You’ve probably heard all about this Covid-19 thing that’s happening around the world. That’s why the entire Orange team has been hard at work preparing lots of content and resources to help you and your church get through this time.
Every kid is unique and special to their parent, but here’s what we miss sometimes: As church leaders, we tend to focus on what we can do for someone with a special need and overlook the unique gifts and talents they bring to a church.
We all want volunteers who are not only prepared, but also empowered and excited to engage with the few kids and teenagers God has entrusted to them every week. But let’s face it: Your leaders also have schoolwork, jobs, kids of their own, and/or other volunteer commitments.
With measures like social distancing, school and church closures, and even mandatory quarantines for segments of our populations, we are realizing just how important, necessary, beautiful, and life-giving real connection is.
You might not have the weekly gathering in a building like you used to, but you still have a small group of students who need encouragement and connection when everything about their world has changed.
If you’re a leader (which we’re willing to bet you are), you’ll eventually lead through change. Change is inevitable. Without it, your church can become stagnant, lose influence, or become irrelevant.
That’s where your volunteers come into play—specifically your small group leaders. And you expect your volunteers to engage with kids every week. You work hard to make sure your volunteers know how to engage kids in conversations about faith.
Loyal staff members are the people who make the church tick. They’re the ones who make all the behind-the-scenes magic happen—the stuff very few people in the congregation ever see.
As we think about OC20, we recognize we can’t recreate what happens when thousands of us are together in the same room. But we believe there are some opportunities for even more.
It takes so much more than four walls and a pastor—or four campuses and a fully-staffed team—for the message of the Gospel to reach your community.
Ask anyone who’s attempted to bring about difficult change, whether in their own lives or in the life of an organization, and you’ll learn something: we are often most tempted to quit or give up moments before a critical breakthrough.
Have you ever had one of those insightful moments that change the way you approach a topic in your ministry? I did just last year when I spoke with the volunteers in our student and children’s ministry about sexual integrity.
I’ll not soon forget December 12, 2002. That was the night the much-hyped high school basketball phenom LeBron James made his ESPN national television debut. His unranked St Vincent-St Mary (OH) High School basketball team played the top-ranked team in the country, Oak Hill Academy (VA). From the game’s opening tip, you could look at LeBron and know there was something different about this young man. He was unique. There was a level of skill and maturity to his game. He was head-and-shoulders...
Small groups are great. And then the people show up. It might not become apparent on that first, exciting night. But at some point, you will hit a wall of tensions and challenges that no amount of prayer, training, or biblical study can prepare you for.
In churches, volunteers are the lifeblood of any ministry. We literally can’t do without them. So it’s pretty important that we take good care of them. We want both them and the people they serve to have lots of wins.
Over time, I learned that those two words, statistics and diversity, can actually be powerful when used for our marching orders—the Great Commission and the commandment to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
If we lead the next generation to love and serve others, their faith will move in a positive direction. If we don’t, their faith will become shallow and superficial. Not only does loving God affect how we love others, but loving others affects how we love God.
Conferences are amazing opportunities for church leaders. Not only are they great experiences for you to learn new insights and be reminded of why you do what you do, but you get to connect with a variety of different people and be inspired by the stories of what can be for your ministry.
Our world is diversifying and evolving. Churches that choose not to evolve along with it risk falling behind. Part of this evolution is a diversification of our audience. So how to we strive to effectively communicate with a diverse group?
If we are going to reach the next generation for Christ, we must understand that their social outlook is wider than our generation. We must be willing to capture their attention quickly, answer their questions purposefully and succinctly, and then present the grace of the gospel with language that doesn’t require biblical knowledge.