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How Your Church Can Build Marriages That Last

How Your Church Can Build Marriages That Last

If you have read my posts for any amount of time, you may know that I am quite fond of a family ministry organization called Orange. I have written several posts about Orange, and I highly encourage you to check them out in my Archives. Truly, they have equipped me to lead better in every facet of my ministry - from parents to students to working with my Lead Pastor. I highly commend them to you as a resource and support community. 

A quick caveat for non-paid youth workers: I highly commend this Orange to you as a resource regardless of your capacity in family ministry. I believe that anyone who reads an Orange resource - whether you are a Lead Pastor, Youth Pastor, volunteer, parent, or caring adult - you will be further equipped to support your local church and participate in the work of God in the lives of families living in your community. 

This week, Orange launched a new initiative. They opened to the public for the first time OrangeBooks.com 

Helping High School Families Get Ready #OC14

Helping High School Families Get Ready #OC14

One of the more insightful and challenging breakout sessions on student ministry that I attended at the 2014 Orange Conference was on the topic of 'Parent Partnerships,' a topic that I've discussed numerous times on my blog and writings. I posted my notes below for you to read. 

Two esteemed and respected Pastors in the field - Doug Fields and Will Hutcherson - offered two different sides of the topic. Will started with the practical applications for why all student pastors should strive to build bridges toward parents. Then, Doug closed the session by discussing the importance of maintaining a healthy rhythm of life with your own family. Both of the presenters shared insightful, challenging - both personally and professionally, encouraging, and compelling information on the topic. 

As you work through my notes, feel free to comment at the bottom with your insights and questions on this topic. Think on this question: What kind of practical steps have you taken during this last year to make your student ministry accessible to parents and families of teenagers?