What Question Does Jesus Have For You?

Have you ever asked a question for the purpose of teaching a lesson? Maybe you ask, “How many slices of pizza did you eat?” because you know your child is about to get sick. Or maybe, “Why do you think it turned out that way?” because you want your friend to think of making a better choice in the future. Jesus was the wisest question asker and often His questions would cut deep to the core issues at hand.

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In John 21:15 Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” Jesus asked Peter if he agape loved him, which refers to the highest form of love, a selfless love which puts others first. This question would have cut deep for Peter because he knows earlier he had denied even knowing Jesus. Peter responds saying he phileo loves Jesus, or another way of putting it is he loves Jesus like a brother. And Jesus responds by telling him to feed His lambs.

Jesus doesn’t allow Peter off the hook though, and He asks him two more times. Three times, the Savior of the Universe asked Peter if he loved Him and then challenged Peter to feed and take care of His sheep. Jesus was using this question to encourage and restore Peter from someone who denied Him to someone who would lead the church. Jesus was re-commissioning Peter to boldly take on the mission of disciple-making.

I can’t help but read this account and think about the questions Jesus might ask people today to re-commission them for making disciples. Maybe Jesus would ask you, “How much time did you spend watching Netflix today?” Jesus might ask, “Do you think more about what you will eat for lunch than inviting your coworker to know Me?” Or maybe Jesus would ask, “Why are those Instagram likes so important to you?” And none of these questions would be condemning but rather questions to help us refocus on the most important thing.

In John 21 we see Jesus restored Peter’s identity as a disciple-maker and He is ready to do the same for you today. Take a minute, get rid of distractions, and listen to the questions Jesus might be placing on your heart to restore you.

3 Practical Ways to Build a Legacy to Last

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All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine. – Jim Rohn

What is your personal legacy? Or to phrase it another way, if today was your last day, how would your kids and those closest to you remember you? If you want a legacy worth remembering, it requires being intentional. If you want to be thought of as more than a sports fan, then take time today to build a legacy worthy of the calling God has placed on your life.

If you want to build a legacy, share your testimony. Do your kids know what your life was like before Christ? Do they know the difference Jesus has made for you personally? I recently asked the preteens and there was only one student in the room who knew their parent’s testimony. Mark your calendar right now and make it a priority to share your story with your kids.

If you want to build a legacy, celebrate milestones. Days turn into weeks and weeks become years. Before you blink, your kids will be graduated and moving out. Celebrate  milestones by stepping back as a family and creating memorable moments centered around Christ. Important milestones that build a lasting legacy include things like family dedication, salvation and baptisms, preparing for adolescence, commitments to purity, rite of passages like getting a drivers license and being allowed to stay home alone, high school graduation, and experiencing life in Christ. For more information on celebrating milestones, click here.

If you want to build a legacy, create faith talks. A faith talk is when you pause the TV, lean into your kids, and share your faith using the moment just shared on the screen. A faith talk is when you ask your kids how their day was and then remind them how the Word of God can speak to their problems. A faith talk is when you connect God into everyday life. These faith talks may revolve around silly things like finding a parking space or big things where life seems to be falling apart like the death of a loved one. Faith talks can last mere seconds, but will build a lasting legacy in the hearts of your kids.

Following these three examples will create a lasting spiritual legacy in the lives of your children. Don’t allow the urgent tasks to crowd out the most important things. Pause today to take a step in the right direction.

14 Podcasts You Need to Know About

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With just a tap on the screen, you can be on your way to find inspiration, get new ideas, and grow yourself both professionally and personally. With a great list of podcasts, you can be mentored while brushing your teeth, your drive time can be redeemed, and your leadership can go further faster. You can listen in when the leading experts are gathering behind closed doors and you can hear MainStage presentations; all for free. After talking with those in the trenches in youth ministry, here are 14 of the top podcasts that you need to listen to today.

1. RETHINKING YOUTH MINISTRY by XP3 Students

These 40 minutes conversations tackle the difficult and essential topics of youth ministry. From evaluating small group leaders to understanding the teenage brain, these topics will challenge your thinking and equip you to take your next steps in leading middle school and high school students.

2. THE DOWNLOAD YOUTH MINISTRY SHOW by DYM Podcast Network

With 330+ episodes, this podcast is a library of topics to answer your youth ministry questions. You will walk away feeling like you sat through an encouraging staff meeting. Also: Did you know DYM has a podcast network with 8 different youth ministry podcasts to help you win! Check them all out at HTTPS://PODCAST.DOWNLOADYOUTHMINISTRY.COM

3. THE CAREY NIEUWHOF LEADERSHIP PODCAST by Carey Nieuwhof

According to Edison Research, 15% of Americans over the age of 12 listened to a podcast this week. And based on how many folks recommended it, I wonder if most of these folks were tuning into Carey Nieuwhof’s Leadership Podcast! Every week, Carey interviews leaders in a way that brings life change to listeners. 

4. YOUTH MINISTRY FOR THE LONGER HAUL PODCAST by Jody Livingston & Chris Trent

We all know the demoralizing statistics on how few youth ministry leaders stay in it for the long haul. Jody Livingston and Chris Trent desire to survive and thrive. With a deep understanding of not only student and youth ministry culture but also the Word, these episodes will help you keep the main things on the top of your priority list.

5. THE THINK ORANGE PODCAST by Orange Leaders

The Think Orange Podcast is for your entire ministry team. These long-form podcasts are a deep dive conversation with multiple featured guests on the same subject. The practical tips, intentional strategy, and insights offered in each episode will have you thinking orange in no time.

6. YOUTH MINISTRY BOOSTER PODCAST by Zac Workun, Chad Higgins, and Kristen Lascola

Each of these encouraging episodes works to answer Student Ministry’s most honest and pressing questions. Here you will find timely advice that works around your youth ministry calendar.

7. NICK BLEVINS FAMILY MINISTRY PODCAST by Nick Blevins

Each week, Nick Blevins interviews a leader to discover principles and practices for family ministry. With 100 episodes, Nick has covered topics on growing your volunteer teams, partnering with parents, core values in family ministry, and how to know when it’s time to stay or go.

8. CRAIG GROESCHEL LEADERSHIP PODCAST by Life.Church

This leadership podcast describes itself as, “a conversation designed to help you make the most of your potential as you work to become the leader God created you to be.” Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life. Church and teaches over 100,000 people weekly. This podcast invites you to learn directly from Craig without paying for a conference or leaving the comfort of your living room.

9. YOUTH MINISTRY ANSWERS by Kenny and Elle Campbell

Where else can you go to get your youth ministry questions personally answered through a podcast? Kenny and Ellllllllllle Campbell, feature a new question every month and often bring other youth ministry experts in to get you the best answers. You can submit your question at YMANSWERS.COM

10. LEAD TO WIN WITH MICHAEL HYATT by Michael Hyatt & Company

Personally, I love that Michael and his daughter work together to make this podcast a success. If you are looking to better manage time and influence then listen in for insights and tools to win at work and succeed in life.

11. 5 LEADERSHIP QUESTIONS by Todd Adkins, Eric Geiger, and Daniel Im

Through five strategic questions, these hosts interview leaders to learn how they practically learn both inside and outside of the workplace. If you ever wanted to know what your favorite author or conference speaker would tell their 20-year-old self, then this podcast is for you.

12. UNSEMINARY PODCAST by Rich Birch

Going back to seminary would cost you an arm and a leg, but each unSeminary episode is a free step back into the classroom for practical leadership training. With over 20 years in church leadership, Rich has a depth of knowledge you will want to take in.

13. THE SCIENCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA by Buffer

Social media plays a huge role in youth ministry today. This short weekly podcast gives you the strategic tips you need to stay relevant on a variety of apps and social media options. Subscribe now and rock your social media channels.

14. TED WORKLIFE WITH ADAM GRANT by TED

It’s almost impossible to make a podcast list without mentioning TED. You spend a quarter of your life at work, so shouldn’t you enjoy it? Check out this new podcast by TED, they are only a few episodes in, but I think you will enjoy.

So open up your podcast app or go download OVERCAST, SPOTIFY, or POCKET CAST and add a few of these to your list! With more than half a million active podcasts, I’m sure I’ve missed a few. What would you add to this list?

(Originally posted to Youth Specialties at https://youthspecialties.com/blog/14-podcasts-you-need-to-know-about/)

The Lift Collective Notes #Lift2018

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Session 1: One talk in two movements. Levi Lusko and Louie Giglio

Levi Lusko
How you see what you see. 
Eyes of a lion book
You can stare at something but not see what you are seeing.
Naked ladies on a Hawaiian shirt.
The point is,
“We don’t always see what’s right there in front of us. If that’s true when it comes to finding your keys, your wallet…how much truer is that on a spiritual dimension.”
Acts 9
How can we declare that someone is a hopeless case?
Who are you looking past that God wants to use in almighty ways?
The 5 loaves and 2 fish were given by a boy who would have been overlooked in the 5000 count.
Who does God want to use on your team, in your ministry, in your church that you are overlooking? 
We can’t just see salvation as the finish line, it truly is the starting line. Our job is to help them rise up in the fullness of Christ.
Without oxen, a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. Proverbs 14:4. This job would be easy if it weren’t for all the people. BUT without the people, there is no ministry.
Every church has a kids team position.
Ananias – I’ll do anything Lord. We will do anything, as long as its, this, and this, and this.
Yes, I’ll do the main stage at 11:00 service, but kids ministry isn’t in my lane.
Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
April 24, 1990, Hubble telescope launched. 93 minutes. Which is the length of a Marvel movie, outside of this new one? Tony Darko.
When it finally returned to earth they saw that no image was in focus. iPhone 6 with a broken screen. A giant contact lens, the struggles real. It’s indescribable.
When Hubble was seeing blurry, it wasn’t the universe’s fault.

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
 – Stephen R. Covey

What lens do you use to view life? Your city? Your pastor? Your spouse? You?
We create a self-fulfilling prophecy.
How do you see what you see, when you are suffering.
God wants to do more with you than you think He can, but it will hurt more than you think it will.
If he took away the pain, it would take away the opportunity for ministry.
Pain is not an obstacle to be used by God but an opportunity to be used by God.
Put the lens of faith on, again, and again, and again.
Don’t rely on the naked eye.
Continuously put that lens of faith on. 1691 days since the day his daughter died.
How’s your personal time with Jesus in the Scriptures? Every day is closer and closer to her because you look at it through the right lens.
2. Train today for the trial you’re not yet it.
How you do on the worse day of your life is determined by what you are doing on the best day of your life.
Fall in love with scripture, fall in love with theology.
3. Let God use your pain.
God gives His most difficult assignments to His most trusted soldiers but you will only see that if you are looking through the right lens.
I need heavenly perspective to look at something. I want the eyes of faith, I want the eyes of the lion.
@levilusko #LIFT2018

Louie Giglio

You don’t have to be a superhero in the economy of God, there already is one.
Down a dark place. Depression and anxiety.
Could never see my way out because I thought honestly, not preachery that I was going crazy. Yet, I’m here tonight, by the grace of God.
I have the light of Christ in my eyes. I am in my zone, exercising my God-given gift, and I never take that for granted. But by the grace of God, I would still be down in that hole.
Playing behind the eight ball so long, you just think that’s normal life…how life just works. But that rejection is suffocating you and robbing you of what God really wants for you.
We’re not burning their house down, we are just burning our house down.
God is wanting to just breath into that story, hope.
1 Samuel 17:45, “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
He could have said, “I’m pretty good with a slingshot, and you’re about to find out.”
Some of you are 37 and no longer 17 but you have the same giants standing in your story that you did this night that you did that night. It’s not that you take down the giant, the hope of the Gospel is there is a giant slayer and His name is Jesus.
David knew that he wasn’t David in the story of David and Goliath. It’s not going to be me that kills him, it will be the Spirit of God.
Michael W Smith – this is how I fight my battles. How? By lifting my eyes up higher than the giant. With a weapon of worship.
I’m coming at you…with a name. When it looks like I’m surrounded, I’m surrounded by you. God’s not asking you tonight to get big and strong, but to remember that He is.
Light travels 5.88 trillion miles a light year.
Made to worship God. You thought stars only shine, they sing.
You may have been called to lead but you were created to worship.

@louiegiglio #LIFT2018


Session 2 – Louie Giglio

It can be a lifetime crammed into a day, today.

Get in proximity with each other and learn from one another. A posture of learning. How could that have been better? Not did it measure up. I just want to keep getting better at what God created me to do.
What’s the best advice for a young worship leader? Crowder said, “Tune your guitar.” I think he was trying to say, hone your skill. Sharpen your craft, take seriously the stewardship of God’s gifts. Take the posture of a learner. Be patient in the process. God will place me in the place He wants me when He wants me there.
Our prayer should be: God prepare me.
Being a communication means having something to say. If you work it right, you can get on the stage. You can work it right to get onto the stage but getting on the stage is one thing, having something to say is another. Have something to say to people and that comes from the place of preparation.
Making movies and songs in ATL than LA. “I don’t know if it’s true…it’s close to true.”
Your name makes the darkness tremble.

Leading is occupying the space in-between.
Leadership is occupying the space in-between the majestic and the mundane.
The mundane: Planning center, changing a diaper, the everyday necessities of living on earth.
Add to the mundane, a mansion on a hill, the best vacation, the best meal, because these are not eternal.
The Majestic is the place where God dwells. When you understand things and see things far beyond earth. Where heaven bows down. That place where angels stand in amazement that Jesus Christ the Son of God has scars in His hands and in His feet…and they still marvel in the wonder of it all. Emboldened again with the confidence in Christ. This is the gold of the gold.
Coming from that place to this place and occupying the space in-between. There is more in this life than living and dying and leaders occupy the space in-between. They have dust on their feet but they have heaven in their eyes.
Elon Musk is a visionary
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. http://a.co/7M19YyE
His mission is to colonize Mars. It’s not about the electric car, it’s not about the rockets, it’s not about energy or tunnels. He believes we have the capacity to potentially blow up civilization. If that were to happen or some other natural disaster happened then we will need to send a million people to Mars. They are working on this as hard as you are working on whatever you are working on.
Passion City Mars is a possibility.
It is a real possibility that there is going to be a church on Mars. 10-15 years from now.
Elon Musk is living between the majestic and the mundane.
I watch that and ask, what am I doing? Oh, I’m adding a service this week…If we are not asking that question then the gravitational forces of the mundane have pulled us in. We are upgrading and polishing the mundane. Leadership is always saying there is more, there’s something more important, there is something worth giving your life for and it’s the things that truly last forever.
I do believe there is a way to get every living person on planet earth to heaven. I do believe in that. God has invited me into that mission. He’s invited me to occupy that space in between and I will not settle, I will not lose sight, I will not take “no” for an answer. This is where God is calling you to live.

2 Peter 1:16-17, We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well- pleased!”
We are being changed from glory to glory. What this means, is we must commit to finding the place of the posture of possibility. We must commit to getting ourselves into the place where we are transformed by the image of God. So when we walk into our meeting, green rooms, and office that it’s not just a mundane day but we are pointing people into the glory of God. That we are showing the majestic in the middle of the mundane.
Change this day, change us, change these people.
There is something powerful that happens when the men of the house find themselves down on their knees praying.
This is the only time this week when I was physically down on my knees physically praying before my God. “I kneel in my heart and just hang out with Jesus…This is the language of people who don’t kneel down to pray.” This is the place where possibility is born. The place where the leader gets his fuel and his vision. I will never settle down. When I knelt down in the presence of God. When was the last time you were kneeling down in the place with the majestic glory?
You can do a lot of things in the coffee shop but falling on your knees in the presence of the majestic glory is not one of them.
God, we want the pendulum to swing back a little more towards the majestic. I need a little more majestic in my life if I’m going to occupy the space in between.

@louiegiglio #LIFT2018

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Breakout Session 1 – Environmental Creativity

Links for Inspiration
https://www.designspiration.net
https://dribbble.com
https://www.pantone.com
http://vimeo.com
Netflix Documentary “Abstract”

Joe Brimm. Passion students team. Programming for gatherings. Once a month gatherings called the rising. Social media. Graphics.

Kara. The Grove team. Gathering for women of Atlanta. Consider who is coming. Let them be seen and known. Aesthetically

Natalia. Creative environments coordinated
Holiday events like Mother’s Day. Conferences. Environmental needs and team support. Project management with random innovative.

Why important to make environments creative and special?
From their Culture book. Before they hear us, they see us. Matthew 3:3. “This is he who has spoken or through the profit…”

Make a straight path. People have a preconceived idea about the church. You can remove roadblocks so by the time they are getting to the talk they think maybe God has something for me in this talk.
Create with the end in mind. The end goal is wanting them to see Jesus. Not about getting your art displayed. It’s not about your awesome creation.
Filter your ideas through a predetermined lens. We all have the same end goal but the lens is different. What’s the most fun thing I can do so students see Jesus in a new way? Blow their expectations of what church could be.

Natalia: two degrees in clinical social work. God was equipping her the entire time. Using these degrees for what she is doing now. Social work is how environments affect people long term and now using design to affect people for Jesus.
Leave room for interpretation. I love mystery. “US Conference” for door holders. Used haze to create a level of mystery and wonder. Let folks process individually. Curated a soundtrack that was lyric-less so God could speak individually. Also Finding their name printed on the ground.
Give people the ability to feel. Passionate. Set up a photo booth for 3-4 weeks to create a portrait. Private and personal environment encourage them to be real. To be who God made you to be. Feel free to be real and honest in this photo. Black and white photos. See their personality. The masses become individual.
Growing and pains of expanding. Wanting consistency in environments. Impact on a smaller scale. Scale for different locations. Know your space. Make sure it fits your environment.
Use aircraft cable to suspend things in the air.

Kara. Learning together along the way.
Culture book passion city church
Before people hear us they see us.

Added new color and filters to what we already had.
Thinking of the moms hi will be showing up. Bring color and images to communicate that we were expecting you. Intentionality.
Keep preparation at the heart of creation. You know what holidays are coming up. Try to make those moments intentional. We care for our team by caring about our process.
Be present with your team.
Prob 11:25
Know your limits.

*Google sketch up. Program for these designs.
You can’t design your room, mock it up, be prepared and know before you begin the project.

There are more ways to do this but be proactive in your work. Why did you have a house? We’ve never had one before. We see you, we love you, and we want to introduce you to Jesus.

Your budget is different than passion. Asking what the Instagram moments are going to be. Want it to be representative of the entire event. If $100 budget for the environment than use $80 on the wow factor that will get the most intention.
Simply and you never know until you ask.
Reuse and repurpose.

Want to honor each other’s work without ripping it off completely.

Lights: Neon night so added filters on the light bars. Used these lights to make it closer, by lowering the ceiling with lights. Fluorescent tubing in a different orientation with ballasts. 1000bulbs.com. LED pho fluorescent tubes. Changed adapters for plugs with the right length of cords. Never settle for the first quote. They want to sell and might lower.

Haze without fire alarms? Testing. (They silenced it…fire trucks still come, just not a distraction.) Haze into AC unit to disperse.

Budget? Look for free options. Quotes from 3 different companies. Don’t spread out the budget so thin so nothing is impactful. Partial board. Walk through the Home Depot. Stay in touch with other churches. Trade. Present mock-up of ideas with the high end mock up of the budget. Don’t get too married to your idea. Prioritize what you could get rid of if the budget doesn’t allow. When talking with vendors say, “I have this much, would you still do it?”

Shared space challenge? Open hands and preparation. Communicate the preparation and get creative. Maybe if you change a color it could work together for both environments. Communicate with the other teams who use the space. Send mockups to not just the student ministry team but also the production team and the building team. Maybe the student ministry environment could work with the weekend gathering and could just be left up?


Session 3 – Discussion Notes

A conversation about our world, our culture, the way we work and how our team operates.
You (Louie) are the worship leader of our church. Why is it important to have a strong worship culture? The Scripture is about a worship culture. From Genesis to Revelation it’s an atmosphere of worship.
I was called to preach but I was born and created to worship. My created purpose is worship and I have a long runway forever to do what I was created to do. Not what you do before the preaching but our whole reason for being alive. @louiegiglio

Worship isn’t a set of songs, it’s a way of life. Jesus is talking about every moment of every day. Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all as unto the Lord. Recognizing there is something and someone more important than me. God is the steward and hands out the gifts. You don’t actually get to decide what you get handed. God’s gift is to hand out the gift, your gift is to steward the gift. @shelleygiglio

How does your team operate? As you build the church and steward the gifts, how do you operate? Lean towards each other.

Not this team or that team but a collaborative “we”. I’m not against you, I’m trying to find how to equip and serve each other. We > Me
Ryan McCormick

What Jesus has done for all of us. Not what Jesus has done through one individual but through us all.
Jason Dyba @JasonDyba ‏

We are ready to give feedback and ready to ask for feedback. This get’s us out of our own world to make everyone win and bought in. We open the door to this.
Kristian Stanfill

When you’re involved in asking someone, how can I be better at what I do? This gives the opportunity, to tell the truth. This gives us all a chance to celebrate this together. People don’t want to approach you and say three things you could do better, but when you seek this it’s your joy to participate in it together. @shelleygiglio

When criticizing art, it’s like you are criticizing them because they pour themselves into it. The year-end review doesn’t work, you need ongoing investigation. Be humble and open. If you do that if you can get past version one and see the power of version six you will grow to new levels. It’s pride blinding you to say that version one is the best. I hate when people label the video, “final” because the final one is on the screen not in the office. Final/final/new/newer/usethisone. Stop being married to everything you make, open it up for others to put into and make it even more amazing.
Jason

What we tend to do often, is the drift towards version one conversations. No one changing the world is a version one type person. You need to go to training camp, get coached and grow. Adopt the attitude. The game changers don’t put final on anything until the end. It’s not measuring or legalism, it’s stewardship. Louie

The importance of seeing the people when you are leading?
Most of the people who come through the doors are not insiders. They don’t speak our language. They haven’t been thinking about it. The fact they made it in the room is a miracle. Concerned for the people in the back row. Ask if what is happening on stage is reaching those hiding in shadows of the back of the room. If we resort to insider language to the “worship leader voice” then the people in the back will say they don’t believe us. There is a place to be conversational where they can see themselves in your leadership but there is also a time and place to use the exportation muscle. Keep all the people in mind.
Kristian Stanfill @kpstanfill

The moments when things don’t go according to plan. The pastor of solutions.
When all the lights go off and then go back off. At that moment we must mobilize quickly. No panic, no fear. Turn the narrative on that but look at it as an opportunity of doing church in the dark. Set a tone, we have a greater message than this. There are times for conversations but at the moment we must flip the narrative. Preaching the message “Midnight in Philip”
Ryan

A commitment to take things to the next level despite the odds being against us or the answer being no.

How do you go after unattainable?
Build a team. Something to overcome. The general thing driving it is that we are for God and therefore the stuff we are doing is for God and not ourselves and what we are doing is worth it. We are for people. When you are for people, you will do absolutely anything to help them.
@shelleygiglio

We don’t take no for an answer. This is a lie because sometimes that’s the answer, but sometimes our problem is we take the answer no too soon or no is our default answer. “Chaos Bear” vs. real bear. Kids in Christian suits. What are the odds we can get a real bear? Odds are “not very good.” But they got a bear, and that kid was saved. Sometimes you need to see if there are options or possibilities before just saying no. Is it a real no or is it just that you don’t want to work on it.

Creativity: What are the possibilities. Creativity is asking what are the options, what are all the possible yes’s in the world and how do I get to them?
Jason Dyba @JasonDyba ‏

Back to the team. Staying connected relationally because there is an enemy that wants to divide or create tension in the mix.
How does the team lean in? How to support the leadership?
Feedback is because they care about me. Specific feedback means you are bought-in and paying attention, that you are caring what they are doing. They cared enough to lean in and give feedback. I care about you so here is feedback on this specific item.
Ryan
Keep bringing us back to the conversation of worship. Not just roll in, record and roll out. What are we doing? We are calling people to worship the God of the universe through what we are doing right here. Let’s not just move past this but sit in this for a moment and realize the worship we are doing right here and right now.
Jason
The reason we have a mentality is because of the example of Louie and Shelley. The set list feedback. How will the message land? What if we tweaked this?
Kristian

Be a good follower. You’re only going to be as good of a leader as you are a follower. Lock your eyes on Jesus and follow Him.
Shelley

When someone in the trenches with you encourages you it does something special to you. When you don’t get feedback ask, who have I encouraged today? When was the last time you encouraged your pastor?
Louie

#LIFT2018

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Breakout 2 – Hosting A Moment

Sean Curran
Ryan McCormick
Brad Jones

Spending time programming our gathering. We have rehearsals, gatherings, and there is mortar between these big bricks and we walk to talk about these moments to make them matter.
Ryan

Sometimes we as worship leaders limit ourselves to the songs. Songs are a means to connect hearts and souls with God. There is a place through a song you can get the human heart to a place where it doesn’t need any more leading where the heart is dwelling with the father. Take the journey yourself. Not that you know the songs and lyrics but that you go on the journey of worship yourself. Wrap your heart around these songs and if you actually get swallowed in this worship then you will find yourself resting in these in-between spaces more then ever before. Feeling the presence of God more than before. Because you have put in the preparation for the fundamental pieces you have opened yourself up for the dialogue with God in the in between. If all we are doing is singing then how much are we adding to the song. If we can take people to this place then you must have gone to this place before them and bring them along. If the spirit is tearing me apart and working a new thing within me in the privacy of my own worship then I know we can experience this on stage with other people.
Sean

There is a difference between singing and leaning. The short moments, the longer moments, how do you use these moments of opportunity? Know how the arrangement will work for you. If there is a 45-second energy at the start of the song and you want to connect people knowing we are all here for the same reason, then you can help walls come down. Know you have 15 minutes total but with this 45-second introduction, you can accomplish this right when the band kicks in. The band starting is more forgiving than a person on a mic trying to break in. Once the band kicks in, use that 45 seconds. Know the songs very well and how to use them.
Sean

Do the work of preparing. Know the lyrics, know the flow of worship, prepare for these moments.
Ryan

Prepare for the host role. It all needs to feel connected to the gathering. When someone is heavy on the gas pedal you are sick by the time you get there. When they can’t shift gears you back is in pain. Step up and lead moments. There are no shortcuts. When I’m walking with Jesus, praying over these moments, and asking to be used then those are the moments God will be using you. When you don’t prepare spiritually, it might feel okay but there will be a difference in the heart when prepared spiritually.
Secondly, know what’s happening before me. Know the song or how the song is going to land. At the moment worshiping so you walk into that moment with a transition. Look around the room. As leaders, it’s hard to get lost in the song because your job is to lead. You have to be aware but also in the moment. Find moments outside of Sunday to cultivate God’s majesty in your heart. Also not being fully scripted. Have an idea but have something in your tank because you never fully know how things will land. You need to adjust.
Brad.

For a younger host, it’s helpful to script it out. Listen to the song and mock the scenario. Say what you need to say, be on time. No mini message. Build the reps up and grow that skill set.
Ryan

Catalog so you can address the tone of the room. Be prepared for the spontaneous.
Sean

Not announcing time but moments. The mentality of you coming to our house. The host is answering their questions. Make them feel comfortable. What’s happening? What the plan is. Not collecting the offering but a time of giving. The band has the most important job of keeping the flow smooth.
Brad

The music director would be who everyone is looking to. Talk these transitions through. The music can even change the host’s demeanor. The difference between this moment can change my life or this is just something that’s pretty cool. Set up tone pallets so you can match the host. Be ready to support that and make the moment. Timing and shifting things into more of a gameshow host type feel after the prayer and into the welcome. An uplifting tone, with subtle energy to support the host. This is rehearsed.
Sean

The handoffs are reheats. 3-4 hours to let people practice matching and changing tones and for the people to practice hosting.
Brad

Hosting takes place across the board. In passion kids, student ministry, and through adults. Creating this moment in all of the environments.
Ryan

How do you see the people you are leading? Through rehearsals grow in the awareness of when you need to have your eyes up. You are trying to engage hearts. There are sections in songs and as you know it you know when you need to have your eyes up with these different sections. Make the room feel smaller like we are not in the chaos of the cafeteria but at a family meal. Something like, “I don’t know what you are carrying today but…” could also be said, “look, you and I are both carrying something heavy, but what I know is God is the one who can carry all of these burdens.” The language factor of making the room feel smaller helps people feel like they belong.
Sean

Participation makes things not normal, not the same old same old. Use the people in your favor. (Think about the lady willing to jump over the chairs). Say things in a way that you will make people want to clap. Set the tone. If it’s worth mentioning it, it better be worth getting excited over. Know your culture and how the people in the room will affect certain things. Invite the college students down to the front, they can set the tone. How can we get more of our team in every session to set the tone of the room?
Brad

A hosting moment when things went sideways? What can we learn from when it didn’t play out well?
Ryan

Run the race together, think of the baton. The host needs to start running at the pace of the worship leader for a smooth transition and the worship leader must continue running alongside the host to get the baton back.
Sean

Pay attention to your time.
Practically you have to tell the student ministry we love what you are doing but we can’t talk about it with the limited amount of time.
Remember you are not the preacher. Welcome people, close out the moment of worship and tell them what’s happening in the house in a really compelling way.
Host with conviction, even if you don’t know all the details. Talk about it like it’s the most amazing thing because you know how it will change their lives forever.
Brad

Announcements vs hosting. How do you make the announcements feel like a part of worship and one cohesive unit?
It’s okay to talk about things, you want them to know about it. Lead with vision. Don’t you want to belong? Don’t you want to find your place? This is a chance to invite someone! You can’t communicate 10 things.
Host Training Notes
Know the details
Believe what you are talking about
Own the moment or the moment owns you.
Use “We” and “ours” not me.
There has to be a moment of connection to the song. It doesn’t have to be 2 minutes but at least recognize the praise. “Isn’t that right church.”
What’s happening in the house.
Use humor, if not your own, use someone else.
Brad

A great graphic that supports what you are talking about. The details are on the screen so you can just talk about the vision.
Celebrate what happens and show pictures of what’s going on. Changes it from an announcement to a vision and celebration.
Ryan

Wednesday program meeting every week. Check in point. The worship set is already approved. Know who is leading giving, who is hosting, the direction of the sermon. This isn’t the strategy but bringing your piece to the table to figure out how to link up.
When hosting, Louie likes when there is some talking back and forth. Some banter.
Brad

Response songs
A couple different songs and a couple different arrangements of those songs based on how Louie lands and the time constraints. Ready with different arrangements so you can work in an adaptable situation.
Brad

Always a microphone side stage ready to be used just in case.
Ryan

Using tracks in most songs. Implement tracks without being stuck to a grid. Want the flexibility.
Sean

How to engage the blank stairs of early service? This is your home and it’s not going to happen overnight. Don’t get bogged down by the moment or those thoughts of defeat. Don’t make it about yourself. See people where they are and help them go one step further.
Sean

How to be relatable?
Am I getting out of the green room? Am I connecting with the people I am leading? Get in the room and take the first step to break the walls down.
Ryan

Put the leaders you want the rest of the crowd to follow in the front row. I’m going to lead this moment better if I know you are coming with me. The tone is contagious. How can you be a tone-setter when you are not on stage. Over the long ark, you will see you church change. Who has contagious energy? Ask them to lead from the front.
Brad

Session 4 – Louie Giglio

We are all in this together.
Stand in the gap.
Between the porch and the altar.
Joel: We weep
Jesus in the upper room. Revealed this is the plan and the time. Call out the betrayer and out onto the month of olives. At Gethsemane, for prayer and meditation seeking God and asked his friends to pray with him.
“Going a little further, Jesus fell with his face to the ground and prayed.”
What did Jesus do? He went a little further. We are not called to be average or to settle for the norm. We are leaders with a calling on our lives and are set apart. This will compel the people to go a little further. Jesus for me said he was going a little further. Have you ever pulled out of the parking lot and you were the last one? Have you ever been the first one in the parking lot? It’s the little ways that we go just a little further and be like Jesus. Fall down on your face and pray. Divinity in humanity fell down on his face and prayed. The One who walked on water. He fell down with His face to the ground and prayed. The posture of possibility. If Elon Musk can bring a million people to Mars, I want to bring a billion people to heaven.

With His face to the ground, He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 
Leaders ask often, is it possible.

When your face is on the ground. You can’t see the dude at that other church who is doing all the cool things with so many people on that awesome stage. You also can’t see your past…you can’t see you. When you face is on the ground the only thing you see is the ground or the God of Heaven. Nothing to see down on your face but Him.

It lifts our faith when we put our face down.
Face down we are faith up.
Not looking around at the circumstance.

In the most critical moment in history, this prayer is being prayed by someone who signed off on the plan of salvation. Jesus didn’t get salvation orders in the mail, He was the creator of the plan. Jesus was there when the decision was made to save the world. I’m just going to ask one more time because you never know. If it is possible…

What would happen in our ministries if we adopted the posture of possibility? If it’s possible God, this is what we would like to see happen in our church and in our world. Are we in the line of “we have not because we ask not?”

It anchors us in confidence. Not my will but yours be done is not a cop-out prayer. It’s recognizing that God is so great and powerful and here’s what I think but I want to do what you think is best.

It galvanized in Jesus, His calling. It reminded Him what He was on earth to do. Soon after He walks straight into the pain because He knows His calling.

We will wilt under the pressure unless we are galvanized in the posture of possibility.

The guards come to arrest and chaos is everywhere. The disciples cut off an ear and Jesus tells them to stop. Jesus looks at HIs guys and asked, what are you doing. Ie, you missed the moment of the posture of possibility so you have no idea what you are doing. You missed out on the fact that there is someone in charge at this moment. 

No plan of God can be thwarted. 

Find a place more often, with consistency, when we get down in the posture of possibility. The place where we say, “I will follow Jesus.”

However you want to work Lord, just put me in. Your plans are going to prevail. 

@louiegiglio

 

#OC18 Session Notes for Dr. John Townsend, Sam Collier, Lee Jenkins, Reggie Joiner, Carlos Whittaker, Virginia Ward, Louie Giglio

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Dr. John Townsend – @drjohntownsend

4 Common Blindspots for Leaders
Having it all together
Tasks before relationships
Conflict avoidance
Harsh (internal) judge

Gather somewhere between 3 and 10 of the right people and say:
‘If you see me doing anything that would drive my life, my family, or my leadership off a cliff, can I trust you to tell me way ahead of time.’

What’s the abbreviation for Blind Spots? 

Sam Collier – @SamCollier 

The best way for us to find our voice is to help someone else find their voice.”

“A mentor shows up in critical moments to speak timely truths in a relevant way in a critical moment with relational capital so they can receive it.”

“Preachers inform, mentors transform”

“Mentors transform. sponsors platform.” 

Lee Jenkins – @LeeJenkinsGroup 

If we don’t confront something, then we can never cure it.

Like winning the Olympics with an asterisk by your name…The asterisk on America is how we have dealt with the issue of race. 

Step across your racial comfort zones. 

The church should model racial unity to the world.

Be humble enough to be wrong. 

We can do more together when we act like their problems are our problems. 

Carlos Whittaker
Virginia Ward
Sam Collier
Lee Jenkins

We can’t be every tribe, nation, and tongue in heaven if we are not here on Earth. @vawardwow

Challenge everyone who is watching, to go home and have the conversation. @loswhit

One of the biggest disconnects we have going on is a lot of my white friends don’t see there is a problem. @SamCollier

When you accept us as a friend or person you must accept our pain too. @LeeJenkinsGroup 

We have to start acting like we are invited to the party and we need you to know we want to be there. 

This can’t be won on social media, it will be won through relationships. – @reggiejoiner

There are so many of us in this room, and a lot of us feel this way, we are sorry. And in that position we want to say, tell us what to do. – @reggiejoiner

Read John 4 about how Jesus went to her, stepped into her world, valued her, asked for a drink of water to put his Jewish lips on her Samaritan cup. For a person in power to say I need something that I can get from you. 

Listen and believe what we are saying. 

Believe us. We really aren’t crazy.  

Befriend us. Establish a relationship.

Gain compassion. 

Stand up for us. Stand up for righteousness and God’s standard. 

Internally build relationships with people that look different, sound different and think different. 

Intentionally demonstrate to others what this means. 

Louie Giglio – @louiegiglio

If there’s anything that unites us, it’s the song of worship that we sing.

This is leadership 101: ‘Lord, I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on You.’

If we all collectively set our gaze on Jesus, it draws us together.

Salvation always results in worship. Salvation’s end is worship. Our destiny is worship where every tribe, every nation, every language, every people are in one gathering by the power of the Lamb and the finished work of the cross.”

It’s always about God, it’s always been about God, and it always will be about Him.

Sin makes us dead, but Christ makes us alive.

“God brought us from death to life. Not from bad to good. But death to life!”

It’s in the spirit of following Christ Jesus that there is the possibility of unity.

Worship is a weapon because it gets our gaze back on the God of heaven.

You’re not David in the story of David and Goliath.

God is inviting us to wake up and to look up and realize there’s another hero in the story and it’s not me and it’s not you.

Depression is big, but Jesus is bigger.

I want to invite us as a church to speak the name of Jesus more.

#OC18 Session Notes for Josh Shipp, Kristen Ivy, Tom Shefchunas, Ryan Leak, Dr. Deborah Tillman, Jon Acuff, Jen Hatmaker, Kara Powell, and Reggie Joiner

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Josh Shipp – @JoshShipp

We can do more together when we create a safe place for kids over time. 

The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans: http://a.co/8VNNDBh 

What kids will not talk out, they will act out. 

I never thought there would be at least one adult I could turn to.

Being a safe place is both about protecting a kid from circumstances out of control and simultaneously giving the gift of helping them feel the things that are under their control. 

90% of adult drug addicts begin experimenting with drugs before the age of 18. 

Every kid is one choice away from becoming a statistic.

Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.

Kids spell trust T-I-M-E

When kids are going through something difficult, they don’t turn to an organization…they turn to someone.

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Kristen Ivy – @Kristen_Ivy

We can do more together when we create a safe place for kids who are different.

The point of our small groups isn’t just to make kids belong, but to give all of us and our wild, eccentric differences a place to belong.

When you get close to someone who is different than you, you see yourself differently.

If you want to discover yourself, you have to get close to people who are different than you.

In the church, we get truth perspective. 

Truth is real, but perspective is different.

So often in the church, we forget that there is a difference between truth and perspective.

We, as a finite people, cannot tell the story of an infinite God alone.

When you get close to someone who is different than you, you show the world what love is. 

Our differences are an opportunity…a platform to show what unconditional love looks like.

“Our differences are what make the world such a vibrant place.”

What you do for kids and teenagers matters. But what you do only matters because of what someone else in this room that’s wired

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Tom Shefchunas – @Coachshef 

We can do more together when we create a safe place for kids who are hurting. 

Where there is no strategy if there is no sacrifice.

Sometimes we have to sacrifice our felt need to say everything so that what is most important can clearly be heard.

Read the gospels over the next 90 days and ask yourself 3 questions: 

What did Jesus choose to say and not to say? 

How did He choose to say it?

When did he choose to say it? 

Jesus and the woman at the well.

When: After had built a relational bridge strong enough to support truth. 

How safe do we want to be? 

Wanting to be a safe place and being a safe place are two different things. 

If we treat mental health issues like a sin issue, not a medical issue, then kids are NOT going to talk about it. 

What makes an adult safe? Her eyes when she listened to me. 

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Ryan Leak – @ryanleak 

We can do more together when we create a safe place for each other. 

UnOffendable: https://www.ryanleak.com/new-products/unoffendable-no-offense-none-taken 

Have you recently sat with someone who made the journey from lost to found? 

Taking someone from an outsider to an insider. 

Friends are like elevators, they can take you up, or they can take you down.

Lost and found people…have marriage problems. Unchurched people and church people…both have money problems. The outsider and the insider…often struggle with depression. 

The found person has an anchor for their soul. Following Jesus doesn’t mean you won’t have any storms, following Jesus means you have an anchor for your soul.

Lost people can actually admit they have problems. 

The message was “Come just as you are.” But then the message became, “Get your act together.” 

What if we created weekend experiences for people that were in pain. Wouldn’t we find ourselves reaching outsiders and insiders who were just hurt.

Can you admit when you are blowing it?

Is your church a safe place for church people to talk about their junk?

Pretending will never do anything for your soul and it won’t do anything else for anyone else either.

To be a safe person:
Vulnerability: Humble yourself long enough to just sit with people. 

Can you imagine if we humbled ourselves long enough to sit with people?

Compassion is knowing your darkness well enough to sit in the darkness with others. -Brene Brown
Authenticity: 

When we really get authentic, we become allergic to short responses. I’m going to become a person that doesn’t allow people to sweep things under the rug.

We need to remember that WE need Jesus just as much as the people we are trying to reach and serve.

Confidence

Can you be trusted with others confidence? 

Grace

Don’t judge them, help them.

I don’t care about the brand (of our church), I care about the person. 

There’s a whole lot you can do to be a safe place for someone.

If she has the courage to tell us, we must have the courage to help her.

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Dr. Deborah Tillman – @DeborahLTillman

We can do more together when we give every preschooler a better foundation. 

What caught your heart and imagination to work with preschoolers? 

We have to think of young children as little human being. We really need to instill everything. We have to look at the child as a whole being. The more we sow into a child as a full being, the more they will reach that full potential.

We’ve got to care about early childhood because what we do today matters.

Why does community matter? Because preschool teachers feel alone. 

Everybody in this room as the power to leave a legacy. What will matter is that you spent time with a child. 

“The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela 

We all can treat children better. 

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Jon Acuff – @JonAcuff

We can do more together when we help parents be more intentional at home. 

Parenting is hard because sometimes it’s hard to be honest with people. 

Empathy: Understanding what a someone needs and acting on it. 

If you understand what a parent needs and do not do anything about it, you lose them forever. 

When a kid tells you a secret, the first things we need to say is “thank you for telling me”

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Jen Hatmaker – @JenHatmaker

We can do more together when we help parents be more internal at home. 

The Family Road Trip Continuum:
Patient optimism
Irritated intervention
Terrifying cereal killer
Quite acceptance

Barna tells us that by the time kids in our ministries are 29 years old 80% of them will be gone from the church. 

Kids are struggling to connect with a mostly modern church. 

Students need to be able to wrestle with truth without being shamed or we will lose them. 

If we want to reach and minister to parents on the margins of faith, we need to reach their kids. This is the front door to redeeming the culture for Christ. 

The top 4 things students long for: Community, social justice, depth, and mentorship. 

Your students crave healthy mentorship. 

A nanny can offer temporary care…but a parent is charged with raising their kids in Christ.

You are spiritual fathers and mothers to kids. 

For today’s kid, the very best way to lead it is to live it.

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

If kids are just coming to church to be entertained, they will almost certainly leave at 18. If we don’t give them a foundation of JESUS then we are not giving them anything. 

For today’s kid, the best way to lead is to live it. Well done trumps well said! 

Nothing is more important than reaching the next generation, nothing.  

The church is only as strong as the buy-in from the next generation.

May our legacy be that we raised up a generation of kids that loved God passionately.

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Kara Powell – @KPowellFYI

Growing Young: http://a.co/eDYwdqF 

We can do more together when we help parents Bre more intentional at home. 

Does your church help parents win? Or does your church help parents help your church win?

We want to change the way we view and relate to parents. We want the church to be the first place parents go when they need help. If you want to change how parents see the church, maybe we need to change how we see parents.

You don’t have to like every parent for every parent to have more influence than you.

Parents we can’t out-teach what you teach at home. We’re not that good. 

When parents win, kids win. When we help parents thrive, kids are going to thrive. 

Parents will have more influence than you because…
They will have more time than you will ever have.
They will be in your kids future when you are not. 

Text Family to 66866 for free resources that help parents win. 

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Reggie Joiner – @reggiejoiner

We can do more together when we communicate a clear plan to parents.

If I were to ask the average family in your church to explain your strategy, what would they say? 

If you can’t explain your strategy, parents aren’t applying your strategy. 

One change they made to the brochure. A map and a schedule for the brochure. This one change moved the response from 3% to 30%. What is the map and schedule for you and parents? 

We want to help every parent become more intentional at home and more connected to a community of faith. 

What does it look like in your organization to become “more?”

What does that look like? How do you help them win? 

Your church is more strategically positioned to help a parent win than any other organization. 

What is your elevator presentation, “this is what we help you do?” Or what is your lunch presentation to partner with parents? What is your Sunday presentation? And what is your building presentation? When they walk into your building what triggers them to win as a parent. 

MAP IT

Meet people

Add experiences

Prioritize time

Identify needs

Talk together 

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#OC18 Breakout Notes

 

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Leading Your Team to Go Further Faster – Nina Schmidgall

Challenges to overcome at any size:

Under 250: 

Volunteer driven, few paid staff

Limited budget

Challenging facility

25-1000

Teams of volunteers led by staff

Communication challenges around how decisions are made

Changing leadership structure 

1000-2000

Leadership by policy and procedures

Ministry silos

More vision than time or budget to accomplish

At this size, you MUST rethink policies and procedures. No longer work on a case by case basis. 

2000+

Multiple leaders/stakeholders involved in decisions

Everything must scale across multiple environments

The pace that leads easily to burnout/turnover.

How do we lead faster and further? How do we steward what God is doing? And how do we put things in place to help us scale? 

Growth = move from doing ministry to overseeing ministry to advising ministry. 

Resource Recommendation – Empowering Leadership Michael Fletcher http://a.co/5Ngt7es 

With each transition in growth, elders move from doing ministry to overseeing ministry to advising ministry. Likewise, pastors must change from what Fletcher calls the “shepherd model,” in which he or she is the go-to person, to the “rancher model,” in which the pastor must “embrace the idea of sharing ministry and leadership with others.”

1. Invest in your team

How do you care for and challenge your teams? How are you making the team better for God’s purposes? 

Resource Recommendation

Radical Candor: Kim Scott http://a.co/2eVzfpZ 

Care about them personally. 

Challenge them directly. 

Don’t complain, it’s called management and it’s your job. More of your job becomes management as your church grows. 

“We undervalue the ‘emotional labor’ of being the boss.” – Kim Scott

Have your team go through the Strengths Finder. Help position them in a way to maximize their teams. 

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron http://a.co/eUc18OO 

You are going to be able to move further faster if you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your teams. 

Value time spent together, include spouses and kids. Annual play and pray retreat with spouses and kids. Sunday-Tuesday. Go away to retreat together. Kids becoming best friends. High investment but natural and authentic relationship. 

Spring get together. Christmas parties. Team and their families spending time together. 

2. Define the Win

Bigger than just pulling off Sunday. 

Your team should have compelling answers to these questions:

What is your target?

How will we know when we hit it?

How does this fit into the bigger vision of the church? 

Simon Sinek: “People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it.” 

TED talk link: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action 

Define the Win: 

Maximize your investment in kids
Make Sundays Excellent
Partner with Parents
Develop meaningful relationship
Encourage missional hearts

To encourage and support families to share an authentic faith with the next generation. 

3. Cast the Vision

Keeping everyone moving in the same direction is harder and more complex the larger you grow. The tyranny of the urgent will trump vision unless you are intentional. 

Over-calendaring and over programming will derail what you are about.  

There are activities vital to your vision that you can ignore and not feel immediate consequences.” Henry Cloud – The One Life Solution

Focus on why the vision matters

Why cue can’t keep doing it the way we’ve always done it 

Why we can’t stay where we are

Why change will be worth the effort

Visioneering: Your Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Personal Vision by Andy Stanley http://a.co/58l7G7A 

4. Execute the Plan

Have people on the team who will create the vision and people on the team who will make it happen. Balance the team. 

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy http://a.co/do8iZva 

“Execution is the missing link between aspiration and results.” 

A systematic process of defining how and what and follow through. 

5. Guard the DNA

When you are new to a team, step back and look for those who are guarding the DNA. 

Vision Leaks

Think of it like cold spring water in a pale. Slow drip but eventually you are left standing with an empty pale. 

What is your process for onboarding new staff members and volunteers? 

Hold the line on serving once a month because of how much you need to guard the DNA. That time commitment represents meaningful relationships. 

How do you guard the DNA? No one likes meetings but if you don’t have your people in the same room from time to time then vision will leak. Get the right people in the right room. 

Sometimes you need to just stick with the same plan and find a better way of executing it. 

Guard the DNA

Implement it.
Repeat it.
Refine it.
Repeat it.
Evaluate it.
Repeat it.

6. Involve the Team

It really will be better if we are all in it together. How do we involve our team? 

Jesus final instructions from Matthew 28:19 were not step by step instructions. He stated the end goal and gave room for the people to be involved. 

Leaders need guidelines. 

Paint a goal and direction for people. 

Transfer control vs. transferring ownership. 

“People will support a world they helped create.” Dale Carnegie  

The main job of every leader is to:
Identify
Develop
Deploy
other leaders

Call everyone staff. They are just either paid or unpaid staff. 

Set a culture of shoulder tapping where they know who they will invite who they will be developing and inviting. 

Author and leadership consultant Michael Fletcher says these types of leaders can’t simply be “bought” nor can they be hired off of someone else’s “assembly line.” These types of leaders have to be built through a leadership pipeline.

The answer for more leaders is ALWAYS a culture of leadership development. 

7. Celebrate the Victories

Look for the stories and share them.

Small personal encouragement and thanks. 

Large and critical feedback when above and beyond. 

How can experiment and become more intentional?  How can we do facebook live or help share stories? How can we elevate the work our volunteers are doing to win? 

As your team becomes bigger and more spread out the stories can help share the vision of your ministry. A Win Celebration. 

Celebrate Victories: Personally, Privately, Publicly. 

“Find ways your leaders are winning. Nothing motivates a leader like knowing their hard work is recognized and appreciated.” 

God, scale your church so that your glory can be made known. 

@ninaschmidgall #OC18

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When Parents Win—practical Ideas For Nextgen Leaders – Kara Powell

How many of you are parents in this room?
How many are parents of teenagers?
Why is it important to help parents win? 

1. When Parents win…kids faith wins.

1 in 2 drift. They graduate from great youth groups and drift from God and the church. 

4 out of 5 of those who drift, intended to cross well. 

When it comes to kids’ faith, parents get what they are.” Christian Smith

From one of the vastest studies.

“We can’t out-teach what you teach at home. We’re not that good.” Davide France

Never too early. Never too late. 

2. When parents win…your church wins. 

No major Christian tradition is growing in the U.S. today. Some are growing steadily and some outside of the US are growing but not inside the US. 

Growing Young: Churches that aren’t shrinking and aging, but are growing in involving and retaining young people (ages 15-29). 

6 more commitments that these growing young churches have in common.

Keychain Leadership
Empathy Today
Jesus Message
Warm Relationship
Prioritize Everywhere
Best Neighbors
Jesus-Centered Communities. 

What prevents us from helping parents win? 

One reason is parents attitudes. Parents view the church a lot like a dry cleaner. Bring their spiritually dirty kids to church, check them in, and then come back 70 minutes later and check them back out spiritually clean. 

We allowed them to believe this lie. 

We have toxic attitudes about parents and what it means to partner with parents. 

This is a toxic thought: “My idea of partnering with parents is getting them to help with our ministry.”

Define the win to help parents win. 

THE WIN = Help parents be more connected to the faith community so they are more intentional at home. 

How are we supposed to do this? 

Paradigm: Every parent can do something more. Take a baby step forward. 

Think of parents on a continuum. 

1. Searching – The goal is to help them rethink church
2. Participating – The goal is to help them get more integrated into the church.
3. Applying – The goal is to help them to be ever more equipped at church.
4. Leading – The goal is to help them be involved in developing others. 

Determine where parents are in this paradigm and help them take just one step forward. 

Imagine your family or a family you know won a trip to Disney Land. Now, it’s too much to see in one day so you have to plan. Just like a Disney land, you need to “map it”

MAP IT

Meet: Which characters do you want to meet. Who do you want to get pictures with and connect with? We at church need to help families meet and build relationships with transformative people. Family is a team sport so help them have the right kind of team. 

The 5:1 Ratio. Have a team of adults surrounding them. Out of 13 youth group participation variables, #1 was integration relationships. Not one leader for 5 kids but 5 adults for each young person. Not 5 small group leaders, just 5 adults that surround a young person on their team. What if your church became known as a place that helps families meet and develop these kinds of relationships? 

The shortest distance between your church and a parent is a small group leader. Help parents start with who they know. Look at the relationships your family already has and turn up the dial to make it more intentional. There’s one group of adults with an untapped potential; senior adults. How do you foster this relationship so that parents win? 

Special connection for parents of special needs kids. Face to face as well as with technology. 

What about single parents and blended families? 

Add: How do you add experiences, the right rides and the right shows. Add the important experience that makes up the day at Disney. Family life is just a bunch of little moments with the possibility to build warmth into a family. 

Moments build warmth. Warm is the new cool. Whose thermostat matters more – the parent or the child? Far more about what the kid perceives. 

Your church equips parents to ADD. In the view of the big family calendar, how do you carve out moments of warmth? Shared family experiences at church. This is a big labor commitment. 

The power of serving together. Very few institutions create opportunities for families to serve together. There’s nothing more powerful than helping families serve together. Look at where you are already asking families to serve and make a special invitation for the families to serve together. Maybe even just the first Sunday of the month. FYI List – Free tools at FYI Booth

Prioritize: Prioritize your time. The right amount of rides, snacks, downtime, rest. Help families prioritize their time. Is it more important for quantity time or quality time? 

“It’s the quantity of the quality time.” Reggie and Carrey  

Your church cues parents to prioritize. Tangible handholds. Spell things out to help them win. Parent Cue App. Help parents prioritize “car time.” 

Some parents prioritize “bedtime.” Figure out the rhythms that work for your family. 

What rituals do you do? 

Mealtime

What if my child doesn’t want to spend time with me? Unpack this question one at a time with a family. 

Identify: What are the kids into? Do they like car rides? Fast rides? Help parents really understand what’s going on with their kids in the phase they are in. 

Your church reactive parents to identify what is important to their child. 

Sparks: Every young person is created in God’s image. Help parents understand their child’s spark and fan those flames and create more divine embers so their flame grows. 

But there is a warning we need to give parents. A lot of parents lose because they have an easier time connecting with one of their kids spark more than another. When children perceive favoritism the child will distance themselves from the parent in everything important to the parent, including faith. 

Talk: Talking about the rides during and afterward. As we talk about it, we cement the experience for days, weeks, and months to come. The same is true when it comes to faith. We need to help families have good conversations even with topics they are hesitant to bring up. Like doubt. 

Doubts Happen. 70% of kids (admit) in your youth group have significant doubts about their faith. It’s not doubt that’s toxic to faith. It’s silence. Help parents have good conversations. These questions start in elementary school, often 3rd grade. Your church resources you to talk. 

If I could fully explain God, then God wouldn’t be God. Teach your parents and help them know the phrase, “I don’t know, but…”
I don’t know, but…how about we get together and talk more about this later.
I don’t know, but…let’s study this together.
I don’t know, but…here’s what I do know about God. 

Give parents discussion questions. Give them questions to start before Sunday. 

Share your spatial journey. Invite parents to share their faith walk. Share YOUR faith journey. 

MAP IT is not a secret!!!

What we do in ministry is too hard to do without parents, and what parents do at home is too hard to do without the church.

@kpowellfyi #OC18

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Creating Culture: Building A Thriving Nextgen Team

Nextgen can be lonely. You’re the boss and in the middle of the structure or organization. Find a sounding board or tribe. 

Kenny Conley: Mission Church
Cindy Fiala: Impact for 1000 Generations
EJ Swanson: Woodside Bible
John Huber: Westside Family Church
Nina Schmidgall: National Community Church
Gina McClain: Faith Promise Church
Kevin Monahan: 12Stone Church

Text 512-914-0922 to join the nextgen tribe text.

It doesn’t matter what your strategy is if you can’t get your culture right because your wheels will just be spinning. 

Culture: The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization a corporate culture focused on the bottom line

What does a unhealthy culture look like?

Cindy: Lack of vision. Different goals between ministries where you have different departments going towards different goals. 

EJ: When teams don’t work together. When there is a disinterest between the student ministry team and the kid’s ministry team. We are going to own the line between the phases. When big kids or student events they go and work together. Kidmin leaders have a sense of how to keep kids protected and student ministry leaders need this. 

Gina: When creativity and ideation are at a minimum. When conversations are taking place about the problem but not with the people who can fix the problem. 

John: Unhealthy culture can be revealed when there is a personal agenda that goes against the team agenda. How is the chemistry? How will you fit into this team? 

What is a really healthy culture? What does this look like when culture is thriving? 

Kevin: It’s fun. Ministry and life are too short to do it with people you don’t like. If you aren’t laughing with your team while you are working then there is something wrong. There is a time to be serious but we underestimate the value of fun. 

Cindy: When it is safe to laugh at yourself. We can’t take ourselves that seriously. A healthy culture respects everybody and we fight for our relationships. Fight for each other and not against each other. Triangulation and gossip are toxic. Pass it up but not sideways. 

Nina: Be for each other. Build a culture where we are setting each other up to win. Do you serve a God of abundance or scarcity? Learn about their personalities and maximize them. 

How do you define culture? 

Gina: Craig Groeschel defines it as what you expect and what you allow. It’s in the allowances that degrade our culture over time. If culture is falling apart then trace it back and you will find there is something that you allowed to happen. When problems are taking place but is being talked about with people who are not there to fix the problem. When you allow that to take place, you need to move closer to it, investigate, learn how it could have played out differently, and have very specific questions about how it should have gone because that’s not how we are to function as a team. The phrase, “That’s not who we are” is powerful when leading your team. 

John: Help new staff members understand our values. We live on the side of the solution, so when you have a problem you have better thought out what possible solutions are for the team. If you have a problem with someone else, you need to go to them before you come to us. Gather the team to talk through our vision and values as a team. Set it at the beginning. 

When you hear your team talk about one another, where do you draw the line between venting and gossip? 

Cindy: 6 Organizational values. Fight for our relationships. Push complaints and frustrations up instead of sideways or down. Whether paid staff or unpaid staff, you will need to know the organizational values and sign a covenant. You can vent in my office, but not outside. 

Kevin: When someone comes to him he flips it on them. Why do you think they are so comfortable coming to you with the gossip? The exciting part of this is to shut down the passing of poison. Sometimes there are things that need to be processed and it’s not gossip so a conversation in place might need to take place. Have you talked to the other person about it and have you prayed about more than you’ve talked about it.

EJ: If you pretend to be half as concerned about the task as the problem then you can accomplish double. With gossip, you have to just go right after it. The further you are apart from the easier it is to gossip. Work together and accomplish twice as much. 

What are some of the things you expect? What have you lead or seen other churches do really well to create a healthy culture? 

Kevin: The Monahan Ten. 10 expectations Kevin has as a leader. Give an instruction book about what and how to communicate respect and care. Make the problem the problem not the person. Document everything. Don’t bring me a problem that you can solve. You need to help the team to understand you without having to guess what you prefer. Create a culture of approachable. 

Gina: Church values or staff values that clearly define the culture. Answer the question what does right look like? What is the test of this? How do you measure that staff value? What does right look like on a high level or low level? Equipped to have more strategic conversations. Clarify the actions you want to see lived out. 

Nina: This can also give you permissions. With the value, everything is an experiment, you create room to innovate or fail. Create pathways to innovation. 

John: It starts with us. Unity is a big thing if you want to go somewhere stronger and faster. Live out the vision. You are not above picking up trash or cleaning a toilet, model servanthood. 

Culture is often set by what we allow. What have you allowed or seen allowed that create an unhealthy culture? 

Gina: Productivity over teamwork. When you allow someone to be toxic because of how productive they are. 

Cindy: Freakout creates unhealthy expectations. Recognize the leaders who freak out when things go off center. Our job as leaders is to be the calm leader always. Don’t allow freakout with addressing it. 

Kevin: Allowing your own weaknesses to go unchecked. Not allowing feedback. “The wounds of a friend can be trusted.” Proverbs 27:6. The aspect of staying somewhere too long. When someone is there for a paycheck or for another reason and we allow them. When the horse is dead, dismount. Not walking in and firing them but having a difficult conversation. 

John: If you don’t deal with it, it ultimately comes back to you as a leader. 

EJ: When we allow the wrong person to manage our risk. The leadership above us believes we are managing risks for our organization. Know, is this the right missions trip, the right thing to say, the right time to change a policy. We have to manage this. Currently in our culture, what situations are we putting our leaders in? Are they in a car with a young person? Don’t allow leaders to manage this risk, that buck stops with us.

How do you recreate culture after you allowed something?

Gina: When you have a worship leader who can’t sing. The way she engages in worship is good but when you don’t want to have that hard conversation. When you mute her microphone. Everyone in the room knows she can’t sing and we are just waiting for you to have the conversation. The rebuild begins when you admit you allowed the issue, change, and make a plan. Sooner is better than later, and but is better than vague.”  

Culture creation. We all inherit culture, how do we get proactive in creating healthy culture? 

EJ: Will Hutcheson said, “Let’s blue sky this…dream as far into the sky as we can.”  

Kevin: Communicate it. Half of the job is going into a room and repeating yourself. Correct when there is drift. Celebrate it. Unmet expectations are cause for disaster. If people are guessing your culture then your culture is unknown. Good Birds. When staff turns in things that they see staff doing. Win prizes or cash. Celebrate those in different departments. Dirty Bird: Mock you for. When someone says something on social media, too bluntly or makes a mistake that you want to celebrate the mistake. 

EJ: We budgeted without the opportunity to create a new culture. A zero-based budget that is set the same. This means if you want to change a piece of who you were, you can’t change mid-year. 3 years ago setting aside 10% of the budget. Craig Groeschel “We ask our people to do unreasonable things so we see unreasonable results.” Creative and creating new things building culture. Don’t allow the repetitive boring ministry. 

Nina: Finding out who you really are. Show me your calendar and your checkbook. This is a true reflection of what you really value. Do your budget and calendar replicate the culture you are trying to create. Do you budget for a relationship with your staff? “Playing it safe is risky” if you believe that then do you have room in your budget and calendar to innovate and try new things? A win celebration culture where you celebrate the wins of the previous weekend. Stay invested and celebrate what God is doing. 

John: Get creative quarterly. Pair up the different ministry areas so they get to know each other. Not for business but for a relationship. When all hands on deck weekend or week, over-communicate the expectation. 

What do you do when you want to create a culture on your team but the church culture is lacking? (Or when there is an unhealthy culture in another team?)

Kevin: Lead by example. Create something simple that starts with you and your team. Create a healthy culture within your team and others will want to be a part of it. Warning: Don’t go against the culture of your senior leadership. And sometimes you can’t go along with the culture and you’ll have to move. 

EJ: Summer local middle school and high school missions trip. The missions department doesn’t support underwriting local missions but they serve their dream centers. No money spent on this but needed them too because of the growth. Figured out the win for the missions department, to increase short-term missions trip for the adults. So they challenged the parents of this group to go on a missions trip. When you figure out the win for them, you can get them on board with your team.  

Nina: In relationships, we can’t control others but we can control ourselves. Under promise and over deliver. Don’t tell another department no but rather we can’t do that but what we can do is. Do what you wish they would be doing. 

Any advice on being on staff with your spouse? 

Nina: Sherry and Geoff S book. Hard when you want to push or advocate for your spouse but on the other hand be very careful about the perception of some sort of in or leverage in a different place. The staff has to feel we are equally for them. Doing ministry together blesses the church. Be careful to create roles for your marriage. No ministry on date nights or “upstairs.” 

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What’s A Reasonable Budget – Jim Wideman

You can always be a better steward. 

Remember, God is your source, not your church. 

Want Jim’s Notes? Text: kidmin to 66866

Definitions change. Big and busy change when from week to week. 

Everyone does ministry better when they are on the same page. Align your thinking when it comes to a reasonable budget with leadership. 

How much is enough? 

How many of you are in charge of fundraising? 

How many work at churches where fundraising is of the devil and you are not even allowed to do it?

Not all budgets are created equal. 

3 Kinds of Budgets

1. Spending guide (estimate)
2. Allocated or Fixed
3. Capital Expenditures (if we can)

Budgeting Myth #1
Just because you raised more than budgeted or people designate to a particular ministry or project doesn’t mean you get to spend it. 

So, what’s a reasonable and effective budget? How do you build, grow, and maintain a budget? 

Tony Morgan says 10% is a healthy student population but I know very few student ministry pastors who get 10% of the budget. 

What is your cost per child per week (%)? 

Planning always has to go before action! 

Two ways at the start of the budget to start. Look at the church you have or believe God for the church you want to have. 

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:28 ESV

Start with your calendar! How can you start the cost of the year before you start the planning process. 

Do you have student activities and kid activities coming out of the same pay period for parents? Can you stagger these events so they don’t have to choose which child can go? 

Get the book: Beat the Clock –  http://jimwideman.com/product/beat-the-clock-successful-strategies-for-time-management/ 

Add Essentials First

1. Curriculum for weekly programming (under $.50 per child per week)
2. Music from Amber Sky (under $.05 per child per week)
3. Props, extra visuals for Large Group (under $.50 per child per week)
a. Early Childhood $0.50 per week
b. Elementary $0.50 per week
c. Students $1.00 per week 

Special Event Curriculum & Other Programing

1. Christmas Jingle Jam $169 or 3.38 per person = $06.5 week
2. VBS $25 per child or $.50 per week
3. Weekly Subscription $239.88 or $1.20 per person per year or $0.3 per week
4. Other programs
5. Totals so far
a. Early Childhood $1.57 per week
b. Elementary $1.66 per week
c. Students $1.38 per week

“It’s all about kids getting the Word of God.”

Supplies (25% of curriculum cost)
(if you want to build a pad double) 

1. Arts crafts (EC $0.27, Elem $0.29)
2. Snacks EC $0.27, Elem $0.29)
3. Students suppliers $0.35
4. Students Food $3.00
5. Totals so far
a. Early Childhood $2.088 per week
b. Elementary $2.21 per week
c. Students $4.70 per week 

“I’ve had to lock up the goldfish so the youth pastor wouldn’t eat our preschool supplies.”

Go negotiate the year supply of pizza or CFA so you have a set price for the whole church. Get a price per pizza or sandwich so if you are getting 10 or 1000, you get the same price all year. 

Believe God for the finances of your ministry. 

D. Workers
1. Background checkS $35 X20 =$700 $.014 per child per week
2. Worker Shirts $25 X 25 = $625 $0.12 per child per week
3. Appreciation, snacks, etc 12 X $216 = $0.50 per child per week
4. Orange Tour $99 X 12 = $.023 per child per week
5. Meeting Costs $1300 = $0.25 per child per week
6. Training Cost $$1300 = $0.25 per child per week 

Ask someone, “Are you looking for a tax write-off and have advertising money? Pay for my VBS and I’ll add your company name to the back of the VBS shirt.” 

“Look for people whose spiritual gift is giving.” 

Can you handle volunteer growth? 

Jim has learned that woman are often cold at church. Offer a long sleeve worker shirt or hoodie. 

In many churches, we want workers but we don’t celebrate the accomplishments of workers. Don’t go onto the next event, hand out donuts and make a big deal of them. 

7. Totals so far ($1.49)
a. Early Childhood $3.57 per week ($15.47 per month)
b. Elementary $3.70 per week ($16 per month)
c. Students $6.18 per week ($27 per month) 8. Per year 

8. Per year

9. Let’s compare 

Nearly two out of 10 families are spending more than $1,000 per month on elite youth sports according to the USA Today. https://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/2017/08/23/USATODAY/USATODAY/636391023373229973-082417-Youth-Sports-ONLINE.011.png 

Administration

1. Date Base
2. Follow-up
3. Printing
4. Mailing
5. Software
6. Subscriptions
7. Paper
8. Cards/ post cards 

Jim tries to get the church to cover subscriptions under the overall church budget. 

Following up with people is vital. Use check in systems to identify pastoral care. When someone is out 2-3 weeks call them and say, we notice you have been out and we just want to see how you’re doing and see if we can pray for you. 

Postcards are effective and inexpensive. Send at least two a year so that you can at least keep your mailing list updated. 

F. Professional Development
1. Conferences
2. Coaching Cohorts – YouLead
3. Consulting, Individual coaching 

G. Special Events (Transportation, Guests)
1. Camps
2. Big Days
3. Activities
4. I believe in Guests and the momentum they bring. 

H. Capital Expenses (Over and above regular budget)
1. Office equipment
2. Environments
3. Furnishings
4. AV Equipment 

You can live on planet earth, not be a millionaire, and still, have fun. 

If you don’t eat at nice restaurants on your own budget, then why would you do this on your churches budget?

If you have a TV that has a bulge in the back…you need to get rid of it. 

Church is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. In the building of your budget look long term. If you are faithful in the small things, God will make your ruler over much. 

What’s next? 

A. Be content ( Philippians 4:11)
B. Remember it takes time to implement change
C. Be frugal, be a good manager and steward
D. Believe God (Phillippians 4:19)
E. Thanks so much for coming, let’s pray 

God is your source, not your budget. 

The bigger the boat the more water it takes to turn it around. 

Treat God’s money like it was yours. Are you tighter with the churches money then you are your own?

God gets money to you when you know the right way it goes through you and you steward it well. 

@jimwideman 

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Notes from #OC18 Main Stage 1 & 2: Jon Acuff, Gerald Fadayomi, Danielle Strickland, Reggie Joiner, Doug Fields, Andy Stanley

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We Can Do More Together

Jon Acuff

“It’s easier to say something than to do something.”

How do you beat shame? Relationships. 

We can do more sounds like an order. Together, changes this. 

You can be “we” without being together. 

“Together means putting aside our small stories for a bigger story.” 

What happens when you tap into the potential of what kids are really like? 

@JonAcuff #OC18

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Gerald Fadayomi

If you could only pray for one thing for the next generation, what would it be?

We can do more together…When we treat each other like the next generation is watching. 

“We look at children and know they can do more. We believe in the next generation.” 

Jesus prayed for Unity. John 17, that we would be one. 

Jesus could have prayed for anything for the future church. He prayed for unity.

Jesus knew that a fractured church could not united a divided nation. 

Our unity affects His credibility. 

37M churches 2.2B Christians. 

Can you imagine what could happen if we started moving in the same direction? 

A united church is a culture-shaping church. 

Unity is not uniformity. It’s setting our differences aside to make a difference. Finding a common ground for the common good. The realization that we can do more together. 

@GeraldFadayomi #OC18

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Danielle Strickland

“The thing to do is to grab the kingdom of God and start living that future now.”

“Wake up! Jesus is knocking. We’re better together if we live the future now.” Danielle Strickland

@djstrickland #OC18

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Reggie Joiner

We can do more together when we keep doing what seems impossible. 

It’s not what you build that matters. It’s what happens in you. It’s what happens to you. 

How we work together will change how a generation sees God. 

When we look around in our communities…name what is broken. 

“If we as leaders don’t do something about what is broken in our community we forfeit the right to have influence in our community.”

“If we as leaders don’t do something about what’s broken in our communities, we forfeit our credibility.” 

We are responsible regardless of our position. 

How can you leverage what you have? 

“Leverage whatever status, influence, resource, privilege we have for those around us.”

Proximity changes perspective. 

“If you want to be the leader that you need to be in this generation, you’ll have to go see for yourself sometimes.”

“If you’re not getting close enough, you’re not going to be the caring and empathetic leader that you need to be.”

“Everybody Nehemiah needed to rebuild was already in the town.”

“Nehemiah put parents in the gaps in the walls to fight for their families.”

“When you see moms and dads standing the gap fighting for their sons and daughters, it’s a different kind of battle.” 

Nehemiah made the parent the champion. Think about how the kids will remember this. 

“Don’t stop doing the work you’re doing together. It matters.” 

“You keep doing what seems impossible, and you’ll do more than you’ve ever done. Then expect to see God, but not the God you expected.“

@reggiejoiner #OC18

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Doug Fields

We can do more together when we recognize we can’t get there on our own. 

When I go to dark and lonely places I forget this principle, we is greater than I. 

“Healthy discipleship requires leaders to play together.” 

When we work closer together, there is a greater chance of discipleship, a greater chance of faith development. 

“What makes you a team is when you rely on one another.” 

“If you want to transform your church culture, rely on one another, believe that we is greater than I.” 

@DougFields #OC18

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Reggie Joiner

We can do more together when we speak up for those who are marginalized. 

“If traffickers can target vulnerable girls for trafficking, why can’t the church target vulnerable girls for redemption?” @djstrickland 

“One of the first ways you participate in injustice is to choose not to see it.”

Want to know how to help empower vulnerable girls? Start here: braveglobal.org

“There’s nothing that forges unity more than mission.” #OC18  @djstrickland

@reggiejoiner #OC18

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Andy Stanley

We can do more together when we lead the church to stay focused on what matters. 

What’s the faith of the next generation worth? Everything!

You don’t have to go to church to hear preaching…it’s on demand. 

“When you lead as a team with one voice…what matters most matters more.” @reggiejoiner #OC18

Once upon a time, one won. 

One: Jesus modeled it. Everyone was welcomed. People who were nothing like Jesus, liked Jesus. 

“The one thing we all have in common is that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

“Of all the things that Jesus could pray for, He prayed for our oneness.”

“Unity is mission critical and more important than theological correctness. We are defined by the way we love one another.”

The One Another List:

Forgive one another.

Accept one another.

Care for one another.

Encourage one another.

Submit to one another.

Restore one another.

Carry one another’s burdens

Bear with one another.

We are to one another, one another 

“Imagine a world where people were skeptical of what we believed but envious of how well we treated one another.”

“God does not show favoritism.” 

“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” – Acts 15:19

Let’s not make it unnecessarily difficult to believe in Jesus.

“Concessions are legitimate for the sake of peace.” 

Are you more concerned about who’s in office than who’s in heaven?

“Will we prioritize oneness over our politics?” 

ONE is an invitation to embrace the one thing we all have in common. 

“If your theology separates you from sinners like you, you may have some work to do.”

@AndyStanley #OC18an173-efeb3e88-0967-4ffa-ac9f-7c2a1a06b77f-v2

3 Helpful Questions To Improve Your Workday

Of the 31,102 verses found in the Bible, which verse comes to your mind more than any other?

For some people, it might be John 3:16 as a reminder that God loves us and has a plan. For others, it might be Psalm 23 as they look to God as their shepherd and provider. Or maybe it’s Philippians 4:13 as you lean into God as your strength.

For me, Colossians 3:23 seems to be a constant reminder that I live and work for God:

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

This verse impacts not only my workweek but also reminds me to offer the little daily tasks up to the Lord.

A similar is found in 2 Timothy 2:15-16 where Paul writes

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior.

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Here are three practical challenges from these truths.

1. Work for your True Boss. You probably have a boss or board to which you are held accountable. Ultimately, our authority is not our employer who gave us a job but the One who gave us life. If we work hard and gain the approval of our boss at the expense of our True Boss, then we have missed the mark completely. Ask yourself, “Am I more worried about the approval of my boss or my Savior?”

2. Be an approved worker. Do work you would be proud to show off to God with an attitude to match. Work on projects that are rooted in what is true and find ways to give God glory through your tasks. Be a positive light in a world full of darkness. Lift others up, don’t look for credit, and be humble. Don’t complain and finish mundane tasks with joy. Ask yourself this question, “Is God proud of my work?”

3. Work on what’s right. If you are given a task that goes against God, remember who your True Boss is and do what is right. Work in such a way that people see you are made in the image of God. Work hard and diligently and be known as someone who avoids worthless and foolish talk; someone who actually gets the job done. Ask yourself, “Am I working on what’s right or just engaged in mindless talk?”

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord!

How the Orange Conference Changes My Perspective Every Year

 

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Did you walk away from your last conference changed? Every year, the Orange Conference has a theme where speakers look at the same topic from different angles to help attendees gain a changed perspective. Over the years we have been taught to “Say yes to the next generation,” “It’s just a phase, don’t miss it,” “Monday is coming,” and “To be for our neighbors.” These themes have radically impacted my life and ministry.

In addition to these themes, each year God has spoken a word to my heart that shifts my outlook.

an173-9b2456b8-47b0-41a1-bddb-a952c92327f3-v2In 2014, I walked away knowing that I needed to work on myself. In order for me to say yes to the next generation, I needed to be a better example and leader.

“The biggest leadership challenge I have is me.” – Jeff Henderson

“Every book you read is worth 2 years of life experience.” – Mark Batterson

“Competency isn’t the issue. Character is.” – Carey Nieuwhof

“Leaders, ask yourself, ‘What is it like to be on the other side of me?’ ‘How are you to work for?’” – Jeff Henderson

“You replace yourself by developing others, not by replicating yourself.” – Jeff Henderson

“It’s ok to not be ok, but it’s not ok to stay that way.” Parry Noble

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In 2015, I was challenged to know and act like every week matters. It’s just a phase, don’t miss it, helped me see not only the development of each of the kids but that I was missing opportunities to make an impact with each Sunday.

“100 years from now, the only thing that will matter is a kid’s relationship with God.” – Reggie Joiner

“If you’re the parent of a 9th grader, you only have about 200 weeks left before graduation. Make it count.” – Reggie Joiner

“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” – Josh Shipp

“Children’s leaders, you aren’t keeping kids so that adults can go to church. You’re discipling children who will be the Church.” – Reggie Joiner

“Small Group Leaders, there is great power that comes with showing up every week.” – Reggie Joiner

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In 2016, I realized that I was so worried about filling the kids with the head knowledge that I missed what mattered most. Monday is coming helped me see that I was teaching in a way that kids forgot the moment they left the room. I must connect Sunday to Monday.

“It’s not a question of: Will Sunday impact Monday? It already does. The question is: Will we be part of that conversation?“—Jon Acuff

“It’s not: How to we get them to come to us on Sunday? It’s: How do we go to them on Monday?“—Jon Acuff

“On Sunday, grace is expected. On Monday, grace is a surprise.”—Jon Acuff

“Following Jesus will make your life better and will make you better at life.”—Andy Stanley

“When it comes to my personal connection to the local church, it’s simple: the Church saved my life.”—Andy Stanley

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And last year, 2017, I walked away realizing that I allowed busyness to get in the way of loving my neighbor. I must be like Jesus and invest my time in those who are different than me.

“Instead of seeing busyness as a badge of honor, maybe we should see it as a brokenness.” — Doug Fields.

“Some of your neighbors feel like you don’t love them because you act like you don’t like them.” —Reggie Joiner

“If there’s any entity that should lead the way in treating everyone like they’re invited to the party, it should be the church.” —Reggie Joiner

“Young people can download thoughtful preaching but they can’t download thoughtful mentoring.” —Kara Powell

“You can’t dismiss people and be in love with God.” — Andy Stanley

“Your love for God is demonstrated and authenticated by how we treat those around us.” — Andy Stanley

“We’ve got to stop acting like discipleship is about information, and realize discipleship is about relationship.” —Reggie Joiner

“Busy is the enemy of neighborly.” — Doug Fields

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Now is the time to register for the next Orange Conference. I really hope to see you there!

Sign up and begin praying today to not only be move through the theme but also open yourself up for God to speak to your soul. REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 15 TO SAVE $50!