Thinking About Christmas Now Could Impact Your Community

Thinking About Christmas Now Could Impact Your Community

Okay, I am not ashamed to admit this: I would put up my Christmas tree on Halloween night if I could! I am never offended by how early stores put up their Christmas decorations and I have been known to spend my birthday money (in November) on Christmas decorations. Isn’t it strange that we live in a culture where everything is supposed to be new and relevant but at Christmastime we are all in a hurry to go back in time and remember traditions of years gone by? It’s a holiday that brings out... 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
Being For the Families in Your Church at Christmas

Being For the Families in Your Church at Christmas

There is a real desire in all of us as parents to create meaningful traditions for our children at Christmas. Most of us look at the church for this help by attending a Christmas Eve service together as a family or going caroling to different homes of people from church to brighten their spirits! Something that occurred to me back when I was a children’s ministry leader and a mother of three small children is that there never seems to be a place where we can bring little children and not break... Read More
Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

My husband once volunteered for a team at a church we attended that meant he had to spend long hours at church. When big events would come up it would mean that he spent entire weekends prepping for it—weekends that took him away from his family. I remember being so angry that the leader of this team expected so much from my husband and his team but never showed up to cheer them on. While this leader was enjoying his weekend with his family, his team of unpaid volunteers were at the church... Read More
Making Time for Your Goals

Making Time for Your Goals

It’s that time of year when we all set goals to work toward during the new year. It’s easy to dream about what we want our goal to be and to think it will be easy to stick with throughout the year. Then just like that, life happens and things get busy and we are searching for the extra hours we need to get everything accomplished. In her book, “The Fringe Hours,” Jessica Turner writes how life can be a sound board. When music is mixed, the sound technician needs to adjust the levels to make... Read More