Developing Leaders Through A Lead Small Culture

Developing Leaders Through A Lead Small Culture

Allison Rattenborg is the director of children’s ministry at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois. Today, we’re featuring Allison, highlighting her work with children. We asked Allison about her experience with her phase and how Orange is being used in Northminister’s environments. ORANGE: Tell us about your church. ALLISON: Northminster Presbyterian Church is an amazing body of Christ in the north part of Peoria, Illinois. We have about 600 members. We... Read More
How To Stop Negative Self-Talk

How To Stop Negative Self-Talk

by Ryan Reed Ever receive one of the billion Internet memes floating in cyberspace? Ever let out a sigh when you receive a text from that kid, open it, and discover that you just got meme’d by an angry cat or a one second repeating loop from a 1960s sitcom? Of course you have, because you serve as a family ministry leader! Another phrase for “family ministry leadership” should be “meme receptor.” We serve a generation who loves making, finding, and sending memes,... Read More
5 Essentials Of An Effective Staff Review

5 Essentials Of An Effective Staff Review

by Nick Blevins Staff reviews. Personal development plans. 360 evaluations. Peer reviews. Ugh. That’s many people’s response when they hear one of those phrases. What do you think of when you hear them? A review you had one time that did not go well? An organization you worked for where staff reviews were a meaningless exercise? Something that might help, but is currently absent from your staff development plan? An opportunity for your team to grow and develop? Hopefully it’s... Read More
Unpacking The How Of The Decision-Making Process

Unpacking The How Of The Decision-Making Process

The decision had to be made . . . today. After months of planning and deliberating, it was time to make the call. Were we going to implement the new coaching strategy across a dozen locations or not? With everything else going on, I wasn’t sure if it was the right time but I wanted so badly for it to work. There were new staff who needed to be brought up to speed and other initiatives happening at the same time (we had just rolled out our eKidz Values to all volunteers). Should I push our... Read More
4 Keys To Investing In Others

4 Keys To Investing In Others

I had attended all the training sessions to ensure I knew how to clearly identify the purpose, process, and payoff of every meeting I ran, and I could start and finish those meetings in 20 minutes, because I had been instructed that anything longer would indicate a lack of efficiency. Six Sigma, a quality control program that focuses on setting very high goals and then analyzing data to reduce production defects, was part of the lifeblood of the corporation where I worked for years as a... Read More