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Helping Parents Know they Measure Up – Kara Powell (OC19)

Kara Powell has been doing some amazing work over the last several years at Fuller Youth Institute with her Sticky Faith, Growing Young, and now Growing With research. On Friday at the Orange Conference 2019, she spoke about the need to help parents know they measure up. Here is a quick summary of what she … Continue reading Helping Parents Know they Measure Up – Kara Powell (OC19)

Hear the Voices of Those Who are Not Being Heard – Danielle Strickland (OC19)

On Friday of the Orange Conference 2019, we had the privilege of hearing Danielle Strickland speak about the importance of hearing the voices of those who are often not heard. Here are my notes from what she said: Danielle started out her talk with a Children’s Church song… “My God is so big, so strong, … Continue reading Hear the Voices of Those Who are Not Being Heard – Danielle Strickland (OC19)

Everything in Your Church Changes When Relationships Matter – Tom Shefchunas (OC19)

Friday morning at the Orange Conference 2019, Tom Shefchunas (Shef) kicked it off talking about small groups in a talk called Everything in Your Church Changes When Relationships Matter. Here are some notes from his talk: Shef started out by saying he's joked about writing things on Twitter with the hashtag #tweetablejustnottrue. He then shared … Continue reading Everything in Your Church Changes When Relationships Matter – Tom Shefchunas (OC19)

What Matters to You as a Leader will Matter to Those who Follow You – Dr. Dharius Daniels (OC19)

Dr. Dharius Daniels reminded us at the Orange Conference 2019 that our presence on this planet has purpose. Here are a few further thoughts from his talk. God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” God formed you for the purpose in which you were created. And God knew you before … Continue reading What Matters to You as a Leader will Matter to Those who Follow You – Dr. Dharius Daniels (OC19)

Do you Know What I’ve Done? (Interview at OC19)

Thursday morning at the Orange Conference 2019 started out with Reggie Joiner interviewing Kristen Ivy, Mike Foster, Nona Jones, and Tedashii around one of the questions Reggie spoke about last night. Here are a few thoughts from their conversation: As children, we’re often taught what to talk about and what not to talk about. We … Continue reading Do you Know What I’ve Done? (Interview at OC19)

Everybody Needs Somebody – Reggie Joiner (OC19)

The story of Zacchaeus has the makings of a great kids’ story, but maybe we’ve missed something. Reggie Joiner, in his Orange Conference 2019 main session talk, shared that Jesus did in this story shocked the entire community.  How could Jesus dare favor a guy like Zacchaeus? Everybody needs somebody to see them like Jesus … Continue reading Everybody Needs Somebody – Reggie Joiner (OC19)

Stop Being so Shallow – Kristen Ivy (OC19)

What if the opposite of being personal is being shallow? Kristen Ivy expanded upon with this thought in her opening night main session talk of the Orange Conference 2019. In the church, we like to say we aren’t shallow; we like to say we are deep. What if, instead, we decided to be more personal? … Continue reading Stop Being so Shallow – Kristen Ivy (OC19)

The Church Should be the Best Place for a Kid to Find Hope – Virginia Ward (OC19)

It’s easy to feel invisible as a teenager, especially when you don’t fit into one of the “boxes.” Virginia Ward started her Orange Conference 2019 main session talk by explaining how, as a kid, she didn’t belong at home, but she belonged at church. And she was seen by a leader there. She was invited … Continue reading The Church Should be the Best Place for a Kid to Find Hope – Virginia Ward (OC19)

Everything Changes When it’s Someone you Know – Jon Acuff (OC19)

To kick off the Orange Conference 2019, Jon Acuff began with a short introductory message that reminded us of the importance of making it personal. (The theme of OC19 is IT'S PERSONAL. Click here to learn more about the theme.) Jon started off with a list of the seven most personal pets: PuppyPigBirdFishSnakeTurtle (which totally … Continue reading Everything Changes When it’s Someone you Know – Jon Acuff (OC19)