What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

by Jennifer Wilder New friends learn about each other by connecting through stories. One person shares a recent experience, which triggers a memory in the other person who recalls a similar situation, and voila! Bonds are created, familiarity grows, and we begin to know and be known. Through the email address, mystory@rethinkgroup.org, it is Orange’s aim to connect with you, learn from you, and get to know you. We want to hear how you are using Orange strategies, how your community is... Read More
Building A Foundation Of Change

Building A Foundation Of Change

Most people, if they are truly honest, would admit they don’t like change. They like the idea of change. They see the need for change, and deep down, desire to change at least one aspect of their life. They would love the result of a personal change, but the idea of going through a personal change sounds about as fun as volunteering for a middle school Lock-in. There is no doubt that change is hard. If it were easier, then . . . • The 70 percent of Americans who don’t like their job would get... Read More
How To Relationally Navigate Change

How To Relationally Navigate Change

by Joe McAlpine Names and places have been changed to protect those involved . . . but this is a true story. Tim was a children’s ministry lifer. He was creative, energetic, and full of passion. He was so excited when he got hired at First Christian Church to be their new children’s pastor. The church was thriving and growing at an amazing rate. The previous children’s pastor had done a great job building a team and a strong program but had been called to a different church to take on a new... Read More
Paddle With Your Head Up

Paddle With Your Head Up

by Ryan Reed As a ministry leader, one of the questions that you must consistently ask yourself is: In what direction am I moving? Recently, a good friend and I headed for the waters of Santa Cruz, California, to surf. On this particular day, the swell came from the south and brought us a steady supply of beautiful, tight sets—great waves for novice and experienced surfers, alike! My friend and I positioned ourselves into the line-up, alongside of several dozen other guys out there, and... Read More
The Recipe for Transforming Your Ministry into A Movement

The Recipe for Transforming Your Ministry into A Movement

by Kevin Jennings Finding and nurturing the first few followers is the key to every movement For any leader, one of the greatest desires (and rewards) is to see your team reciprocate your passion and purpose. We want to create more than another job or ministry. As leaders, we want a movement so the commitment to the mission will outlast us and the impact and influence of the work will outgrow us. In February 2010, successful entrepreneur Derek Sivers promised to show everyone how to start a... Read More