ORANGE TOUR | Creating a Safe Place for Students

Yesterday, Kenny and I got to teach a couple of breakouts at Orange Tour in Seattle! If you couldn’t make it (or maybe you could make it, but taking notes at breakout sessions just isn’t your spiritual gift), don’t worry. We’ve got some notes for you.

Is Your Church Safe Enough… PHYSICALLY?


Physical safety paves the way to emotional and relational safety. Maybe it sounds boring or tedious. But it matters!

We made you a checklist to help you think through and evaluate the safety of your environment.


Every Kid Needs a Champion

I watched an incredible TED Talk last week. Maybe you’ve seen it, maybe you haven’t. Either way, it’s worth (another) watch.

Rita Pierson is an educator, but the ideas she talks about here are way bigger than just tactics to help kids learn. I heard a talk about connection… influence… grace… compassion… and love that changes people. 

Youth pastors, small group leaders, whoever you are – if you work with kids, take a few minutes to watch this.

“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection.” – Rita Pierson



Give Kids Someone

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to co-author a book with two of the smartest people I know: Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy.

It’s called Creating a Lead Small Culture: Make Your Church a Place Where Kids Belong

And it’s about small groups.

How to structure small groups.
How to empower your small group leaders.
How to create the ideal small group experience.

But, most of all, this book is about belonging. It’s about this idea that, maybe, before a kid can ever believe in a God she can’t see, she needs a person, who she can see, to give her a place to belong.


Happy Deal Week From Orange Books!

I have some fun news today, friends!

This week, Orange Books is running a promotion on Creating a Lead Small Culture (that’s the book I co-write with Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy).

Here’s the fun part.

If you buy Creating a Lead Small Culture anytime this week, we’ll give you $110 WORTH OF EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT. Like…