Tag: Orange Tour

Playing for Keeps: Live Webcast

18 months ago I returned from the Orange Conference with on single book that has impacted my ministry more than any other resource I have come across in years. There have been incredible resources that have impacted the way I lead, communicate and create, but this resource was something that impacted me and was something I could physically give my small group leaders. I’ve personally seen leaders change because of this book. I’ve seen kids impacted powerfully because of this book. What book is this?

LeadSmall. It’s a job description for any small group leader, preschool through high school. It’s inspiring. It’s practical. I’ve given away dozens and dozens of these books and this year we’re rolling out systematic training and resourcing around the idea of LeasSmall.

Oh, and it only gets better. I left the Orange Conference this last spring with a new book. Playing for Keeps. I knew a good bit about the book as it was being written. I knew it had a fable piece to it to help connect the teaching points. I knew it was also written in the style of LeadSmall. It also tied into this marbles theme. However, I wasn’t completely sure what it was all about.

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2013 Orange Tour

I’m very excited about this year’s Orange Tour. For the past 4-5 years, I’ve made the trek to Dallas to attend, usually bringing 15-25 staff, leaders and volunteers with me. It’s a huge does of strategy and encouragement that makes a big impact on my team. I’m especially pumped this year for two reasons.

  1. This year Orange Tour is coming to Austin, being hosted at my church. This is huge because now I can make the opportunity to even more leaders and volunteers. I hope to have 50 attend.
  2. This year I’m going on the Orange Tour as well. I’ll be participating in 5 Tour stops this Fall and I can’t wait to connect with leaders and staff in several cities around the country.

I especially love what the Orange Tour is doing this season. They’ve created a Lead Small event the night before the tour, a low cost event designed for small group leaders. Honestly, a lot of small group leaders aren’t going to be able to attend the tour and many might feel that the content isn’t designed specifically for them (I don’t completely agree). However, a volunteer focused event at 7:00 the night before the Tour… well, that’s brilliant. I’m so glad Orange is doing this and I’m so glad that I’m going to be a part.

I’ll be helping with the Lead Small event and a couple of breakouts on the day of the tour. I’ll also be leading a NextGen lunch/gathering for NextGen/Family Pastors on the day of the Tour. It’s going to be super busy, but I love it.

So, I’ll be in the following cities on the following dates:

  • Tampa, FL – Sept 12-13
  • Kansas City, KS – Oct 21-22
  • Austin, TX – Nov 4-5
  • Dallas TX – Nov 7-8
  • Charlotte, NC – Nov 14-15

So, if you’re near any of those cities, let me know… I’d love to connect! If you haven’t registered yet – well, what are you waiting for?

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Orange Tour Gleanings

Last Friday I took 24 staff and leaders to the Dallas Orange Tour and Bent Tree Fellowship. What can I say, I’m a big believer in the local conference… something that’s close and affordable to inspire...

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Dallas Orange Tour!

I’m pumped! Tomorrow I leave for Dallas for the Dallas Orange Tour. This year I’m taking about 24 volunteers and staff. This year I’m actually bringing more student ministry volunteers than those in kidmin. For...

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Freshly squeezed orange

Well, yesterday I got to enjoy the Orange One Day event in DFW, Texas. Hands down, it was the best one yet. I’ve got a little advice for you. Do whatever you can do attend the Orange Conference. It’s an incredible...

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