Big or Small, Your Church Matters

Fifty attendees or 5,000—your church matters. Because, while your church may have a paid staff of zero and a volunteer staff of a few that do multiple jobs, that is not what the kids in your church will remember. The kids in your church will remember that there were adults who cared about them and stayed consistent in their lives, regardless of whether they wore Carhartts or skinny jeans.

The Purpose of Fear in Authentic Leadership

Leadership in ministry is not for the faint-hearted. We only need to look around us to witness the ravages of an unrelenting war on character, on relationships, on hearts and minds.

A Leader’s Top Priority This Busy Holiday Season

When this season should evoke feelings of joy and thankfulness—for those of us in ministry—we instead experience stress, anxiety and a lack of gratitude.

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid.

Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life.

Big or Small, Your Church Matters

Big or Small, Your Church Matters

Fifty attendees or 5,000—your church matters. Because, while your church may have a paid staff of zero and a volunteer staff of a few that do multiple jobs, that is not what the kids in your church will remember. The kids in your church will remember that there were adults who cared about them and stayed consistent in their lives, regardless of whether they wore Carhartts or skinny jeans.

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid.

Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life.

Why Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

Why Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

We have to be brave enough to challenge what is temporary so that we can highlight what is timeless. And we must stand against any theology that justifies mistreating others while rallying others to do the same. We must be revolutionaries.

Do You Know Where I Live?

One of the best ways to get to know someone’s context is to know where they live. Maybe that’s why Jesus invited Himself to Zacchaeus’ house. By doing so, Jesus modeled empathy.

How to Prepare Your Church for the Next Decade

How to Prepare Your Church for the Next Decade

Change is inevitable. A revolution implies something bigger, faster, or more impactful. Let’s face it, churches have not been known for being at the forefront of change. There have been major revolutions in church history before, but not with every generation. 

How To Lead Difficult Team Members

How To Lead Difficult Team Members

Chances are that along your way you will eventually be confronted with a ministry partner (volunteer) that causes some friction either with your ministry team, with your ministry direction, or with you personally. And although there are endless reasons (or excuses) why a team member might not be in sync with the direction of your leadership in ministry; the fact remains, God has placed you in a position of influence and authority for such a time as this.

Do You Know What Matters to Me?

Do You Know What Matters to Me?

What matters to someone actually matters. When the leaders in your environment take the time to figure out what matters to those they lead, children and teenagers in your ministry begin to believe they matter, too.

21 Questions To Help You Evaluate Yourself

21 Questions To Help You Evaluate Yourself

There’s a shift that happens around this time of year. Maybe it happened for you last week, or maybe it’s beginning to occur to you now: This year is almost over.

Take time to drill down on these questions. Write down your answers, and find opportunities where you can share what you’ve learned.

Partnering With Local Schools This Holiday Season

Partnering With Local Schools This Holiday Season

One of the best ways to make a significant impact this holiday season is to minster to the schools in our communities. Like our ministries, the schools in our communities could greatly benefit from the generous support of selfless volunteers. Which school leaders can we meet with to support them this holiday season? They could probably spout off several areas in which they need our support. We could come away from those meetings with so many opportunities.

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4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

Social media is where your students are hanging out. If you want to reach them, you need to engage with them on their turf. So, what should you do? Just keep struggling to stay up-to-date with your social media posts and suffer through the overwhelming nature of it all? Of course not. Just because it’s overwhelming now doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.

Here are four tips to help you utilize social media in your ministry without getting overwhelmed.

CJ Palmer

Orange Leaders

4 Reasons Why Orange Conference is for Your Whole Team

4 Reasons Why Orange Conference is for Your Whole Team

Perhaps you’ve been to past Orange Conferences before. Or maybe this could be your first time attending. Either way, I truly believe Orange Conference is not something for you to experience alone. It’s an opportunity for your entire church team to grow together. 

Developing a “Be Present” Mindset

Developing a “Be Present” Mindset

Being present is more than just showing up. It’s allowing your few to have a front-row seat to how God is working in your life and family; making the words you share in the circle have flesh outside of the circle.