7 Questions to Ask to Evaluate Yourself as a Church Leader

7 Questions to Ask to Evaluate Yourself as a Church Leader

Anyone who looks in a mirror finds a person looking back. The looking is easy. It’s what we see—and what we do about what we see—that matters. Of course, as pastors and church leaders, we’re after that metaphorical mirror—one that looks around and within, on a journey toward productive self-evaluation. And that’s a tall order. But if you want to be effective in your role, you have to keep growing and keep showing up for yourself, your family, and your congregation. Scripture Offers a Clear... Read More
5 Ways to Set Goals For Your Ministry This Year

5 Ways to Set Goals For Your Ministry This Year

January is right around the corner. And it’s time to set goals, right? Well, that’s what everyone tells us. Sure, the start of the year is a natural time to re-evaluate where we are and look forward to where we want to go. But the key isn’t just to set goals or resolutions for the sake of setting them. It’s not to take on a to-do list just because everyone else is or because we don’t want to feel like a slacker. As ministry leaders, we’re naturally goal-driven. The new year gives us the... Read More
5 Fresh Starts Every Pastor Can Look Forward To

5 Fresh Starts Every Pastor Can Look Forward To

The Christmas season has passed and a new year is upon us! Depending on what type of personality you may be, this will either bring a fresh round of excitement for the beginning of a new season of ministry, or it might bring some of those post-holiday blues that so many feel. Regardless of how you might be feeling right now, there is a huge opportunity in front of you as a leader. A new year brings so many things. The biggest is an opportunity to remind the people you lead about the mission,... Read More
The Top 10 Orange Leader Blog Posts of 2019

The Top 10 Orange Leader Blog Posts of 2019

What kind of year did you have in 2019? Was it great? A disappointment? Somewhere in between? No matter what kind of year you had, it’s almost over. And we all get another 365 days to do our best in 2020. But before we get to next year, we wanted to celebrate the top blog posts from Orange Leaders during 2019. We published about 150 different posts during the year and here are the top 10, based on the number of views by readers like you. Andy Stanley Shares About Clarity, Controversy and... Read More
Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of the year... Read More
4 Ways to Win the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s

4 Ways to Win the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s

For weeks and weeks, we prepare for the big day. With anticipation, excitement, and a bit of stress—we make plans at home and at church, and hustle until it all comes together. And than in a matter of 24 crazy hours, it’s all past. There are probably still remnants of Christmas reminders—candle wax in the carpet, shreds of wrapping paper in the living room, and classrooms still decorated with trees and gifts. In the midst of the exhaustion, mess, and hint of relief—what happens in those... Read More