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
Get the Scoop on #OC20 During Orange Blogger Week

Get the Scoop on #OC20 During Orange Blogger Week

We’re currently in the middle of the 2019 Orange Tour, but it’s never too early to start looking forward to next year’s Orange Conference. That’s primarily because we just recently announced our theme for 2020: Every Generation Needs a New Revolution. Watch Reggie Joiner give a sneak peek of the theme and why it’s important: Orange Blogger Week To help spread the word about the conference, we’ve enlisted the help of some of our friends in the blogging community. Just like they’ve done in past... Read More
How to Make Time When You Don’t Have It

How to Make Time When You Don’t Have It

Time. As leaders, it’s a precious resource. It seems to fly through our fingers, and before we know it, deadlines have passed and the hopes we have for our ministries must be compromised in order to be accomplished. We find ourselves in survival mode, doing ministry based on what need is most urgent. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if we could manipulate our calendar in order to create more time for our ministries? Not only is this possible, but it’s a crucial step for you as a... Read More
The Power of Story as an Ongoing Celebration of Ministry

The Power of Story as an Ongoing Celebration of Ministry

There is a story in the making at your church. God is up to amazing things in the lives of people in the local church. We mark celebrations of church anniversaries and of people being added. These are great stories to mark and tell. They are a way to see forward motion and how far we’ve come. The Old Testament is filled with celebrations God’s people used to recall God’s goodness. Stories and celebrations of His faithfulness is God’s idea! Do you help share the reasons to celebrate in your... Read More
The Upside Down Kingdom of God

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to like your ministry. Not everyone is going to like your church. You’re going to make strategic decisions that frustrate people coming to your church. From making modifications to the flow of traffic in your parking lot, to small groups curriculum, to the songs people wished you sang on Sundays, you’ll have critics in your church. The Jesus way of responding might feel strange, but so do most things in the upside-down nature of the... Read More