I Get It Now

I Get It Now

There’s something that changes when you see it for yourself. There’s a new sense in which we say “I get it now.” I’ve had many experiences like this in my life. The first time I walked into Neyland Stadium and witnessed over 100,000 fans cheering for the Tennessee Vols. The first time I walked the streets of Rome and really understood just how young America is. The first time I helped lead a friend to a relationship with Jesus. And it happened again, earlier this year at Orange Conference.... Read More
Making the Church Irresistible Again

Making the Church Irresistible Again

Once upon a time there was a version of our faith so dynamic it captured the attention and eventually the heart of the very empire responsible for crucifying our Lord. Once upon a time the church was irresistible. I believe the church can be irresistible again. I’m convinced that much of what makes the average church so resistible are the very things the church must resist. I’ve committed my life to helping the church and church leaders recapture irresistible. For that reason I’m launching a... Read More
Orange in Small Town, USA

Orange in Small Town, USA

As we look at the life of Jesus, we see that He thought the idea of meeting with a small group of people was important. We see Him taking the time to meet with people, in their homes—not necessarily people who were the “power-brokers” of His time, but people like us, the everyday people. If Jesus thought meeting with people in this way was important, well, we believe it is too. If we want an understanding of how to affect the next generation for Christ, we must not only understand “city kids”... Read More
Making One Hour Count

Making One Hour Count

I’m convinced that churches need help making what happens on the weekend matter more during the rest of the week. I’m convinced because I need help making what happens on the weekend matter more during the rest of the week! My husband and I recently planted a church. We have a children’s ministry, and hope to have a youth ministry someday. But right now, in this very moment, we aren’t able to offer a dedicated youth service or program to teenagers. It has us thinking about how we make that... Read More
Small Matters; Effective Change

Small Matters; Effective Change

by Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado, President and CEO of Compassion International If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself suffering from “cause fatigue.” Bring up your social media feed and you are bombarded by evils to combat, hungry children to feed, and disasters to respond to. There is no lack of causes we’re invited to join. This avalanche of needs and statistics can numb us, even inoculate us from caring. After all, how much can one person do? Maybe we’re asking the wrong question.... Read More