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)

4 Things that Lead to Influence – Jon Acuff (OC19)

The morning before the Orange Conference starts, there is a pre-conference series of workshops where attendees can dive deeper and get an extra dose of wisdom. My first stop was with author and speaker Jon Acuff, who spoke about "4 Things that Lead to Influence." It all starts with identity, moves on to your values, … Continue reading 4 Things that Lead to Influence – Jon Acuff (OC19)

It’s Time for Orange Conference 2019

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 … Continue reading It’s Time for Orange Conference 2019

Why Should Your Senior Leader Attend ReThink Leadership?

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?

10 Reasons to Attend the Orange Conference

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