The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

Let’s start by being honest. Improving the way you mobilize teens to serve in your church probably isn’t on your list of things to do this week. Or if it is, it’s right below “fix the broken urinal handle in the men’s restroom” on your task list. Mobilizing teens just doesn’t feel like a pressing issue. But what if mobilizing teenagers is a bigger deal than we think? What if it has a greater long-term impact on our students and our church than we give it credit? The truth is, mobilizing... Read More
35 Reasons My Middle Schooler Might Be Freaking Out

35 Reasons My Middle Schooler Might Be Freaking Out

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. I recently stumbled across Jason Good’s 46 Reasons My Three-Year-Old Might Be Freaking Out. His socks are on wrong. His lip tastes salty. His shirt has a tag on it. The car seat is weird. . . (Read the rest of the list on Jason’s blog.) The first thing I thought when I read the list was how much I wanted to share it with anyone I know who has a preschooler. Because let’s be honest,... Read More
Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

My husband once volunteered for a team at a church we attended that meant he had to spend long hours at church. When big events would come up it would mean that he spent entire weekends prepping for it—weekends that took him away from his family. I remember being so angry that the leader of this team expected so much from my husband and his team but never showed up to cheer them on. While this leader was enjoying his weekend with his family, his team of unpaid volunteers were at the church... Read More
Leaving Well

Leaving Well

“So long. Farewell. Auf Wiedersehen. Goodbye.” If you haven’t said these words recently to an employer, give or take the German, you’ll likely say them before too long. Changing jobs is now a part of life. It’s inevitable. When, not if. In fact, you’ve probably heard, or have your own horror story. Those are the ones that spread, and are only funny if they don’t happen to you—either on the receiving or giving end. But if you’re reading this blog, you’re likely the type of person who wants to... Read More
Starting with Strong Leadership

Starting with Strong Leadership

Though someone will likely have the title of pastor, churches that move from launch to momentum must have strong leadership, and that begins with the church planter. In fact, if pushed to prioritize what these new churches need most, I would select a leader, then a preacher (a capable teacher), and then a pastor (the caring shepherd), in that order. Leadership is a gift. It’s among the spiritual gifts listed in Scripture: “If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility... Read More