Registration for the Orange Conference opened today. As part of Orange Week I’ve joined other bloggers in sharing some Orange Conference experiences. I already wrote about a great idea from the conference I’ve implemented and my favorite part of the conference. In this post I’ll share about my favorite speaker at the conference the last 2 years.
He is Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. Perry has spoken at the Orange Conference the past 2 years. I love a lot of the speakers who have been at the Orange Conference but Perry stood out to me. He was his usual self, funny, bold, passionate, and a little hillbilly. Two years ago he shared his core convictions regarding family ministry. He talked about the great potential within the ministry, the support needed from the senior pastor as well as environments, simplicity, and having people in the right roles. It was a message every family ministry leader would want their pastor to hear.
Last year he talked about the importance of teaching kids to recognize Jesus, trust Jesus and be released to Jesus. He shared the the story of the feeding of the 5000 and pointed out that somebody taught that kid (with the bread and fish) to recognize Jesus. He focused on the importance of helping kids discover who God has called them to be, and not so much “doing anything they want”. He also talked about not being too obsessed with behavior modification and caring more about that than the gospel.
It doesn’t look like Perry will be at the Orange Conference this year but that’s also one of the things I love about the conference, that different speakers with different viewpoints are invited each year. Registration is open, will I see you there?