How Every Married Person Can Take The Summer Off

How Every Married Person Can Take The Summer Off

For as many years as I can remember, my daughter, who is now 11, has always been appalled that I have to work in the summer. She says, “Oh Daddy, it’s just not fair.” I say to her: “Yeah, what’s that all about? Down with the establishment that’s trying to keep me down.” She has no idea what I’m talking about, neither do I, but she is pleased I agree. I wish I could take the summer off, but I can’t. And I bet you can’t either. While we can’t take the summer off we can take a vacation from our... Read More
Do Something You Don’t Have To Do

Do Something You Don’t Have To Do

Here’s a secret every good volunteer and leader knows: You don’t do something because you feel like it. You do something in order to feel like it. If you only do what you have to do, you will be limited in what you do. It’s the stuff that you don’t have to do that ultimately changes your faith. Maybe that’s what Jesus meant when He suggested this to a group of people gathered around Him to hear Him teach: “Suppose someone forces you to go one mile. Go two miles with them.” To us, this sounds... Read More
Don’t Miss Lead Small Night

Don’t Miss Lead Small Night

By: Steve Cullum The Orange Conference is an amazing event I look forward to attending every year. I love growing and connecting with other people. I just wish I had the budget to bring my entire team of staff and volunteers with me each time. Orange Tour has filled that void. If you are in the same situation as me, I want to encourage you to consider attending OT. This one-day event follows the same theme as the conference but condenses it down and brings it much closer to you. While this... Read More
Unity, Strategy and Orange Tour

Unity, Strategy and Orange Tour

Unity is vital for any ministry to be successful. Without unity, it’s like taking a cross country trip with a flat tire. There should be unity in vision, mission, and strategy within your ministry. This past year, multiple changes were made to our student ministry. We shifted a lot of systems and procedures, and shifting systems and procedures can shift the culture in a group. Tensions arose between old and new leaders as we started to lose our clear “why.” When there’s no unity about the why,... Read More
OC and OT: Why I’m Planning on Attending Both

OC and OT: Why I’m Planning on Attending Both

This past spring, May 1-3 to be exact, I attended Orange Conference. It was an amazing time where I connected with other ministers, learned a ton and got energized to finish the spring strong and head into the summer with a lot of excitement, full of possibilities. While the conference was amazing, I’m looking forward to attending Orange Tour even more. “What? Isn’t Orange Tour the same thing as Orange Conference? Why would you go to the same conference twice?” Yes, I know that Orange... Read More