10 Ways the Orange Conference has Changed Over the Past 10 Years

Why do you keep going back? This is a question I have heard many times when I tell people I am attending The Orange Conference. While the basic concepts of the orange philosophy has not changed over the years, the conference continues to evolve. Some of those changes are not that important, but others have … Continue reading 10 Ways the Orange Conference has Changed Over the Past 10 Years

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

There’s Something for Everyone at The Orange Conference

Over the years, I've realized more and more than family ministry cannot be ministry in a silo. In fact, by its very nature, it requires the church to think beyond our individual ministries in order to reach the entire family. The Orange Conference is also that kind of an event, designed for everyone on your … Continue reading There’s Something for Everyone at The Orange Conference

VIDEO: Won’t You Be My Neighbor + Give a Little Bit

The Orange Conference is always a place to find great music, including their opening. This year, there was a cool mash-up of "Would You Be My Neighbor" and "Give a Little Bit," which went right along with the "For Our Neighbors" theme. Check it out below! Feel free to share it with others! Want more … Continue reading VIDEO: Won’t You Be My Neighbor + Give a Little Bit

VIDEO: Preschooler Land

One of the things I really enjoy at The Orange Conference is when they do parody songs focused on different areas of ministry. If you are a nursery or preschool ministry worker, you'll appreciate this fun parody of "Lady Marmalade" from The Orange Conference 2017 entitled "Preschooler Land."  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nhbzwN-G94 I'm still working on finding the lyrics, and … Continue reading VIDEO: Preschooler Land

Don’t Just Say You’re for Your Neighbors, Act Like It!

Have you ever wondered, in ministry, "Does this even matter?" It's easy to get to this point in ministry, especially when we have poured our heart into something and it doesn't turn out as we would hope. Often times, though, God shows up and does something when we least expect it. Maybe it's when a … Continue reading Don’t Just Say You’re for Your Neighbors, Act Like It!

Do your Church and Community Look the Same?

Does your church's family photo match your community's family photo? Kara Powell believes it should, and I agree. At the Orange Conference 2017, she explained exactly why this is so important. She started by saying, "We should get to know our neighbors, because of Jesus." He was all about loving those around Him. And if … Continue reading Do your Church and Community Look the Same?

Vertical vs. Horizontal Morality

You know how you feel when you hear someone say something you’ve thought for a while? That’s the feeling I got when Andy Stanley started out this morning at The Orange Conference talking about what he calls vertical morality, which he defined as peace with God based on keeping peace with God. It’s an approach … Continue reading Vertical vs. Horizontal Morality