What Mistakes Can Teach Us

What Mistakes Can Teach Us

by Yancy Richmond Have you ever made a mistake? I know, I know. I’ll rephrase the question: When was the last time you made a mistake? I have made many mistakes over the years, on stage and off. The issue isn’t whether you make mistakes or don’t make mistakes, rather it’s how you respond to those mistakes. I’ll give you a couple of examples. A number of years ago, I was leading worship for our student ministry. We were singing a new song that night, and when it came time to start singing I... Read More
5 Things Every Special Needs Leader Needs To Know

5 Things Every Special Needs Leader Needs To Know

by Connie Hutchinson Over the last 22 years, I have witnessed firsthand a growing recognition among churches of the value of including children and adults with special needs in the body life of their churches. My goal is to identify and break down any barrier that keeps people with disabilities and their families from being able to fully participate in the body life of the church. Have there been obstacles? Yes! But, as Joni Eareckson Tada stated at one of our Disability Awareness Sundays... Read More
How To Align Leaders Around Your Mission

How To Align Leaders Around Your Mission

by Carey Nieuwhof  One of the dreams of almost every leader is to see every person within an organization motivated by the same mission and vision. Team alignment advances the mission further, faster. The reality is, very few organizations—and very few churches—function that way. Most leaders have had an unsettling feeling that they might be the most passionate person about their mission, and wonder how on earth to get dozens, hundreds or even thousands of others aligned with the same mission... Read More
Orange Tour: Close to the Heart

Orange Tour: Close to the Heart

Tonight and tomorrow, Orange Tour will be close to the heart of the contiguous United States . . . in Kansas City, Kansas! Situated at Kaw Point where the Kansas and Missouri Rivers meet, Kansas City, Kansas, is home to about 150,000 residents and is abbreviated KCK—to differentiate itself from that other KC across the river. Kaw Point is also where the Lewis and Clark expedition landed on June 26, 1804, on their quest westward. Today, Kaw Point is a lush, natural park overlooking the river... Read More
Five Dials Deserving Of Your Time, Energy, and Resources

Five Dials Deserving Of Your Time, Energy, and Resources

By Will Hutcherson Voices. There are a lot of voices in student ministry that tend to pull our focus in so many different directions. Voices outside of our church shout, “This is the next BIG THING in student ministry!” This can cause us to abandon our original vision in exchange for the envy of what some other ministry has. We buy into the idea that if we don’t do it that way, we won’t be successful. Other voices take form in the expectations of others or our own insecurities, and cause us to... Read More