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.
A curriculum equips leaders, but a strategy develops them. A curriculum facilitates a meeting, but a strategy prioritizes community. A curriculum provides information, but a strategy mobilizes students to experience what they are learning.
Transitions can be difficult. Even the most thought-out and well-designed transitions can be stressful. When we are leading in ministry, transitions are something we come to expect. As leaders, one of the most important things we can do is manage our thoughts during challenging transitions. Here are some ideas that may help:
After the Orange Conference this year, I have been “rethinking” my whole Monday. Here are a few ways I’m leveraging the beauty of Mondays in my ministry.
Registration for our 2019 Fall and Winter Tour opens at 5:00pm ET today, and we want to see next year!
Orange Conference is a prime opportunity to discover resources, not just for yourself, but for your ministry team. (Especially as you plan your fall ramp-up in just a few short months.)
If you’re coming, be sure to visit the onsite store and check out what’s new and new to you.
Keep up with the conference from home or from your seats in Atlanta with our bloggers! Here’s who you can expect to hear from about all things #OC19!