5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

by Kendra Fleming If you’re anything like us, you’ve just spent the summer recruiting and training new small group leaders for the fall. As we interviewed and talked to these leaders there are always a few things that we’re looking for. Here are five qualities I think are most important. If you’ve been doing this for a while, then you know ’em when you see ’em! 1. They care. I’m not talking about someone who is tenderhearted or hugs a lot. I’m talking about someone who genuinely feels... Read More
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