The Purpose of Fear in Authentic Leadership

The Purpose of Fear in Authentic Leadership

Leadership in ministry is not for the faint-hearted. We only need to look around us to witness the ravages of an unrelenting war on character, on relationships, on hearts and minds. Volumes have been written on building strong churches, growing high-capacity volunteer groups, and designing creative ministries that appeal to every age. Leadership books are quick to list tips for being more effective, more charismatic, more relevant, and more dynamic. But there is little offered to help those of... Read More
Safeguarding Against Loneliness in Leadership

Safeguarding Against Loneliness in Leadership

“The Loneliest Job” is a famous picture taken of John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office in 1961. In the picture, he stands over his desk, giving the iconic image of him bearing the weight of the world alone. In reality, he was reading the newspaper while leaning over the desk, which helped alleviate the chronic pain he had in his back. Regardless of what the picture actually captured, we can all imagine how lonely it is to lead in a position with such incredible power and unfathomable... Read More
Four Choices Good Leaders Make

Four Choices Good Leaders Make

My friend, Hal Runkel, just wrote a book that I think is brilliant. The book is called Choose Your Own Adulthood and it is formatted like a choose-your-own adventure book. It is written for adolescents moving into the adult phase of their journey from letters he wrote his daughter along their journey. In the book, he talks about choices that we face that often look very similar, but by choosing one over the other we often get much different results. I think that is true for many things in... Read More
Phase Defined: 4 Things That Are True for Every Child

Phase Defined: 4 Things That Are True for Every Child

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. What does phase really mean? If you really break it down, there are four things that are true at every phase: 1. Every phase has significant relationships you can influence. Kids in different phases listen to different voices at different volumes. (Kind of the same way they listen to different music at different volumes, too) So, it just makes sense. If you want to influence a kid’s future,... Read More
Should Your Ministry Have Separate Social Media Accounts?

Should Your Ministry Have Separate Social Media Accounts?

There is an age-old question that has existed since the advent of social media. Should we have separate social media accounts for every ministry? Or should we only have one set of social media accounts for the entire church? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. It depends on your church and the individual ministries. Some larger churches sustain multiple presences on social media. Others are better off with consolidated social efforts. Here are a few questions you can ask... Read More