How To Strengthen Weaknesses Through Team Effort

How To Strengthen Weaknesses Through Team Effort

T.E.A.M. I feel like cheering when I type that word. I love a good team and I have been so blessed to serve with some of the best. I am terrible with details. I know I should be bothered with them, but I am not. That is why I had Janeane on my team. She lived for the details. Thank goodness! When I didn’t care about collecting data on families, she got every last name and number. When I didn’t see why a deadline was that important, she gently reminded me to get it done. She saved me from... Read More
Celebrating!

Celebrating!

I love a good party. Around our house we use every holiday to create some kind of party. And if you have a birthday – just watch out! We go a little crazy. Currently we are getting ready for Easter. It is time to pull out everything pastel and egg shaped and start sprinkling bad fake grass everywhere. It’s another great reason to celebrate. In fact Easter may be one of my favorites! Jesus is alive. There is nothing better!   As we’ve been preparing for our next round of celebrations, I’ve been... Read More
Volunteer Quantity vs. Volunteer Quality

Volunteer Quantity vs. Volunteer Quality

You are NOT the only one who needs more volunteers. Whew. I am glad we got that out in the open. Sometimes, in our place of desperation, we start to panic and we overlook volunteer quality and desperately seek volunteer quantity. We have holes to fill. Sunday is coming. Get a warm body in the room! But . . . there is just one problem. Is that really your dream for your ministry? Read more on the Orange Leaders blog for tips about how to ask for volunteers without apology. And help your... Read More
Remembering Mr. Awesome

Remembering Mr. Awesome

Mr. Blake–that was his name. And to my eight-year-old son, he was Mr. Awesome!   Wait, let me back up a little bit and tell you our story . . . My middle son is absolutely fabulous, not that I’m biased! I grew up around girls, have sisters, and had no idea what raising a boy would be like. And boy, was it wondrously different. Pierce has always had a ton of energy, and when he was about five, I realized that energy was not dying down anytime soon. I was on staff at a church as the Kids Pastor,... Read More
Making Parents Volunteer?, Part 3

Making Parents Volunteer?, Part 3

In part 1 of this blog series, we asked the question “Why can’t I make parents in my ministry volunteer?” I gave my reasons for not running you ministry that way in part 2. Today, I want to talk about a different way to think about volunteer recruitment in your ministry.   We need to give the children in our ministries what they deserve! I don’t know about you, but I want the very best for the kids in my care. If you are a mom, like me, you want the absolute best for your own... Read More
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