Seeking God’s Will During the Hiring Process

Seeking God’s Will During the Hiring Process

by David Lyons The search process, with all of its evaluations, needs assessments, budgets, and procedures, can come across as clinical sometimes. For this reason, I want to reassure you that the entire process of staffing your church or ministry should not neglect important spiritual aspects. The whole process should be bathed in tremendous prayer. Ultimately, it’s about more than getting a job filled. You want to ask God for discernment and wisdom, and demonstrate a willingness to do what it... Read More
Make an FX Work for You

Make an FX Work for You

Getting parents and kids together regularly for a shared experience is a critical part of the Orange Strategy, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are a few ways to implement Family Experiences (FX) in any environment: Home FX: Bring together a small group of parents and kids to watch a movie together, have family game night, or work on a craft project. Every part of the experience can be tied into a specific theme or virtue. FX Event: With a larger group, an FX event might be a... Read More
3 Things to Look for in a Small Group Leader

3 Things to Look for in a Small Group Leader

by Kevin Ragsdale The small-group leader is the single most important volunteer in our ministry, and over the years I have made some interesting discoveries that have redefined what I look for in a leader. First, a good small group leader must have time. It doesn’t matter how good you are with students or how much charisma you have if you don’t make the time to invest relationally. Second, a good small group leader knows how to make good decisions on the fly. How your leaders respond, react,... Read More
Evaluating Yourself as a Leader

Evaluating Yourself as a Leader

All children’s pastors want their ministries to grow, and I believe God wants them to grow as well. For this to happen, we must be willing to grow in our leadership abilities. Individual growth always comes before corporate growth. The key to growth as a leader is evaluation. Change will never take place without constant evaluation. Let’s look at four areas we should evaluate on a regular basis. 1. How’s my attitude? Do I have the heart of a servant? Have I made my pastor look good this... Read More
The Cure for Jealousy

The Cure for Jealousy

by Sarah Bragg I’m sure you’ve never been jealous of someone, or of someone’s ministry or speaking ability, but I sure have. Working in ministry, it’s easy to be surrounded by people who can do what you do ten times better. And it’s even easier to secretly wish that person would fail. Jealousy says, “I like what you’ve got; I don’t like the fact that you have it and I want it.” I’m sad to say it, but jealousy rears its ugly head all... Read More