Measuring Success on Social Media

Measuring Success on Social Media

Social media. Two words you hear a lot about on this blog. And for good reason. We believe in the importance of effective social strategy and leveraging these tools to make a difference in your ministries and in the lives of the families in your church. So, we’re going to keep talking about it—as should you! But if we’re not careful, it can become a lot of talk . . . and that’s it. At some point, we have to take a calculated step back and determine how we are measuring our... Read More
Three Keys for Finding Great Volunteers

Three Keys for Finding Great Volunteers

We’re all in need of volunteers. If we’re going to build a great student ministry—the one that we believe God wants us to build—we’re not going to be able to do it alone. We’re going to have to find great people to help. In fact, I would argue that your student ministry will rise and fall based on the quality of your volunteer team. And that’s because a great ministry is more than just a great building, a great budget, or a great strategy. Great volunteers make great ministries. Great... Read More
What’s so Great about Orange?

What’s so Great about Orange?

“What’s so great about Orange? What makes you unique?”   It’s a question we get almost daily. Admittedly, I am a bit biased, but after over 20 years in ministry, and after talking to thousands of leaders in all those years, I am always confident in the answers I give. Different leaders have different elements that appeal to them based on their particular ministry needs and personal preferences. This is a variety of those pieces that come together to make us a truly unique choice:... Read More
What Facebook Knows that Churches Don’t

What Facebook Knows that Churches Don’t

In early January, Mark Zuckerburg made an important announcement regarding changes to the Facebook Newsfeed:  “We’re making a major change to how we build Facebook.  I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.” According to Zuckerburg and the Facebook team, “public content is crowding out the personal moments.”  Memes and viral videos are getting in the way of relationships.  ... Read More
Spring Cleaning Your Calendar

Spring Cleaning Your Calendar

December and January were really fun months. Not only was there lots to celebrate with Christmas and New Years, but it was also a great opportunity to dream big and write down some goals on your calendar. As fun as those months are, it is now March. Although warmer weather and spring is almost here, the reality is that we might find ourselves either clinging on to our fading resolutions or back into some old ruts that keep us tied down. It’s not necessarily a great place to be in.  So how do... Read More