Orange Tour is the Training Event Your Ministry Team Needs

Orange Tour is the Training Event Your Ministry Team Needs

The Orange Conference is a special kind of training event. It crams together thousands of ministers for children, family and students with amazing speakers, tons of fun and great insights into three amazing days. It is an awesome experience that everyone should be able to enjoy and experience at some point. Unfortunately, as great as the three-day conference is, not everyone can attend—whether that is due to timing, affordability or something else entirely. That is why Orange started taking... Read More
Sparking Creativity: Keeping the Fresh Ideas Coming 

Sparking Creativity: Keeping the Fresh Ideas Coming 

Ideas are everywhere. Like the space around us, ideas and creativity are always within our grasp. Sometimes it takes a little inspiration to make us aware of the ideas and creativity right in front of us. I hope this article becomes that inspiration.  I stare at her and think to myself, “Where does she come up with all of those thoughts? How can she sit there, time and time again, and create these elaborate, complex, exciting worlds with two dolls?” But then I think back and remember how free... Read More
The Easiest and Best Way to Take Risks

The Easiest and Best Way to Take Risks

What comes to mind when you hear the word risk? Does it excite you? Does it fill you with fear? Most of us probably fall somewhere in the middle, and want a little more context and clarification to provide an answer. That’s what risk does. No matter where you fall in your preference or aversion for it, you agree that risk equates to a giant question mark. And that’s one reason people tend to shy away from risk. It’s uncertainty. It’s unknown. It lives in a gray area. But to make any sort of... Read More
Take Your Goal-Setting to the Next Level

Take Your Goal-Setting to the Next Level

“These are goals, not initiatives. I asked you for six initiatives that would support our vision for the campus. These are just things you would like to see happen or programs you want to implement. Take these back and try again. If we really want to see results I need you to think steps.” I pressed my lips together, gritted my teeth and forced a smile. I also nodded and stormed out of my supervisor’s office. I had put a lot of time and effort into my semi-annual evaluation. I had probably... Read More
Refuse to Quit

Refuse to Quit

I started playing basketball in fourth grade. I had hit a growth spurt and everyone kept suggesting I try it out. My dad took me to the community center and signed me up. I didn’t know how to dribble or shoot and the rules were as familiar to me as calculus theorems. I was lost, to put it mildly. In my first game I rebounded 20 balls, which may sound impressive, except that I also walked twice, missed every shot I attempted, and fouled out in the third quarter. It was around this same time... Read More