Color Me Orange!

This week marks one of my favorite weeks of the year: Orange Blogger Week, where other folks like me set aside some writing space to share our commitment to the Orange philosophy and invite others to do the same. 

Regardless of whether or not you are a full-time vocational Student Pastor like myself or a caring adult who reads my posts because of our personal relationship, the CHURCH needs more people like us who value the partnership and relationship between families and the local church. This is a topic about which I am PASSIONATE - so much so that I chose a vocation with a smaller salary that would allow me to talk, teach, and equip others to do the same!

Orange is a family-based ministry curriculum and philosophy that is founded upon one guiding principle: when the light of the church and love of the family collide, then what results can change the world! I have written quite a bit about Orange (which you can read about in my Archives), but if you are new to this idea and this color only brings up memories of elementary school art projects, then check out this video:

The Church and the Family make up the two greatest factors in the faith formation of a child. They both need each other and cannot go about the task of faith formation alone.

Churches carry the story and witness of faith and redemption. It is the living, tangible Body of Christ on Earth.

Families love and raise a child into adulthood. The love of the family often expresses the love of Christ in a child's life more so than any other relationship.

Neither can complete the task of faith formation without the other. The Church cannot assume the task of the family and likewise the family with the church.

Orange, better than any other model, philosophy, or strategy for Family Ministry, seeks to leverage the influence of these two entities together, resulting in a full, comprehensive philosophy for church-based Family Ministry that includes an outstanding curriculum and community of leaders who participate in it.

I am so grateful for the ways in which this organization has invested into me personally, as well as into our church. Through the curriculum, relationships, and resources they provide, I am a better Student Pastor, leader, and member of my church. 

I am one of many who have become Orange. My voice - and this week, my blog - is part of a larger chorus of voices sharing about their Orange experience. Take a read below, and discover with us why we color ourselves Orange. Later this week, I will post about the reasons why I have stayed committed to Orange over the last several years, so stay tuned.

Blessings on you and your church as you strive to partner with families and give kids the best chance possible for growing into a healthy, sustainable relationship with Jesus!

Children’s Ministry
Matt Norman, It’sPastorMatt.com
Misty Phillips, HereComesSunday.com
Tom Bump, PTBump.com
Sam Luce, SamLuce.com
Wendy Douglas, SavedSister7.Blogspot.com

Middle School Ministry
JC Thompson, JSisOnline.com

Student Ministry
Ben Read, YouthMin.org
Chris Parker, LifeofAYouthPastor.com
Ryan Reed, RyanReed.me
Steve Cullum, SteveCullum.com
Terrace Crawford, TerraceCrawford.com
Tom Pounder, YMSidekick.com
Aaron Buer, AaronBuer.com

NextGen / Family Ministry
Frank Bealer, Leade3.com
Jessica Bealer, Leade3.com
Joe McAlpine, JoeMcAlpine.com
Jonathan Cliff, JonathanCliff.com
Nick Blevins, NickBlevins.com
Ryan Reed, RyanReed.me
Tom Pounder, YMSidekick.com 

Leadership
Brian Dodd, BrianDoddonLeadership.com
Frank Bealer, Leade3.com
Jessica Bealer, Leade3.com
Jonathan Cliff, JonathanCliff.com
Nick Blevins, NickBlevins.com
Rob Cizek, RobCizek.com
Sam Luce, SamLuce.com
Tom Bump, PTBump.com
Matt McKee, MattMcKee.me

Parenting
Jonathan Cliff, JonathanCliff.com
Mary Carver, GivingUpOnPerfect.com
Michael Bayne, ParentMinistry.net
Ryan Reed, RyanReed.me
Sam Luce, SamLuce.com
Tom Bump, PTBump.com
Wendy Douglas, SavedSister7.Blogspot.com

Life and Ministry
Dexter Culbreth, Dexistence.com
Mary Carver, GivingUpOnPerfect.com

QUESTION: How have you sought to partner with families in your local church setting?