Friday Fav- Business Card Holders

It’s easy to get lost on the Internet shopping for this and that. As I “window shopped” online, I discovered some business card holders that are sure to become favorites of any Orange Leader. You can find this one online here for only $4.95! You can find this one online here for only $12. And lastly, for those who prefer a cute handmade holder, look here for only $5. So which is your Friday Fav Business Holder? Any pet peeves or preferences with Business Card... Read More

New Church Finder to get a Fresh View

I passed by these cows this week. I was taking a couple of days off while in California to speak to leaders. The herd sits off the famous Hwy 1 that runs along the West Coast overlooking cliffs on the majestic Pacific. They have a perspective of life that most cows just never get. The grass they are eating is worth millions to the right developer. But it’s their grass. If they would just stop what they are doing and look at the bigger ocean, they would find out the grass is greener than they... Read More

5 Types of Leaders

When all five … functions (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) are present, the church operates at peak performance. To use Paul’s terms (in Ephesians 4:11), it “grows,” “matures,” “builds itself up,” and “reaches unity in the faith.” Sometimes it is easier for people to see the wisdom of this fivefold structure when it isn’t presented in biblical language. If we apply a sociological approach to the differing... Read More

Are you at risk?

Are you at risk of burnout? In her book,Mad Church Disease, Anne Jackson talks about some external risk factors that can lead to burnout. See if you can relate. “Working in ministry can prove to have explosive results if we don’t share key values with our team. We can work through the smaller differences, but if we aren’t on the same page with regard to key issues, we put both our teams and ourselves at risk for burning out.” I knew the importance of making sure that your team and staff define... Read More

CONNECTION POINT: Connecting with Student Ministry Parents – Part 1

For those of you who work with high school students, we know that it can be a challenge to find a way to connect with their parents. So we’re giving you an easy solution. This is the first of a three part series about stuff for college freshman. Feel free to send this on to the parents of your recent grads as a way to keep the communication open (or send this to the small group leaders of these students, and have them forward it on to the parents). And you’re welcome to take the credit for... Read More