Orange Conference 2017: Session 1 Notes

Orange Conference 2017 Session 1

 

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 a 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?

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 everyone started acting like EVERYONE is INVITED to the party.
  • What would happen if we started looking at the kids and teenagers in our church through a different lens?
  • Stop acting like discipleship is about information and start acting like discipleship is about relationship.
  • We have been programmed to teaching 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.

10 (of about 1,343) Things I’m Looking Forward to at the Orange Conference

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It’s Orange Conference week. One of the things I look forward to the most each year. The list of things I love about the Orange Conference would be really long and I’ve mentioned much of it in other posts (like here and here). So, here are 10 things I’m specifically looking forward to this year.

Hanging Out With Our Team

We’re taking some more people from our church this year and we’ll get to hang out with a good friend of ours who has been doing an internship at Gwinnett Church. She’s helping with the conference and it will be fun for our team to be together while we’re down there.

Co-leading a Breakout with Jim Wideman

Jim and I are leading a breakout called A Couple of Ministry Hacks (get it?). I’ve learned so much from Jim over the years and it will be an honor to lead with him. I’ll actually get to talk about lessons I’ve learned from him and applied to help me grow as a leader.

Frank Bealer’s New Book The Myth of Balance

Frank’s new book The Myth of Balance, about making job and family commitments work together, pre-releases at the conference. I totally agree with the premise and I’m excited to see how his ideas come through in the book.

Interviewing Jeff Henderson

I’ll be interviewing Jeff Henderson for the podcast while I’m in town. We’ll talk about a new thing Jeff is helping launch and I’ll try to get as much wisdom out of him as I can squeeze in the time frame. Jeff is a great leader and I’ve learned a ton from him over the years.

More Phase Books

More Phase books are being released at the conference this year and I’m excited to see them.

The Art of Group Talk Books for Small Group Leaders

These books are also being released and I’m excited to get these in the hands of our amazing small group leaders.

Conversations With Leaders

The thing I probably look forward to the most every year is catching up with friends and making new ones. There are already a number of leaders I’m planning to connect with and I know I’ll get the chance to meet some new folks as well. (Let me know if you’re going!)

Learning How to Be For Our Neighbors

The theme of this year’s conference is something I’m passionate about and I’m eager to learn throughout the conference how our church can do a better job of being for our neighbors.

The NextGen Extras

Kenny Conley, the track leader for NextGen Pastors, always organizes extra things to help us connect while we’re at the conference and I’m looking forward to every bit of that.

Surprise!

I’m always surprised by something, usually multiple things, at the Orange Conference. I look forward to seeing what will surprise me this year.

Are you going? What are you looking forward to?

Win a FREE Orange Conference 2017 Ticket!

Orange Conference 2017 Free Ticket

The Orange Conference is just a few weeks away and I have a free ticket available to give away. If you would like a chance to get the free ticket, it’s simple. Just click here to head to my Facebook page and do two things:

  1. Like the page
  2. Comment on the post about this with your city/town

You have until Friday, April 7 at 5pm. I’ll randomly choose someone who does both of those things and they’ll win the ticket. I doubt many people can use it this late, so if you can, your odds are pretty good.

Good luck!

How Innovation and The Orange Conference Help Our Churches

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It’s Orange Week, which is a time when a bunch of leaders and bloggers write posts related to The Orange Conference and the Orange Strategy. I’ll be at the Orange Conference again this year. If you plan to attend, you’ll want to register right away before the price increases on Feb 17.

One Of My Favorite Things

The thing I love most about Orange, other than the people, is how they are constantly innovating. They’re always looking to improve, add, tweak, change, and create in order to help churches win with families. I don’t know about you, but our team does not have enough time to do all the things Orange does. However, we do benefit from it.

The Orange Conference is just over a decade old,  yet I can point to numerous innovations over the years from Orange that were released at the conference. All of them have been helpful to our church.

Partnering With Parents

Partnering with parents wasn’t a new idea, but the innovation of Orange made it the priority it is today in many churches. They did that by teaching about the importance the influence of parents, creating resources for parents, and creating curriculums that are based on the value of parents leading their children.

Family Experience

This was an innovation of Reggie Joiner while he was at North Point, but Orange helped it spread to churches everywhere. The purpose is an extension of the previous innovation, the desire to help parents learn with their children and lead them in matters of faith.

Lead Small

Lead Small” is a phrase coined by Orange to emphasize the importance of having kids and students in small groups with consistent, weekly leaders and peers. Small Groups have been a strategy in churches for some time now, but Orange helped emphasize their importance for kids and students. Our church has small groups for kids from age 3 all the way up through high school, and Orange has helped us tremendously with that effort.

Phase

Phase is one of the biggest and most recent innovations of Orange. It is a collaborative, ongoing, effort assembling classic and innovative research, with practical application for parents and church leaders that can help them understand and lead kids best at every phase of their life.

What’s Coming This Year?

Every year, I’m excited to see what’s released at The Orange Conference. This year will be no different. There are a couple things related to equipping parents and helping us grow as leaders that I can’t wait to hear more about.

Will you be there?

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How Orange Helps Our Church Help Parents

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If you don’t know what Orange is, it’s a non-profit company that helps churches win with families. They help by creating strategies, curriculum, resources, leader training, conferences and more. You can find out more on the What Is Orange website. Registration for the 2017 Orange Conference opens this week, and in this post, I’ll share how Orange has helped our church serve families, along with some new things that are in the works.

How Orange Defines A Win With Parents

There are so many things churches can do to help parents win. In order to help churches focus on what’s most important, Orange has identified two primary ways in which churches can help parents win:

  1. Help parents be more present with their family. Churches should look to help parents connect relationally with their kids and lead them well.
  2. Help parents connect in community. Churches can help parents connect to their church, but even more, connect with other parents in the church.

Ever since Orange began as an organization, even before being called Orange, it has helped churches partner with parents. It has helped by providing resources, content, ideas, training, and more. They continue to grow and develop their offering and Phase is a big part of that.

A Yearly Plan To Help Parents Win

Our team is working towards creating a yearly plan to help parents win and Orange is helping us do that. Here are 5 components Orange believes should be included in a yearly plan, along with how they’re helping with each one.

Establish an Annual Orientation

New parents join our churches all the time and existing parents need an opportunity to re-engage each year. Plus, our kids are a year older and possibly in a different Phase. An annual orientation allows churches to equip parents for the year ahead. Phase is an excellent tool for this orientation and Orange is developing a kit to help churches do this well.

Offer Periodic Small Group Studies

This goes to the second way we can help parents win, by putting them in community with other parents. One of the most dangerous things in parenting is when a parent has nobody to talk to and believes the problems they are facing are completely unique to them. What’s even worse is we (parents) feel guilt and shame about it, thereby lessening the chance of talking to someone. Small groups would help break down those barriers, and Orange continues to create materials for churches to use in small groups of parents.

Develop a Weekly Cueing Strategy

Parents need to know what is important this year, but they also need to know what is important this week. Orange provides content and a plan through their curriculum, resources for parents, and Go Weekly. Resources include a parent blog, a podcast, an app, and more. This is one of the components we already utilize, but there is room to improve here as well.

Celebrate Critical Milestones

A yearly plan to partner with parents should include helping them make the most of the critical milestones in their child’s life. Milestones such as baby dedication, going into kindergarten, baptism, graduation, and more. Orange creates resources churches can use to help parents celebrate these milestones well.

Create Opportunities for Shared Experiences

Few things outweigh the importance of parents spending time with their children. In our churches, we want to create opportunities for parents and kids to experience something together. Orange provides ideas and resources to help churches do just that.

Want to Learn More? Come to the Orange Conference!

This only scratches the surface of how Orange helps our church helps parents, and we didn’t even touch on how Orange helps our church serve kids and students. If you want to learn how to do this better, the best way to start is to head to the 2017 Orange Conference. I’ll be there, and I’d love to see you there as well. Registration opens this week, so don’t miss out on the best price!

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