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
The Upside Down Kingdom of God

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to like your ministry. Not everyone is going to like your church. You’re going to make strategic decisions that frustrate people coming to your church. From making modifications to the flow of traffic in your parking lot, to small groups curriculum, to the songs people wished you sang on Sundays, you’ll have critics in your church. The Jesus way of responding might feel strange, but so do most things in the upside down nature of the... Read More
The Benefits of Team Service

The Benefits of Team Service

– Chelsea had no idea why the stream of tears flowed down Alex’s face. He seemed like the most put together man. But this day, Alex lost it. I mean, all she did was accidentally empty the shovel of dirt on his boots. But they are all the better for it. – Baxter’s day was one of the best he could remember, until he really met Philip. Sure, he had met Philip several times, but this time Baxter would never forget. One high-five took coworkers and turned them into besties. Discovery is all around... Read More
Everything Changes When It’s Someone You Know

Everything Changes When It’s Someone You Know

This week, covered here and on the websites of our Orange Bloggers, we’re going to take a look at the OC19 theme, “It’s Personal.” Because, there’s a reason . . . some volunteers have a deeper commitment some parents engage at a more practical level some ministries make a greater impact some churches have wider influence some leaders leave a lasting mark It Happens When They Make It Personal Whenever you become intentional about making relationships a priority, you will... Read More
A Ministry Leadership Decision You Won’t Regret

A Ministry Leadership Decision You Won’t Regret

After more than 20 years of leading ministry, I can say that there is one thing that has helped me more than anything else: Relationships. Choosing to not do ministry alone has impacted my ministry and my leadership more than anything else. Choosing to let someone evaluate my program and environments led to much-needed improvements. Choosing to show up at a lunch to hear about what is working in someone else’s church led to innovation and fresh ideas. Our ministry is always better when... Read More