The Top 10 Orange Leaders Blog Posts of 2017

The Top 10 Orange Leaders Blog Posts of 2017

In 2017, writers for the Orange Leaders blog challenged us, encouraged us and taught us how to be for our neighbors even more. Here are the 10 blogs you loved the most this past year: 10. Life Norms and the Effects on Faith for Generation Z, by Paula Dannielle: If we are going to reach the next generation for Christ, we must understand that their social outlook is wider than our generation. Read more here. 9. Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers, by Leslie Galema: What... Read More
Flipping the Comparison Game on Its Head

Flipping the Comparison Game on Its Head

I have a superpower. I discovered it about four years ago. I have always been a fan of superheroes whether in the comics or the movies. As I have had kids, this has been a great love of theirs too, so we are constantly surrounded by the idea of ordinary people who discover they have a super gift. That is the problem, though. My superpower is not necessarily a gift. It only happens in one general location and it is not really that beneficial. You see, my superpower is that, at church, most kids... Read More
Inviting Neighbors With Grace and Humility

Inviting Neighbors With Grace and Humility

So we have chosen to be for our neighbors. We have raised our hands, signed our names on the list and maybe even shouted “I” instead of “nay,” during the vote. Whatever the case may be, we are here now. We are crouched at the starting line, waiting for the starting pistol to permit us to lift our feet into acceleration. Bang! And we’re off! The invitations to our special event or regular church service have been mailed—some are even given in person. A few days, weeks or months later, our... Read More
Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

For so many people this can be the most wonderful time of the year. A season of singing. Breaking diets without guilt. Ugly sweaters. Office parties. School plays that only a parent or small group leader could love. We will come up with great gifts for our volunteers and décor to enhance our kid and student environments. This is also the season where Christmas wish list might become extravagant. There will be 25 “Secret Santa” or “White Elephant” gift requests. And the demands on our time can... Read More