The Orange Conference, one of the most important family ministry team events happening today, will be held April 24-26, 2013, in Atlanta. Expected to sell out this year, it will draw together over 5,000 key influencers—senior, student, children’s and preschool leaders—to discover new strategies for sharing God’s truth with the next generation. Attendees will discover what it really means to clarify the essentials and eliminate distractions with the theme of “Focus.”
Smart leaders know one thing can influence the relevance of a message, the effectiveness of a team, the reach of a ministry, and the legacy of a life. It can be summarized in one word—focus. OC13 attendees will be inspired from top-level speakers, who will share insight from past successes and failures. They will also be able to choose from over 100 specialized workshops in 21 customized tracks. Flexibility is given to select tracks and sessions that are most relevant, offering timely insights and ideas for each staff member and volunteer. Five Orange Interactives have been added this year for those who have never used Orange resources and curriculum before, or need a refresher course. Additionally, teams will find opportunities to have fun together, get realigned and reacquainted outside of their usual environments. Multiple networking events are also provided to chat with, and learn from, other church leaders, innovators and speakers.
One of the main attractions at this year’s event will be the gallery area, a first at The Orange Conference. This interactive museum will be divided into three main areas—preschool, children’s and students—and reflect the “Focus” theme. Each section will be completely unique in look in and feel, but will use the common thread of wonder, discovery and passion, Orange’s three key concepts and teaching tools. Marbles will also be a feature in each space for 2013 due to the release of Orange founder Reggie Joiner’s new book, Losing Your Marbles, which stresses the need for parents and leaders to “make every week count” in the life of a child. Other elements used in the gallery include a photo booth, networking space, art and photography, interactive games and music.
Confirmed speakers include: Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Community Church; Perry Noble, founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church; Charles Jenkins, senior pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, author and Grammy award-winning songwriter; Reggie Joiner, founder of Orange; Bob Goff, founder and president of Restore International and author of Loves Does; Doug Fields, author and student ministry expert; Jon Acuff, blogger and author of Quitter; Sue Miller, children’s innovator and author of Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week; Carey Nieuwhof, lead pastor at Connexus Community Church; Kara Powell, executive director at Fuller Institute and author of Sticky Faith and Deep Justice Journeys; and Sherry Surratt, CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers International (MOPS). In total, over 80 distinguished speakers will present fresh ideas and innovative ministry concepts.
Drawing together speakers, authors, and church leaders from around the world, Orange sets out to rethink the way the traditional church model approaches family ministry. The event is structured around the Orange Strategy of partnering families with the church to have a greater impact on the faith of young people, who are leaving the church at an alarming rate. “Thinking Orange” blends two vital, yet often unconnected worlds to reshape the current ministry model.
To register and for more information, please visit TheOrangeConference.com. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register as soon as possible due to the potential sell out of the event.
About Orange and The Orange Conference:
Orange is a division of The reThink Group, a nonprofit organization providing resources and training to help churches maximize their influence on the spiritual growth of the next generation. For more information on Orange, please visit ThinkOrange.com. Orange is also the architect and primary sponsor of The Orange Conference, TheOrangeConference.com, and Orange Tour, OrangeTour.org, which provide national training opportunities for senior pastors, church leaders and ministry volunteers.