Sights, Eats, and Sounds Around Orange Conference 2018

Sights, Eats, and Sounds Around Orange Conference 2018

Whether you live here in Atlanta or will just be visiting for The Orange Conference, there is never a shortage of fun things to do and fantastic places to eat. We’ve been told that many organizations use our event as a team-building experience. So, if that’s your group or you’re just flying solo, plan on spending a little extra time in our Southern hub, where the hospitality is free and the tea is always sweet. It’s a great place to explore! Here are a few of our favorite suggestions: Near the... Read More
Planning Ministry Transitions Well

Planning Ministry Transitions Well

Whether you’re resistant to change or love to seek it out, one thing is for sure—it’s coming. No matter how much you love your current role, at one point or another, it’s going to come time to transition to a new season. In NextGen ministries, leaders typically stay in their roles anywhere from 2-5 years, so the question really is much more about when a change will happen, rather than if it will.  After spending nearly nine years on staff at the same student ministry in Austin, my wife and I... Read More
Making Necessary Changes in Your Ministry 

Making Necessary Changes in Your Ministry 

Loss is Not Fun Losing something is never fun, but sometimes it’s necessary. Maybe you disagree because you celebrated pretty wildly when you finally broke up with a significant other that was no longer significant. But the process leading up to the loss wasn’t fun, nonetheless. Or maybe you disagree because you couldn’t wait for your child to lose that dingy, germ-filled blankie. But it may not have been a joyous occasion for your little one.  Loss hurts. But we also know that intentional... Read More
Leading Your Ministry Through Seasons of Change

Leading Your Ministry Through Seasons of Change

How Do You Respond to Change? Someone once said, “There is nothing permanent except change.” You either love it or hate it. I’m not sure either of these dispositions are healthy. People who love change tend to move too quickly. People who hate it tend to move too slowly. Being able to lead through transition takes a healthy and honest level of self awareness about your response to change. How you respond will either build faith or build fear on your team.  As a leader in a season of change,... Read More
Winning with Team Alignment

Winning with Team Alignment

Team alignment can be well described through the sports analogy. Through middle and high school, I played basketball. While I wasn’t the best player you’d ever want to meet, I was pretty decent. In most games, I was a starter and got a decent amount of playing time. By 6th grade, I was 5’7” and incredibly tall in comparison to my teammates. Shaquille O’Neal had just made a big splash into the NBA (I think I just told my age). This was a great opportunity to align myself with the strength,... Read More