The Secret Sauce of Event Planning

The Secret Sauce of Event Planning

Events are a regular part of ministry. They’re exciting, attention-grabbing, and a great way to create memories and relationships. However, as you probably know, they’re also a lot of work! Therefore, it’s important to make every event count. Whether the occasion is focused on “insiders” like your own ministry or local church, or “outsiders” like the neighborhood or community-at-large, there are two key areas that can easily be overlooked. The Audience You likely have a few annual events at... Read More
How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

I get asked a lot of questions about family ministry. The only question that ever gets on my nerves is when someone asks, “Do you guys break up into small groups at the end?” Now, I get it. It seems like a fair and harmless question. Maybe you’ve even asked it yourself. I know that there are semantics involved here, but the honest answer is, “No. We want our children and students to experience our entire Sunday program as a small group—not just at the end.” There might be a time at the end... Read More
I Get It Now

I Get It Now

There’s something that changes when you see it for yourself. There’s a new sense in which we say “I get it now.” I’ve had many experiences like this in my life. The first time I walked into Neyland Stadium and witnessed over 100,000 fans cheering for the Tennessee Vols. The first time I walked the streets of Rome and really understood just how young America is. The first time I helped lead a friend to a relationship with Jesus. And it happened again, earlier this year at Orange Conference.... Read More
Making the Church Irresistible Again

Making the Church Irresistible Again

Once upon a time there was a version of our faith so dynamic it captured the attention and eventually the heart of the very empire responsible for crucifying our Lord. Once upon a time the church was irresistible. I believe the church can be irresistible again. I’m convinced that much of what makes the average church so resistible are the very things the church must resist. I’ve committed my life to helping the church and church leaders recapture irresistible. For that reason I’m launching a... Read More
Frequently Asked Questions from OC17!

Frequently Asked Questions from OC17!

What an amazing experience at Orange Conference 2017! OC17 hosted 7,150 people from 1,910 churches, across 49 states and 22 countries. OC17 brought together 62 denominations with the largest group internationally from Norway, and the largest group domestically from our home state of Georgia. Rethink Leadership added another 470 people to our number from 350 churches. This brought a final overall attendance to 7,620 from 2,260 churches. What a blessing to call all of you NEIGHBORS! With an... Read More