Transitioning To An Orange Strategy In A Denominational Setting

Transitioning To An Orange Strategy In A Denominational Setting

Working with kids and families in denominational churches can create unique challenges. I often hear phrases such as, “I loved this when I was a kid,” and “This is what makes the (insert your denomination) program for kids so unique and important.” As rich and important as some of our denominational traditions are, they can also prevent us from making the changes necessary to influence the lives of young people. When we look at moving from a denominational curriculum or strategy to adopting an... Read More
The Rhythm of Sabbatical

The Rhythm of Sabbatical

Jesus could have done more. Have you considered those who were not healed, those who did not get to hear the voice of their Savior firsthand or those who wanted a more thorough explanation of His teachings? If Jesus had only worked more hours, worked seven days each week or done a little more to delay His death so that He had more time doing ministry. Of course, thoughts such as these seem absurd. Yet, how often do we put ourselves through these kinds of thoughts in ministry? There is always... Read More
Creating Small Group Traditions for Any Phase

Creating Small Group Traditions for Any Phase

We all have traditions. Some we may dread, like visiting an eccentric aunt’s home every Thanksgiving. Others we may cherish, like making gingerbread cookies with our kids every Christmas. No matter our feelings toward the various traditions in our lives, each one contributes an important role in our sense of belonging and value. We know we are part of our family when we are part of our traditions. Similarly, our small groups can discover a deeper bond when we intentionally use traditions to... Read More
Discovering the Needs of Our Neighbors

Discovering the Needs of Our Neighbors

Serving our communities and being the best neighbors we can be should be a goal of every faith community. Being for our neighbors, however, is easier said than done at times. Over the past century our churches have gone from being the centers of their neighborhoods to hosting programs that pull people from much larger geographic regions. The average volunteer or visitor most likely drives past many churches on their way to yours. This means we find ourselves less connected to our immediate... Read More
How to Make Time When You Don’t Have It

How to Make Time When You Don’t Have It

Time. As leaders, it’s a precious resource. It seems to fly through our fingers, and before we know it, deadlines have passed and the hopes we have for our ministries must be compromised in order to be accomplished. We find ourselves in survival mode, doing ministry based on what need is most urgent. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if we could manipulate our calendar in order to create more time for our ministries? Not only is this possible, but it’s a crucial step for you as a... Read More