Developing a “Be Present” Mindset

Developing a “Be Present” Mindset

For those of us working to create a Lead Small culture, we understand the power of being present for a few. We encourage small group leaders to show up predictably, mentally and randomly. And while checklists and goals are very helpful in that training, what we really want is for them to understand the “why” behind this big idea. It’s great to show up at games, concerts, award ceremonies and the like, but being present is more than just showing up. It’s allowing your few to have a front-row... Read More
How to Answer High Schooler’s Biggest Questions With Action

How to Answer High Schooler’s Biggest Questions With Action

Would you believe that the teen checking their phone during small group or strolling in late to your service has some questions stirring inside? We’re not talking about “how many people will respond to my latest snap?” kind of questions. We mean big, deep, questions. Questions whose answers can literally change the course of a teen’s life. Problems that demand to be solved, and ultimately will be—either by a teen’s own inner voice, their peers, or maybe even you. Related Resource: Playing for... Read More
Orange Conference 2020 Promises a New Revolution For The Next Generation

Orange Conference 2020 Promises a New Revolution For The Next Generation

More than 8,000 church leaders and volunteers will gather from April 29 to May 1, 2020 in Atlanta, Ga., for the 13th annual Orange Conference. Focused on stewarding the faith and character of the next generation, the Orange Conference brings together family ministry teams from all over the world—including senior, NextGen, student, children’s, and preschool leaders, as well as church volunteers. Starting a New Revolution The 2020 theme for the Orange Conference is “Every Generation Needs a New... Read More
Volunteer, You Are The Awesome Secret Sauce

Volunteer, You Are The Awesome Secret Sauce

Dear Volunteer, Thank you. Thank you for being on the frontlines of ministry each week. You play a unique role to help shape the future of a child’s life. There are not enough thank-you cards to say how grateful we are. Week by week, you plant and share God’s Truth in a relational way kids can put into practice. You prepare before you arrive on Sunday. You meet kids in their world to help them talk through and embrace faith. Thank you for choosing to develop relationships with kids to have... Read More
3 Reasons to Register for Orange Conference Early

3 Reasons to Register for Orange Conference Early

It’s that time of year again. For me, it’s like getting a Christmas present a couple of months early. You might be asking what could be as great as an early Christmas present? I‘ll tell you, Opening Day registration for Orange Conference. Outside of the conference itself, there are few dates on my calendar that I look forward to more than the opening day of the Orange Conference registration. Let’s take a look at the top reasons to register early for the Orange Conference. 1. Lowest Price... Read More