What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

by Jennifer Wilder New friends learn about each other by connecting through stories. One person shares a recent experience, which triggers a memory in the other person who recalls a similar situation, and voila! Bonds are created, familiarity grows, and we begin to know and be known. Through the email address, mystory@rethinkgroup.org, it is Orange’s aim to connect with you, learn from you, and get to know you. We want to hear how you are using Orange strategies, how your community is... Read More
Building A Foundation Of Change

Building A Foundation Of Change

Most people, if they are truly honest, would admit they don’t like change. They like the idea of change. They see the need for change, and deep down, desire to change at least one aspect of their life. They would love the result of a personal change, but the idea of going through a personal change sounds about as fun as volunteering for a middle school Lock-in. There is no doubt that change is hard. If it were easier, then . . . • The 70 percent of Americans who don’t like their job would get... Read More
Leading Change: 5 Ways To Avoid Quitting

Leading Change: 5 Ways To Avoid Quitting

Navigating change is about making it to the end. That’s easier said than done, though. Ask anyone who’s attempted to bring about difficult change, whether in their own lives or in the life of an organization, and you’ll learn something: we are often most tempted to quit or give up moments before a critical breakthrough. leading change when you feel like giving up There will be occasions in which we’ve put in the work, done everything we can to execute the plan faithfully, and still, we’ll... Read More
How To Relationally Navigate Change

How To Relationally Navigate Change

by Joe McAlpine Names and places have been changed to protect those involved . . . but this is a true story. Tim was a children’s ministry lifer. He was creative, energetic, and full of passion. He was so excited when he got hired at First Christian Church to be their new children’s pastor. The church was thriving and growing at an amazing rate. The previous children’s pastor had done a great job building a team and a strong program but had been called to a different church to take on a new... Read More
Paddle With Your Head Up

Paddle With Your Head Up

by Ryan Reed As a ministry leader, one of the questions that you must consistently ask yourself is: In what direction am I moving? Recently, a good friend and I headed for the waters of Santa Cruz, California, to surf. On this particular day, the swell came from the south and brought us a steady supply of beautiful, tight sets—great waves for novice and experienced surfers, alike! My friend and I positioned ourselves into the line-up, alongside of several dozen other guys out there, and... Read More