Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

The hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season doesn’t just pertain to shopping. Ministry work seems to get kicked up a notch between October and February. We have Fall Festivals, Hallelujah Nights, Trunk or Treats, Thanksgiving events, Christmas services, New Year’s services, and new families coming to jump-start their faith journeys this year. With all of these moments that are scrunched together by calendars, how we can make sure to protect our family time? Establish your family time early in... Read More
How to Lead Up and Introduce the Orange Strategy

How to Lead Up and Introduce the Orange Strategy

Orange Strategy places a strong belief and emphasis on several different things that all point to making a greater impact on the next generation. We believe and emphasize that kids and students need the voices of consistent adults to provide a safe space for them to explore their faith and how it intersects with their lives. We believe and emphasize that what we do for kids and students is more important than what we do for adults. And overall, we believe that two combined influences make a... Read More
What Square Pegs and Round Holes Have to do With Your Ministry

What Square Pegs and Round Holes Have to do With Your Ministry

There is nothing worse than trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. No matter how hard you push and pry it will not fit correctly. At this point there are two options: try to change the shape of the peg or put it in a different hole. Trying to change the shape of the peg, or person, can cause damage, disruption, and ultimately devalues the way they were created and the gifts that God gave them to use. Instead of reshaping the peg, there are moments when we must find a new hole for the... Read More
Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

When my kids were younger, at two times during the year, Christmas Break and Spring Break, we would go through all the closets and storage boxes of clothes and discard anything that no longer fit. Some of the items were still in good shape. Some of the items were worn out. Some of them came with funny stories and precious memories. And dare I say that some of them still had the tags on them (Shhhhh! Don’t tell!) For most items, none of that mattered. The only criteria was whether the item... Read More
What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

Honest moment: I hate difficult conversations! Difficult conversations keep me awake at night, make me second guess my leadership, make me worry about the person for days to follow, and push me into countless conversations with mentors about whether I’m doing the right thing. This is one part of leadership that if I never had to do again, it would be too soon. However, I recognize that those wishes are not only unrealistic but unhealthy. Loving leaders have hard conversations as we are... Read More