Three Essential Ways To Identify God’s Vision

Three Essential Ways To Identify God’s Vision

You have them all the time. Week in and week out you dream, plan, create and execute. But at the end of the day, when everyone goes home, when the “atta’ boys” wear off . . . how do you know the difference between a vision that God has given you versus simply a good idea you came up with? God created and gave us our abilities, so is it possible to have ideas that are good but not aligned with Him? Here are three essential ways to identify when an idea is a God-given vision instead of just... Read More
Is it Possible to Find Balance Between Your Job and Your Personal Life?

Is it Possible to Find Balance Between Your Job and Your Personal Life?

The balance between our work and our personal lives will always be what Andy Stanley calls a “tension to manage.” We need to strive for balance, but we will never fully find it. What we can do, is be as intentional as possible in fighting for this balance. It’s in this daily fight that we can discover how to manage the tension appropriately. Here are three ways we can fight for balance between our work and our personal lives. Fight for balance by giving yourself permission to say... Read More
5 Ways To Know If Small Groups Are Working

5 Ways To Know If Small Groups Are Working

Having a strategy and a plan is important. Even more important is being able to measure if your strategy is working! For my team and me, one of the best places we can measure to see if the Orange Strategy is having an impact is in our Small Groups. We fully identify with the benefit of “putting a trusted adult in the life of children BEFORE they need them, so they will be there when they need them.” Here are five ways you can tell if Small Groups are working for you! Parents respond to their... Read More
Five Ministry Instruments You Should Be Measuring

Five Ministry Instruments You Should Be Measuring

The altimeter, the airspeed indicator, the vertical speed indicator, and the heading indicator. Ask any pilot and they will tell you flying without these instruments, or worse, ignoring what these instruments are telling you would be a recipe for disaster. As a leader in ministry you also have a “dashboard” of instruments worth paying attention to. Without the readings from these vital ministry instruments, you run a high risk of heading right into ineffectiveness, or worse, disaster. Here are... Read More
The Blessings of Service—for Others and You!

The Blessings of Service—for Others and You!

Serving others is a foundational principle that Jesus laid out for us many times during His ministry on Earth. For example, in Mark 10:45, Jesus told His disciples that He had come “not to be served but to serve others.” Following the example of Jesus, we know that serving others is innately “others” focused. However, serving does have benefits to the person that is actually doing the serving. Here are four ways that serving others can actually benefit you. Serving is life-giving.... Read More