Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

When my kids were younger, at two times during the year, Christmas Break and Spring Break, we would go through all the closets and storage boxes of clothes and discard anything that no longer fit. Some of the items were still in good shape. Some of the items were worn out. Some of them came with funny stories and precious memories. And dare I say that some of them still had the tags on them (Shhhhh! Don’t tell!) For most items, none of that mattered. The only criteria was whether the item... Read More
Reserve Your Spot for the OC18 Live Stream!

Reserve Your Spot for the OC18 Live Stream!

In two weeks, we are going to welcome over 7,000 attendees to The Orange Conference in Atlanta, Ga.! Of course we would love to have every single one of you join us for our annual party, but we know that’s not always possible. So here’s the next best thing: The Orange Conference Live Stream! Beginning with our opening session on Wednesday evening, April 25, we’ll cover selected main sessions, exclusive speaker interviews and offer fun giveaways throughout the three days of conference. This... Read More
He Calls Me By Name

He Calls Me By Name

I adore spending time with my twin granddaughters.  It is so hard to have them live fifteen hours away, but when I get a chance to visit, I make the most of it! On my last visit, I was sitting on the couch with them chatting.  My pet name for them is Lovey Doves.  They made the comment, “Kitty, you always call us Lovey Doves.”  I replied that yes, I do!  I asked them what their Gigi calls them.  They replied, “Precious girls,” in their sing-song voices.  I then asked them what... Read More
RYM 029: Structuring Your Ministry For Growth

RYM 029: Structuring Your Ministry For Growth

Creating structure that supports the strategy of your youth ministry is key to overall ministry health and growth. But what should that structure look like? And how do you know if you have the wrong structure in place? On this episode, join Kurt Johnston, Pastor to Students at Saddleback Church, for a conversation with ministry leaders about the importance of structure and what you can do to create and implement structure that aligns with the overall strategy of your ministry. How to listen:... Read More
Worship Leaders: One Thing To Stop Doing

Worship Leaders: One Thing To Stop Doing

I’ve noticed something about supervillains recently. They’ve got massive resources. Their genius is boundless. They always have a carefully crafted plan and focused vision. But still, they’re always brought down in the end by the same thing: the monologue. You know what I mean, right? They’ve finally got the hero right where they want them, but before they can finish the job, they always pause to give some long speech, inevitably creating just enough time for the hero to come up with a plan to... Read More