Key Quotes and Action Steps from the 2016 Orange Tour

Orange Tour 2016

Last week, our family ministry staff, along with about 10 volunteers, attended the Orange Tour stop in Lancaster, PA. We attend the Tour every year and it was a great experience as always. Unlike past years, we went north to Lancaster instead of south to D.C. and the traffic was way better.

Here are some key quotes, along with actions steps I would suggest, coming out of the 2016 Orange Tour.

“This week matters: if it’s repeated.” – Reggie Joiner

Action Step: If you currently don’t have weekly volunteers in your ministry, create a plan to get there. It’s hard to repeat what matters if you have different people with kids/students each week. Don’t expect to do it in one day, but draw up a plan to transition from monthly or bi-weekly to weekly.

“Kids matter: more than adults.” – Reggie Joiner

Action Step: Analyze your budget towards kids and students. I’m completely biased, obviously, but if you divided up your church staff’s hours into 3-5 core segments, with children’s and student ministry being a segment, it should get the most hours. More than worship. More than groups. More than operations. More. It should get more budget as well (okay, minus facilities).

“Prioritize young people everywhere.” – Mike Park (Kara Powell at some stops)

Action Step: By the new book Growing Young from Fuller. Take the assessment and apply the learnings to your church. Fuller offers some additional resources along with the book and the assessment that are also helpful.

“Church should never be boring” – Reggie Joiner

Action Step: Evaluate your environments weekly and ask the question, was it fun? Yes, our ultimate goal is to make disciples. However, there won’t be many kids and students to make disciples of if their experience is boring, dull and irrelevant.

“Every parent will do something more.” – Reggie Joiner

Action Step: Think of something this week you can challenge parents to do that is something more. Not 10 things more. Not a 6-month project. One thing. What is it? How will you communicate it to them? How will you help them?

“The shortest distance between your church and the parent is a small group leader” – Reggie Joiner

Action Step: Equip small group leaders with the contact information for the parents of their few and encourage them to reach out. If it’s the first contact, I think the best option is to write a sample email for the leader, have the leader personalize it and send it to every parent. Every partnership begins with someone reaching out to open a dialogue.

Mastermind Groups for Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry and NextGen/Family Ministry

Mastermind Groups for Church Ministry

One of the most impactful things that helped me grow as a leader has been coaching networks. I’ve been involved in a couple of them, specifically for pastors, and they have been great. I think every ministry leader should have the opportunity to be in a group like that. However, there are a few problems.

However, there are a few problems.

Coaching Network Challenges

There are challenges when it comes to coaching networks for ministry leaders. Here are a few:

  • There aren’t many. These are very common the business world, but not so much in ministry world. Of the coaching networks that do exist, most are targeted to Lead and Executive Pastors. Both coaching networks I participated in were that way and I was the only family ministry staff person.
  • They’re expensive. The last network I was in was $2000 for 9 months. That’s expensive. Cost is a barrier to most ministry leaders.
  • They’re instructional more than collaborative. I don’t think instructional is wrong. The first network I was in had that format and it was great. However, the last network I was in had a collaborative format used in Mastermind Groups. That was a much better experience, especially for people who have been leading for more than a few years.

MegamindMastermind Groups?

If you’ve heard of them, then it probably doesn’t sound weird.

Otherwise, the name might be misleading. I don’t know about you, but when I first heard of Mastermind groups I couldn’t help but picture this guy.

A Mastermind Group is a collection of people who gather together regularly to learn from each other, encourage each other, and help each other improve. The Mastermind format centers around using 3 key questions that everyone gets to answer:

  • What is going well in your ministry?
  • What challenge are you facing that you would like input from the group on?
  • What resource can you share that would be helpful to the group?

Most groups gather once/month on site or via video call and talk through those questions. In addition to the questions, there is a specific discussion around a book, article, or something the group is learning from together.

Interested in Some Pilot Mastermind Groups?

I’m hoping to pilot some Mastermind groups for family ministry leaders. Picture a group for children’s pastors, a group for youth pastors, and a group for family pastors. If you’re interested, click the link below to sign up for more information.

Click here to sign up for more information on Mastermind Groups for Ministry

Mastermind Group Registration has closed for 2016. If you’re interested in hearing about potential groups in 2017, please fill out the form below.

 

 

Episode 016: Jeremy Lee on Parent Ministry and Partnership

Jeremy Lee Parent Ministry

In this episode, I interview Jeremy Lee, founder of Parent Ministry. We talk about the incredibly important topic of partnering with parents and equipping them to lead their children well. Jeremy offers some extremely practical insights and ideas to help us partner with parents better.

Jeremy Lee

Connect with Jeremy on Facebook and Twitter

Email: info@ministrytoparents.com

MinistryToParents.com

Jeremy’s CaringBridge page

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Enter to Win a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to Parent Ministry (through Sep 9, 2016)

Rites of Passage/Family Experiences – Ministry toolboxes to help you partner with parents

Magic Button Site – Use this generic parent ministry site and adapt and brand it to your ministry

The Blessing (book) – Check out this book by John Trent that teaches parents the power of their blessing

Make a List:

  1. What do you do in your ministry? (Ex: Weekly programming, events, small groups, leaders).
  2. What do you do for parents?
  3. What is one thing you can do or implement to bring parents into your ministry?

Action Items

  1. Make the list.
  2. Talk with your parents about blessing their kids.
  3. Enter to Win a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to Parent Ministry
  4. Partner with small group leaders to ask students who gets spiritual leadership at home.

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Next Episode: Matt McKee

In the next episode, I talk with my friend Matt McKee about his new book Parent Chat. You do not want to miss that conversation as we talk about how parents can lead their children best when it comes to technology. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it!

Win a Lifetime Membership to Parent Ministry

Ministry to Parents

In the NextGen/Family Ministry survey I did earlier this year, Partnering with Parents was the #1 topic leaders were interested in hearing about. I can’t say I was too surprised because it’s absolutely critical to a strong family ministry and it’s a topic I’m very interested in as well.

Podcast Interview

I’m excited to share the podcast interview I had with Jeremy of Parent Ministry. You can find it here. We talked all about ways in which we can do a better job partnering with parents. Jeremy knocks it out of the park as he shares the importance of ministering to parents and practical ways we can do it in our churches.

If you’re not familiar with Parent Ministry, they create content, resources, event kits, and everything you need to launch and organize your ministry to parents. After our interview, I thought it would be fun to see if they would be up for giving something away along with the podcast hitting this week.

They came up big. 

They’re giving away a lifetime membership to Parent Ministry (kids+youth bundle) to one lucky person. I’m not sure how to quantify a lifetime, but we’re talking about well over $10K in value.

Enter to win a lifetime membership to Parent Ministry

To enter to win, fill out the form below. Once you confirm your email address, you’ll receive an email with the one additional step you can take to enter to win. Not to mention, the step itself will give you some great free content, including:

  • 5 Strategies to take your parent ministry to the next level
  • 52 Family Dinner Discussions
  • Lunch Box Notes for parents to write to their kids
  • 80 Scriptures for encouraging parents

Be sure to listen to the podcast episode and share your thoughts in the comments below or in a rating on iTunes.

Winner = Kristin Shughart of Northridge Church

Kristin Shughart of Northridge Church won the lifetime membership to Parent Ministry. Congrats Kristin!

Episode 015: Gina McClain on Small Groups and Sticking With Your Church

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In this episode, I talk with Gina McClain, Pastor of Children’s Ministries at Faith Promise Church. Previously, Gina led children’s ministry at Life.Church. We talk about how to implement small groups for kids and what it takes to stick it out long-term in your current church.

Gina McClain

Connect with Gina on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Email: GinaM@faithpromise.org

Faith Promise Church

GinaMcClain.com

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Life.Church – Gina previously led Children’s Ministry at Life.Church

Guts and Glory of Small Groups – Check out Gina’s book for practical advice on implementing the small group model in your ministry

Fellowship One – An online check-in system for churches

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Read Angela Duckworth’s book all about having the willingness to do whatever it takes

5 Steps to Implementing Small Groups In Your Elementary Environment (blog posts) – Check out a series of blog posts I wrote that outline five steps to help you implement small groups in your ministry

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To make sure you never miss a post, hit the subscribe button in iTunes, Google PlayStitcher, or Tune In radio. Keep your friends and co-workers up-to-date as well by sharing it with them via email or social media.

Leave a rating and a comment in iTunes to let me know how this podcast is helping you and your ministry. Also, let me know how we can make it better!

Next Episode: Jeremy Lee

In the next episode, I interview Jeremy Lee, founder of Parent Ministry (ministrytoparents.com). We talk about the incredibly important topic of partnering with parents and equipping them to lead their children well. Jeremy offers some extremely practical insights and ideas to help us partner with parents better.