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
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
It's one thing to talk a good game, but it's entirely different to act out on it. This is the calling of the Christ-follower, though. We cannot just talk about loving people; we have to actually do it. And that requires intentionality! Ryan Leak spoke on this very idea at The Orange Conference 2017 in a … Continue reading Be Intentional
While I was doing my best to take great written notes, there was one guy at The Orange Conference 2017 taking notes in a slightly different way. Thankfully, he shared all his work with us, so I could pass it on to you all! Here are almost all of the OC17 main sessions in sketch … Continue reading Orange Conference 2017 in Sketches
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
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
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!
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?
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
The Orange Conference has officially begun! This morning, we attended some pre-conference You Lead Labs. (Be sure to check out my last post about becoming a better public speaker, which all came from one of these labs.) Tonight, though, we had our first main session with everyone in the Infinite Energy Center here in Duluth, … Continue reading It Takes a Party