What is the Best Way to Organize People into Groups?

What is the Best Way to Organize People into Groups?

You are approached by a first-time guest who would like to know about your small groups. What types of groups do you have available for this person to join? How did you decide what groups will work best for each individual or family unit? Ultimately, you know your context and what will be most effective in your community. Here are three options that you might consider for how you’d organize your groups: Affinity Based In this model anything can be a group: knitting group, walking club, golf... Read More
Six Tips For Starting Your Church Podcast

Six Tips For Starting Your Church Podcast

Podcasts are very popular these days. Whether people are following news and sports reports or stories about unsolved mysteries, teachings from well-known speakers or even thoughts from average, everyday bloggers, there has never been a better time to listen to podcasts. There is ton of great content out there for you to enjoy. And because they’re so impactful, this is the perfect time for your church to start a podcast! “Say what!?! My church can’t start a podcast! We’re not big enough!... Read More
What to Say When the Unthinkable Happens

What to Say When the Unthinkable Happens

As I prepared for youth group last week after the news of the tragedy in Parkland, FL, I had more than a message on my mind. I was wondering how our families were doing emotionally. I was wondering if we needed to have additional security meetings. I was wondering about what to say, not only to our students but to my own children as well. Today, when the fire alarm sounded at one of our local high schools, the students sat quietly in their chairs. To them, the alarm doesn’t mean a fire drill... Read More
3 Things You Must Know Before Going Orange

3 Things You Must Know Before Going Orange

As you are about to embark on this new Orange adventure, there are a lot of things you will want to know. And, as most adventures have a variety of points where you could begin, here is where I would suggest you begin—knowing these three things: First, know WHY. Know why you are using Orange and how it’s going to elevate your mission. Once you as the leader make the decision to be Orange, those who serve with you will need to catch the vision, too. Orange isn’t simply curriculum, it’s a... Read More
What to Think When the Unthinkable Happens

What to Think When the Unthinkable Happens

I’m writing this on Wednesday—seven days since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The loss of life has been unthinkable. I predict every Wednesday for a long time will be tender and delicate, needing extra attention. I’m currently a volunteer youth pastor in Florida. I’m a parent, and I write books and blogs for parents. None of this experience registers when I try to fathom the shock, loss, and grief that have made their home in Parkland this week. I have fewer thoughts,... Read More