Notes From Orange Conference 2017

Orange Conference 2017

Orange Conference 2017 was all about being for our neighbors and for the next generation. Here are some key quotes and notes from the main sessions on why this is important and how we can do this.

Carlos Whittaker

  • Help parents differentiate what is fact from what is feeling.
  • If we are for parents, we never let parents parent alone!

Gerald Fadayomi

  • We have the most incredible opportunity to point teenagers who want to be heard, to a God who listens.
  • The next generation needs someone who has gone before them to be for them.

Danielle Strickland

  • Jesus saw past every single barrier, including the one you put up over your own life.
  • Instead of seeing a problem, see a neighbor.
  • How much would your life, ministry, or church change if you saw all people as beautiful, as Jesus does?

Bob Goff

  • Look for Christ in people.
  • I’m not trying to be right anymore. I’m trying to be Jesus.
  • Following Jesus means leading a life of being constantly misunderstood.
  • I’m just a participant in this. I just want to see more Jesus in people.
  • On you very worst day, Jesus calls you beloved.
  • Don’t be right. Be Jesus.
  • Get back to the simplest version of your faith.
  • Jesus doesn’t do things to show us His power, but to show us His presence.
  • Your faith and mine is the sum of everything you are hanging onto and everything you are willing to let go of.
  • If it matters more what your faith looks like than what it is, it’s time to do something else.
  • Love everybody, always.

Reggie Joiner

  • Sometimes it takes a party to change how we see each other.
  • Sometimes it takes a party to show that God cares about people who party.
  • Sometimes it takes a party to confirm that we can always be forgiven.
  • Sometimes it takes a party to prove that people matter more than our opinions.
  • Sometimes it takes a party to remind us that everyone is invited to the party.
  • What if we all started acting like EVERYONE is INVITED to the party?
  • What would happen if we started looking at the kids and teenagers in our churches through a different lens?
  • Stop acting like discipleship is about information, and start acting like discipleship is about relationship.
  • We have been programmed to teach kids what to believe, but not coach them how to serve.
  • How to be a better neighbor:
    • Invite someone to new the table. Someone not like you.
    • Start a party that is not about you.
    • Inspire every kid you meet.
    • Create beautiful spaces.
    • Speak up for someone else. Use your influence for good reasons.
    • Discover life together. Do faith together.
    • Do something you don’t have to do.
  • Why inspire kids? Because Jesus said to.