It’s time for the Orange Conference again! As many of you longtime readers know, I’m a part of the Orange Blogging Team. This not only means that Orange thoughts and strategies regularly pop up in my content, but it also means I blog and post on social media for Orange during their annual conference. This week, I’ll be doing that again.
The main theme for OC19 is IT’S PERSONAL. It’s clear that throughout Jesus’ ministry, He made things incredibly personal. He called Zacchaeus by name and went to his house, he addressed the Samaritan woman’s past, he spent time in Mary and Martha’s home, he invited each Disciple to follow him, he intercepted Saul on the road to Damascus, and the list goes on and on. Part of the reason why these people’s lives were changed was because Jesus made it personal.
When we begin to make it personal, we will have more volunteers developing a deeper commitment to the ministry, we’ll have parents engaging at a more practical level, we’ll have ministries making a greater impact, we’ll have churches with a wider influence, and we’ll have leaders making a lasting mark for the Lord. When we begin to make it personal, it will change how we say what we say, spend our budgets, design our programs, lead our volunteers, work together as a staff, prioritize our calendars, and are about our communities.
While we cannot tell you all the details from the main sessions (partially because they don’t even tell us ahead of time), I did want to pass along the workshops I plan to attend. If you notice something on the list that you’d like to hear more about, please post about your interest in the comments, and I’ll try to take extra notes during those sessions.
- Meet Jon Acuff
- Build a Leadership Team for the Future
- Create a One-Year Ministry Plan
- Develop an Effective Coaching System
OC Breakout Sessions
- Live recording of Rethinking Youth Ministry Podcast
- Respond to the LGBTQ Reality
- Help Parents of Teenagers Win
- Build a Social Media Strategy
If you’re not able to make it to OC19 yourself, please be sure to follow along online. Our team of bloggers will be posting daily on their individual blogs and social media accounts. If you’re on Twitter, I tried to make it easy for you to follow all the bloggers by creating a list, which you can also follow.
You can also follow the conference livestream at live.theorangeconference.com, where they will stream main sessions, interview speakers and authors, and show you a bit behind the scenes of the conference.
As always, you can expect a lot of posts on my Twitter feed throughout the week at regular posts here on the blog during the week and at least a couple follow-up posts afterward. And as I said earlier, if there is something in particular you want me to cover, please leave a comment.
To read all my blog posts about OC19, click here.