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
4 Ways to Win the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s

4 Ways to Win the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s

For weeks and weeks, we prepare for the big day. With anticipation, excitement, and a bit of stress—we make plans at home and at church, and hustle until it all comes together. And than in a matter of 24 crazy hours, it’s all past. There are probably still remnants of Christmas reminders—candle wax in the carpet, shreds of wrapping paper in the living room, and classrooms still decorated with trees and gifts. In the midst of the exhaustion, mess, and hint of relief—what happens in those... 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