Never underestimate what the power of God can do through a strategic conference or what can happen when men & women of God hear His voice and vision. I thought the money was too much to spend on a conference. Boy was I wrong, as not going would have cost us much more but we would have never realized it.
Where did this year go? It seems like just yesterday we were talking about gearing up for the new year, then we were getting a jump on Easter, now it’s come and gone and we’re in the thick of summer. With camps, VBS and mission trips all planned, now is the time to use the rest of your summer to plan for the rest of the year.
Don’t you just love quality time with your friends filled with laughter and deep insights? With 15 stops all across the country, Orange Tour is an opportunity you’ll kick yourself if you miss. This one-day event will end with you and your team feeling inspired and equipped to make disciples of the next generation!
In the ministry world, burnout may be our greatest obstacle. It’s the devil’s ultimate weapon. If he can run you ragged, he will. If he can destroy your health, he will. If he can make you despise your job, he will.
If we want to find a way to combat the enemy’s schemes, we have to identify unhealthy behaviors and eliminate them from our daily routines. Some things need to change if we want to last in ministry.
Happy Independence Day! We hope your July 4 is filled with delicious grilled goodness, frosty lemonade, glittery fireworks, and lots of fun with friends and family.
As we celebrate the founding of our country, let’s remember our freedom both in democracy and in Christ.
For as many years as I can remember, my daughter, who is now 11, has always been appalled that I have to work in the summer. She says, “Oh Daddy, it’s just not fair.” I say to her: “Yeah, what’s that all about? Down with the establishment that’s trying to keep me down.” She has no idea what I’m talking about, neither do I, but she is pleased I agree.
I wish I could take the summer off, but I can’t. And I bet you can’t either. While we can’t take the summer off we can take a vacation from something else.
Here’s a secret every good volunteer and leader knows: You don’t do something because you feel like it. You do something in order to feel like it. If you only do what you have to do, you will be limited in what you do. It’s the stuff that you don’t have to do that ultimately changes your faith.
While Orange Tour is geat, there is a bonus event called Lead Small Night. You can bring your entire team of small group leaders for an evening focused solely on their role in discipling kids and teenagers. Speakers will talk directly about the importance of leading small groups. They will get to hear from seasoned leaders who know the benefit of influencing the next generation through those groups.
From attending Orange Conference over the years, I am bought in on Orange strategy. However, when I left the conference and returned to my team, it became clear that having just one person bought in isn’t enough. We all have to be unified behind our strategy.
This past spring, May 1-3 to be exact, I attended Orange Conference. It was an amazing time where I connected with other ministers, learned a ton and got energized to finish the spring strong and head into the summer with a lot of excitement, full of possibilities. While the conference was amazing, I’m looking forward to attending Orange Tour even more.
“What? Isn’t Orange Tour the same thing as Orange Conference? Why would you go to the same conference twice?”
When you can bring members of your team together… it unites them, gets them all on the same page, and provides everyone with training from fantastic leaders.
This week, we’ve asked some friends from our online community to share Orange and Orange Tour with the blogging world. We are honored to partner with them!
Your giving data could be hiding important opportunities for ministry—but what if you could quickly analyze that data to know why people give, what causes them to stop giving, and track your givers so you can take the right actions to keep them engaged?
We all know the pressure of being pulled in a million directions on a daily basis. It’s probably not uncommon for you to reach the end of a workday, and ask yourself what you actually accomplished. Sadly, too many of our days pass this way while the workload only seems to increase.
But there is an approach you can take to curb this lack of productivity. With a few tweaks, you’ll feel better about reaching the end of your work week.
If you’re a woman in ministry, particularly a mom, you probably look forward to summer for the same reason your children count down the final days of school: VACATION. The heat brings road trips to the beach, poolside parties, and lazy lemonade stand days.
For many of us, summer feels like a three-month hiatus from reality. But what if this summer could actually be a catalyst to change?
Your church has a very strategic leader in it. This person is there every weekend making sure that things go as planned.
It is not the senior pastor.
It is not the children’s pastor
It is not the student pastor
It’s not even the worship leader
As leaders, we spend a TON of time on the vision, mission and values. This is a very important thing. But having a solid mission doesn’t promise success.
Have you ever noticed that as soon as the last bell rings, classes are dismissed, and the hallways in your local schools are empty for summer break, that your ministry spaces may not be as full as they were for the previous season? Welcome to summer. Welcome to vacation season. Welcome to attendance fluctuation.
When we look at moving from a denominational curriculum or strategy to adopting an Orange Strategy, casting vision and getting support can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips that I hope can help those in denominational settings to understand what is at stake and what must change if we are to turn the current trends around.
We need good organizations and systems in place. But let us always remember that those systems should serve the one goal above all—redemptive relationship with one another and Christ.
When grace and accountability are done in tandem, it allows the team to work closer together, to build trust, and to work out in the open.