What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

by Emily Meredith Last May, my dad retired as dean of the College of Christian Faith at Dallas Baptist University. During his twenty-one years there, he learned the name of every student in every one of his classes. As soon as he received his class roster, my dad would start memorizing the class list, looking at student ID pictures to help him put names to faces. He challenged himself to recite the entire list of ninety names from memory on the first day of class. And he did it, without fail,... Read More
Embracing Curiosity as a Leadership Skill

Embracing Curiosity as a Leadership Skill

“Curiosity is different from intelligence or creativity or even from leadership. Not everyone has those qualities, but everyone can be as curious as they want to be, and it doesn’t matter when you start. Furthermore, your curiosity can help you be smarter and more creative, it can help you be more effective and also help you be a better person.” – Brian Grazer, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life One of the best and most accessible tools you can use to improve yourself is... Read More
The Harvest is Plentiful

The Harvest is Plentiful

Many times in ministry, we find ourselves in a place of needing more people to volunteer. We need SGLs, greeters, production team, worship, parking lot team, and the list goes on. It takes a lot of people. Maybe you have been a part of a big volunteer push at your church. Maybe that is even what sparked an interest in you to serve in the first place. So often, I fear that we beg people, anyone that is willing, to serve in our ministry. Sometimes this works out and we find a gem, an all-star... Read More
Leading Volunteers Better—NEW from Orange!

Leading Volunteers Better—NEW from Orange!

By Adam Duckworth I’ve been working with volunteers in ministry my entire career—in local churches and with Orange. Now, I’m excited to announce a brand, stinkin’, new online course on how to lead volunteers better called . . . drumroll . . . Leading Volunteers Better! See, I love volunteers. In fact, I probably love volunteers so much because I started as a volunteer as a small group leader for kindergarten and first grade boys in the spring of 2001. Here I am, years later, still... Read More
Four Strategies For Recruiting New Volunteers This Fall

Four Strategies For Recruiting New Volunteers This Fall

The fall season is upon us and you’ve got big plans. Your calendar is booked with parent connection events, baby dedications, baptism celebrations, and holiday parties. The last quarter of the year is commonly referred to as a strategic growth season, and while you’re excited and ready to implement your growth initiatives, in the back of your mind one question plays on repeat, “Do you have enough volunteers to make it all happen?” Building a robust team that can move your ministry forward is... Read More