Orange Conference 2020 Promises a New Revolution For The Next Generation

More than 8,000 church leaders and volunteers will gather from April 29 to May 1, 2020 in Atlanta, Ga., for the 13th annual Orange Conference. The 2020 theme for the Orange Conference is “Every Generation Needs a New Revolution,” which promises to help leaders rethink and redesign ministry for the coming decade.

3 Reasons to Register for Orange Conference Early

Outside of the conference itself, there are few dates on my calendar that I look forward to more than the opening day of the Orange Conference registration. Let’s take a look at the top reasons to register early for the Orange Conference.

Get the Scoop on #OC20 During Orange Blogger Week

To help spread the word about Orange Conference 2020, we’ve enlisted the help of some of our friends in the blogging community. This group is helping us to pull off Orange Blogger Week!

35 Reasons My Middle Schooler Might Be Freaking Out

We love our middle schoolers…even if our mere existence is painfully embarrassing for them. What would you add to the list?

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

The challenge Jesus gives us today in the face of slander, criticism, and negativity is the same challenge He gave His oppressed followers that day listening to His Sermon on the Mount. There are times when casting vision with greater passion won’t change the mind of your critic. There are situations where defending your leadership or your church’s methodology won’t convince those who left to return.

Three Things Kids Need to Hear From Ministry Leaders

Three Things Kids Need to Hear From Ministry Leaders

As a leader who is investing time and energy in the lives of kids and teenagers, you are uniquely positioned to be a shining light to students during this time of year. But what can you say to them that can make an impact and difference? Here are three things you can say.

The Two Different Kinds of Knowing

The Two Different Kinds of Knowing

When other people feel known, they feel safe and not alone. When people feel known, they’re more willing to trust us and listen to the gospel we have to share.  We can know our community on an intellectual level, but we need to have a relationship before we can have influence over them.

5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

You’ve just spent the summer recruiting and training new small group leaders for the fall. As we interviewed and talked to these leaders there are always a few things that we’re looking for. Here are five qualities I think are most important.

Leading Change: 4 Ways To Attack Problems Instead Of People

Leading Change: 4 Ways To Attack Problems Instead Of People

As a leader, you dream of a better future. Maybe it involves reaching new families, changing your current ministry programs, launching a new idea, or leading a complete transformation of your ministry. Whatever that dream looks like, it necessarily involves change. But the hard reality is that if you attempt to change almost anything, you will encounter resistance.

What’s Your Ministry Leadership Attitude?

What’s Your Ministry Leadership Attitude?

As a leader, people look to you for comfort and strength. How you respond to something matters. You set the tone. If you complain about something that’s not fair then they’re going to feel like it’s okay to complain.

Build A Better Tuesday Morning

Build A Better Tuesday Morning

A sense of dread always filled the office on Tuesday mornings. Smiles were few and conversations were brief as the anticipation of what was to come weighed heavy on all who gathered around the table to meet.

A quick prayer was said, followed by the words, “Okay guys, let’s talk about the. . . .”

Five Steps To Building A Healthy Team Dynamic

Five Steps To Building A Healthy Team Dynamic

We didn’t know it then, but our team was on the brink of a spiritual war that lasted several years. It included some major transitions—staff turnover, changes in ministry structure, breakdown of silos and prejudices, launching campuses, building teams, and even constructing new buildings! Our ministry story has been complex in the last four years! Here are a few things we learned along the way.

Keeping The Vision Strong

Keeping The Vision Strong

In Proverbs, it is written that “where there is no vision the people perish.” That must mean then that where there IS vision the people will flourish.

Vision is a word that we hear often in ministry leadership. Many young leaders struggle when it comes to keeping a vision strong so their teams don’t suffer from vision drift. Here are some ways that you can keep the vision God has given you on the front lines.

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.

The Fruits Of Integrity

The Fruits Of Integrity

Integrity is so much more than who a person is when no one is looking. Integrity is a character trait that serves as a foundation for what makes a person good…or bad. The personalities of a truly connected and self-aware leader like empathy, grace, commitment, honesty, and transparency all stem from our ability to lead with integrity.

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Names are important. It’s typically the first thing you learn about someone, the first connecting point you share over a nametag or a handshake. But if we’re “bad” at remembering names, we make excuses.

Three Essential Ways To Identify God’s Vision

Three Essential Ways To Identify God’s Vision

You have them all the time. Week in and week out you dream, plan, create and execute. But at the end of the day, when everyone goes home, when the “atta’ boys” wear off . . . how do you know the difference between a vision that God has given you versus simply a good idea you came up with? God created and gave us our abilities, so is it possible to have ideas that are good but not aligned with Him?

Here are three essential ways to identify when an idea is a God-given vision instead of just simply a good idea.