Build A Better Tuesday Morning

A sense of dread always filled the office on Tuesday mornings. Smiles were few and conversations were brief as the anticipation of what was to come weighed heavy on all who gathered around the table to meet.

A quick prayer was said, followed by the words, “Okay guys, let’s talk about the. . . .”

Five Steps To Building A Healthy Team Dynamic

We didn’t know it then, but our team was on the brink of a spiritual war that lasted several years. It included some major transitions—staff turnover, changes in ministry structure, breakdown of silos and prejudices, launching campuses, building teams, and even constructing new buildings! Our ministry story has been complex in the last four years! Here are a few things we learned along the way.

How I Discovered My Sweet Spot In Leadership

Your natural wiring and giftings can help point you to your sweet spot in leadership.

Keeping The Vision Strong

In Proverbs, it is written that “where there is no vision the people perish.” That must mean then that where there IS vision the people will flourish.

Vision is a word that we hear often in ministry leadership. Many young leaders struggle when it comes to keeping a vision strong so their teams don’t suffer from vision drift. Here are some ways that you can keep the vision God has given you on the front lines.

Don’t Miss Lead Small Night

Don’t Miss Lead Small Night

While Orange Tour is geat, there is a bonus event called Lead Small Night. You can bring your entire team of small group leaders for an evening focused solely on their role in discipling kids and teenagers. Speakers will talk directly about the importance of leading small groups. They will get to hear from seasoned leaders who know the benefit of influencing the next generation through those groups.

Unity, Strategy and Orange Tour

Unity, Strategy and Orange Tour

From attending Orange Conference over the years, I am bought in on Orange strategy. However, when I left the conference and returned to my team, it became clear that having just one person bought in isn’t enough. We all have to be unified behind our strategy.

OC and OT: Why I’m Planning on Attending Both

OC and OT: Why I’m Planning on Attending Both

This past spring, May 1-3 to be exact, I attended Orange Conference. It was an amazing time where I connected with other ministers, learned a ton and got energized to finish the spring strong and head into the summer with a lot of excitement, full of possibilities. While the conference was amazing, I’m looking forward to attending Orange Tour even more.

“What? Isn’t Orange Tour the same thing as Orange Conference? Why would you go to the same conference twice?”

Maximize Your Time With These Simple Tips

Maximize Your Time With These Simple Tips

We all know the pressure of being pulled in a million directions on a daily basis. It’s probably not uncommon for you to reach the end of a workday, and ask yourself what you actually accomplished. Sadly, too many of our days pass this way while the workload only seems to increase.

But there is an approach you can take to curb this lack of productivity. With a few tweaks, you’ll feel better about reaching the end of your work week.

Summer Is The New January 1!

Summer Is The New January 1!

If you’re a woman in ministry, particularly a mom, you probably look forward to summer for the same reason your children count down the final days of school: VACATION. The heat brings road trips to the beach, poolside parties, and lazy lemonade stand days.

For many of us, summer feels like a three-month hiatus from reality. But what if this summer could actually be a catalyst to change?

Aligning Your Team With An Integrated Strategy

Aligning Your Team With An Integrated Strategy

Your church has a very strategic leader in it. This person is there every weekend making sure that things go as planned.

It is not the senior pastor.
It is not the children’s pastor
It is not the student pastor
It’s not even the worship leader

As leaders, we spend a TON of time on the vision, mission and values. This is a very important thing. But having a solid mission doesn’t promise success.

Tuning Up The Band: Using The Summer to Cast Vision

Tuning Up The Band: Using The Summer to Cast Vision

Have you ever noticed that as soon as the last bell rings, classes are dismissed, and the hallways in your local schools are empty for summer break, that your ministry spaces may not be as full as they were for the previous season? Welcome to summer. Welcome to vacation season. Welcome to attendance fluctuation.

Transitioning To An Orange Strategy In A Denominational Setting

Transitioning To An Orange Strategy In A Denominational Setting

When we look at moving from a denominational curriculum or strategy to adopting an Orange Strategy, casting vision and getting support can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips that I hope can help those in denominational settings to understand what is at stake and what must change if we are to turn the current trends around.

Strategy, Not Curriculum

Strategy, Not Curriculum

A curriculum equips leaders, but a strategy develops them. A curriculum facilitates a meeting, but a strategy prioritizes community. A curriculum provides information, but a strategy mobilizes students to experience what they are learning.

How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

Transitions can be difficult. Even the most thought-out and well-designed transitions can be stressful. When we are leading in ministry, transitions are something we come to expect. As leaders, one of the most important things we can do is manage our thoughts during challenging transitions. Here are some ideas that may help:

Does Anyone Love Monday?

Does Anyone Love Monday?

After the Orange Conference this year, I have been “rethinking” my whole Monday. Here are a few ways I’m leveraging the beauty of Mondays in my ministry.

Discover New Orange Books at OC19!

Discover New Orange Books at OC19!

Orange Conference is a prime opportunity to discover resources, not just for yourself, but for your ministry team. (Especially as you plan your fall ramp-up in just a few short months.)

If you’re coming, be sure to visit the onsite store and check out what’s new and new to you.