The greatest thing for me at The Orange Conference is connecting with old friends and making new ones. It fires me up connecting with youth workers/youth pastors that understand:
– parents are the primary influence of a student’s life
– students also need more non-parental committed adults who care, love and cheer them on in this complicated thing called: life
– how to reach this unchurch next generation of mid to late adolescents
This year’s Orange Conference theme is game changers. So the conference will be filled with content and stories about defining moments that have transformed the way people do ministry. Also Orange will be debuting some amazing and new resources for orange minded ministry leaders. My personal favorite is the new book: LEAD SMALL by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas. LEAD SMALL offers up best practices for leading a Small Group, and provides encouragement for the everyday heroes who play a key role in implementing the Orange Strategy.
But if you will NOT be attending The Orange Conference this year…. don’t worry The Conference will be live and well documented all over the intra web.
I would highly recommend checking out these (Orange student pastor) bloggers. They will be blogging live at The Orange Conference.
Michael Bayne: Michaelbayne.net
Tom Pounder: Ministry Blackboard
Ben Kerns: Average Youth Ministry
Ben Read: Intentional Student Ministry
Ryan Millard: RyanMillard.com
Paul Mannino: Orangedad.com
Terrace Crawford: Terrace Crawford.com
The official list of Orange Conference bloggers Click here
This blog wont be live at the OC12, but this is a great Orange youth worker blog– to check out: Stuff You Can Use
Tune in to www.OrangeLeaders.com Wednesday night through Friday afternoon to catch the opening session, Family Experience Showcase, backstage interviews with many of our speakers, and perhaps most exciting to you, giveaways! Jared Herd, Matt Mckee and myself will be hosting the backstage extravaganza. Click here to stream The Conference.