Engaging the Space Between Us

Engaging the Space Between Us

To say that 2020 has been quite a year is an understatement—pandemics, social tension, and natural disasters have been the norm. And as if all that wasn’t enough to make this year one for the record books, we have a presidential election coming in November.  In an already tense year, the battle between Biden and Trump seems to be the icing on the proverbial dry and inedible cake. The good news is, though, we can absolutely survive it. Even better, it’s possible our relationships can come out... Read More
4 Ways to Lead Better Meetings at Your Church

4 Ways to Lead Better Meetings at Your Church

It’s a new day! You’ve got a fresh cup of coffee in hand—in your favorite Orange mug, of course—and you sit down to look at your agenda and plan out your day. What do you see staring back at you? That’s right. It’s that dreaded seven-letter word . . . all. over. your. calendar: Meeting. Even seeing the word gives me that sinking feeling! Why is that? Why do meetings fill us with such stress and anxiety, just by their sheer existence on a page? Even before we’ve gone to the meeting to see what... Read More
4 Myths about Foster Care

4 Myths about Foster Care

When I say the words foster care, I imagine a number of thoughts race through your head. You’ve heard stories. You know someone who knew someone. You’ve even seen it in movies and television. Foster care is an easy topic to form opinions about, but it wasn’t until I actually began the process of fostering kids that I realized how little I knew about it. Foster care is a messy (and necessary) business. But it’s the kind of messy reality that we can’t afford to ignore or be ignorant... Read More
4 Reasons Why The MVP Box Volunteer Kickoff Event is Indispensable

4 Reasons Why The MVP Box Volunteer Kickoff Event is Indispensable

Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of the MVP Box, especially the leader components like the Volunteer Kickoff event. While there are a plethora of reasons that I’m such a fan, the main reason is that I’m only one person. I don’t have the convenience of a staff writer, graphic arts designer, event planner, marketing developer, or volunteer trainer at my disposal. You can imagine the elation of opening up one volunteer kickoff folder to find that all of these resources are already prepared and... Read More
Your MVP in Ministry this Year

Your MVP in Ministry this Year

Because of COVID-19, we’re slightly changing how we do the MVP Box this year—and we’re calling this new vision MVP Solutions. It’s not ready yet, but you can sign up for email updates here. Every year, we share a lot of big ideas at the Orange Conference and the Orange Tour. It’s always a great mix of inspirational and practical. Which is likely why for years church leaders asked us how we could re-package the experience for them to take back to their church. Not every church... Read More