From Nay to Yay on Digital Conferences | Orange Conference Live 2020 Recap

Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Youth Specialties. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece. What if we did this online?  There is no doubt that we have all asked ourselves that question at least once over the past couple months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of … Continue reading From Nay to Yay on Digital Conferences | Orange Conference Live 2020 Recap

Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 3 Notes

Thursday morning at Orange Conference 2020 was action-packed, as the previous two sessions were. We heard some amazing talks and interviews around special needs ministry, a revolution of love, racial reconciliation, how to share the Gospel with the next generation, what we can still do in the middle of this pandemic, and how we respond … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 3 Notes

Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 2 Notes

Wednesday morning at Orange Conference 2020 was filled with some incredibly heavy but important topics of pain, suffering, hurt, grace, love, and more. Below, you will see a collection of my notes from Main Session 2 speakers like Jimmy Mellado, Jon Williams, Mike Foster, Reggie Joiner, Kara Powell, Kristen Ivy, Nona Jones, Simon Sinek, and … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 2 Notes

Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 1 Notes

Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange kicked off the Orange Conference 2020 with a thought he often shares at the beginning of events like this: “The work you do is the most important work on the planet.” All of the speakers for the first main session kept pointing toward one key point, which is … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: Main Session 1 Notes

Orange Conference 2020: What to Expect from Me

The Orange Conference is going to look a lot different this year. Not only will the main sessions be online, many of the workshops will also be online. And on top of that, they will have a huge amount of workshops available after the conference for an entire year. All of this will change how … Continue reading Orange Conference 2020: What to Expect from Me

Orange Labs Coming to The Orange Conference 2020

Over the years, The Orange Conference has become something I look forward to attending for many reasons. Near the top of that list is what I get to learn from others who are further along that me. And while I gain a lot of motivation from the main sessions, the breakout workshops are where I … Continue reading Orange Labs Coming to The Orange Conference 2020

Best Cosplay at NYWC 2019

The National Youth Workers Convention is definitely a convention, rather than a conference. They each have their place, but they are different. For example, conventions have a lot more venders, it has a more relaxed feeling, and there is a lot more focus on networking. I have been to several video game and comic book … Continue reading Best Cosplay at NYWC 2019

Sam’s Story: An Encouraging End to NYWC 2019

This is part 4 of Sam’s Story. To read part 1, click here. To read part 2, click here. To read part 3, click here. Sunday morning was typically a big day for Sam. He needed to get to the church early and he was busy all day long. Today was different, though. He just needed to … Continue reading Sam’s Story: An Encouraging End to NYWC 2019

Say No to Busyness and Yes to Being Like Jesus (NYWC 2019)

Doug Fields is a veteran youth worker, who, as many of you know, has been one of my mentors from a distance over my years in youth ministry. He has written some of the best books, started several resource organizations, and recently got back into being a youth pastor after a few years of speaking … Continue reading Say No to Busyness and Yes to Being Like Jesus (NYWC 2019)