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All the Single Leaders

Cara Martens
Cara Martens Saturday February 13, 2010
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So what do you do if you’re a single leader- or the only one that’s heard about or buys into the Orange strategy… yet.

This makes me think of a conversation I had with a preschool director on day 3 in her new job, at the conference, who was very part time and a busy mom as well. She admitted she had no idea where to start. Wholeheartedly she believed in what she was hearing and learning. But she was overwhelmed and asked me what she needed to tell the others back home.

My answer surprised her. I told her not to say anything to them.

I told her to put all her energy into thriving- as a preschool director in a new job- and not to worry right now about convincing the others. All she needed to do was win in her area with this new Orange strategy and she’d have their attention.

The first thing we did was look up her PDD (Partner Development Director- look yours up here). I shared that this person was her lifeline- her Orange teammate, coach and potential best friend. This was the key person to help her walk through each of the resources step by step and answer questions once the conference was over.

When she felt more confident, I told her to start meeting with potential volunteers to share what she envisioned for preschoolers and show them the resources available. Then she could ask what excited them and where they could plug in.  With a strong team and an engaging environment, others at her church will want to know more about what she’s doing and why.  Then it’s time to vision cast again and Orange will continue to spread.

So what advice do you have for a single Orange leader at a church just starting out?

Cara Martens can’t help but read, write and dream, so becoming the 252 Basics Creative Director and main researcher for all things Orange is a perfect fit. She taught for a decade in schools and led teams in creating experiences for the church. Cara and her husband, Kevin, are schooled daily by her five- and eight-year-olds on how kids learn best.