I Get It Now

I Get It Now

There’s something that changes when you see it for yourself. There’s a new sense in which we say “I get it now.” I’ve had many experiences like this in my life. The first time I walked into Neyland Stadium and witnessed over 100,000 fans cheering for the Tennessee Vols. The first time I walked the streets of Rome and really understood just how young America is. The first time I helped lead a friend to a relationship with Jesus. And it happened again, earlier this year at Orange Conference.... Read More
Orange in Small Town, USA

Orange in Small Town, USA

As we look at the life of Jesus, we see that He thought the idea of meeting with a small group of people was important. We see Him taking the time to meet with people, in their homes—not necessarily people who were the “power-brokers” of His time, but people like us, the everyday people. If Jesus thought meeting with people in this way was important, well, we believe it is too. If we want an understanding of how to affect the next generation for Christ, we must not only understand “city kids”... Read More
Making One Hour Count

Making One Hour Count

I’m convinced that churches need help making what happens on the weekend matter more during the rest of the week. I’m convinced because I need help making what happens on the weekend matter more during the rest of the week! My husband and I recently planted a church. We have a children’s ministry, and hope to have a youth ministry someday. But right now, in this very moment, we aren’t able to offer a dedicated youth service or program to teenagers. It has us thinking about how we make that... Read More
Orange Tour: The Gamechanger Everyone Needs

Orange Tour: The Gamechanger Everyone Needs

I REALLY LIKE ministry training events, especially when these events give away free stuff and create extra long Chick-fil-A catered lunch breaks. (Yes, please. Don’t judge my priorities.) The other day I tried to count the lanyards I have from past events. I had to stop at 100, because maybe knowing that I have more would seem excessive. One of my friends encouraged me to trash some of them to declutter my office. Of course, I didn’t want throw them away because I’m a memory hoarder. I... Read More
Orange Tour Registration Opens In 10 Days!

Orange Tour Registration Opens In 10 Days!

It’s hard to believe, but we are just 10 days away from Orange Tour open registration. We’re excited to continue the “Monday is Coming” conversation with you, and expand on some of the things we introduced at Orange Conference. You may know Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We’d like to add “Mondays” to this list. They are inevitable, and for many people, quite daunting. As church leaders, we are so often focused on Sundays that... Read More