What Church Leaders Can Learn from Diversity Statistics

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. 

Two Habits To Help The Next Generation Win Friends And Grow Their Faith

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.

How to Make the Most of Breakouts at Orange Conference

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. 

5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind

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?

The Top 10 Orange Leader Blog Posts of 2019

The Top 10 Orange Leader Blog Posts of 2019

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.

A Joyful Christmas

A Joyful Christmas

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

8 Do’s and Don’ts for Interacting with High Schoolers on Social Media

8 Do’s and Don’ts for Interacting with High Schoolers on Social Media

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.

Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

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:

Change Is a Process, Not a Position

Change Is a Process, Not a Position

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.

Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

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.

Saying Less, More Often

Saying Less, More Often

You have about 40 hours a year . . . that’s it. After the sick days and vacation time, the kids and students who come to your church will have about 40 hours to hear you present to them the most important, life-changing, and essential message that they will ever hear.

Elementary

Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

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.