As Friday’s lend themselves to playing catch-up, here is some Internet Gold that I’ve loved over the past few weeks.
The Gospel and the (Im)perfect Marriage - “Depending on how well we do in our own eyes, perfectionism can play out in a variety of negative responses: feelings of worthlessness, inordinate preoccupation with the opinions of other people, paralyzing fear, impatience with others, and a sense of superiority.”
Shaping a Child’s Soul: A task to Important to be Entrusted to a Professional -Â Â “Efficiency is not the goal of gospel-motivated ministry.”
How to Save Money around the Home - “Sometimes we put these small changes off because we forget just how much money we could save if we do them.”
The Secret to Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids - “We live in complex times. As I work with thousands of parents and faculty each year, I’m increasingly convinced we have a more engaged set of adults who care about kids today than at any time since I began my career in 1979. Simultaneously, however, I am observing a more troubled population of kids, especially by the time they reach their teen years. It appears at first like an oxymoron. How can such a cared-for generation experience such emotional difficulties?”
It’s that time of year again. Since 2008, I’ve had a fun opportunity to spend a week in Atlanta, Georgia with friends that do my job and those that love the things we do. I have a real passion for parents, kids, and everyone that loves them; and when I’m in Atlanta at the Orange Conference I never feel more surrounded by likeminded people than I do when I’m there.
In honor of what will be a few updates from the Orange Conference 2013, I give you the Friday Bag…Orange Edition.
New Orange Conference Family Ministry Track — This is a great opportunity to really narrow down what we do for families within our church, and it’s a special chance for me to lead a breakout with these same leaders. I’m stoked to be teaching “Clarifying the Win for Family Ministry” on Thursday Afternoon, April 25th.
Tune into The Orange Conference! – “Weâ€™d love for everyone to be here in person for OC13, but realize thatâ€™s not always an option. So, weâ€™d like to offer you the next best thing: tune in online. Youâ€™ll be able to see on and off-stage action, including session streaming, speaker interviews, mayhem and hi-jinx, resource updates and giveaways, and perhaps even win a ticket to OC14!”Â
The Orange Conference App – “If you’re planning to attend The Orange Conference this Spring in Atlanta, Georgia, this app will help make your experience on site pretty darn stellar.”
Why come to Orange Conference 2013? from Orange on Vimeo.
I’m a big fan of the Image Social Network, Instagram. I’ve used it for a long time now, and while I don’t update as frequently as a professional photographer…I enjoy my time contributing. Here in Athens I’ve been able to see Instagram at it’s very best, and at it’s best for the benefit of our city.
Maybe your city is like my city, in that people love this place. We brag about it, we enjoy all the happenings around town, and we never miss a chance to show it off to visitors. Some of those lovers of this city started something called “Athens Is” and it’sÂ blown upÂ to a full scale art show that has brought together charities, churches, and businesses.
My Athens was born out of a desire to unite the people of Athens, Ga., to celebrate the many beautiful aspects of the city. Photographersâ€”of any experienceâ€”posted photos on Instagram capturing the essence of The Classic City and tagged them with the hashtag #my_athens.
The website is stellar, but the idea is golden.
#MY_ATHENS from Southern Lights Productions on Vimeo.
Spring is here. The trees are starting to bud and the scent of new life is in the air. Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. One thing that comes with every spring for me is the little conference I attend every year in Atlanta calledÂ Orange Conference. Ha! Thereâ€™s nothing little about Orange Conference!
This year makes my fifth year to attend this great conference. From time to time, people ask me why I keep going back. â€œOnce you get this whole â€˜Orangeâ€™ thing, canâ€™t you move on to something new?â€ For me, Orange Conference has become a part of my annual routine because each year, itâ€™s a totally differentÂ experience. I come home with different ideas, have different conversations and each event inspires me in a fresh new way. Itâ€™s less about the â€œeventâ€ and more about the people and conversations that accompany the conference (but I must say, the â€œeventâ€ is spectacular). There are very few places where so many people are gathered in the same place for a few days that challenge and inspire me so much within the context of the ministry Iâ€™m currently in. Why wouldnâ€™t I make my way to participate each year?
Now, I must say that this year is very unique for me. Something is happening at OC13 that is not happening anywhere else, and I think it is incredible. This year, Orange Conference is hosting a specialized breakout track for NextGen/Family Ministry leaders. Not just people who are responsible for family elements of ministry, but those in the unique staff role of both student and childrenâ€™s ministry oversight. Itâ€™s a very new, but rapidly growing role within the church and thereâ€™s so much to learn. Orange has put together some amazing communicators to talk about the things NextGen/Family Ministry leaders are dealing with. These breakouts attempt to define the role and the family ministry team. This track aims to process through the biggest hurdles leaders in this role will face. What Iâ€™m even more excited about is gathering and rubbing shoulders with others in this role as we all learn together.
- Leading a NextGen Meeting with Kenny Conley
- NextGen/Family Ministry Leadership: Leading 360 Degrees with Michael Bayne
- The Art of Delegation with Powell Grisham
- Family Ministry 101: Defining the NextGen/Family Ministry Team with Darren Kizer
- Leading Through Conflict Resolution with Kenny Conley and Jim Wideman
- Clarify the Win: Narrowing Down What is Most Important in Your Ministry with Jonathan Cliff
So, if you are in this role, or you work with someone in this role, OC13 is the place to be this April.
If youâ€™d like more info about the various tracks at OC13, weâ€™ve added for 2013 are Track Champions and a greater explanation of our tracks. You can read more about the goals of the each track here (http://www.whatisorange.org/orangeconference/2013/new) and watch the videos here (http://vimeo.com/whatisorange)Â to offer further explanation.
How fun is this? I hope you and yours had an Easter experience worth repeating everyday!
Easter Opener 2012 from North Point Media on Vimeo.