That’s where your volunteers come into play—specifically your small group leaders. And you expect your volunteers to engage with kids every week. You work hard to make sure your volunteers know how to engage kids in conversations about faith.
Loyal staff members are the people who make the church tick. They’re the ones who make all the behind-the-scenes magic happen—the stuff very few people in the congregation ever see.
As we think about OC20, we recognize we can’t recreate what happens when thousands of us are together in the same room. But we believe there are some opportunities for even more.
It takes so much more than four walls and a pastor—or four campuses and a fully-staffed team—for the message of the Gospel to reach your community.
Ask anyone who’s attempted to bring about difficult change, whether in their own lives or in the life of an organization, and you’ll learn something: we are often most tempted to quit or give up moments before a critical breakthrough.
Have you ever had one of those insightful moments that change the way you approach a topic in your ministry? I did just last year when I spoke with the volunteers in our student and children’s ministry about sexual integrity.
I’ll not soon forget December 12, 2002. That was the night the much-hyped high school basketball phenom LeBron James made his ESPN national television debut. His unranked St Vincent-St Mary (OH) High School basketball team played the top-ranked team in the country, Oak Hill Academy (VA). From the game’s opening tip, you could look at LeBron and know there was something different about this young man. He was unique. There was a level of skill and maturity to his game. He was head-and-shoulders...
Small groups are great. And then the people show up. It might not become apparent on that first, exciting night. But at some point, you will hit a wall of tensions and challenges that no amount of prayer, training, or biblical study can prepare you for.
In churches, volunteers are the lifeblood of any ministry. We literally can’t do without them. So it’s pretty important that we take good care of them. We want both them and the people they serve to have lots of wins.
Over time, I learned that those two words, statistics and diversity, can actually be powerful when used for our marching orders—the Great Commission and the commandment to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
If we lead the next generation to love and serve others, their faith will move in a positive direction. If we don’t, their faith will become shallow and superficial. Not only does loving God affect how we love others, but loving others affects how we love God.
Conferences are amazing opportunities for church leaders. Not only are they great experiences for you to learn new insights and be reminded of why you do what you do, but you get to connect with a variety of different people and be inspired by the stories of what can be for your ministry.
Our world is diversifying and evolving. Churches that choose not to evolve along with it risk falling behind. Part of this evolution is a diversification of our audience. So how to we strive to effectively communicate with a diverse group?
If we are going to reach the next generation for Christ, we must understand that their social outlook is wider than our generation. We must be willing to capture their attention quickly, answer their questions purposefully and succinctly, and then present the grace of the gospel with language that doesn’t require biblical knowledge.
If you’ve been to an Orange Conference before, you no doubt know all about breakouts. If 2020 is going to be your first year joining us, then you might just discover that breakouts are your favorite part of the conference experience.
Valentine’s Day is a similar phenomenon that happens around the same time of year as the Super Bowl. And it’s a major opportunity for your marriage ministry to reach people.
We are the Church regardless of our denominations, political opinions, cultural differences. We’re connected by a gospel, a story, a person—Jesus Christ—and He changes everything. And we need to start acting like one body.
As a pastor, I know firsthand how hard it is to break through the cultural barriers that exist. Here are a few keys to how we can be more intentional about creating diversity in our churches.
When I started a marriage ministry in the local church in 2001, I felt alone. As I looked across the country, I saw very few churches that had a holistic approach to marriage, or any approach for that matter. Some have a plan, others are asking, How do I get started?
You want to invite anyone and everyone to experience the fullness of God’s love. To do that, your church must be diverse. But how do you get there? And what does that landscape look like in our country today?