How to Brainstorm Using Creative Boards

Last week, I shared a photo from one of our creative meetings here at the Orange offices. Most of the time, when I post a picture of the creative boards we use for our meetings, I get a question or two about them. Where do those boards come from? How do you use them? What do you use them for?

We use these boards for just about everything. Planning our calendars. Mapping the scopes and cycles of our curriculum. Assigning communicators and locations to Orange Conference breakout sessions. And, like I’ll show you today, leading good old fashioned brainstorming sessions.

Last week, I led a creative meeting for our soon-to-be-released XP3 Middle School curriculum. We were brainstorming some creative “extras” for a few upcoming series. So, for those of you who are interested in how these boards might work, I’ll give you a peek at how I used them last week.


Challenging Your Volunteers… Without Scaring Them Away

I’ve written before about this idea of making bigger asks from your volunteers – especially your small group leaders. I love this topic. But if you’re going to talk challenging your volunteers with higher expectations, you really should talk about the other side of that coin, too.

How do you ask your volunteers for big commitment… without scaring them away?

Well I definitely don’t have all the answers. But I took a stab at answering that question this week on the GoWeekly blog.


The Lead Small Culture Book Club

Last week, I told you about a little online community that is rallying around this big question: How can our churches do small groups better in 2015?

And now, that little community is becoming a reality. Starting today, the Creating a Lead Small Culture Book Club is LIVE!

For the next five weeks, we’re going to be reading, learning, and talking about how to do small groups better. And I get to host it! It’s going to be pretty fun.

I’m so excited that so many of you have decided to be a part of this conversation with us (almost 1,000 people so far!) If you haven’t already signed up for the Book Club, there’s still time to get in on the fun. Just take a second and register. By registering, you’ll get access to some exclusive Book Club bonuses, like…


How to Do Small Groups Better in 2015

The first week of the New Year is here! If you’re like most people, you’re probably starting to think about all the things you want to do better in 2015.

A better workout routine.
Better friendships.
Better hair.
Getting better at solving a Rubik’s cube. (No? Just me?)

Well, whatever our “better” lists look like in 2015, there’s one thing I’d love to see on all of our lists. It’s an area where we all have room for improvement. And it’s something that will directly impact the future of countless kids and teenagers.


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