The Recipe for Transforming Your Ministry into A Movement

The Recipe for Transforming Your Ministry into A Movement

by Kevin Jennings Finding and nurturing the first few followers is the key to every movement For any leader, one of the greatest desires (and rewards) is to see your team reciprocate your passion and purpose. We want to create more than another job or ministry. As leaders, we want a movement so the commitment to the mission will outlast us and the impact and influence of the work will outgrow us. In February 2010, successful entrepreneur Derek Sivers promised to show everyone how to start a... Read More
Change Must Come

Change Must Come

by Matt Norman A few months ago, I started serving at a different church. For this church, I am the first ever full time children’s minister. Many people have advice for how to start a new position and make the transition successful. One thing that nearly all of them say is to not make changes in the beginning. Some will even say to not change ANYTHING for the first year. This is great advice except for one detail: the people who hired you are expecting you to make changes. So, how do we... Read More
Making The Shift

Making The Shift

I believe the church and family are at a crossroads. Things are shifting around us rapidly, and the test for many leaders will be in how quickly and completely they are willing to make a change. I have loved photography all my life. I picked it up in ninth grade when I was invited by my football coach to become the team photographer. I guess my football skills were so exceptional it intimidated the other players, so he asked me if I wanted to shoot the games instead. I’ve been obsessed... Read More
Do You Fear Change?

Do You Fear Change?

by Marti Jackson Not very long ago, I sat across from a young children’s leader who had a long list of questions for me. Most of us who work with children and students are familiar with abundance and lists, so it’s not unusual to have questions, 41 was quite a few, but I quickly learned why. He wanted to do a good job as this was his first staff position; he had already met with a strong fear of change among his team and volunteers. What was a bit different was how quickly in our... Read More
You Told Us About Your First Orange Experience

You Told Us About Your First Orange Experience

Last week, we asked you to tell us about your first Orange (or Orange Conference or Grow Up, etc.) experience. Over the past 15 years, we’ve had the privilege of meeting so many of you along the way, but we hear so few of your stories. So, we wanted to know how we first met. We took that stroll down Memory Lane with you, and it was all warm and fuzzy and like a big social media hug (or high five for you macho types). There were some incredible and touching stories. Thank you soooooo much for... Read More