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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2020, ReThink Leadership will be held on April 29-May 1—the same time as Orange Conference. This will take place at the John C. Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone Church—down the street from the Orange Conference at the Infinite Energy Center.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever wanted to spend an entire day with Orange founder and CEO, Reggie Joiner, learning some practical tips and strategies for making your ministry more practical? Because that’s exactly the opportunity provided by Orange’s newest series of events: Orange Labs.
Your God-given influence only works on kids who like you and know you like them. You want to shape the future of the kid in your life? Get to know him.
I’ve been attending The Orange Conference since 2010—which means, I have 10 years of OC experience. With that in mind, here are 10 ways the Orange Conference has changed over the past decade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not “how many people will respond to my latest snap?” kind of questions. We mean big, deep, questions. It boils down to 3 words: Mobilize their potential.