Orange Tour Registration Opens In 10 Days!

Orange Tour Registration Opens In 10 Days!

It’s hard to believe, but we are just 10 days away from Orange Tour open registration. We’re excited to continue the “Monday is Coming” conversation with you, and expand on some of the things we introduced at Orange Conference. You may know Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We’d like to add “Mondays” to this list. They are inevitable, and for many people, quite daunting. As church leaders, we are so often focused on Sundays that... Read More
How To Utilize High School Students As Volunteers

How To Utilize High School Students As Volunteers

Spiritual growth and serving are connected. Most students who get spiritually stuck need avenues to do something significant. If we as student pastors want to keep moving students in a better direction we must create consistent opportunities for our students to serve. Over the past few years, there has been a lot of research aimed at why it’s so important for students to serve. The book, Sticky Faith, found that the more students serve and build relationships with younger students, the more... Read More
Use This Tool To Lead Up In Your Church

Use This Tool To Lead Up In Your Church

Leading up is one of those elusive ministry phrases that we like to use a lot as leaders (see also: “doing life together”). But much like the Loch Ness Monster or a Sunday where every volunteer shows up early, prepared, and bearing gifts of caffeinated joy for you, it’s not something that just exists or happens naturally. Leading up is something that you have to work at, something that can change the way you lead and influence others if you’ll learn to master it. Leading up is simply this:... Read More
Creating An Authentically Healthy Volunteer Culture

Creating An Authentically Healthy Volunteer Culture

You work really hard to create a healthy culture in your organization. You want your staff to be working toward the mission, and you want everything in your environment to be done really well. But do you take time to focus on the culture of your volunteers? Chances are, you need volunteers in your organization in order to make things run smoothly. In many ministries, volunteers are the backbone of how you get anything done. You would be lost without them. But we often don’t consider our... Read More
Stuart Hall’s Strategy to Develop Students of Influence

Stuart Hall’s Strategy to Develop Students of Influence

Who do you want your students to be when they leave your ministry? How do you want your students to influence others after they graduate from middle school or from high school? When we begin with the end in mind, it informs what our strategy should be right now. It informs how we should be guiding and developing our teenagers today. When it comes to developing students that influence their own generation, we all probably have room to improve. And for many of us the area to improve is clarity.... Read More