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
Change Before You Have To

Change Before You Have To

Change—it’s as common as the cold, as unpredictable as the weather and as painful as a toothache. And if we’re honest, we don’t typically enjoy it. After a 30-second search on the word change, the quick discovery is that there isn’t a shortage of clever, witty and downright quippy quotes associated with it. Quotes like: “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” Or, “Every new day is a chance to change your life.” Or, “Nothing endures but change.” Now don’t get me wrong, all of these definitely... Read More
How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

Transitions can be difficult. Even the most thought-out and well-designed transitions can be stressful. When we are leading in ministry, transitions are something we come to expect. People in our communities move on, someone on our staff transitions out, we have to let people go, or sometimes transition is forced upon us. If we are not careful, we can easily allow our minds to spin in unhealthy directions. Many times during transition, we do not know all of the details or variables. We have to... Read More
Leading When Leadership Stops Leading Well

Leading When Leadership Stops Leading Well

The season was a challenging one for the church known for its innovative ideas and laid-back, “nobody’s perfect and everybody’s welcome” approach to sharing the gospel. Attendance was on the decline, and ideas to engage the congregation which looked solid on white boards were floundering in real life. Senior leadership grew distant from the rest of the staff, and concerns mounted when it was announced that the church was going in a “new direction” that seemed counter to its original vision.... Read More