Be Intentional

It's one thing to talk a good game, but it's entirely different to act out on it. This is the calling of the Christ-follower, though. We cannot just talk about loving people; we have to actually do it. And that requires intentionality! Ryan Leak spoke on this very idea at The Orange Conference 2017 in a … Continue reading Be Intentional

VIDEO: Won’t You Be My Neighbor + Give a Little Bit

The Orange Conference is always a place to find great music, including their opening. This year, there was a cool mash-up of "Would You Be My Neighbor" and "Give a Little Bit," which went right along with the "For Our Neighbors" theme. Check it out below! Feel free to share it with others! Want more … Continue reading VIDEO: Won’t You Be My Neighbor + Give a Little Bit

VIDEO: Preschooler Land

One of the things I really enjoy at The Orange Conference is when they do parody songs focused on different areas of ministry. If you are a nursery or preschool ministry worker, you'll appreciate this fun parody of "Lady Marmalade" from The Orange Conference 2017 entitled "Preschooler Land." I'm still working on finding the lyrics, and … Continue reading VIDEO: Preschooler Land

Don’t Just Say You’re for Your Neighbors, Act Like It!

Have you ever wondered, in ministry, "Does this even matter?" It's easy to get to this point in ministry, especially when we have poured our heart into something and it doesn't turn out as we would hope. Often times, though, God shows up and does something when we least expect it. Maybe it's when a … Continue reading Don’t Just Say You’re for Your Neighbors, Act Like It!

Do your Church and Community Look the Same?

Does your church's family photo match your community's family photo? Kara Powell believes it should, and I agree. At the Orange Conference 2017, she explained exactly why this is so important. She started by saying, "We should get to know our neighbors, because of Jesus." He was all about loving those around Him. And if … Continue reading Do your Church and Community Look the Same?

Vertical vs. Horizontal Morality

Andy Stanley started out this morning at The Orange Conference talking about what he calls vertical morality, which he defined as peace with God based on keeping peace with God. It’s an approach to Christianity that sees God mostly as someone who is offended by our sins, and so we try to appease Him and … Continue reading Vertical vs. Horizontal Morality

It Takes a Party

The Orange Conference has officially begun! This morning, we attended some pre-conference You Lead Labs. (Be sure to check out my last post about becoming a better public speaker, which all came from one of these labs.) Tonight, though, we had our first main session with everyone in the Infinite Energy Center here in Duluth, … Continue reading It Takes a Party

5 Ways to Improve as a Public Speaker

As a youth pastor, I am constantly speaking in front of people. It’s something I never anticipated when giving my first speech in seventh grade. In fact, it was never something I truly enjoyed doing in school. I got more comfortable with it each time, and I did enjoy talking about topics that interested me, … Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve as a Public Speaker

Meet the Orange Conference 2017 Bloggers

It's Orange Conference time again! As many of you know, I'm excited to return to the Orange Conference this year! It's been a couple years since I've been there, and I'm itching to get back. As with previous years, I'll be joining an awesome team of bloggers to cover the conference. Our goal is to … Continue reading Meet the Orange Conference 2017 Bloggers