Ministry Leaders

3 Strategies to Help Make it Easier – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In the world of ministry, pastors are trusted with leading an entire church congregation—that means families and kids of all ages. What a task! On top of that, being successful in such a complex arena requires adapting (and leading adaptation) to the ever-changing climate of culture. That’s why I believe pastors should be better at leading change than nearly everyone in the church. Because let’s be honest: if culture shifts if a model needs to change if a style, phrase…

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Leading Change: 5 Ways To Avoid Quitting – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Navigating change is about making it to the end. That’s easier said than done, though. Ask anyone who’s attempted to bring about difficult change, whether in their own lives or in the life of an organization, and you’ll learn something: we are often most tempted to quit or give up moments before a critical breakthrough. Leading change when you feel like giving up There will be occasions in which we’ve put in the work, done everything we can to execute…

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Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

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…

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5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

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 generation. So how can your church…

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Creating A Mission Statement For Your Marriage Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

At the end of 2016, our pastors invited us to take the lead on a new initiative. We were confident that by implementing this initiative, we could move the vision of the church forward in our region. The initiative was to strengthen and build marriages within our church. We hoped to use the influence of Christ Fellowship to impact the marriage culture of our surrounding communities. After stepping into the opportunity, we quickly realized we needed to bring cohesion around all that…

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11 Steps to Start a Marriage Ministry the Right Way – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

When I started marriage ministry in the local church in 2001, I felt alone. As I looked across the country, I saw very few churches that had a holistic approach to marriage, or any approach for that matter. I am encouraged with the number of churches leaders who are going after it. Some have a plan. Others ask: “How do I get started?” For the latter group, this post is for you. 1. Get Buy-In From Senior Leadership Let’’s start…

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Next Gen Pastors: A Definitive Guide to Who and What They Are – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

A Next Gen Pastor oversees all ministry areas that impact the family and next generation within the church. This is a new, but growing area of ministry. Table of Contents What is Next Gen Ministry? It may sound like a subgenre of science fiction, but Next Gen has nothing to do with spaceships or alien invasions. Actually, Next Gen is one of the fastest growing ministry movements in the local church today. Next Gen is simply about the Next Generation.…

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Using Data to Evaluate Your Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Numbers, numbers, numbers. Doesn’t everyone just love it when numbers have to be reported? How many people showed up to what? Where are you seeing growth or decline? Why Data is Important In Ministry Collecting data and numbers is an important part of your ministry role as it helps you evaluate it. And, no matter what ministry role you serve in, you’ll either be reporting numbers or data to a supervisor, or you’ll have numbers reported to you. Each ministry…

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4 Things Everyone Should Do Before Starting a New Job at a Church – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

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…

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7 Questions to Ask to Evaluate Yourself as a Church Leader – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Anyone who looks in a mirror finds a person looking back. The looking is easy. It’s what we see—and what we do about what we see—that matters. Of course, as pastors and church leaders, we’re after that metaphorical mirror—one that looks around and within, on a journey toward productive self-evaluation. And that’s a tall order. But if you want to be effective in your role, you have to keep growing and keep showing up for yourself, your family, and your…

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Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of…

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Explaining Orange to Holiday Visitors at Your Church – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The holidays are here and so are new families. Something about fried turkeys and cute baby Jesus draws people to our ministries like a powerful magnet, during this wonderful time of the year. Though some of these families are visiting cousin Jeffrey for Thanksgiving, or visiting their in-laws for Christmas, or maybe ringing in the New Year with Grandma, other families live near our churches and are visiting because of the holiday season. Regardless of their reasons for visiting, sharing…

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Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season doesn’t just pertain to shopping. Ministry work seems to get kicked up a notch between October and February. We have Fall Festivals, Hallelujah Nights, Trunk or Treats, Thanksgiving events, Christmas services, New Year’s services, and new families coming to jump-start their faith journeys this year. With all of these moments that are scrunched together by calendars, how can we make sure to protect our family time? Establish your family time early in the season…

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How To Lead Difficult Team Members – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

From your first year as a rookie in ministry until your final farewell tour of a half-century of servanthood, chances are that along your way you will eventually be confronted with a ministry partner (volunteer) that causes some friction either with your ministry team, with your ministry direction, or with you personally. And although there are endless reasons (or excuses) why a team member might not be in sync with the direction of your leadership in ministry; the fact remains,…

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Partnering With Local Schools This Holiday Season – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The holiday season is fast approaching! Radiant red, forest green, sparkling white and a host of other colorful decorations will soon be everywhere. Our festive cities have wrapped the once bare light poles with fresh garland and artificial snowflakes. Lively shopping centers have placed a massive tree where there once was a stunning fountain. And as we cruise through our neighborhoods, we see that some of our celebratory neighbors have added a little Christmas flair to their houses. The blissful…

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The Upside Down Kingdom of God – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to like your ministry. Not everyone is going to like your church. You’re going to make strategic decisions that frustrate people coming to your church. From making modifications to the flow of traffic in your parking lot, to small groups curriculum, to the songs people wished you sang on Sundays, you’ll have critics in your church. The Jesus way of responding might feel strange, but so do most things…

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Remembering Our Freedom – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

by Orange Leaders | Jul 3, 2019 | Ministry Leaders, Orange Leaders | Happy Independence Day! We hope your July 4 is filled with delicious grilled goodness, frosty lemonade, glittery fireworks, and lots of fun with friends and family. As we celebrate the founding of our country, let’s remember our freedom both in democracy and in Christ. As He told us in Luke 4:18-19, The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed meto preach good news to…

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