As a church leader, you have the opportunity to reactivate parents as their kids grow so that kids at every phase will stay connected to their parents. Your role is to remind parents at every phase to keep parenting with the end in mind. Because parents are not really raising children; they’re raising adults.
The age-old Orange family ministry question is: “Where do I begin? With my team or with parents?” Strategy is the name of the game . . . but it is hard to know where to start!
A New Year and a new job not only holds hopeful expectations, but they both require planning and goal setting to reach that desired outcome. If you want to be successful in any church position, here are four things you should do.
Whether you have a thriving marriage ministry or it’s just at the visualizing stage, setting realistic goals for the coming year will help you help others. Here are a couple of principles to consider.
Everyone is talking about the progress they’re making on their New Year’s resolutions. And here you are—in the middle of your ministry year, just holding on for dear life. It’s the start of a new year, but you may already feel exhausted, frustrated, discouraged, and burned out. If you’re not feeling these yet, you will at some point in your ministry career. These are the challenges I’m hearing over and over from church leaders. Too many tasks on the list. Too few workers to...
2 Peter 1:5-8 lists seven characteristics for self-evaluation. Let’s take a look at each one. We’ll provide greater clarity by adding phrases used in The Message, highlight a few things you might want to consider in your own self-evaluation, and offer tools to aid in your growth
As ministry leaders, we’re naturally goal-driven. The new year gives us the opportunity to check our spirit and our teams and make sure we’re making the most of the resources we have around us.
A new year brings so many things. The biggest is an opportunity to remind the people you lead about the mission, vision and values you pursue as a ministry on an everyday basis.
Before we get to next year, we wanted to celebrate the top blog posts from Orange Leaders during 2019. We published about 150 different posts during the year and here are the top 10, based on the number of views by readers like you.
“They came and they went, but will they return?” Well, that depends on what we do between now and then.
As you return to work, don’t miss your opportunity to do something this week that you couldn’t do in the weeks leading up to Christmas and you won’t be able to do once the New Year hits.
Despite everything around them, and around us, the story of Christmas is clear, and I believe John said it best when he wrote:
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. – 1 John 5:11
The holidays are here and so are new families. As a ministry, we want to help our families meet people, add experiences, prioritize time, identify needs, and talk together.
Social media is the place where all the world’s a stage and you—a grown adult—find yourself playing understudy to the next generation. Hey, we get it. As soon as you get a grasp on Facebook or Instagram they announce another big change. And new social media platforms are popping up all the time.
You might be tempted to just stay away from social media, but then you’d miss out on some big opportunities for connection.
December is busy! And along with that busy you will find yourself asking more from your already very busy volunteers. So, how do we navigate the tension of serving our volunteers well during Christmas and yet desperately needing them to serve? Here are a few ideas:
Bad hiring decisions can devastate churches. In fact, bad hires have started many churches down the path of plateau and decline.
People open up when they feel like they’re in a safe place. And the people who have landed in the safe place you provide are probably a lot like the ones who have landed in mine.
Thankfully, I learned from the situation, and became a vision-casting cheerleader—sharing the vision that God continued to lay on my heart so that the people inside our church could be just as excited about how we were going to reach families outside our church.
A new position doesn’t remove resistance. It does mean you’ve been afforded an opportunity to make a greater impact, and even more importantly, it means you have to step up to the plate, increase your capacity, and lead better. Over the years, I’ve discovered a three-step process to help navigate those early days of a new position.
When we allow children to have a creative voice in how we celebrate the holidays, we let them exercise the gifts and talents given to them by our precious Abba God. And we let them actively participate in the very heritage of faith and love they will then pass on to their children.