My Orange Conference 2019 Experience

Never underestimate what the power of God can do through a strategic conference or what can happen when men & women of God hear His voice and vision. I thought the money was too much to spend on a conference. Boy was I wrong, as not going would have cost us much more but we would have never realized it.

Using Your Summer To Gear Up For The Fall

Where did this year go? It seems like just yesterday we were talking about gearing up for the new year, then we were getting a jump on Easter, now it’s come and gone and we’re in the thick of summer. With camps, VBS and mission trips all planned, now is the time to use the rest of your summer to plan for the rest of the year.

You Will Love to Laugh and Learn with Your Team

Don’t you just love quality time with your friends filled with laughter and deep insights? With 15 stops all across the country, Orange Tour is an opportunity you’ll kick yourself if you miss. This one-day event will end with you and your team feeling inspired and equipped to make disciples of the next generation!

3 Lies Ministry Leaders Tell Themselves

In the ministry world, burnout may be our greatest obstacle. It’s the devil’s ultimate weapon. If he can run you ragged, he will. If he can destroy your health, he will. If he can make you despise your job, he will.

If we want to find a way to combat the enemy’s schemes, we have to identify unhealthy behaviors and eliminate them from our daily routines. Some things need to change if we want to last in ministry.

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.

Why Does Your Church Need a Communications Plan?

Why Does Your Church Need a Communications Plan?

By establishing a unified plan, your church can create consistency of work and build momentum. Planning always works better than constantly scrambling to decide what to do next. It sets the scope of your work, so you avoid becoming overburdened or underperforming.

Connect with Orange

Connect with Orange

If you’re anything like most of us, you’re probably on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook once…twice…okay, maybe ten times a day. Honestly, it’s one of our favorite ways to connect! We’d love to meet with you there—to share ideas, to see pictures, to learn more from each other about impacting the faith of the families and kids we serve. Here’s how you can reach us:

The Important Role Self-Awareness Plays In Leadership

The Important Role Self-Awareness Plays In Leadership

productivity, time-management, and leadership skills can only take you so far in life and ministry. Even with a perfectly manicured calendar, zeroed inbox, healthy work-life rhythms, and a fully set scope and sequence of curriculum for your ministry environments and leaders, you still hit the wall. Everyone does

Building a Communication Strategy to Engage Every Parent

Building a Communication Strategy to Engage Every Parent

I believe that God created us all, and He made us different for a reason. The human race represents a microcosm of a big God who is multifaceted. Each one of our cultures represents another aspect of an amazing God. And when we come together, our unique piece of the puzzle joins with another to complete a perfect picture of an all-encompassing God.

With all of this in mind, how do you build your ministries in a way that engages parents who aren’t all the same? If we take a look around us, we’ll see parents with different traditions, economic status, and cultural idiosyncrasies.

2019-2020 Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners

2019-2020 Scope & Cycle Resources for XP3 Partners

If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “Scope & Cycle” or our reasoning behind having one, let me encourage you to head over to the XP3 101 post about it. Or, for even even more in-depth look at what our Scope & Cycle is all about, check out this post. The purpose of this blog isn’t just to rehash all of that golden information, but rather to inform you of some awesome information and documents about our updated Scope & Cycle resources. What’s New Our previous Scope & Cycle...

Delegation: The Secret Sauce to Effective Leadership

Delegation: The Secret Sauce to Effective Leadership

How can a leader decide what they should delegate and what they need to spearhead on their own? The reality is there is not really much that a leader can’t delegate to their team. We have put together a few pointers for you when it comes to delegating like a boss. These simple rules for delegation will help you take your leadership to the next level and get more done.

Embracing Curiosity as a Leadership Skill

Embracing Curiosity as a Leadership Skill

By embracing the power of curiosity, we can create an environment where self-growth not only happens naturally, but is welcomed at every opportunity. This is the kind of environment where we as leaders will thrive, and bring out the best in those around us.

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.