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.
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.
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!
We love our middle schoolers…even if our mere existence is painfully embarrassing for them. What would you add to the list?
As you do weekly ministry it’s easy to forget to look up and around and take in what’s happening. That’s the real story. As you interact with kids, parents and volunteers you can be the catalyst to share stories that help inspire others. Stories are fuel to ministry.
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.
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.
Our legacy as leaders is how we raise our staff to lead well. Whether that’s within our ministry or somewhere else, let’s give our employees what they need to lead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. . . .”
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.
Your natural wiring and giftings can help point you to your sweet spot in leadership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.