How You Can Make Your Goals Happen This Year

How You Can Make Your Goals Happen This Year

I don’t really believe in resolutions. Which is stressful because when January rolls around—every New Year—I feel so much pressure to conform to the trend. It’s not that I don’t think evaluating your habits is a good thing . . . I do! But let’s be honest, most resolutions are not successful in part because there is no clear strategy in place to achieve them. What I do think January is a great time for is goal setting. Even though January is the halfway point for family ministry, using this... Read More
4 Things Volunteering At OC15 Will Teach You

4 Things Volunteering At OC15 Will Teach You

This year will be my ninth Orange Conference. When I leave the conference each year, I am changed, encouraged, recharged and ready to get going “back at the ranch.” Last year, I decided to volunteer, and I started realizing that The Orange Conference isn’t ONLY amazing session after session but it’s actually a volunteer training on steroids! You see, as leaders we go home and will inevitably hold a volunteer training for our teams. It is always hard to know how to make... Read More
What Does It Mean To Reactivate The Family?

What Does It Mean To Reactivate The Family?

Reactivate the Family: Enlist parents to act as partners in the spiritual formation of their own children. When you think about the word family, it’s typically a concept that is universally embraced as something to believe in. However, when that unit is broken down and we consider our confidence in parents, the optimism dwindles. If you really want to partner with families, you have to choose to act on the potential that every parent has. Reactivating the family simply means helping parents... Read More
Being Community

Being Community

This picture may not look like much to you, but it’s a dream come true. In Bungoma, Kenya, a kitchen is being built at a school – a kitchen that will provide a safe place to cook meals for children and their families in this remote and desperately poor village near the Ugandan border. Currently, a metal shed is being used as the kitchen. With little ventilation, the shed is an oppressive hotbox for all who work there. It’s a miracle anything can be done in it, but the people smile... Read More
OC15 Breakouts—Registration opens today!

OC15 Breakouts—Registration opens today!

We know most days in ministry are perfect. Skies are blue. Volunteers are happy and engaged. Senior leadership literally gives you a pat on the back. And Tuesdays are marked by ice cream sundaes with no calories or fat. It’s awesome to be in ministry! But there are some days, maybe only a few mind you, where you feel like you don’t have the answers. Like you need a little help. Like Sunday is every other day of the week. And on those days you ask questions such as: How can we be better at... Read More