Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

“As a church, we should invest in insiders, but prioritize outsiders.” Jeff Henderson tweeted this not long ago. It packs a powerful punch to the everyday choices we make in ministry. It’s easy for us to think, yeah, of course I do that . . . the vision of our ministry is blah, blah, blah. However, when those insiders and outsiders are real people, with real concerns and their own ideas, living up to this idea can be a struggle. Maybe you remember the first time—the first time that you were... Read More
How to Follow Up With Guests After the Holidays

How to Follow Up With Guests After the Holidays

Phew! It’s over! What started in October with fall festivals and culminated with Christmas activities and services is now officially over. It is all over! You can relax now. Or can you? As much as rest and relaxation seems appropriate and necessary, there is also a real opportunity for your church now that these activities are over. In fact, right now is the best time to capitalize on all that hard work you did the past few months. After all, hopefully you made a lot of new connections with a... Read More
The Top 10 Orange Leaders Blog Posts of 2017

The Top 10 Orange Leaders Blog Posts of 2017

In 2017, writers for the Orange Leaders blog challenged us, encouraged us and taught us how to be for our neighbors even more. Here are the 10 blogs you loved the most this past year: 10. Life Norms and the Effects on Faith for Generation Z, by Paula Dannielle: If we are going to reach the next generation for Christ, we must understand that their social outlook is wider than our generation. Read more here. 9. Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers, by Leslie Galema: What... Read More
Showing Up For People Who Are Hurting 

Showing Up For People Who Are Hurting 

When my daughter was two months old, she was diagnosed with a terminal condition called SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). It was hard to look in her eyes that were so full of life, her face that was so full of joy, and think that she was going to die in a matter of months. We were devastated and were forced to spend the next couple of weeks wrestling with what we believe. You see, our decisions for her care would look very different if we didn’t believe God was real versus if we 100 percent... Read More
Intentional Ministry to Families of all Types

Intentional Ministry to Families of all Types

The percentage of kids growing up in homes with their birth father and birth mother is lessening over time. According to the Pew Research, as of 2014, only 46 percent of kids will grow up in what is defined as a “traditional family.” The percentages of kids growing up with a single parent or in blended families is steadily climbing and were at 26 percent and 15 percent respectively in 2014. In addition to single parent and blended family homes, we are continuing to see a rise in grandparents... Read More