The Purpose of Fear in Authentic Leadership

The Purpose of Fear in Authentic Leadership

Leadership in ministry is not for the faint-hearted. We only need to look around us to witness the ravages of an unrelenting war on character, on relationships, on hearts and minds. Volumes have been written on building strong churches, growing high-capacity volunteer groups, and designing creative ministries that appeal to every age. Leadership books are quick to list tips for being more effective, more charismatic, more relevant, and more dynamic. But there is little offered to help those of... Read More
A Leader’s Top Priority This Busy Holiday Season

A Leader’s Top Priority This Busy Holiday Season

A few days ago while driving home, I could feel my blood pressure rise and my heart beat quicken when I heard the radio DJ announce that there was almost 30 days until Christmas. My mind started rattling off all the things my wife and I still need to do/start to do: gifts, decorations, Christmas cards, travel, parties, teacher gifts, and so much more. We’re so busy right now. How can I even think of adding more onto an already very full plate? For those of us in ministry leadership... Read More
3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid. Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life. Of course you now know that middle school drama, like everything else, won’t matter in a few short years. With the right approach you can help preteens focus on... Read More
Why Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

Why Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

I love movies. I love Broadway shows. I love books. Basically, I love a good story. But what I love even more is a when a good story is based on a true story. The Best Stories are True Stories Musicals like Hamilton, books like Unbroken, and movies like A League of Their Own, Hidden Figures, A Beautiful Mind, The King’s Speech, Selma, or Remember the Titans (I told you I liked movies) are all stories based on real life people.  And the people on the pages of these stories are heroes. They are... Read More
5 Ways Church Leaders Can Be More Effective Communicators

5 Ways Church Leaders Can Be More Effective Communicators

In one of our recent Orange staff meetings, our CEO Reggie Joiner pointed out five principles for how to communicate more effectively. I thought it might be worth sharing these principles with you since every church leader can afford to communicate better. 1. Say Less The Bible has about 800,000 words total—that’s a lot of words. For comparison, the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy plus The Hobbit has about 575,000 words total.  About a quarter of the Bible’s words land in the New Testament.... Read More