What to do at Orange 2012

Today is Wednesday, and I’m heading to the Pre-Conference Breakouts for Orange Conference 2012. I’ll be presenting over in the INCM learning track, and I’m hoping to meet some great new Kidmin leaders. Yesterday I shared “What not to do”, but today I’m going to share what I WILL be doing this week at Orange 2012.

  • Listen to what others have to say || Sure, I’ll answer any questions you have for me; but I’m going to get my own questions answered.
  • Encourage whoever needs it || Every year I really do want to be an encouragement to somebody. I know that there are people at Orange that our out of work, or maybe they will soon be out of work. There are people hurting because they are the only ones in their churches that carry a daily burden for families knowing Jesus. I want to be a person God works through for them.
  • Eat || Seriously, I’m going to eat at the places I can’t back home. Doesn’t everyone do this? Don’t judge me.
  • Worship Jesus in a fresh way || Orange (and many other conferences) always presents a place that I can give my worship. I love the times of music and openness of praying for others. It’s sometimes my biggest take-away from being away from home.
  • Learn something new || I’m really hoping that this week I can walk away with something I didn’t arrive with. I’ve got to learn some things, and I know what they are, and I’m willing to seek out the methods!
  • Miss my wife and family.

If you’re going to be at the Orange Conference this week, would you come say hello? I’d love to meet you and hear what God is doing in your ministry and life. You can find me in the Bloggers Suite upstairs in the Main Arena. See you there!

The “What Not to Do” of the Orange Conference 2012

This week I’ll hop on an airplane to see some friends, lead a breakout, and let myself breathe a little at the Orange Conference.

These are some things I’m NOT doing at the Orange Conference this week:

  • Interviewing for another job || Seriously, it wouldn’t happen.
  • Avoiding all conversations and hanging out in my hotel room all day. || As a father to three (and sometimes four) it’s tempting, but it’s not why I’ve left my family.
  • Gossip || All get-together type events and conferences are ripe for gossip.  I am not going there this week.
  • Skipping breakouts and general sessions || There is a school of thought that I could get more out of skipping and just talking to someone in the hallway.  I disagree, although I recognize the exceptions when that is the case.  I’m there to learn, I want to learn.
  • Leave early from every general session to avoid traffic || Why would you do this?  You’re only around this crowd a few times a year, don’t be in a hurry to escape them!
  • Tell my wife where I’m eating out || Fella’s, this just isn’t smart.  Don’t force your stay-at-home spouse to compare your great meal at a fun restaurant with friends to their mac & cheese special at home.

If you’re going to be at the Orange Conference this week, would you come say hello?  I’d love to meet you and hear what God is doing in your ministry and life.  You can find me in the Bloggers Suite upstairs in the Main Arena.  See you there!


Next week I’ll be presenting a special Pre-Conference Breakout at the Orange Conference.  I’m joining a great team of teachers, Michael Chanley, Gina McClain, and Steve Adams to lead a unique International of Children’s Ministry (INCM) track specifically designed for those working in Children’s  Ministry.

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It’s such a great thing that the leaders of INCM and the leaders of Orange are working together to create something this awesome and unique.  This is going to be so much fun for all of us leading, and for all the great Children’s Ministry leaders gathering together to help make the Orange Conference a place to be!


The Oyster and the Grain of Sand

The Oyster and the Grain of Sand

There once was an oyster
Whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand
Had got into his shell.
It was only a grain,
But it gave him great pain.
For oysters have feelings
Although they’re so plain.

Now, did he berate
The harsh workings of fate
That had brought him
To such a deplorable state?
Did he curse at the government,
Cry for election,
And claim that the sea should
Have given him protection?

No – he said to himself
As he lay on a shell,
Since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.
Now the years have rolled around,
As the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate
Destiny – stew.

And the small grain of sand
That had bothered him so
Was a beautiful pearl
All richly aglow.
Now the tale has a moral,
For isn’t it grand
What an oyster can do
With a morsel of sand?

What couldn’t we do
If we’d only begin
With some of the things
That get under our skin.

Author Unknown

D6 Days Online Experience

I’m a big fan of all things NextGen and Family Ministry related.  I love hearing voices that can speak some creative things into my life as a leader, and I love the idea behind the D6 Days experience.  The first D6 day was back in February, but it’s coming again TODAY!

Have you ever wanted to get a taste of the D6 Conference, but haven t had the chance to actually attend in person? We re excited to introduce you to D6 Days—a way for you to experience D6 from your computer, iPad, or tablet for FREE at D6Conference.com/D6Days.

They ve invited Brian Haynes, Michelle Anthony, Kurt Bruner, and a few other family ministry enthusiasts to give live, fresh content just for this event. We ll also be streaming full length past D6 Conference sessions from Doug Fields, Darren Whitehead, Rob Rienow, Fred Stoeker, Richard Ross, Jay Strother, and others! On top of that, they are also giving away 15 mp3s from some of our most talked about previous conference labs. All free!

There are two different D6 Days coming up in 2012: April 17, and July 24. D6 Days content will be available for up to two weeks after the listed dates. For a more detailed schedule, visit D6Conference.com/D6Days.

You don’t have to do anything to receive this content. No sign up, no registration fee, nothing. Just go to D6Conference.com/D6Days TODAY and learn from some incredible leaders.