Finding Your Voice: Capturing the Power of Influence to Live a Greater Story

Finding Your Voice: Capturing the Power of Influence to Live a Greater Story

This year at Orange Conference 2018, I released my very first book through Orange Publishing. Reach Records recording artist, Tedashii wrote the foreword, and many of my greatest friends and mentors gave me some pretty humbling endorsements. The book is called FIND YOUR VOICE: Capturing the Power of Influence to Live a Greater Story. The two biggest questions I get about this book are these, “What is it about?” and “Why did you write it?” In our short time together here, I’d like to attempt to... Read More
How To Influence Whoever Has The Influence

How To Influence Whoever Has The Influence

If you’re reading this, more than likely it’s because you influence children or teenagers. Regardless of your numbers on Sunday or the budget dollars you have to spend during the week, as a leader, you have influence. But that influence doesn’t stop with the kids you serve. Because you influence whoever has the influence, too. You are in a position to change how … adults in your church see kids and teenagers. non-believing parents see your church. Christian families see their neighbors. lead... Read More
3 Reasons Why You Might Consider NOT Mentoring

3 Reasons Why You Might Consider NOT Mentoring

by Abbie Smith I co-wrote a book on why you should mentor a college-age person (The Slow Fade), so I’m definitely not “anti-mentoring.” But, I do think there are seasons it would be wiser not to. Don’t take my thoughts here as prescriptive, though. Read through and process them with someone who knows you well and can help discern whether or not mentoring is the wisest thing for you during this season. 1. Burnout and Lacking Balance It doesn’t take much asking around to realize how few... Read More
What It Means To Leverage Influence

What It Means To Leverage Influence

Leverage Influence: Create consistent opportunities for students to experience personal ministry. We are all designed to live inside a story, to play a role in that story. Leaders who are thinking Orange must decide something about discipleship. If we fail to help kids make a practical investment of their time and energy in serving others, their hearts will never mature to care for others. Too many churches teach as if students should sit and listen instead of actually experiencing hands-on... Read More