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

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.

It’s Always Time to Get Personal

We need good organizations and systems in place. But let us always remember that those systems should serve the one goal above all—redemptive relationship with one another and Christ.

Four Choices Good Leaders Make

When grace and accountability are done in tandem, it allows the team to work closer together, to build trust, and to work out in the open.

Is it Possible to Find Balance Between Your Job and Your Personal Life?

Is it Possible to Find Balance Between Your Job and Your Personal Life?

The balance between our work and our personal lives will always be what Andy Stanley calls a “tension to manage.” We need to strive for balance, but we will never fully find it. What we can do, is be as intentional as possible in fighting for this balance. It’s in this daily fight that we can discover how to manage the tension appropriately.

Here are three ways we can fight for balance between our work and our personal lives.

An Often Overlooked Measure Of A Successful Sunday

An Often Overlooked Measure Of A Successful Sunday

It’s easy to get into a routine that doesn’t stop because Sunday is always coming. What if there was another question or another measurement that we talked about as we debrief? What if we got this routine down so much that we knew the normal measurements so well that we were able to step back and add a new one?

Build A Legacy, Not Just A Great Service

Build A Legacy, Not Just A Great Service

I think about the pressure we often place on Sundays here in the U.S. We labor over the messages and lesson plans, we do our best to captivate with lights, sound, images and storylines. And we measure success by beautiful moments or well-executed programs. But what if we shifted our perspective to see that Sundays are a piece rather than the whole—Sundays are but one chapter in the story of the Church each week.

Kids Need Love (Over Time)

Kids Need Love (Over Time)

As ministry leaders, we have the responsibility and privilege of serving our families over time. Each week, and sometimes several times per week, we get to demonstrate to kids and educate parents of what love over time looks like.

How to Incorporate Healthy Pastoral Self-Care into Your Routine

How to Incorporate Healthy Pastoral Self-Care into Your Routine

I grew up in Sherman, Texas. Most of you have never heard of Sherman, but I can tell you it was a wonderful place to grow up. It was a middle size town in North Texas full of trees (despite what many think about Texas), with a laid-back atmosphere, and a love for the Dallas Cowboys. What more could you want in a hometown? Sherman is actually a sister city to Denison, Texas. If you grew up in a big city then it probably wasn’t strange to have cities delineated only by a few blocks of...

Why Every Executive Leader Should Attend Rethink Leadership

Why Every Executive Leader Should Attend Rethink Leadership

Rethink Leadership is an event for senior leaders in the church that’s designed by senior leaders. Carey Nieuwhof helped create the event, along with the team at Orange, and it runs alongside The Orange Conference. The fact that Carey Nieuwhof is behind it is all you really need to know, but with that said, here are 4 reasons why every executive leader should attend Rethink Leadership. Rethink Leadership is Designed with Senior Leaders in Mind The entire conference is designed with senior...

Ministry Changes When It Becomes Personal

Ministry Changes When It Becomes Personal

Jesus made a difference, because Jesus made it personal. He called Zacchaeus by name. He addressed the Samaritan woman’s past. He spent time in Mary and Martha’s home. He invited each disciple to follow Him. He intercepted Saul on road to Damascus. We have the same opportunity. Ministry changes when it becomes personal—just like it did for Jonathan Tuley, director of SalemKIDS at Salem Church in New York. Read on to learn how personal investments by his peers changed the trajectory of his...

10 Reasons I Attend Rethink Leadership Every Year

10 Reasons I Attend Rethink Leadership Every Year

If you are a senior, lead, executive or campus pastor and have not signed up yet for Rethink Leadership, what are you waiting for?! For my money, it is as good a three days as Christian leaders can get in terms of their own development. But if you’re on the fence, the following are 10 reasons I attend Rethink Leadership and you should too: It Gives Me A Chance to Meet You – I will be live-blogging all of the sessions from Rethink Leadership. Make sure you track me down; I would love to meet...

OC19 is the Inspiration Your Ministry Team Needs

OC19 is the Inspiration Your Ministry Team Needs

What is your all-time favorite movie scene? Is there a scene that instantly comes to your mind that includes both inspiration and a man on a horse?  One of my favorite scenes is found in the classic movie, Braveheart. Specifically, the scene of William Wallace’s speech to his army right before he leads the Scottish countrymen to fight. The Scotland men, coming from all sorts of backgrounds are united under the one voice of William Wallace. William makes this battle personal for Scotland...

Your Invitation to Learn More About Orange Conference 2019

Your Invitation to Learn More About Orange Conference 2019

Ministry is personal. It always has been. It’s just sometimes we get so busy in the work we do, we may forget why we do it. But when we act like it’s personal it changes how we . . . Say what we say Spend our budget Design our programs Lead our volunteers Work together as a staff Prioritize our calendars Care about our communities OC19 will be a challenge to start over every week and remind each other that, “It’s Personal.” This week, we invite you to learn more about Orange Conference and...

Love Over Time is the One Thing That Matters Most

Love Over Time is the One Thing That Matters Most

It takes a village to nurture kids over time. Sometimes, it is not until we become parents that we realize how much our caring parents and key influencers have loved us over time. Single acts of love are quite powerful, without a doubt. But, experiencing love over years and decades communicates an exponential impact on each of us. Maybe we didn’t always wipe our wet, filthy feet before entering the house, but you loved us anyway. Thanks for the fun celebrations after countless graduations....

Sharing a Message That Won’t Get Lost

Sharing a Message That Won’t Get Lost

There are so many lessons that we can teach kids and students to introduce them to God, help them learn biblical truths, and live in a way that follows the example of Jesus Christ. We could teach about the ceremonial, civic, and moral laws of the Old Testament. We could spend Sundays teaching about every miracle and parable in the New Testament. We could get into apologetics and biblical history. But if we give each of those messages, I wonder how many will actually stick. Even more valuable...

Why Our Catholic Church is Orange

Why Our Catholic Church is Orange

I am so excited to get to share a bit about our church’s story with you. We’re part of a small, but growing number of Catholic churches, who are using Orange Strategy and curriculum to prepare kids and students for lifelong faith. While we may be unique among Catholic churches in our area, we find that we have much in common with the thousands of other churches using Orange around the country. Regardless of denominational differences, we hold fast to a common belief in Jesus Christ and a...

Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Church’s Website

Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Church’s Website

A church website is one of the most important communication tools your church has to reach the community. Why is that? Because more and more people first go to a church’s website to find out more about the church before they ever walk through the door of your building. Despite its overall importance, a church’s website can often be considered an after thought or lower in priority over other missions of the church. But, if you want to reach as many people in your community for Christ as...

Today, This Week, Next Year—What Your Church is Doing Matters

Today, This Week, Next Year—What Your Church is Doing Matters

And the winner is. . . . What an exhilarating, stress-filled rush, right? Why do we put ourselves through the surge of overwhelming emotions? We already know what is going to happen. The camera is going to zoom in on the lid that covers the unforgivable dish of the chef that will be unfortunately eliminated, then immediately cut to a commercial segment that we cannot wait to end (unless we were smart enough to utilize the DVR). Oh, the intense agony of waiting for the outcome! But we still...

The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

“Stories over time move us to imagine a world beyond ourselves.” —from the book, Playing For Keeps The Importance of Stories Stories are important. There’s a reason why Jesus constantly spoke in parables to his disciples. And there’s a reason why kids seem to gravitate towards story books. Stories allow us to make sense of the world around us. Which is especially important for kids. Just imagine trying to explain the theological significance of the Christmas story to a child. You...