Steve’s Blog

How the Orange Tour Can be a Great Introduction to Orange

A few years ago, I attended my first Orange Conference. A bit before that we started using their curriculum, but this was my first foray into all things Orange. I immediately fell in love with the concept and overall strategy. The children's director and I came back and began implementing it in our church. The … Continue reading How the Orange Tour Can be a Great Introduction to Orange

Orange Conference 2019 Recap with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 41)

Episode 41 of The Student Ministry Podcast is all about the Orange Conference 2019. Not only is the format a bit different, but it is also quite a bit longer (sorry about that). For this episode, I sat down with Tom Bump, one of the other Orange Bloggers to unpack and process all we learned … Continue reading Orange Conference 2019 Recap with Tom Bump (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 41)

How Working with Parents has Changed Over the Last 10 Years

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. Why did you get into youth ministry in the first place? If you are like me, it was because God placed a calling on you to work with teenagers, in order to … Continue reading How Working with Parents has Changed Over the Last 10 Years

Creating Encounters with Jason Scott (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 40)

On episode 40 of The Student Ministry Podcast, I speaks with Jason Scott. Not only is Jason the Minster to Students at his church in Roswell, GA, but he also leads The Worship Collective, a place online to find musicians, speakers, and production people for your next event. In this episode, Jason talks about how … Continue reading Creating Encounters with Jason Scott (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 40)

Do you know what I can do? – Gerald Fadayomi (OC19)

Near the end of the Orange Conference 2019, Gerald Fadayomi spoke about another one of the questions Reggie Joiner brought up on the first night: Do you know what I can do? Here is a quick rundown of what he said... We know what they can do.We know what they can really do. POTENTIAL Peter … Continue reading Do you know what I can do? – Gerald Fadayomi (OC19)

No More Hiding in Church – Clay Scroggins (OC19)

When Clay Scroggins was in college, he felt like that was the time when God was really using him. As he felt his call to go into full-time ministry, his biggest fear about going into ministry was that he was going to spend all his time around Christians. But he recently realized he is now … Continue reading No More Hiding in Church – Clay Scroggins (OC19)

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Sam Collier (OC19)

Sam Collier is a great leader. Today at the Orange Conference 2019, he spoke about the importance of our blindspots, saying what we don't know can hurt us. Check out this quick summary of what he said: He started off with a confession: "I haven’t always been self-aware. And I had some issues that were … Continue reading What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Sam Collier (OC19)

When It’s Personal to You – Doug Fields (OC19)

As many of you know, Doug Fields has been one of my mentors from afar over the past 15+ years. This year at Orange Conference, like many others, he talked about the importance of making it personal to us. Here is a rundown of his main points. (FYI, when I use "I," that's actually Doug … Continue reading When It’s Personal to You – Doug Fields (OC19)