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Orange 2010 Finale

So there it went. The Orange Conference for 2010 is in the books, and I’m packing my bags to head home. I’ll be leaving my old friends, and my new friends; but I’m taking all my ideas with me. Too often we compare these kind of events to trying to drink water from a fire hose. With the obvious meaning, that it will not easily be processed in just one week. I agree, but I also believe that all that I heard this weekend will eventually find it’s place. God knew it was a bunch of information to take in, but he also knows what I needed to hear and when I’ll remember what I heard. I’m thankful for the relationships that were continued this year, the ideas that were challenged, the advice handed out, and for the dreams that this conference will inspire. The future is bright, there is no doubt.

I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to some of my breakouts in time to get a good seat, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to hang out at all with my Lubbock Kid Ministry friends, and finally I’m disappointed that I couldn’t bring my entire team to see and hear it all for themselves. In spite of these letdowns, the conference was fantastic! I seriously can’t wait to be back, and experience it all fresh and anew next year!

I’m really excited to read through some new books I bought (#1 Parenting Beyond your Capacity and #2 Slow Fade), and can’t wait to get back home to share with my team the experiences I had. I’m excited about what this conference and trip means for my church, and I hope that as we work to reach the families and kids of Lubbock, TX that God’s blessing and provision stays with us all!

If you are looking for a perfect conference, then keep looking. But if you are looking for a place to meet others, and investigate with your imagination what the future could hold…then register for Orange 2011 today!

To read all that I swamped this site with over the past few days, please visit: www.jonathancliff.com/tag/orange2010. To see some great Orange Conference photos, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangeconference.

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.