5 Ways You Can Influence Your Church’s Staff Culture

5 Ways You Can Influence Your Church’s Staff Culture

Most effective church leaders know that creating a healthy culture is important. Most of their efforts, though, are usually focused on the congregation.  But what about the culture of the church staff? That’s important, too, right? Absolutely.  Loyal staff members are the people who make the church tick. They’re the ones who make all the behind-the-scenes magic happen—the stuff very few people in the congregation ever see.  So what are some ways you can stay on top of your staff culture,... Read More
Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership

Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership

Small groups are great. And then the people show up. It might not become apparent on that first, exciting night. But at some point, you will hit a wall of tensions and challenges that no amount of prayer, training, or biblical study can prepare you for. When you navigate the challenges well, you create a safe place for community and growth. A safe place for struggling marriages. For questioning millennials. For exhausted parents. For the successful business person who is facing his or her... Read More
5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind

5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind

As the country continues to evolve and advance, our nation seems to be “browning” more and more every day. This means that churches everywhere are beginning to evolve, too. This evolution includes programming, branding, messaging, marketing, staff culture and even target audiences. Statistics show that churches that choose not to diversify within the next 10-20 years will be struggling churches very soon. Some 43% of Millennial adults are non-white, the highest share of any... Read More
5 Fresh Starts Every Pastor Can Look Forward To

5 Fresh Starts Every Pastor Can Look Forward To

The Christmas season has passed and a new year is upon us! Depending on what type of personality you may be, this will either bring a fresh round of excitement for the beginning of a new season of ministry, or it might bring some of those post-holiday blues that so many feel. Regardless of how you might be feeling right now, there is a huge opportunity in front of you as a leader. A new year brings so many things. The biggest is an opportunity to remind the people you lead about the mission,... Read More
5 Ways Church Leaders Can Be More Effective Communicators

5 Ways Church Leaders Can Be More Effective Communicators

In one of our recent Orange staff meetings, our CEO Reggie Joiner pointed out five principles for how to communicate more effectively. I thought it might be worth sharing these principles with you since every church leader can afford to communicate better. 1. Say Less The Bible has about 800,000 words total—that’s a lot of words. For comparison, the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy plus The Hobbit has about 575,000 words total.  About a quarter of the Bible’s words land in the New Testament.... Read More