Developing a “Be Present” Mindset

Developing a “Be Present” Mindset

For those of us working to create a Lead Small culture, we understand the power of being present for a few. We encourage small group leaders to show up predictably, mentally and randomly. And while checklists and goals are very helpful in that training, what we really want is for them to understand the “why” behind this big idea. It’s great to show up at games, concerts, award ceremonies and the like, but being present is more than just showing up. It’s allowing your few to have a front-row... Read More
How to Answer High Schooler’s Biggest Questions With Action

How to Answer High Schooler’s Biggest Questions With Action

Would you believe that the teen checking their phone during small group or strolling in late to your service has some questions stirring inside? We’re not talking about “how many people will respond to my latest snap?” kind of questions. We mean big, deep, questions. Questions whose answers can literally change the course of a teen’s life. Problems that demand to be solved, and ultimately will be—either by a teen’s own inner voice, their peers, or maybe even you. Related Resource: Playing for... Read More
Does Anyone Love Monday?

Does Anyone Love Monday?

Does anyone love Monday? I typically roll out of bed to the sound of a 4-year-old begging to play on my smartphone while eating Lucky Charms® (the marshmallows anyway). She likes shiny new technology and sugar. Preschoolers and middle schoolers. They are like the same thing. After sending the big kids off to school and dropping the littlest one off at preschool, I hit up Starbucks on my way into the church office. A freshly brewed dark roast always makes Monday SO MUCH BETTER. Are you with me... 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
Kids Need Love (Over Time)

Kids Need Love (Over Time)

Maybe we didn’t always wipe our wet, filthy feet before entering the house, but you loved us anyway. Thanks for the fun celebrations after countless graduations. During many moments of utter sadness, your bony shoulder was a major comfort as tears dripped from our tired eyes. Your kind words and generous acts of kindness did not go unnoticed during the best sleepovers at your house. The discipline hurt in the moment, but I sure needed it after almost burning the woods down behind our house. We... Read More