What I’ve Learned About Being a NextGen Pastor

What I’ve Learned About Being a NextGen Pastor

A year and half ago I transitioned from middle school ministry into a role as NextGen Pastor. I immediately began asking, “What does this look like?” Since that time, I’ve asked that question and have heard it asked countless times. Just a few days ago, I was talking with another Family Pastor before Orange Tour and she was asking, “So what do you do every week.” Another new NextGen Pastor asked the same thing days earlier online, “What do you spend most of your time on?” My first answer:... Read More
Why My Church is an Orange Church

Why My Church is an Orange Church

I remember standing in a mall bookstore looking for some new reading material to challenge me to the next level as a leader. I was drawn to the bright, strangely shaped book called, “Think Orange.” At the time, I was not a youth pastor but was serving as a young adult pastor in a very large church. My heart has always been for youth but I took the job to serve young adults largely because—after being a youth pastor for about 10 years—I was frustrated at two things. First, I was frustrated that... Read More
Empowering Youth Leaders to Be the Church

Empowering Youth Leaders to Be the Church

The comment, “The youth are the future of the church,” has always made me cringe. It would be said in meetings, interviews and the halls of our church. Oftentimes, I would stop the well-meaning utterer of this phrase and politely (most of the time) correct them by saying, “No, they are the church now.” This always led to polite, halfhearted agreement. You see, our church has been on the path to being Orange for a decade. We send leaders to the conferences, read all the books, and host a... Read More
What You Lose When You Widen the Circle

What You Lose When You Widen the Circle

One-on-one connection with kids about their faith is, without a doubt, my favorite part of being a kids’ pastor. It’s within these conversations where I’m given a front-row seat to God’s grace and goodness in their young lives. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are certainly days when getting a child to open up about their personal faith journey is a struggle. But more often than not, kids have a beautiful way of articulating in their own words how Jesus is making a difference in and around them.... Read More
The Power of Prayer and Community

The Power of Prayer and Community

by Pastor Jason Noble In the midst of a family’s greatest need, “we can do more together” became more than just a good tagline for our church—it became reality for the Smith family, our congregation, and the entire community. John Smith fell through the ice in Lake St. Louise. John was under the water for 15 minutes before the first responders found him and pulled him out. He had no heartbeat or pulse. At the hospital they worked on John for another 45 minutes to no avail; at this point he had... Read More