Orange Leader, What You Do Matters

Orange Leader, What You Do Matters

Dear Orange Leader, I see what you do each week. What might look like showing up on time and keeping those kids alive for an hour is actually much, much more! We live in a busy world. We have jobs, bills to pay, hobbies, families, groceries, laundry, and friends. We barely have time to sit down and catch our breath! AND YET! You show up each week, on time, prepared, and ready to love on kids in your tribe. The kids don’t know what you are doing each week to be able to spend that hour with... Read More
Doing Big Things By Passing The Torch

Doing Big Things By Passing The Torch

How do you define success in leadership? Is it by how many kids are in your ministry? How about the volunteers? Do you measure success by how much you do each week? What if you measured success by what you didn’t do? That feels weird to say and makes me feel lazy, how about you? Personally, I spent most of my first years in leadership thinking that it was my job to do everything and that everyone knew it! How would anyone know I was THE leader if I wasn’t doing everything? Bless my poor,... Read More
Orange Strategy: A Primer On Where To Start

Orange Strategy: A Primer On Where To Start

by Leslie Galema The age-old Orange family ministry question is: “Where do I begin? With my team or with parents?” Strategy is the name of the game . . . but it is hard to know where to start! Not only are you asking yourself where to begin, you are also staring at your computer screen looking at online materials and wondering how this will all work on Sunday mornings. Oh friend, we have ALL been there! Take a deep breath, and grab a pencil and paper, and let’s make a list! The thing... Read More
Delegating To The Natural Leaders Around You

Delegating To The Natural Leaders Around You

by Leslie Galema  If you are like me, it can be hard to ask for help. I don’t like to appear weak and incapable, so my theory used to be, if I do everything then nobody will see what I mess up! Five years ago, I was leading a growing kids ministry at a church plant, raising three small children and trying to finish up some college classes when I recruited myself to repaint all of our kid’s classrooms. I was at the church late one night with my children. One was coloring, one was... Read More
There Will Be Giants—Keep Going!

There Will Be Giants—Keep Going!

by Leslie Galema I invite you back in time to a just a few years ago when I was peaking in the coward department. I was a nervous wreck! I was afraid that I had missed my calling, that I had misunderstood God and that there was no room for someone like me in ministry. That was fear. Fear is a dirty rotten, no good scoundrel. Fear whispers in our ears, “Who do you think YOU are to speak with any authority on God’s Word?” Fear was right! Who was I? I spent most days laying on my couch feeling... Read More