Month: September 2010

Orange week + imakidmin

So, I’m doing a little mash-up. It’s Orange Week and it’s also a week that a lot of people are promoting imakidmin as a location-based collaboration tool. If you don’t know what imakidmin is, go check it out now. Click here. I also wrote about it and the potential that it has right here. So, here’s the Orange Week – imakidmin mash-up comes in. What if you could look at the map of your state or maybe your region of the country and see who else is thinking Orange. I’m not talking about who is using 252 Basics, XP3 or My First Look, but people who are bought into the Orange strategy. Maybe you don’t have a blog, but you’d like to take someone to coffee who thinks they way you do. What if there was someone pushing through the Orange Strategy just the same way you are, but you didn’t know that they live right down your street. That would be cool, wouldn’t it? Well, with imakidmin, this very thing is very possible. So here is what I’m proposing. If you haven’t already gone to the site and created a pixel where you live, go ahead and do that now. If you’re not sure how to do that, I’ve embedded a video below that walks you through it. However, I’m going to ask you to do something more....

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Deciding between Red and Yellow

Several years ago I started a program at my church that was one of the more successful things I’ve ever done. I was passionate about making sure kids truly knew the Bible, what it said and even how to use it. Most churches that reach out to seekers don’t always have a good plan for this type of “discipleship.” So I started one. It was a Wednesday night program where kids systematically went through a study of the Bible. K-2nd graders learned about God through specific stories in the Bible where 3rd-5th graders learned about their Bibles, spiritual disciplines as well as a survey of the Old and New Testament. By the time I left my church, I had 1.5 years of the curriculum written. In another 1.5 years I’d have 6 years of great, small-group based curriculum. I led this for 2 years and every semester I offered it, my attendance would grow by 40%. Kids actually had to pay for their resources to participate, they were all in and they were learning great stuff. Almost three years have passed. Plenty of time for me to have finished the curriculum, but I haven’t. Plenty of time for me to have started this program up where I’m at now, but I’m not going to. I’ve wrestled over this time and time again, but I know it my heart that...

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Defining the Yellow

I think Sam said this very well yesterday. In our excitement to become Orange and better engage with parents, we can easily have an identity crisis. We can forget what it means to be Yellow. We lose track of what being the church is all about, which is to proclaim the love of Christ through the power of his word. Orange is a strategy. Being Red or Yellow is more about describing a state of being. The church needs to BE yellow! Don’t get distracted by the strategy because the strategy is simply meant to point parents to the light of Christ, which is what the Church is suposed to be. Regardless of the curriculum we’re using, are we clearly communicating the gospel? Are your kids understanding the message of Christ. Find ways to connect with parents. Find ways to help parents pass on their faith. But in doing all of this, don’t forget to be...

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Orange Week Day 2: Recap

I think people had a busy day today, a few less posts today. However, there were still a bunch (still going to take me way too long to write this recap) and they were pretty awesome posts! So, here they are: Michael Bayne wrote another stellar post today, this time about engaging with parents of students. He talks about how students at this phase in life are pulling away from parents, but through intentional conversations, parents can stay connected to their kids and continue to have influence. You as a ministry leader can help parents start these vital conversations. Chad Swanzy wrote a similar post yesterday pointing to a powerful resource that he repeated today. He made a great point. How can you impact students if you don’t even know what the pulse of the home is from his/her perspective. This resource helps you figure out exactly what it is. I wrote about my struggle of really defining what it means to be red. For the past two years I’ve though so hard about being Orange, I think I’ve somewhat neglected championing for parents what it means to be red. Here’s a reminder. I don’t know what box to put today’s post from Sam Luce in. It has read in the title, but it talks more about the church being yellow. Putting this aside, I think it’s one of the best...

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Defining the red

I’m writing this post really late. I intended to have something written on Tuesday, but it’s now Wednesday night and I’m just posting. It’s been really busy for me, but that’s not really my excuse. I’ve gotten stuck and kinda got confused. I suggested to those participating in Orange Week that we spend two days writing about the red side of Orange and then two days writing about the yellow side of Orange. Then as I sat down to write the other day I couldn’t think of anything to write. My brain is so stuck on Orange, I couldn’t put my finger on how we’re encouraging red. It wasn’t until this morning after reading Gina’s post yesterday about red and talking to Jonathan on the phone that it clicked. I feel that it is so important for us to define what being red looks like for a family. Because so many families don’t know what God expects of them, the church may have to define what family life is supposed to look like… and what that looks like is red… not Orange. Red symbolizes the love of the family, the heart of the home. Red is expressed in healthy relationships between parents and their kids. It’s parents who are living out their roles as spiritual influencers for their family. Deuteronomy 6:4 is a description of red. However, something Jonathan told me...

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Multisite versus megachurch

Studies show that you’re more likely to serve at a multisite church than a megachurch. An incredible new study came out recently about the state of multi-site churches. As of right now there are more multisite churches than megachurches (churches with more than 2000 attendees) and the number of multisite churches are growing faster than the numbers of megachurches. What used to be really edgy and unorthodox is becoming much more mainstream. Over the years I’ve written a lot about multi-site children’s ministry. A lot of other people have also written about multi-site ministry. I’m just thinking that if the average Children’s Pastor’s tenure is 2 years or less (sad, isn’t it?), then at some point in your career, chances are good you’re going to end up in a multisite situation. 🙂 Do your research now. Start with this great study. Follow it up with the book, Multisite Revolution. Then read this blog or others to shape your understanding of a multisite Children’s...

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Start thinking Orange with #THINKORANGE

So, the new twitter hashtag is only a day or two old. As we were getting ready to start Orange Week 2.0 we started asking, “how should we tag this?” Should we used #orange11, #orangeleaders or even start a new tag like #orangeweek. Several of us expressed frustration of having so many different hashtags to communicate orange. So, lots of people put their heads together to come up with one, all encompassing hashtag. So, if  you’ve got anything to say on twitter about Orange, the Orang Tour, the Orange Conference, ministry to families or any of that stuff, use #THINKORANGE. Isn’t that great? Even if you just need a ask a question to a bunch of Orange Thinkers, use the tag and message the...

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Orange Week Day 1: Recap

Okay, so here’s how things got started: Chad Swanzy started of with a post comparing the story of Elisha and the Widow’s Oil to the situation that many of our families are in today. He shared how the Orange Conference is a movement that will equip ministries to impact broken families. Micael Bayne wrote an incredible post about the challenge of helping parents with the red side of the Orange equation. He talks about how most parents just want the student ministries to fix or entertain their kids. He’s got some great advice on how to engage parents to be red! Anthony Prince dives right into Orange week with his post titled “Code Red.” Great post on really practical things his church is doing to help families be RED. Great stuff Anthony! Nick Blevins pens his first post about what Orange is and why. He’s simply setting up his readers for what is coming in the following days. It’s going to be some great stuff! Wayne Stocks kicks off Orange week on his blog Kidmin1124 with a review of the Family Times pack produced by Orange. This is a great way to help families live out the red side of Orange. It’s a great review, so if you’ve been thinking about using them, read what he has to say. Criag Baird wrote about something he’s believed and tough for...

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What is Orange?

I figured I’d start off Orange Week with an intro to Orange. I know that some reading this site don’t know what Orange is, so let’s start with the basics. Here is a quick video that efficiently describes the Orange strategy! This video was developed by David C. Cook, the publisher of “Think Orange.” Let’s take a closer look at the elements that make up Orange. That’s right, yellow and red. I like the paragraph at the end of this video. Orange is a strategy that combines critical influences to demonstrate the message of God’s story and influence the next Generation. This week we’re going to spend some time talking about these critical influences, which are families and churches. Red and Yellow. Let me be a little more specific. The church is almsot always yellow, adequately representing the light of Christ. In today’s time though, the home isn’t always red. Families are more disconnected than ever. Not only is Christ not at the center of many of our church-going families, but many of these families are not places of love and acceptance. What about families outside our churches? Can they be Red? What about families that do love each other and follow Christ, how do they become Orange? These are great questions and I’ll try to address those this week. The important thing I want to designate is though. Red (families) alone is...

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Orange Week 2.0

So last January I was preparing to head up to Dallas for the Orange Tour and in my excitement I flippantly declared the following week “Orange Week.” The folks at ReThink thought it was a good idea, so the following week a rag-tag group of incredibly Kidmin Pastors blogged about the Orange Strategy. It was an incredible experience, an almost overwhelming source of information and ideas. Well, it’s getting ready to happen again. Why so soon? Well, next week the 2011 Orange Conference opens for registration and that’s worth getting excited about. So, with some help from the ReThink team, we’ve organized another Orange Week (let’s call it Orange Week 2.0) and it’s going to be even better than before. Check out the blogging team this time around. Pete Wilson Michael Hyatt Carlos Whittaker Ron Edmondson Craig Groeschel Tony Morgan Jeremy Zach Michael Bayne Chad Swanzy Tom Shefchunas Kenny Conley Sam Luce Jonathan Cliff Gina McClain Tony Kummer Wayne Stocks Nick Blevins Anthony Prince Dan Scott JC Thompson Matt McKee Pretty incredible, huh? So, it all starts tomorrow and runs for 7 days straight. This year will be less about strategy (you will hear some though) and more about ideas and practical implementation of the Orange Strategy. One week from now, you’ll no only know more about what it means to be Orange, but you’ll have steps that you can take now to become...

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