The Tale of the Carrot

by Heather Zempel Where do carrot seeds come from? My good buddy, Julie, is an organic farmer in West Virginia, and she taught me one of the most valuable leadership lessons I’ve ever heard. Carrot seeds. Where are they? Have you ever seen them? How does a carrot reproduce? Here’s what I learned from my farmer friend— You can plant a carrot seed, and in one season, that seed will become a fully formed carrot that you can pull from the ground and eat right immediately. You find instant... Read More
Why YouLead?

Why YouLead?

Sometimes I look at my house and the disaster our family of five made by leaving toys, dirty dishes, backpacks, laundry, and endless stacks of papers our kids bring home from school and feel completely overwhelmed. I see EVERYTHING there is to do around me and am paralyzed by where to start! Leadership can be like that at times. Not necessarily disastrous or messy, but definitely overwhelming! We look around and see all the things that there are to do, the meetings that need to be had, emails... Read More
Starting from Scratch: Incorporating Orange in a Church Start

Starting from Scratch: Incorporating Orange in a Church Start

by David Hibiske Starting something from scratch can be fun and exciting, yet challenging and at times overwhelming. If you find yourself in a place where you are able to build a family ministry from the ground up, get ready for an awesome adventure! We knew from the beginning of our church launch in February 2009 that we wanted to shape our family ministry to partner with parents, but we weren’t sure what exactly that would look like until we started incorporating the Orange Strategy. The... Read More
Stop Reading so Much

Stop Reading so Much

by Ryan Stigile The offices of most church leaders are lined with bookshelves, reflective of the idea that leaders are readers. We love discovering new ideas and dreaming of what they could do for our churches. I am concerned, however, that the majority of those ideas never leave the written page to be implemented within our organizations. I have met many successful leaders who were well-read. I have also met many struggling leaders who were equally well-read. There is no simple correlation... Read More
Ways to Encourage Your Mentors and College-Age Students This Week

Ways to Encourage Your Mentors and College-Age Students This Week

While some of us are more words-oriented than others, we could all use a word of encouragement from time to time. That said, we wanted to make it really, really easy (really) for you to encourage either (or both) your mentors and students this week. Here are three—okay, I couldn’t stop at three—six ways to encourage them. Reiterate that you like them. I know it sounds cheesy, but knowing we’re “liked” can sometimes be even more poignant than knowing we’re loved. While God commands us to “love... Read More