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
Storytelling at Your Church This Christmas

Storytelling at Your Church This Christmas

What would Christmas be without great stories? Rudolph, the Grinch, and A Christmas Carol are just a few of the many beloved fictional yuletide tales. However, Christmas is also a prime opportunity for your church to feature a few true stories from around your congregation and community. Remember, when Charlie Brown was having some holiday doubts, Linus didn’t preach a sermon. He didn’t invite his friend to an event. Or tell him about a great podcast he should listen to. No, Linus told a... Read More
Creating a Community on Social Media

Creating a Community on Social Media

Hopefully you’re aware by now that a church is not building. A church is a community of people joined together in a common cause. The same can be said of social media. Social media is not truly about apps and websites. Those are just tools that bring people together to engage and communicate. Those who use social media the most effectively know this. They have created or joined a larger community of people that just happens to chat online. Here are a few ways that your church can take... Read More
The 5 Best Uses of Facebook Live at Your Church

The 5 Best Uses of Facebook Live at Your Church

Facebook introduced live streaming on their platform in August 2015. Facebook Live wasn’t the first live video option on social media—others like Periscope and Meerkat came before. But it did introduce the feature to a wider, more established audience. Since then, Facebook Live has become the industry standard for live social video streaming. One in five videos on Facebook is now being broadcast live. And live videos are watched three times longer than pre-recorded videos. This gives live... Read More
Using Instagram Stories to Tell Your Church’s Story

Using Instagram Stories to Tell Your Church’s Story

In August 2016, Instagram introduced a new feature called Instagram Stories. Some people viewed this as no more than a copy of Snapchat. However, less than a year later, Instagram Stories has already surpassed Snapchat, with more than 200 million daily users. The explosive growth of both Instagram Stories and Snapchat (not to mention the recent advent of Facebook Stories) marks a major shift in social media. Users seem to be more interested in more immediate and personal content. Instagram... Read More