Frugality, Orange-style (part 2)

Yesterday I wrote about how to make 20 percent of your dollars contribute to 80 percent of your WOW factor. Here are a few more practical ideas that will help you spend wisely while creating a killer environment for your ministries. Watch several episodes of “Design on a Dime” to prime the creative pump. I know you think I’m joking, but really, you can become an expert at this at least in your own mind. My personal test of ability is if one person other than your spouse thinks you are good at... Read More

Frugality, Orange-style

In this economy where many churches are cutting budgets or delaying spending, I firmly believe when it comes to budgets sometimes less is more. I often describe our philosophy about environments by saying we get 80 percent of the WOW for 20 percent of the dollars. I confess our philosophy didn’t start out as a philosophy but rather a necessity. When creating our children and student environments, our budget was quite limited. Yet, while the budget reflected the limit of our financial... Read More

Staging a revolt

What songs, if they were removed from your worship music lineup, would cause the kids in your ministry to revolt? We’re looking for the favorites from preschoolers, children, and students. What songs do they light it up... Read More

Getting your team on the same page

So if getting people on the same page yields greater results than simply starting on a new page, how do you get your team on the same page? I’d love your thoughts and best practices, but here are a few we’ve learned over time: Meet together. You can’t be on the same page if you’re not in the same room. Put strategy on the table. Get agreement on more than mission – get agreement on strategy. Everyone agrees when it comes to mission in your church; it’s... Read More

The same page

We’re human. We’re tempted to believe that new is always better than same. Some of you are tempted right now to start a brand new page in your life. But today I want to change that up. A new church is not necessarily better than the same church, nor is new staff inherently better than who you’ve currently got, nor is a new job going to be inherently better than your current job. Here’s what I believe: Having a team on the same page is far better than simply starting on... Read More