Thinking orange is combining the love of the home with the light of the church to impact and influence a child’s faith. But where do you start? A team of leaders—staff, volunteers, parents—who are aligned around a common, integrated strategy.
In this episode of the Think Orange Podcast, Reggie Joiner shares with us what a strategy is and why it’s vital to the success of our church or ministry. Then, we’ll talk to Carey Nieuwhof about how to get your team on the same page.
Welcome to episode 002 of the podcast.
People, Places & Helpful Resources
Reggie is founder and CEO of Orange (The reThink Group). He has co-written three parenting books, Don’t Miss It, Playing for Keeps and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity as well as other leadership books including A New Kind of Leader and Think Orange. Reggie lives in Georgia with his wife, Debbie, and has four grown children, Reggie Paul, Hannah, Sarah, and Rebekah.
Carey is the founding and teach pastor at Connexus Church north of Toronto Canada. He is the host of The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast and is the author of Lasting Impact, Leading Change Without Losing It and a widely-popular leadership blog. Carey lives in Canada with his wife, and is the father to two sons and a daughter-in-law.
Quotes from This Episode
Ideas to Influence the Next Generation
1. It’s your strategy, not mission, that will ultimately lead to your success.
You may have a clear mission, but without a strategy in place… mission turns into intention. Carey uses the example of losing weight, his mission may be to lose 10 pounds. He can think about the mission, pray about the mission and share his mission with others. But ultimately, having the intention to lose 10 pounds won’t actually make him successful in losing the weight. The strategy he employs to lose the weight is what will determine his success.
2. Mission is your why. Strategy is your how.
Knowing your why is so important. But it’s only step 1. Once you know your why, develop your how and get your entire team on board. If your staff, volunteers and parents are working in silos and going in all different directions, you’ll never reach your destination.
3. Aligned leaders doesn’t mean agreeing leaders.
You can have aligned leaders without having agreeing leaders. In fact, Carey says that healthy debate and discussion is beneficial. Being aligned means that you all believe in the mission and trust in the strategy to get there. Carey uses the analogy of a road trip. You’re in Georgia, but your mission is to get to New York City. Your strategy is that you’ll take I-95 to get there. You are all on the same page for getting to your destination, but you might have disagreements on where to stop for lunch along the way. As long as you’re still moving towards New York, that’s okay.
Conversation Starters For Your Church
What are we, as church leaders, doing to get staff, volunteers and parents aligned on strategy?
What are three ways we can better align our leaders in our mission of helping kids have a relationship with Jesus?
When he’s not working as a pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Dave is usually making his family cross their arms, roll their eyes, and tap their feet while he takes “just one more quick photo” on family outings. You’ll also often find him up to his neck in “Jewish stuff” as he researches the cultural context of Jesus for his daily Instagram devotions. Learn more about Dave at daveadamson.tv.
Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
Join Us Next Week
Thank you for listening to the Think Orange Podcast. We’ll be back next week with a new episode featuring Reggie Joiner and Sherry Surratt. We’ll be taking about partnering with parents – how to leverage the biggest influence on a kid’s faith
We hope you’ll join us for next week’s episode. More importantly, we hope that when you think next generation, you think Orange.