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

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/abu

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.

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.

Question: Are you planning to come?