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Orange Breakout Notes

Spent an hour with Terry Scalzitti and Adam Duckworth from First Baptist in Ft. Lauderdale as they shared about Orangifying a Traditional Church. They discussed the transition and tension that accompanies such a large shift in philosophy from a traditional model to a more family-friendly ORANGE model of ministry.

Here are some of my favorites thoughts:

-A call for transition must be God inspired, not man-made.

-The responsibility for leading a tradition will involve risk taking that takes courage in the face of fear.

-Time must be taken to mourn the loss of what is no longer relevant, and the ORANGE aspects of what is old must be pointed out so those elements can be continued in a new model.

-We honor the old by affirming what was great about it. Even if it’s no longer great, it once was!

-The purpose for transition will call for traditional resources for the next generation.

-If the experience doesn’t speak to 4th and 5th grade boys, then it won’t work.

-The need for transition is clear to see, simple to understand, and impossible to deny.

and finally….

-All Transitions have one thing in common, they all need TIME.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.