How Self-Control Affects the Whole

How Self-Control Affects the Whole

One of my favorite fruits is the pomegranate. It is complicatedly beautiful. If you’ve ever cut one open, it is made up of several little seeds, held together by cream-colored borders, protected by a hard-red shell. Once you cut a pomegranate open though you will quickly notice that if you expose one part of the fruit to the elements the other parts of the fruit will start to dry out and won’t taste as good. I promise that God had the pomegranate in mind when His Spirit inspired Paul to write... Read More
Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of the year... Read More
Helping Your Community Through Social Media Education

Helping Your Community Through Social Media Education

Parents care very much for their kids. This seems like a no-brainer statement but the reality is parents want to make sure their children, no matter what age they are, are safe. This is particularly important when their children are exposed to something that parents are not 100 percent informed about. Enter social media. Social media has taken the world by storm and is such a HUGE part of peoples’ lives today, especially older children and teens. Whether it is Instagram, Facebook,... Read More
Orange Conference Breakouts: How do I Decide Which to Attend?

Orange Conference Breakouts: How do I Decide Which to Attend?

The Orange Conference is just a few months away, and we’ve posted the breakouts that will be available for registration soon. You can start looking forward to planning what breakouts you are going to attend at OC19. Keeping with this year’s theme, It’s Personal, we are going to make sure every aspect is personal for you. With it being a new year, we plan new resolutions, and reflect on the last year. Do you find yourself starting questions with: How Do I . . .?” Many of us do. What is exciting... Read More
4 Characteristics of a Potential Small Group Leader

4 Characteristics of a Potential Small Group Leader

Identifying and recruiting potential small group leaders is one of the most important things we do as pastors and leaders. We are wired to look for people who are immediately ready to lead—people who are mature relationally, developed spiritually, sound theologically, and smart biblically. The problem with that approach is looking for disciples instead of doing what Jesus told us to do: making disciples. That means we are not looking for ready-made leaders but for people who are postured and... Read More