Voices of the Phase Project :: Dan Scott

After 9 years of full-time children’s ministry, Dan joined the Orange team bringing not only the perspective of a ministry practitioner and the father of four but also the knowledge of an avid reader. (We have becoming increasingly convinced there is no book on child development and parenting Dan has not read.)

Maybe interviewing Orange staff is like cheating, but every time I’m in a room to talk about Phase with Dan I think “everyone needs to hear this”. What he understands in theory from research, he has lived out practically with thousands of elementary kids in ministry, and personally with elementary kids in his own home. He keeps our Phase conversations entertaining, educated, and grounded.

God Is like a Balloon

Maybe God is like a balloon.

There are two ways to think about thinking.
Maybe that sounds too philosophical to be practical,
but it may be the most critical idea when it comes to how a kid relates to God.

It’s also just one more thing that separates humans from the rest of creation.
Animals don’t have the same created ability to…
Self-reflect
Tell a personal narrative
Carry on an inner-monologue

What’s fascinating is that there are two basic views people hold about intelligence. Some people view intelligence as fixed. They see the mind like a glass jar. Maybe they have a pint jar, or a quart jar, or they have a whole gallon. Whatever the size, it’s fixed. It can only hold what it is capable of holding and no more.

Other people view intelligence as dynamic. They see the mind like a balloon. No matter what size balloon they currently have, it can always expand as they discover more. Continue reading “God Is like a Balloon”

The Phase Reading List

One of the questions I’m asked most often whenever I get to speak about the Phase Project is this:

What books are you reading?

Well, the real answer is: I’m the mother of two (going on three), with a full-time job. Sometimes I think I’m reading a lot less than people expect. Often I get my inspiration through TED talks, podcasts, magazine articles, and links from twitter. But when it comes to books, there are some incredibly smart and helpful resources that have influenced both my personal thinking and our team’s through the years.

I recently took time to write down the titles of over 120 books that are currently on our “Just a Phase” bookshelf. Those of you who love to read can view the full list (warning: some are literally textbooks, so grab some coffee and a dictionary before you begin). My personal favorites from the list are these:

Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children – Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

Playful Parenting – Lawrence J. Cohen

Hurt 2.: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers – Chap Clark

What’s Going on in There?: How The Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years – Lise Elliot Continue reading “The Phase Reading List”