Building A Network For Building Each Other

Building A Network For Building Each Other

by Amy Fenton A few years ago my friend, Kenny Conley, came to Nashville for a visit. He was bringing a volunteer conference to town and he wanted to network with local kids’ pastors to cast vision. The day we met over lunch, he told us about his network in Austin and the connections he had with other local leaders. Here in Nashville we were connected. Many of us from various churches and denominations are friends. We even have lunches on occasion that are hosted by various groups. But,... Read More
4 Stories Hiding In Your Giving Data and What to Do About Them

4 Stories Hiding In Your Giving Data and What to Do About Them

Your giving data could be hiding important opportunities for ministry—but what if you could quickly analyze that data to know why people give, what causes them to stop giving, and track your givers so you can take the right actions to keep them engaged? The Story Behind the Stats Churches collect all sorts of data, but without knowing the story behind it, the information lacks value. Generally, when you notice a shift in behavior, whether it’s someone giving for the first time, dramatically... Read More
What If Your Personal Development Plan Was Better Than Your Ministry Plan?

What If Your Personal Development Plan Was Better Than Your Ministry Plan?

by Nick Blevins What do you think of when you think of leftovers? I think of so many family dinners as a kid where there weren’t many leftovers. Dad and I really liked to eat. Some things never change, I suppose. I also think of times I missed dinner, came home, and only got leftovers. That was definitely not as fun. My question is this: who gets the leftovers of your leadership? Maybe you never thought of it in those terms. But, we all have multiple areas of our lives where we should be... Read More
The Important Role Self-Awareness Plays In Leadership

The Important Role Self-Awareness Plays In Leadership

What is the toughest question you’ve ever had to answer, and who asked it? Given that somehow you made your way to this exceptional community called Orange Leaders, I automatically know a few things about you: I know that you study leadership. More than likely you read leadership books, listen to leadership podcasts, and attend leadership conferences, such as Orange Conference or Rethink Leadership. I know that you desire to personally grow in your ability to lead others and your organization... Read More
Delegation: The Secret Sauce to Effective Leadership

Delegation: The Secret Sauce to Effective Leadership

“I don’t have a problem with delegation. I love to delegate. I am either lazy enough, or busy enough, or trusting enough, or congenial enough, that the notion leaving tasks in someone else’s lap doesn’t just sound wise to me, it sounds attractive.” -John Ortberg It should come as no surprise to anyone that the greatest and most self-aware leaders know that they can’t do it all. The ability to delegate important tasks to other people and then trust them to complete those tasks... Read More