The #1 Need of Senior Leaders

The #1 Need of Senior Leaders

The more I talk to leaders, the more I’m sensing the #1 need of senior leaders is to have other leaders they can talk to and who “get” them. Over and over again, I hear pastors talk about the need to connect with peers they trust, coaches and mentors they can learn from and friendships that run deeper than mere denominational or geographic lines. It’s funny how things change. A decade ago, conferences and events were about fresh ideas, top speakers and anything else you... Read More
Turn Up the Volume On Engaging Through Worship

Turn Up the Volume On Engaging Through Worship

When you plan a trip, rarely do you hop in the car and start driving with no plan of where you’re headed, much less have a plan for stops along the way. Leading a worship set is similar to taking a trip. It’s important to think about and develop a plan for where you want to take the participants. What’s the goal? How will you determine the “win”? Or think about it like planning a party. Most of us don’t just invite a bunch of people over and have them show up without first having planned a... Read More
The Most Wonderful Time—Orange Blogger Week!

The Most Wonderful Time—Orange Blogger Week!

It is a most wonderful time of the year! Christmas music is playing, neighborhoods and shopping centers are decorated and a joyous atmosphere abounds. It is Christmastime! And, to cap it off, it is Orange Blogger Week! What is Orange Blogger Week? It’s when a great team of Blogger friends from all over the country serving in different ministries share about their experiences with Orange. All week long, they will be sharing about their past experiences with Orange and the conference and what... Read More
Being For the Families in Your Church at Christmas

Being For the Families in Your Church at Christmas

There is a real desire in all of us as parents to create meaningful traditions for our children at Christmas. Most of us look at the church for this help by attending a Christmas Eve service together as a family or going caroling to different homes of people from church to brighten their spirits! Something that occurred to me back when I was a children’s ministry leader and a mother of three small children is that there never seems to be a place where we can bring little children and not break... Read More
Storytelling at Your Church This Christmas

Storytelling at Your Church This Christmas

What would Christmas be without great stories? Rudolph, the Grinch, and A Christmas Carol are just a few of the many beloved fictional yuletide tales. However, Christmas is also a prime opportunity for your church to feature a few true stories from around your congregation and community. Remember, when Charlie Brown was having some holiday doubts, Linus didn’t preach a sermon. He didn’t invite his friend to an event. Or tell him about a great podcast he should listen to. No, Linus told a... Read More