Category Archives: Orange

Say YES to Not Having it All Together (OC14)

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Anxiety and depression is more and more of an issue today among teens. We have been hearing about it in our youth group, and I am sure we are not alone. Perry Noble, at the Orange Conference 2014, addressed these issues in his main session talk.

We are extremely sensitive to our appearance. We have products that will suck us in and tighten us up for the one purpose that people are very self-conscious about how they look. Perry told a hilarious story of how he tried on “spanx.” He struggled to get the shirt on, but he struggled even more to get it off. Many times, people get stuck in their problems, and they feel like they cannot get out of it.

Perry said our goal should be that “we, as leaders, will create an environment where we regularly tell people, ‘It’s ok to be not be ok, but it’s not ok to stay that way.’”

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The Power of Story (OC14)

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There is amazing power in a story. Heather Zempel knows this. During her workshop at the Orange Conference 2014, she started out focusing on the story from Mark 2. It is about the group of friends who transported their friend to Jesus through the roof of a house. So often, we skip right over the fact that these guys dug a big hole through someone’s house to do this. Heather talked about picturing Jesus down below with stuff falling on his head. Then, she goes on to point out two important things in this story:

  • The man’s mat was the symbol of everything wrong in this guy’s life.
  • The faith of the man’s friends allowed him to walk away with a new life.

So often, Heather teaches, we focus on a lot of the morality of the Bible, but we miss the context of the story. The story of the Bible should have a huge impact on our lives. It should ignight us to go after a better way of living.

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“Change This Baby” Parody Song for Volunteers (OC14)

Here is a parody song the Orange Conference 2014 did for volunteers based on “Call Me Baby” called “Change this Baby.” Sorry I missed the first part.

Leading Through Crisis, Tragedy, and Trauma (OC14)


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Brooklyn Lindsey is a middle school pastor at a church in Florida. She started off her workshop at Orange Conference 2014 by asking the audience if they have experienced crisis within the last week. After most everyone in the room raised their hand, she moved on to share a word of encouragement for everyone.

“You are not superhuman, but you are supernaturally able,” Brooklyn starts. You are probably not able to do things that superheroes do to save people by flying in and saving the day, but you do have the ability to respond in a way that is supernatural. The church is a lighthouse people often run to in times of crisis. Brooklyn urges to stand strong, because people will run to us in hard times. She then said, “We might not be the best in every situation, but we can be our best.”

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Say YES to Reimagining What You Do (OC14)

mark_batterson Mark Batterson kicked off Thursday morning at Orange Conference 2014 with a message to say yes to reimagining what you do. This is so important, as we often get stuck inside our boxes.

He started by sharing several stories from history when people reimagined the process. The stories ranged from war to surgery to the Olympics. Mark then said, “If you want to repeat history, do it the way it’s always been done. If you want to make history, do it the way it’s never been done before.” Before he went on, he said that it must start internally. If you want to pray for something or someone, pray for yourself. Pray for God to change you, and give you what you need to approach things in a new way to reach new people.

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Say YES to a God that is Bigger Than You Think (OC14)

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Reggie Joiner started off the main sessions of the Orange Conference 2014 with an amazing message that we need to say yes to a God that is bigger than you think. Honestly, there was so many amazing things that he shared, and there is no way I can recreate it for you. If they make this message available for download, do yourself a favor and download it! However, I will share his main points, but know that it will only give you a peak into what he said.

Reggie started by sharing a list of what he wants kids to know:

  • You can know God.
  • You can become a Christian in a moment.
  • You can trust the Bible.
  • Trust leads to stronger faith.
  • You should enjoy going to church.
  • Your beliefs matter.
  • God has an ideal.
  • God is good.

Then, he went back through this list to share some other things kids also need to know:

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Developing a Weekly Social Media Plan for Parents and Volunteers (OC14)

orange2014_mattgina-socialDoes your church lack a social media strategy? Does your ministry lack a social media strategy? Are you wanting to communicate better to your parents and volunteer leaders? If you said yes to any of the above, Matt McKee and Gina McClain have some things to help. They led a pre-conference workshop at Orange 2014 called, “Developing a Weekly Social Media Plan for Parents and Volunteers.”

Matt started by stating, “We’re passionate about social media, because we are passionate about people, and people use it.” They started with this video from Erik Qualman containing a ton of social media stats.

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Defining the Role of a Next Gen Pastor (OC14)


What is the “Next Gen Pastor?” This is most likely a common question from churches. Nina Schmidgall defines the role as the pastor to the next generation. He or she is the person who is leading the ministry from cradle to graduation (and maybe through college). In Nina’s Orange Conference 2014 pre-conference workshop she goes into detail about this Next Gen role in the church.


1. Champion the Next Generation

This role is a guardian of the DNA. Before you guard it, though, you need to define it. Maybe someone needs to help you define it. This person’s goal should be where everyone on the team can state your purpose. Then, they help the overall team to remain committed to that DNA.

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Measuring What’s Important in Family Ministry (OC14)


The first pre-conference workshop I attended was all about measuring what is important in family ministry. The speaker, Terry Scalzitti, is a senior pastor at a church in Oceanview Baptist Church (Myrtle Beach, SC), but he spent several years doing “next gen” ministry in Florida. He started off his pre-conference workshop with Deuteronomy 6:6 in order to focus on why we do what we do.

Before he jumped into his main points, Terry shared some basic information to get us all on the same page:

  • We all want to be better at what we do, because we believe that what we do matters.
  • You can leverage what is cultural, what is changing, to communicate what is eternal. If we don’t, we are the ones that looks like a fool.
  • If you want to build something that last, you have to be willing to change what you build.
  • When you upgrade your system (when you’re willing to change), you highlight the mission in a clear way.

Terry, then shared five gauges to help you do ninistry better:

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Orange Conference 2014: What to Expect from Me

Hey, everyone! I'm here at the Orange Conference 2014. As you know, I'm going to be sharing a lot this week from the conference, but I thought I would give you a quick heads-up about what workshops I am attending, so you know what to expect later, when I get to sharing what I learned.


  • Measuring What's Important in Family Ministry (Next Gen) with Terry Scalzitti
  • Defining the Role of the NextGen Pastor with Nina Schmidgall
  • Developing a Weekly Social Media Plan for Parents and Volunteers with Matt McKee and Gina McClain
  • Creating Experiences for Married People with Ted Cunningham and Ted Lowe


  • Leading through Crisis, Tragedy, and Trama with Brooklyn Lindsey
  • The Power of Story (Children & Student focus) with Heather Zempel
  • Creating Games to Engage Middle School Students with Kenny Campbell and Elle Campbell

I will also be sharing from the seven main sessions. I hope you all are as excited as I am. Expect at least one post a day from me, but it will probably end up being more.