The Important Role Self-Awareness Plays In Leadership

The Important Role Self-Awareness Plays In Leadership

What is the toughest question you’ve ever had to answer, and who asked it? Given that somehow you made your way to this exceptional community called Orange Leaders, I automatically know a few things about you: I know that you study leadership. More than likely you read leadership books, listen to leadership podcasts, and attend leadership conferences, such as Orange Conference or Rethink Leadership. I know that you desire to personally grow in your ability to lead others and your organization... Read More
How To Stop Negative Self-Talk

How To Stop Negative Self-Talk

by Ryan Reed Ever receive one of the billion Internet memes floating in cyberspace? Ever let out a sigh when you receive a text from that kid, open it, and discover that you just got meme’d by an angry cat or a one second repeating loop from a 1960s sitcom? Of course you have, because you serve as a family ministry leader! Another phrase for “family ministry leadership” should be “meme receptor.” We serve a generation who loves making, finding, and sending memes,... Read More
How To Make Fun A Team Value

How To Make Fun A Team Value

by Ryan Reed Ever drive a boat? How about a big boat? Say, a ferry boat? Full of people? In the San Francisco Bay? Without a license? I did. All because my supervisor thought it would be fun! “What?!” Now, that would be an appropriate reaction to learning that a youth pastor piloted a commuter ferry with over 300 people traveling home from San Francisco. And I am sure that if those people knew, then they would have said a few more words than just “What!?” It happened after a day of staff... Read More
Paddle With Your Head Up

Paddle With Your Head Up

by Ryan Reed As a ministry leader, one of the questions that you must consistently ask yourself is: In what direction am I moving? Recently, a good friend and I headed for the waters of Santa Cruz, California, to surf. On this particular day, the swell came from the south and brought us a steady supply of beautiful, tight sets—great waves for novice and experienced surfers, alike! My friend and I positioned ourselves into the line-up, alongside of several dozen other guys out there, and... Read More
3 Keys To Earning Trust With Parents

3 Keys To Earning Trust With Parents

by Ryan Reed Recently, I led two high school ministry events that kept students out past midnight. I broke the cardinal rule of student ministry. Both events started late in the evening—both concerts, both explicitly Christian. Afterward, one of my high school group leaders approached me and asked, “How did you get away with this?” To which I responded, “I didn’t just get away with it. For four years, I have been working tirelessly to earn the respect and trust of... Read More