What Do You Do That Matters?

What Do You Do That Matters?

A man boards a plane after closing the biggest deal of his career, one that will make him wealthy for the rest of his life. He sits next to a saintly older woman, and after getting settled, she touches his hand gently and says, “What do you do . . . that matters?” He doesn’t have an answer. In another part of the country, a young woman steps into a worship gathering for the first time. She searches for purpose in her life, in the things that she does—her friends, family, career, and more. She... Read More
The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

Let’s start by being honest. Improving the way you mobilize teens to serve in your church probably isn’t on your list of things to do this week. Or if it is, it’s right below “fix the broken urinal handle in the men’s restroom” on your task list. Mobilizing teens just doesn’t feel like a pressing issue. But what if mobilizing teenagers is a bigger deal than we think? What if it has a greater long-term impact on our students and our church than we give it credit? The truth is, mobilizing... Read More
35 Reasons My Middle Schooler Might Be Freaking Out

35 Reasons My Middle Schooler Might Be Freaking Out

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. I recently stumbled across Jason Good’s 46 Reasons My Three-Year-Old Might Be Freaking Out. His socks are on wrong. His lip tastes salty. His shirt has a tag on it. The car seat is weird. . . (Read the rest of the list on Jason’s blog.) The first thing I thought when I read the list was how much I wanted to share it with anyone I know who has a preschooler. Because let’s be honest,... Read More
Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

My husband once volunteered for a team at a church we attended that meant he had to spend long hours at church. When big events would come up it would mean that he spent entire weekends prepping for it—weekends that took him away from his family. I remember being so angry that the leader of this team expected so much from my husband and his team but never showed up to cheer them on. While this leader was enjoying his weekend with his family, his team of unpaid volunteers were at the church... Read More
The Transformational Power of Volunteerism

The Transformational Power of Volunteerism

We are built for belonging, and created for community. It’s in our DNA to carry the load, to work hard, to contribute. We are crafted in the image and likeness of God—a God who delights in being creative in His approach to meeting needs and answering prayers. He has designed us to work together. He doesn’t twist our arms or shame us into joining Him in serving others. In fact, He doesn’t even obligate us or pressure us into saying “yes” to Christianity. That’s the unique beauty of our faith.... Read More