I’ll be spending the next week in Atlanta, GA at The Orange Conference.
The team over at Orange has asked me to attend and blog from the event – it should be an amazing week!
While at the conference, I’ll be checking out the following breakout sessions:
HOW TO: PLAN A MINISTRY CALENDAR
Isn’t it funny how certain seasons tend to sneak up on us? Ever been guilty of blowing the budget on having particular print materials rushed or important supplies shipped overnight? We don’t have to let ministry happen to us. Planning a ministry calendar is one of the most strategic steps a ministry can take to set the stage for a rewarding year. Develop some healthy habits and pick up some tips and tricks to ensure you accomplish everything you set out to do.
HOW TO: LEAD A FAMILY MINISTRY MEETING
After months, maybe even years, of making efforts toward Orange at your church you finally got all the key ministry leaders to sit down together, in the same room, to talk about what it means to Think Orange. But, now what? What exactly do you do in this meeting? What do you talk about? In this breakout the family ministry team from Discovery Church will pinpoint practical exercises to help you conduct family ministry staff and volunteer meetings that cast the Orange vision to everyone in your ministry.
HOW TO: GET MORE DONE IN A DAY
Having a hard time getting it all done? Learn time management and multi-tasking basics that will help you get it done with time left over!
HOW TO: CREATE A BABY DEDICATION CELEBRATION
Warning: This is not your traditional baby dedication! Instead, it’s a NEW way to approach parents with purpose. As their church, you are one of their greatest supporters, cheerleaders and guides. In this breakout, we’ll show you how to create a lasting memory for the new parents in your church. It will be challenging. Intentional. Heartfelt. Memorable. But most of all, it will be a partnership!
HOW TO: INCORPORATE 252 BASICS INTO MID-WEEK PROGRAMMING
Want to make your mid-week activities a step and not just another program? This breakout will offer just that. Come here a plan and strategy for implementing 252Basics into another day of the week at church, while still executing it properly on Sunday.
Orange Conference: Day 1 (Thursday)
THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF: WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING WITH FAMILIES
As the culture has changed, so has the family. For nearly two decades the church has been talking “Family Ministry,” and for longer than that many have been trying to serve the needs of families and children. However, what if our understanding of what is going on behind the closed doors of most of our families does not match up to the reality? Research shows that perhaps much of what we think, teach, and program is, in practice, weak or even irrelevant to what most families actually experience and need. This seminar will present an overview of family life in today’s changing world, and what the church must do to come alongside and serve the families, both of our congregations and our communities.
ALIGNING YOUR CHILDREN’S AND STUDENT DEPARTMENTS
It’s time that the Children’s and Youth Ministries realize they are on the same team and work together. This workshop will give you practical steps to build a bridge and work together to reach the family.
Orange Conference: Day 2 (Friday)
UPRISING: MAKING SERVING A BIG DEAL
Bubba Thurman and Greg Bradford
The discipleship of this generation is at stake. This breakout will discuss how to unleash students to lead in their community and church. Join Bubba Thurman and Greg Bradford from Lake Pointe Church for this engaging discussion.
What happens to your teenagers after they graduate from your youth ministry? If you’re like most churches, about 40 percent of your graduating seniors pick up their diplomas and ditch their faith. Why is that? For those graduates who remain connected to Jesus, what makes the difference? And what can we do in youth ministry and in the entire church to help kids develop faith that lasts? You’ll leave this breakout with all sorts of super practical ideas you and your entire church can use immediately to help students stick with their faith for the long haul.
I’ll try to gather my thoughts post-conference and share notes and other learnings here.
If you’re at Orange, feel free to connect with me on Twitter (anthony_prince) or Facebook (facebook.com/anthonyprince). I’d love to catch up over coffee.