Seven Essentials To Creating Ministry Partnerships That Last

Seven Essentials To Creating Ministry Partnerships That Last

by Nate Smoyer When you hear the word partnerships you likely have an idea what a partnership is. You might think of the arrangement between Michael Jordan and Nike. The NFL and Fox Sports. Google and SpaceX. The restaurant your uncle and aunt own and operate. Partnerships can be a powerful way for you to leverage your limited resources in ministry for the purpose of serving others. I’ve been creating partnerships for 15 years, and I’ve learned many lessons the hard way. I’ve worked on... Read More
5 Things That Won’t Make Your Church Grow (Despite What You May Think)

5 Things That Won’t Make Your Church Grow (Despite What You May Think)

So you want your church to grow . . . to reach new people. And you’ve convinced yourself that you really would grow if you only had one or two more things to make your ministry thrive. For example, you’ve might have said any combination of these things. We would grow if we: Got out of our portable location and opened a new building. Got out of our current building and became portable (I’ve actually talked with leaders who think they would grow explosively if they left their old building and... Read More
Narrow Is The Path

Narrow Is The Path

Narrowing the focus is about deciding to do less in order to be more effective. It calls leaders to develop the skill and willingness to eliminate certain programs so other programs can become stronger. It suggests that you create brands that are distinct and target a specific group. It requires the creation of a not-to-do list in order to protect the organization from the draining effects of complexity. When you apply the principle of “narrow the focus” to your environments, you... Read More
Six Results Of Elevating Community

Six Results Of Elevating Community

Elevate Community: Connect everyone to a caring leader and a consistent group of peers. Everyone needs to be believed in by someone, and everyone needs to belong somewhere. True community provides both. The most powerful thing you can do for parents is to provide kids in your ministry with another adult who will say the same things in their kids’ lives that they’re trying to say as a parent. When church leaders Think Orange, they’re providing parents with that kind of community for their... Read More
Connecting With Your Local Ministry Community

Connecting With Your Local Ministry Community

by Collin Senka There once was a ministry leader who had it all figured out. They knew the best way to do ministry, had not encountered any problems, and had the greatest ideas anyone in their field had ever thought of . . . until they didn’t. Sound familiar? Sometimes it takes a couple years, sometimes a couple months, sometimes a couple minutes! But we all get to the point when we realize, “WE DON’T KNOW IT ALL!” This can be a frustrating time, and we may feel like we are in ministry all... Read More