Why I Am Attending the Orange Conference

I’ve never been to the Orange Conference, but I am excited to go this coming spring. I heard Reggie Joiner speak at the Catalyst Conference last year, and, frankly, that was enough. (He was awesome!) It is scheduled for April 27–29, 2011. Registration opens on October 5th.

Orange with a Spiral Peel - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/abu, Image #242815

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The Orange Conference is committed to a simple premise that I believe whole-heartedly: the church and the family must work together to influence the next generation.

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For too long, we have had an either/or mentality. Some ministries act like it’s up to the family. Others ask as though it is up to the church. The truth is it takes both.

This is why the conference is called “Orange.” Think about it: As they say on the Orange Leaders Web site:

Orange is a secondary color, created when you combine two primary colors—red and yellow.

Orange is what red and yellow can do when they combine efforts. If you paint only with red, you will get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you will get what only yellow can do. But when you paint with red and yellow, you’ll get new possibilities, fresh solutions, vibrant outcomes.

We believe the warm heart of the family can be represented by the color red, and the bright light of the church can be represented by the color yellow. When these two entities combine their efforts for the sake of the spiritual growth of the next generation, the result is Orange.”

What a great strategy. It’s about time.

In addition to a great strategy, they have a terrific line-up of speakers (some of which are my authors at Thomas Nelson), including:

  • Gordon MacDonald
  • Kara Powell
  • Eric Draper
  • Jud Wilhite
  • Sue Miller
  • Stuart Hall
  • Carey Nieuwhof
  • Jared Herd
  • Doug Fields

In addition to being relevant and practical, it looks like a lot of fun. I am a student of how to create inspirational experiences, and this is one I don’t want to miss. I hope you will join me.

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  • http://www.larryshallenberger.com Larry Shallenberger

    Just had dinner with Reggie and his team in Portland this week. That was enough to convince me to get down there.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. I hope to see you there.

  • http://180tampa.com Jerry White

    Yep! I have been twice and last year, we were blessed to have our entire Family Ministry Pastors/Directors attend and make significant organizational changes because of the new strategy. The last 6 months have been crazy and fun with great results. Glad you're coming!

  • http://www.faithimagined.com alisa

    The orange analogy is great for moms. I feel like my day is painted with bright strokes of yellow and red; but when you look at the full day, all that is seen is a big ball of orange :)

  • lydiajo39

    Just read your top ten list. Truth is timeless. That is why some of your older posts continue to be read time and again. You have given much of value. Your traffic is a testimony to that value. Thank you.

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  • Garrett Hughes

    My wife works for Reggie and the ReThink Group. She's an Orange Specialist and we are all about ORANGE. We have watched this strategy work in our church and in our lives. We are sold out to it. I will be volunteering again this year just like last. (I've actually been to every Orange Conference there has been.) Hope to meet you while I'm there. I know you'll love it.

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  • Brad

    I love their three basic truths. Having our children understand these is essential to their success in life.

    1. I need to make the wise choice.
    2. I can trust God no matter what.
    3. I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

    Thanks for passing along, I have never heard of them before.

  • http://www.upward.org Maria

    Michael,
    Upward Sports has recently connected with Orange. We are SOOOOOO excited about what God has in store through this new partnership. We are curious; are you aware of all the Upward Sports leagues in your area (and around the world)? If not, we would love to tell you more since we share similar ministry philosophies.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’d love to hear more and connect you with my ministry guys. Email me at mhyatt at thomasnelson dot com. Thanks.

  • http://www.shepherdsbalm.com Rich Earl

    Having attended the Catalyst Conference for the past six years I eagerly anticipate hearing Reggie every year at the Pre-Lab session. To be honest he makes the other speakers seem anticlimactic as his ideas are fresh and deep. Have a blast at Orange.