Busy is the new Fine

by Jeff Shinabarger So, how are things going? Busy. This is the new common question and answer from me, from friends, from colleagues, from everyone. The common response in the past is to be fine, but now everything is busy. At some point, there was a transitional response that happened from fine to busy. There has been a cultural shift that defined busy was a better term than fine. I think it is a shift in translation that happened in the last three years, since the economy has been hindered.... Read More

What to do Once a School says "YES" to Partnership!

by Sarah Lee and Ronda Malin Last week, Sarah and Ronda wrote about how to gain a partnership with a local church. This week, they talk about what to do once a partnership is established. Once you have created a partnership with your local school and they have welcomed you to produce a School XP, your opportunity has started! The link to the School XP resources through 252 Basics (coming August 1) will provide you with everything to produce an engaging assembly. You’ll find the production... Read More

Different Drummer, Disney and Orange!

Recently, our friends at Different Drummer offered two of us Orange staffers a unique opportunity to spend time at Walt Disney Animation Studios with a group of amazing women in ministry from churches all across the country. These women had a variety of Orange experience, ranging from none to some to thinking Orange, which made for a lot of fun discussion. During our two-day visit, we were asked, “What is Orange?” many times. And every time we gave our answer, we would receive a... Read More

Improve Yourself for Free!

We know that you lead in several ways at any given time. You lead yourself, you lead volunteers, you might lead a staff, and you often lead up. Now through June 30, YouLead is offering two free months of curriculum for new sign-ups. YouLead is a structured leadership plan for you and your team. Each week, you’ll find resources for your personal leadership development that take 20 minutes or less. Additionally, each month, you’ll find a structured plan to connect with your volunteers in an... Read More

From Customer Service to Parenting, A Leader's Reading List

Last week we asked you for reading lists—lifetime reading lists, “the best of” reading lists, summer reading lists, etc. Fred Schmitt of Mount Gilead Christian Church in Mooresville, Ind., sent an impressive list of books ranging from customer service to parenting. Be Our Guest: Perfecting the art of customer service (Disney Institute) The Art of the Start (Guy Kawasaki) Surprised By Hope (N.T. Wright) Making Ideas Happen (Scott Belsky) Spiritual Parenting (Michelle Anthony) You can connect... Read More