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