Battling Your Greatest Enemy

by Pete Wilson I think hands down that pride is the most insidious and destructive thing that keeps us from becoming the leaders God wants us to be and furthermore it’s becomes a thick barrier to our relationships with God. It was C.S. Lewis who said, As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. There are  three questions I try to regularly ask... Read More
11 Random Things I Learned About Church and Marriage on the Orange Tour

11 Random Things I Learned About Church and Marriage on the Orange Tour

You may or may not know, but Orange goes on one-day tour stops across the country. Of all the Orange Tour stops, I made the ones in Birmingham, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Houston and Dallas. Shewww. Here are a few random things I learned on the ride: Almost every church has someone who, to use Bill Hybel’s words, has a holy discontent when it comes to the lack of emphasis placed on marriage at their church. Church staff members struggle in their own marriage. I talked to one... Read More

Soup Seller Sent to Study Strategy (Say that five-times fast!)

A big congrats to Jeremiah from Living Waters Chapel in Lebanon, Pa., for winning our fundraiser contest! He has landed himself a free ticket to The Orange Conference along with airfare on AirTran Airways! This news is twice as sweet to Justin because this will be his first trip to The Orange Conference. Here’s what he sent in: We have a member of our kid’s ministry team who works at a local college as a chef. He also has a side business where he sells soup under the name of “Souperman.” So,... Read More

YouLead January Podcast: Reggie Joiner

Simplicity starts with where our focus is. Reggie challenges us to remember that the only thing that matters 100 years from now is our relationship with God. Have you moved the lamp stand away from illuminating who God is and are shining it on programs instead? Have you placed things of lesser importance ahead of what you know your priorities should be? If that is the case, what is the focus of your ministry? Is what you are doing really working? If not, maybe it’s time to rethink the way you... Read More
One Thousand Gifts Book Study, Part 4

One Thousand Gifts Book Study, Part 4

My son, who is now 23 years old, has an expression called the “Batman face.” Only those in our immediate family recognize it. The “face” most recently made an appearance this fall when he told us he landed his first “real” job. The face originated on Christmas morning when he was 5 years old—he ran out to look at what Santa left him by the Christmas tree and discovered there was a brand-new Batman bike waiting for him. The excitement and unbridled joy painted on his face, the smile that could... Read More