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Say YES to Tension #OC14

Say YES to Tension #OC14

By far the most invigorating, challenging and hopeful main session talks of the 2014 Orange Conference occurred during the first main session. No surprise that Reggie Joiner brought the goods during his first talk of the conference, but the content surprised many of us. He addressed the tension of the the sticky, messy faith of kids and teenagers. Joiner called all of us to think outside the box with creativity and inclusion. Quite honestly, he made all of us think about what it means to love truly and authentically, which for a man of his platform and popularity, took a lot of courage to do, even though churches and Christians need to hear his message nonetheless. 

I posted my notes below for you to read - or better said: to wrestle with! Let yourself enter into the tension of the phrases before you either choose sides or disregard Joiner's talk entirely. And as you do so, keep a teenager, family member, new Christian, or non-Christian friend you know in mind. I did this while listening to his talk, and it made this tension all the more real.

Helping High School Families Get Ready #OC14

Helping High School Families Get Ready #OC14

One of the more insightful and challenging breakout sessions on student ministry that I attended at the 2014 Orange Conference was on the topic of 'Parent Partnerships,' a topic that I've discussed numerous times on my blog and writings. I posted my notes below for you to read. 

Two esteemed and respected Pastors in the field - Doug Fields and Will Hutcherson - offered two different sides of the topic. Will started with the practical applications for why all student pastors should strive to build bridges toward parents. Then, Doug closed the session by discussing the importance of maintaining a healthy rhythm of life with your own family. Both of the presenters shared insightful, challenging - both personally and professionally, encouraging, and compelling information on the topic. 

As you work through my notes, feel free to comment at the bottom with your insights and questions on this topic. Think on this question: What kind of practical steps have you taken during this last year to make your student ministry accessible to parents and families of teenagers?

Starting a Church for Unchurched Families #OC14

Starting a Church for Unchurched Families #OC14

One of the most relevant and stimulating breakout sessions that I attended at the 2014 Orange Conference was Carey Nieuwhof's discussion on "Starting a Church for Unchurched Families."

I am not a church planter, nor do I want to become one. I doubt that I will ever start a church for unchurched people. I signed up for this session because I respect Nieuwhof and desired to hear him speak in general, regardless of the topic. I was not sure if he would be addressing church planting or culture shifting, but Nieuwhof is an expert on the topic of post-Christianity and post-modernity. I knew that he would deal with this issue well, no matter what lens through which he discussed it. In fact, I highly commend his blog to you: careynieuwhof.com, a great resource on leadership and pastorship in a post-modern, post-Christian context. 

It turned out that this session was pertinent for anyone who desires to create a culture within their community that welcomes unchurched families, not just for planters. That's my heart, and I hope it is yours, as well. 

Measuring What's Important in Family Ministry #OC14

Measuring What's Important in Family Ministry #OC14

"We all want to be better at what we do because we believe that what we do matters — because we believe that our families need an authentic faith to understand life and know their identity in Jesus."

These are the first words of the first session that I attended called “Measuring What’s Important in Family Ministry” by Terry Scalzitti. He serves at Ocean View Church in Myrtle Beach, SC. AMAZING first session, thought provoking, and challenging as I think about how to evaluate ministry with honesty and clarity. 

Take a read below of my notes and ask yourself: “What are my gauges, and how am I evaluating what I do in ministry as a leader, a volunteer, a Christ follower?"

I've Got My Ticket. Do You?

I've Got My Ticket. Do You?

One of the most important events on my annual professional calendar is the Orange Conference.

I've written quite a bit on my blog about Orange, and you can read all of those posts by visiting my Archives page. Moreover, if you enjoy my posts on a general level, especially pertaining to my writings on student ministry philosophy and parent partnerships, then you may already be part of the Orange movement without even knowing it!

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