Say YES to Helping Marriages Win (OC14)

The concept of a “bait and switch” is common today. Doug Fields, in his main session at the Orange Conference 2014 says that he experienced a bait and switch when he first went into ministry. He stated that he eventually realized that he cannot adequately care for students unless he cared for their parents. Specifically,…

Say YES to Not Having it All Together (OC14)

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…

The Power of Story (OC14)

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…

Leading Through Crisis, Tragedy, and Trauma (OC14)

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…

Say YES to Reimagining What You Do (OC14)

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…

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

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…

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…

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…