4 Things Everyone Should Do Before Starting a New Job at a Church

4 Things Everyone Should Do Before Starting a New Job at a Church

Starting a job often feels like New Year’s Day. It’s a new beginning and offers fresh ambition to become the person you so desire. A New Year and a new job not only holds hopeful expectations, but they both require planning and goal setting to reach that desired outcome. Without a clear path and an outlined way to get there, you are setting yourself up for setbacks or possible failure. A job in ministry is no different. Some would argue it is even more important to understand what to do before... Read More
Change Is a Process, Not a Position

Change Is a Process, Not a Position

I will never forget one of the first campus visits I made as children’s director at Elevation Church. I was newly promoted from kids’ campus director, and I was thrilled at the opportunity to lead the charge and make a greater impact on families. I climbed out of my car and skipped to the door. Okay, I may not have skipped, but I was definitely walking on clouds as I made my way in, clipboard in hand. It was going to be a great day, a start to an incredible journey. It was most definitely the... Read More
Why Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

Why Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

I love movies. I love Broadway shows. I love books. Basically, I love a good story. But what I love even more is a when a good story is based on a true story. The Best Stories are True Stories Musicals like Hamilton, books like Unbroken, and movies like A League of Their Own, Hidden Figures, A Beautiful Mind, The King’s Speech, Selma, or Remember the Titans (I told you I liked movies) are all stories based on real life people.  And the people on the pages of these stories are heroes. They are... Read More
How to Prepare Your Church for the Next Decade

How to Prepare Your Church for the Next Decade

The theme of the 2020 Orange Conference is Every Generation Needs a New Revolution. A few definitions from Merriam-Webster of “revolution” include: a sudden, radical, or complete change activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something a change of paradigm Change is inevitable. A revolution implies something bigger, faster, or more impactful. Let’s face it, churches have not been... Read More
Leading Change: 4 Ways To Attack Problems Instead Of People

Leading Change: 4 Ways To Attack Problems Instead Of People

by Carey Nieuwhof As a leader, you dream of a better future. Maybe it involves reaching new families, changing your current ministry programs, launching a new idea, or leading a complete transformation of your ministry. Whatever that dream looks like, it necessarily involves change. But the hard reality is that if you attempt to change almost anything, you will encounter resistance. Leading change without losing it When that happens, especially when someone attacks your ideas (or you... Read More