away. It was fun to share how inadequate I felt with a bunch of awesome parents that are taking steps to improve their skill set as a mom and dad.
One of the best parts of my day were the parts that I didn’t do! Jordan, who runs tech for us, led a parents meeting for the parents of kids interested in serving in tech. Cameron, who leads our Switch band, held auditions for some students interested in playing. Shelly, an unbelievable HOF volunteer, took on our Membership Class/Get Involved Table for student ministries.
One of the things that I’ve really been pushing to grow in this past year has been releasing responsibility. It has been a slow process and I have a LONG way to go. But I’m so thankful to have amazing people to hand things off to that take it and make it better than I ever would have dreamed.
We also had our weekly Thompson Pizza Night with our pizza pictured above. Homemade Canadian Bacon, Pepperoni, Spinach pizza on Naan bread.
I also watched some more football and had an ok week in fantasy. My big serious league I got stomped in, even though I’m one of the highest scoring teams in the league this week.
What did you do this weekend?