I’m here to play to build something that lasts (Danielle Strickland – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Danielle Strickland has become one of my favorite speakers. I've heard her speak at Orange Conference for several years and a few other events. At YMX 2020, she spoke about how she is here to play so we can build something that lasts. Here are my notes from her talk. Holy = Other (we’re supposed … Continue reading I’m here to play to build something that lasts (Danielle Strickland – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play so we can learn to trust each other (Kristen Ivy – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Kristen Ivy spoke on the importance of trusting each other at her Youth Ministry Exchange talk. Similar to others, she talked about the importance of changing our posture. Here are my notes from her main session talk. Lesson from gymnastics: Wherever your eyes go, your body will follow.All of us feel fear, anger, and shame. … Continue reading I’m here to play so we can learn to trust each other (Kristen Ivy – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play because I have a lot to learn (Jo Saxton – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Jo Saxton's talk at Youth Ministry Exchange 2020 was fantastic, as expected. Here are all my notes from her talk entitled, "I'm here to play because I have a lot to learn." Life has always been changing, many of us just haven’t been watching.Our posture will determine how we handle changes and where we go … Continue reading I’m here to play because I have a lot to learn (Jo Saxton – Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

I’m here to play so I can see what’s possible (Ryan Leak: Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Ryan Leak had the opportunity to start off Youth Ministry Exchange 2020. Going off the theme of YMX, Here to Play, his talk was titled, "I'm here to play so I can see what's possible." Ryan started by pointing out that we often talk a lot about not being able to make it through hard … Continue reading I’m here to play so I can see what’s possible (Ryan Leak: Youth Ministry Exchange 2020)

Youth Ministry Exchange is October 22-23, 2020

One of the events I was really looking forward to attending this year was the National Youth Workers Convention. I have attended the last two years and have loved hanging out, learning, and having fun with many of my fellow youth workers. I've also enjoyed attending Orange Tour. Unfortunately, this is 2020, so just like … Continue reading Youth Ministry Exchange is October 22-23, 2020

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