A Life of Service

A Life of Service

I’ll never forget taking a seat in the corner booth of the café, knots forming in my stomach, not dissimilar to the giant soft pretzels on display. I waited for the familiar ding of my phone to alert me that she had arrived, anxiously pressing my Home button every 30 seconds for what seemed like an eternity. Finally, it was the chime of the entrance door that knocked me back to my senses, as my coffee date stepped inside wearing her signature smile—the kind of smile that immediately puts you... Read More
Easiest Way to Explain Orange Strategy to Your Team

Easiest Way to Explain Orange Strategy to Your Team

Once you hear it, the Orange Strategy makes a lot of sense. However, if you’ve never heard of it before, it can be strange. Whether you are just starting to explore the Orange Strategy, or have been living Orange for years, the people on your team need to know what this is all about. Here are four tips for explaining Orange to your ministry volunteers. (1) Keep it simple. The Orange Strategy is easy to understand, but can be complex to live out. So, whether talking about it for the first time,... Read More
Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

“As a church, we should invest in insiders, but prioritize outsiders.” Jeff Henderson tweeted this not long ago. It packs a powerful punch to the everyday choices we make in ministry. It’s easy for us to think, yeah, of course I do that . . . the vision of our ministry is blah, blah, blah. However, when those insiders and outsiders are real people, with real concerns and their own ideas, living up to this idea can be a struggle. Maybe you remember the first time—the first time that you were... Read More
Five Ways You Can Lead Student Volunteers Better

Five Ways You Can Lead Student Volunteers Better

When you work in kids ministry, you know volunteers are a big part of your success. Your volunteer teams on any given weekend can singlehandedly make or break the ministry experience for families. And it never fails: At the most inopportune times, it seems like everyone calls in sick and you’re in a tough spot. It’s time to start further building your team! Time to get some students on board. Now a lot of you are probably internally groaning at this suggestion. I get it. Teenagers have the... Read More
6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

It might seem easy to blame your SGLs for your meeting failures. Have you ever heard yourself say thing like “They aren’t committed enough” or “They are too busy” or “They weren’t even paying attention!” And maybe you’re right. But maybe there’s something wrong with the way you’ve been creating your meetings. I think there are six things we can do to make a GREAT small group leader meeting. Make sure you’ve got all six ingredients, and you’re on your way to making a meeting strategy that... Read More