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
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
How to Lead Better in This Phase—Starting Now!

How to Lead Better in This Phase—Starting Now!

Whether it simply lurks at the back of your mind during infrequent moments of insecurity or it keeps you up at night, you probably worry at times that you don’t measure up as a leader. You see social media posts from peers and experts that are “killing it,” and you silently wonder when (or if) you’ll ever reach that level of success. You’re also reminded daily that people count on you. You want to lead better, do better, and be better for them, and for yourself. You know that time is passing... Read More
Does Your Family Matter?

Does Your Family Matter?

We’ve all done it. Cringed when someone asks our child what they learned at church today, and their slow response is, “I don’t know.” If anyone should know that the lesson was about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, it should be your children! How did they miss the fiery furnace you constructed out of a refrigerator box and tissue paper that took up the whole living room for a week? We can fall into the trap of thinking that because our kids are surrounded by our ministry, they are a part of... Read More