Last year I celebrated 20 years of vocational ministry. I can very easily divide the 20 years into two halves. The first half was 10 years of doing ministry on my own and the second half was a decade of doing ministry in community. If I could go back and visit 20-year-old Kenny, I’d give him this advice: “Never do ministry alone. Find your tribe.” You might not have any staff. When it comes to family ministry, you’re it. It’s easy to feel alone and isolated when you’re the only one carrying the burden of ministry to the next generation....Read More
Author: Kenny Conley
Before the days of Family Ministry and NextGen teams, the process of finding and leading volunteers was all over the map. Wait, who am I kidding? For most in ministry, a comprehensive strategy for volunteers is lacking. The good news is that a NextGen ministry structure creates a foundation for healthy volunteer systems. Let’s take a look at what often is and what could be. Volunteer Recruitment The one thing every children’s ministry and youth ministry can agree on is this: we need more volunteers. Outside of this one point of agreement, everything else is different. Youth ministry usually...Read More
Wow! Orange 2018 is over and it’s back to normal life. Sort of, right? The point of conferences like Orange is that things don’t go back to normal again. The big idea is that something changes. It’s an idea. A new perspective. Maybe it’s some new relationships. Whatever it is, hopefully, something has changed and this week (and every week after) is a little different than before. The NextGen track at Orange was STRONG. So much content to help NextGen leaders get to the next level of their leadership. However, something interesting always happens at the Orange Conference. I...Read More
One week from today, nearly 7000 individuals who serve kids, teenagers and families will gather in Atlanta for the Orange Conference. This conference will be my 11th to Orange Conference, and I can’t wait. I know that for some people, the idea of attending the same conference every year for 10+ years seems redundant or stale. Honestly, that’s never been my experience and I think I know why. I don’t come to Orange for the content. That’s not 100% true. The content is always very good and inspiring. But the content has never been the driving force. I’ve attended a...Read More
I’m currently 18 months into my second try at a NextGen role. So far, everything is going really well. I’ve not experienced any surprises, but I’m learning new stuff every day. I’m seeing wins at a much faster pace than the first time in the role and I truly believe it’s because I’m focusing on the right things this time around. In case you haven’t read the posts, I’ve found five important things to focus on in your first year as a NextGen Pastor. Learn the culture Meet your staff Learn your role Dive into another role Chart the...Read More
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