Onstage Resources

Worship is communication. I realize that some of you reading this work with a full team of musicians, vocalists and dancers. But for some of you, it may be a one man or one woman show. Wherever you fall in this range, there’s a resource I want to share with you called, “Expressive Worship” by Tom Jackson. It’s a two DVD set and can be found here. If you want to become more effective at what you do on stage and in your ability to communicate to your audience, this is a must have.... Read More

What's your Blind Side?

One of our favorite Orange leaders and bloggers is Kendra Fleming. During our last webcast, there was a lot of chatter about knowing our own strengths (and our weaknesses). Here’s part of a very honest post Kendra wrote on this subject– click here to read more. Are you paying attention to your blind spots? Here are a few things about blind spots: You can’t see them! Seems obvious, but YOU aren’t in the best position to see your blind spots or to know how they are affecting the... Read More

Investing Big by Starting Small

I truly believe that prioritizing small groups for elementary-aged children and students is the smartest move you can make in your ministry for short-term stability AND to maximize future growth. One of the pictures my financial advisor drew when talking about money markets was a rectangle to represent a pool. Living in Texas, I can fully appreciate this analogy and I watched as he filled the box with a lot of little swimming X’s. Then he drew just one lifeguard big O off to the side watching... Read More

How do we Invest Big when Budgets are Small?

Not long ago, my husband and I sat down for the first time with a financial advisor. I was feeling a little nervous because I really didn’t know much about the ins and outs of investing. But with two young kids and the cost of living (and college) only increasing, we really wanted some help getting on the same page in prioritizing where our money is spent every month and planning ahead for our future. The advisor used some great illustrations- making lists and drawing some diagrams- to explain... Read More

Helping Parents Embrace Spiritual Weirdness

When it comes to parenting teenagers, I think “awkward” is one of the best descriptors. In fact, I think many parents give up on trying to engage spiritually with their teenager because of this exact feeling—it just feels weird. As parents, it can feel weird to pray with their teenager, unnatural to ask them what they think God thinks, awkward to tell them how they see God working in them and how proud they are. When it comes to partnering with parents, I think a big part of our job in student... Read More