Many of you are probably familiar with the Orange Conference, but how many have heard of its counterpart, ReThink Leadership? One of the aspects about the Orange mindset that I have always loved was their emphasis on the entire church. If done well, your family ministry shouldn't just be a combined effort of the kids … Continue reading Why Should Your Senior Leader Attend ReThink Leadership?
We've all experienced it. Some of us were prepared for it, while it has hit some when we were least expecting it. It's all too real, though, even though we don't want it to be. Many of us heard it was a thing, but if you're like me, you tried to ignore it, hoping it … Continue reading Thank You, Orange, for the Connections and Networking Opportunities!
Many years ago, I was introduced to the XP3 student ministry curriculum from Orange. I didn't know much about the whole Orange thing at that time, but I did hear they had an annual conference. So, in 2010, I attended my first Orange Conference. I was somewhat overwhelmed, but I had a great time and … Continue reading 10 Reasons to Attend the Orange Conference
As I've said many times before, one of the most exciting things about Orange is its approach to all-church ministry. It's more than just a plan for kids and student ministry. It's actually something that can transform how your entire church does ministry -- to kids, students, parents, grandparents, singles, etc. If you are unfamiliar with … Continue reading Orange Tour Adds Parent Experience for 2018
One of the most exciting things about Orange is its approach to all-church ministry. If you are familiar with their family ministry philosophy, you already know that it is more than just a plan for kids and student ministry. It's actually something that can transform how your entire church does ministry -- to kids, students, … Continue reading Bring Your Team to Orange Tour
The longer I am in student ministry, the more I realize that there are so many things involved in making it happen. You have all the more traditional things like teaching, games, worship, trips, and regular communication, but you also have other elements that have been added over time. In many settings, the student ministry … Continue reading Creating a Volunteer Strategy in Student Ministry (OC18)
Every year at The Orange Conference, they honor volunteers in some way. This year, they hopped on the Hamilton hype train and did a parody of "Alexander Hamilton." (Please forgive the shakiness of the footage, as I didn't have time to get the tripod setup.) https://youtu.be/lJ1smOpQWIc [Photo provided by Sterling Graves.]
As I've mentioned before, this year's theme at The Orange Conference 2018 was "One Voice." The idea behind this is that we can do more when we work together. This thought is applicable to many situations, but there was one that stood out to me more than some others -- that we should work together … Continue reading What if… Just Jesus? (OC18)
Going into The Orange Conference 2018, I knew the theme was about working together. When it came to the workshops, though, I chose them a couple months ago. I picked them by just focusing on where I thought I needed some help. At this point, the conference is just over halfway complete, and I've been sensing … Continue reading Learning to Layer and Let Go (OC18)
This week, I'll be down at The Orange Conference 2018 in Atlanta with the rest of our family ministry staff at LifeBridge. As I have done in previous years, I'm also on the official blogging team for the conference. For those of you who are new to my blog, here is what that means: I'll … Continue reading It’s Orange Conference Time Again! (OC18)