2 Peter 1:5-8 lists seven characteristics for self-evaluation. Let’s take a look at each one. We’ll provide greater clarity by adding phrases used in The Message, highlight a few things you might want to consider in your own self-evaluation, and offer tools to aid in your growth
As ministry leaders, we’re naturally goal-driven. The new year gives us the opportunity to check our spirit and our teams and make sure we’re making the most of the resources we have around us.
A new year brings so many things. The biggest is an opportunity to remind the people you lead about the mission, vision and values you pursue as a ministry on an everyday basis.
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.
“They came and they went, but will they return?” Well, that depends on what we do between now and then.
As you return to work, don’t miss your opportunity to do something this week that you couldn’t do in the weeks leading up to Christmas and you won’t be able to do once the New Year hits.
Despite everything around them, and around us, the story of Christmas is clear, and I believe John said it best when he wrote:
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. – 1 John 5:11
The holidays are here and so are new families. As a ministry, we want to help our families meet people, add experiences, prioritize time, identify needs, and talk together.
Social media is the place where all the world’s a stage and you—a grown adult—find yourself playing understudy to the next generation. Hey, we get it. As soon as you get a grasp on Facebook or Instagram they announce another big change. And new social media platforms are popping up all the time.
You might be tempted to just stay away from social media, but then you’d miss out on some big opportunities for connection.
December is busy! And along with that busy you will find yourself asking more from your already very busy volunteers. So, how do we navigate the tension of serving our volunteers well during Christmas and yet desperately needing them to serve? Here are a few ideas:
Bad hiring decisions can devastate churches. In fact, bad hires have started many churches down the path of plateau and decline.
People open up when they feel like they’re in a safe place. And the people who have landed in the safe place you provide are probably a lot like the ones who have landed in mine.
Thankfully, I learned from the situation, and became a vision-casting cheerleader—sharing the vision that God continued to lay on my heart so that the people inside our church could be just as excited about how we were going to reach families outside our church.
A new position doesn’t remove resistance. It does mean you’ve been afforded an opportunity to make a greater impact, and even more importantly, it means you have to step up to the plate, increase your capacity, and lead better. Over the years, I’ve discovered a three-step process to help navigate those early days of a new position.
When we allow children to have a creative voice in how we celebrate the holidays, we let them exercise the gifts and talents given to them by our precious Abba God. And we let them actively participate in the very heritage of faith and love they will then pass on to their children.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself: How do our volunteers know we care? Your volunteers are your ministry gold. They are who makes your ministry happen.
I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on me . . . [insert record scratch here] . . . well, unless you’re a ministry leader!
So, how do we do it? How do we strike the proper balance between serving God and serving our families, particularly at Christmas?
Comparison is the moving sidewalk you wander onto, the one that whisks you 50 yards away to a bad place before you take a step. It’s always right there, just one tiny thought away, ready to slide you silently, deeply into a mire of discontent.
There are few things as lovely as hearing Thank You. Saying Thank You is a very different thing, however. Thank you requires us to recognize that someone did for us what we could not do on our own.