In a fast-paced world where our focus often gets pulled from one thing to the next, it can be easy to miss what’s happening beyond the walls of our churches and homes. But what if strategic service is one of the best ways to change the lives of those inside and outside our ministries? On this episode of The Pod, Brooklyn Lindsey unpacks what it looks like to unleash a love of serving in the kids, students, and parents in your ministry. Then Darren Kizer joins us to discuss Orange’s For Our Neighbors initiative and share ideas for how churches can look for ways to serve their communities.
Welcome to Episode 59 of the Think Orange Podcast.
Brooklyn Lindsey talks about leveraging strategic service as a discipleship opportunity (7:27)
A love for serving is forged in meaningful relationships (9:13)
Unleashing a love for serving requires consistent coaching (11:11)
Providing easily accessible service opportunities for families and friends to serve together (13:03)
It doesn’t matter how you start serving, it’s just important that you do (16:43)
Interview with Darren Kizer (18:41)
Being for our neighbors is about elevating strategic service, giving families opportunities to serve together, and helping underserved communities (19:41)
A local church can be for its neighbors by thinking beyond what happens onsite over the weekends and looking for ways to help outside their walls (20:23)
Watching for themes of where needs may be in a community (22:51)
Explanation of the nonprofit For Our Neighbors and High School Exchange (25:01)
Serving increases self-awareness (29:11)
Dave and Ashley’s final thoughts (32:07)
People, Places & Helpful Resources
Blog: Orange Leaders – a blog with strategies, tips and ideas from leaders influencing the faith and character of the next generation
Darren is passionate about training family ministry leaders through his role at Orange, and his organization 1Semester, which allows family ministry staff, interns, and volunteers to earn graduate credits. As the Executive Family Pastor at Parker Hill Community Church, he led staff and volunteer teams at three campuses. His journey has included milestones as a camp director, wilderness leadership director, and earning a Doctorate focused on volunteerism, family ministry, and leadership. He’s the author of The Volunteer Project: Stop Recruiting. Start Retaining. His life is fulfilled through time with his wife Becky, and college-age kids, Brynn and Tucker.
Brooklyn recently founded The Justice Movement, a church youth movement that helps teenagers help others. Her priority is to inspire and resource youth to break cycles of poverty through faith in action. An ordained pastor, Brooklyn has served in full-time youth ministry for the last 16 years, authored numerous books, contributes and communicates for Orange Leaders, and speaks at camps and conferences. She, her husband Coy, and daughters Kirra and Mya live in Lakeland, FL where they like being outside, playing with their dog, Marley.
Quotes from This Episode
Ideas to Influence the Next Generation
An excerpt below from Reggie Joiner’s Sometimes It Takes a Party. You can get your own copy of the entire e-book at starttheparty.org.
So here’s my question.
What have you done lately that you didn’t have to do?
I know firsthand it’s easy to go through the motions and get really busy with whatever you have to do. And how what you have to do can become your best excuse for not doing what you don’t have to do. I recently decided I was so busy I needed to volunteer more. I started spending several days each month working in a small rural town. It’s amazing how just showing up and serving people living in a different world than mine can teach me so much about life and love. I’ve added twenty new contacts to my cell phone that weren’t there a year ago, and I talk to someone in that town almost every day.
Now, suddenly I care
that DQ is closing at 8:45 p.m. instead of 9:30 p.m.
who is singing at the Wiggle and Twist Festival.
if church is going to let out in time for me to get a table at Doc’s restaurant.
how many newspapers the Johnson County Journal is printing.
when it’s forecasted to rain because of how it affects the farms.
who is expecting a baby and who just went to the hospital.
which houses are going up for sale.
where kids and teenagers are going to church.
who is on the board of education.
It’s interesting to me that I care about things I wasn’t concerned about a year ago.
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, that’s where your heart is.” In other words, when you invest in someone, your heart follows. Don’t confuse the order. Don’t wait until your heart changes to make an investment. Invest in someone so your heart will change.
Do you want to change your heart about somebody you dislike?
Serve them when you don’t have to serve them.
Do you care that you stopped caring, and you want to care again?
Do something you don’t have to do.
Conversation Starters For Your Church
What would people outside of our church say we are for?
What are some ideas we could implement to provide families opportunities to serve together?
What themes do we see of needs those in our community face? How could we partner with other local nonprofits and groups to meet those needs?
When he’s not working as a pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Dave is usually making his family cross their arms, roll their eyes, and tap their feet while he takes “just one more quick photo” on family outings. You’ll also often find him up to his neck in “Jewish stuff” as he researches the cultural context of Jesus for his daily Instagram devotions. Learn more about Dave at daveadamson.tv.
Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
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