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Aligning Partners at the Orange Tour

Pat Rowland
Pat Rowland Wednesday August 7, 2013
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“Pat, I’m just not sure this Orange thing is going to work here.” Over the last six years I’ve heard that from a few people, so I wasn’t worried when Mark approached me last year. He raised some good questions and concerns about our recent transition to using the Orange curriculum in our kids’ ministry.

I had already spent a lot of time with Mark and 15 other kids leaders as part of a Family Ministry Think Tank where we discussed the Orange Strategy and vision for Woodside Family Ministry. There was not much else I could do, so I invited him to join several of us at the Orange Tour. While at the Orange Tour, Mark approached me during lunch and said something along the line of: “Okay, this is really good. I love it.”

A ministry leader’s greatest challenge is ALIGNMENT. We have senior leaders, parents, department leaders, staff, and volunteers who need to be aligned with the ministry vision and strategy. It’s a challenge you don’t have to face alone. You need to seek partners to share your vision to create greater alignment. Here are a few partners to enlist.

Volunteers – When a volunteer is passionate about your ministry strategy it is contagious, and they will bring other volunteers along.

Parents – The next time a parent tells you how much they appreciate what you are doing in your kids or student environment, make a note of it. Ask them to handle your next parent complaint or share at your next parent meeting.

Students – The next generation understands the value of relationships and they are a great testimony. Share their stories and point them out to other volunteers.

Family Ministry Leaders and Staff – Push your staff or volunteer leaders into the spotlight. Let them take the stage to cast vision at your next training or volunteer meeting.

Senior Pastor or Leadership – It’s important your Senior Leadership is knowledgeable about your strategy. When they receive questions or concerns, they can address them without having to come back to you. They also have a larger platform to cast a Family Ministry vision.

Orange – They have plenty of resources that can help you cast vision including the upcoming Orange Tour. Whether it is a volunteer like Mark or your senior leadership, encourage them to join you and let the Orange team cast a compelling vision for you.

Pat Rowland is the Executive Pastor of Ministries at Woodside Bible Church, a multisite church in metro Detroit. He’s the father of Alivia (college), Claire (high school), and Presley (middle school) and lucky enough to have Mandy has his wife. They have all been working in next Gen ministry for 20 years in churches in Indiana, Tennessee, and Michigan. You can follow him on twitter and Instagram at pdrowland.