Sights, Eats, and Sounds Around Orange Conference 2018

Sights, Eats, and Sounds Around Orange Conference 2018

Whether you live here in Atlanta or will just be visiting for The Orange Conference, there is never a shortage of fun things to do and fantastic places to eat. We’ve been told that many organizations use our event as a team-building experience. So, if that’s your group or you’re just flying solo, plan on spending a little extra time in our Southern hub, where the hospitality is free and the tea is always sweet. It’s a great place to explore! Here are a few of our favorite suggestions: Near the... Read More
Couples in Ministry: A Balancing Act

Couples in Ministry: A Balancing Act

Serving in numerous ministry capacities together, Geoff and Sherry Surratt have valuable lessons and observations to pass along to couples seeking to serve in ministry together. Following is an excerpt from their invaluable book: Together: A Guide for Couples in Ministry. One of the biggest challenges for a family engaged in ministry is learning to balance church activities, marriage, kids, extended family, finances and all the needy people who seem to come along with the job. Leading a... Read More
What Role Will Small Groups Play in Your Church?

What Role Will Small Groups Play in Your Church?

In other words, do you want to be a church of small groups or a church with small groups? This is one of the most important questions you can ask. And understanding the differences will help you decide what type of church you want to be. A church of small groups will typically look to the small group unit as the primary way in which people get connected, grow, and receive care. For these churches, life in the body happens through a small group. A church with small groups will see small groups... Read More
How to Motivate Small Group Leaders to Serve: 3 Steps Backed by Experience

How to Motivate Small Group Leaders to Serve: 3 Steps Backed by Experience

You want your small group leaders to have an internal compass that leads them to saying yes to: Impromptu opportunities to serve with their few. Participation in organized opportunities to serve with your church or community. Being creative when it comes to serving families of the students they know. You want them to be as passionate about serving goals as you are. At the same time, you have empathy looking into their worlds and you understand the complexities of volunteer leader life. You... Read More
How to Help Kids Remember What Matters

How to Help Kids Remember What Matters

There’s a retired lab technician named EP, who in the book Moonwalking with Einstein, is referred to as “the most forgetful man in the world.” EP suffered from one of the most severe cases of amnesia ever documented; his memory extended back only as far as his most recent thought. Questions like, “What did you have for dinner” or “Who is the President?” were lost on him. In fact, his amnesia was so bad that when asked about the reflection he saw in the tinted windows of a car he passed by, he... Read More