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Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 3 Notes

Thursday morning at Orange Conference 2020 was action-packed, as the previous two sessions were. We heard some amazing talks and interviews around special needs ministry, a revolution of love, racial reconciliation, how to share the Gospel with the next generation, what we can still do in the middle of this pandemic, and how we respond … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 3 Notes

Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 2 Notes

Wednesday morning at Orange Conference 2020 was filled with some incredibly heavy but important topics of pain, suffering, hurt, grace, love, and more. Below, you will see a collection of my notes from Main Session 2 speakers like Jimmy Mellado, Jon Williams, Mike Foster, Reggie Joiner, Kara Powell, Kristen Ivy, Nona Jones, Simon Sinek, and … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 2 Notes

Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 1 Notes

Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange kicked off the Orange Conference 2020 with a thought he often shares at the beginning of events like this: “The work you do is the most important work on the planet.” All of the speakers for the first main session kept pointing toward one key point, which is … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 1 Notes

Orange Conference 2020: What to Expect from Me

The Orange Conference is going to look a lot different this year. Not only will the main sessions be online, many of the workshops will also be online. And on top of that, they will have a huge amount of workshops available after the conference for an entire year. All of this will change how … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: What to Expect from Me

Non-Traditional Student Ministry with Ansley Higginbotham (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 52)

Episode 52 of The Student Ministry Podcast features Ansley Higginbotham, who served in traditional ministry settings for a number of years but is currently serving from home. As a stay-at-home mom, she has been writing blogs, speaking at youth events, writing curriculum, and coaching other youth workers. She also has a huge heart for other … Continue reading Non-Traditional Student Ministry with Ansley Higginbotham (The Student Ministry Podcast – Episode 52)

Fellow Ministry Leaders, Be Sure to Take Care of Yourself

Earlier this week, I shared with the rest of our church staff something that has been on my heart/mind for the past couple weeks as I've talked with a lot of other ministry leaders. If you don't mind, I'd like to briefly share it with you all too. Right now, with most of us are … Continue reading Fellow Ministry Leaders, Be Sure to Take Care of Yourself

Church Moving Forward: Create Community and Provide Purpose

It’s no secret that we’re in the middle of a global health crisis due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus. At this point, most of us have been instructed to stay in our homes and practice social distancing. Soon after this began, churches began to ask the question, “What do we do?”  That question propelled our church … Continue reading Church Moving Forward: Create Community and Provide Purpose

6 Questions to Ask When Naming Ministries and Programs

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. What’s in a name? Does your ministry or program need a catchy name? How do you pick a name that lasts? How do you pick one that will actually get used? How … Continue reading 6 Questions to Ask When Naming Ministries and Programs

Things You Don't Learn in Bible College: Doing Ministry During a Health Crisis

With all the Coronavirus/Covid-19 health scare going on right now in the world, I thought it was time to resurrect an old series of blog posts here. Today on the “Things You Don’t Learn in Bible College” series is the doing ministry in the middle of a health crisis. When I was in Bible College, … Continue reading Things You Don't Learn in Bible College: Doing Ministry During a Health Crisis