Responsibility Is NOT Genetic

Responsibility Is NOT Genetic

The following is adapted from Intentional Parenting, by Doug and Cathy Fields. Parents want to raise kids who grow up to become self-sufficient, responsible adults. You’ve probably never met a mom or dad who says, “I really hope my kids live with me until they’re 40.” So, why are so many kids these days so irresponsible? What can parents do to raise independent self-starters? And what can you, as a leader, do to help them? (More on that later.) But first . . . Let’s consider a few examples of... Read More
What’s so Great about Orange?

What’s so Great about Orange?

“What’s so great about Orange? What makes you unique?”   It’s a question we get almost daily. Admittedly, I am a bit biased, but after over 20 years in ministry, and after talking to thousands of leaders in all those years, I am always confident in the answers I give. Different leaders have different elements that appeal to them based on their particular ministry needs and personal preferences. This is a variety of those pieces that come together to make us a truly unique choice:... Read More
Creating a Rhythm All Week Long

Creating a Rhythm All Week Long

Do you remember the opening scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? He’s rushing down the hallway of his house, moving through his morning routine, when he looks at the camera and says: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” That’s impressive insight from a high school boy.  After all, what parent hasn’t felt this way about their pace from time to time?  When my son was born, a friend told me these would be the longest and shortest days of my... Read More
Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

We have all heard of the phrase, “information overload,” and I am 99.9 percent sure that each of us have experienced it. In fact, this post just might fall victim to a rapid delete from your inbox simply because you have just had too much “adulting” today! I hate to break it to you but this problem will continually get worse. Pew Research Center survey says, one in three teenagers send more than 100 texts a day. Go ahead, take a few minutes and look at your phone and see what your magic number... Read More
The 3 Elements of Every Phase

The 3 Elements of Every Phase

Every phase is crucial. Every phase has its own: 1. Significant Relationships. The significant relationships in a child’s life include parents, small group leaders, decision makers, first cousins, and senior pastors. If you gain influence in a kid’s life now, you stand a better chance of having influence with them later when it matters even more. That’s why every phase of a kid’s life gives your church a new opportunity to connect kids to a significant relationship. Remember,... Read More