Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

I married my high school sweetheart. Frank was the lead guitarist in a local band, two years older than I, a rebel with a cause, and he was hopelessly in love with me. The good news…I felt the same. I was smitten, and at the age of nineteen I stood before God, friends, and family and promised to love him forever. I always have and I always will, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t experienced bumps along the way. As I mentioned, we were practically kids when we recited our vows. We literally grew... Read More
Planning a Personal Retreat

Planning a Personal Retreat

You likely read that title and felt one of four emotions: Curiosity, excitement, skepticism or the universal, “Yeah, right!” But guess what? Personal retreats are not a myth, not only available to the rich and famous, and not a luxury. They should be an important part of your life. Here’s why you should make them a priority: Personal retreats provide clarity. They allow you to put some space between your regular environment and routine, which gives you a fresh perspective for problem-solving,... Read More
5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

The start of a new school year usually means the start of new small groups, the start of soccer games, the start of PTA meetings, and the start of a busy season for parents. This is a perfect time to reactivate parents, so kids at every phase will stay connected to them. Regardless of how much a church learns about life stages, parents know things no one else knows about their own children. That’s why parents have an advantage the church will never have related to the future of a child. A... Read More
Top Downloads on the Orange Leaders Audio Blog for June 2017

Top Downloads on the Orange Leaders Audio Blog for June 2017

Thank you for listening to the Orange Leaders Audio Blog last month! June 2017 was our second highest month for downloads, and we are grateful you are finding the content helpful and engaging. Special thanks to those of you who have rated and reviewed the podcast on iTunes, specifically, CJones, Jeremiah Chapman, and BjornBeOnIt. Ratings and reviews help iTunes put the Orange Leaders Audio Blog in front of leaders like you who are impacting the faith of the next generation. I think you’ll... Read More
The Biggest Mistakes Churches Make on Social Media

The Biggest Mistakes Churches Make on Social Media

Mistakes happen on social media every day—from autocorrect typos to epic fails. Social media changes so quickly it’s difficult not to occasionally mess it up. However, there are some common mistakes that churches make on social media that can be avoided. Here are a few of these errors and how to fix them. Only Talking About Themselves Imagine social media is a party. Everyone is gathered together, engaged in various, noisy conversations. Imagine someone at that party standing loudly shouting... Read More