What is Orange?

This week, I will be spending most of my time at the Orange Conference along with our Children’s Ministry Staff.  My hope is to share some of the concepts and ideas that we are learning here on this blog.  But first, below is a introduction to Orange:

The concept of “Orange” was created by the reThink Group based in Atlanta, GA.

In it simplest form:  Yellow + Red = Orange

Yellow stands for the bright lights of the church.

Red stands for the love of the family.

Combined these two resources make a much greater impact on the life of a child or student than either could on their own.  The key question/idea behind Orange is: How do we get these two resources to work together in the most impactful way?

The average church has only 40 hours in a year to influence a life.

The average parent has 3000 hours in a year to influence a life.

In his book “Think Orange,” Reggie Joiner unpacks a ton of information about how the church can partner with parents to strategically impact the power of the family in the spiritual development of the child.  In the first chapter, he highlights 5 family values based in Deuteronomy 6:4-7.

Family Value #1:  Imagine the End – Focus your priorities on what matters most.

Family Value #2: Fight for the Heart – Communicate in a style that gives the relationship value.

Family Value #3: Make it Personal – Put yourself first when it comes to personal growth

Family Value #4: Create a Rhythm – Increase the quantity of quality time you spend together.

Family Value #5: Widen the Circle – Pursue strategic relationships for your kids.

My prayer this week is that the ideas and resources that we are exposed to will help us build more meaningful connections with the families and the children that enter the doors of our campuses every week.  I also pray that as a parent, I will see the importance of intentionally developing a values structure within our family that will help our children grow in their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The above ideas were developed and are better described by the reThink Group at their website: http://www.whatisorange.org/

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