What’s so Great about Orange?

What’s so Great about Orange?

“What’s so great about Orange? What makes you unique?”   It’s a question we get almost daily. Admittedly, I am a bit biased, but after over 20 years in ministry, and after talking to thousands of leaders in all those years, I am always confident in the answers I give. Different leaders have different elements that appeal to them based on their particular ministry needs and personal preferences. This is a variety of those pieces that come together to make us a truly unique choice:... Read More
Sharing Orange During the Holidays!

Sharing Orange During the Holidays!

’Tis the season . . . to think strategically about how you are going to take advantage of the upcoming holiday season! What do I mean by that? You are moving into one of the best opportunities in the year to let those in our community know who you are. You know you will see some of the highest attendance numbers of the year in the upcoming holiday season, so how do you move some families from “Christ-easters” (Christmas and Easter only attenders) to people who would consider attending church... Read More
Launching Orange . . . Over Time

Launching Orange . . . Over Time

The old adage goes something like this: “How do you eat an Elephant?” Answer: “One bite at a time.” Well, I’d say the answer is the same to the question “How do you implement Orange?” One bite at a time, so to speak. While we would definitely prefer leaders to be “all in” when it comes to the philosophy of Orange—the idea that the combining of the influences of the Church and the family to have a greater impact on the next generation—the steps to get you to this end in mind can be taken one at... Read More
Church as a Community Stress-Reliever for the Christmas Season

Church as a Community Stress-Reliever for the Christmas Season

Here it comes. With the start of December, all heads turn towards the approaching Holiday Season. For everyone (not just church folks) this means the beginning of the dance of laying out our families calendar of events from work events, school events, travel to family, family traveling to us, meal planning, house decorating, card sending, and present buying. For those of us who are engaged at our churches this can often mean a barrage of additional tasks we lay on top of our already overloaded... Read More
Setting Relationships Before Tasks

Setting Relationships Before Tasks

Relationships are hard. A “to-do” list is easy. This is true in every aspect of life—even our ministry life. If you are like me, you’d much rather simply tackle your to-do’s than tackle what may be at the root of the issues that consistently plague us in ministry . . . difficult relationships. It’s easy to address the symptoms we see that so often result from unaddressed relational complications—not enough volunteers, hurtful gossip that makes people feel disconnected and left out of the... Read More