What is all of the Orange stuff about?
If you have been around COTHA the last few weeks, you have been hearing a lot about “Orange.” You might be like me and think “Orange isn’t my favorite color, why do we want to have orange around?” Orange is a strategy and curriculum to move all of our family ministry ahead. Frankly, it is really isn’t that big of a change since we have been working to keep all of our program concentrating on common themes. Let me share what the Orange people themselves say about going Orange:
Founder of the Orange Conference, Reggie Joiner looks at what would happen if the church and families combined their efforts to create a revolutionary strategy to affect the lives of children.
Families and churches are each working hard to build faith in kids, but imagine the potential results when the two environments synchronize, maximizing their individual efforts. What can the church do to empower the family? How can the family emphasize the work of the church? They can Think Orange. Former family ministry director Reggie Joiner looks at what would happen if churches and families decided they could no longer do business as usual, but instead combined their efforts and began to work off the same page for the sake of the kids. Think Orange shows church leaders how to make radical changes so they can:
• Engage parents in an integrated strategy
• Synchronize the home and church around a clear message
• Provoke parents and kids to fight for their relationships with each other
• Recruit mentors to become partners with the family
• Mobilize the next generation to be the church
With a transparent, authentic approach that gives every family and church hope for being more effective in their common mission, Think Orange rethinks the approach to children’s, youth, and family ministry.
For most parents and students, it won’t feel like much of a change at all. We still have classes and teachers. Our children will still be learning about God’s love for them. The biggest difference will be seen in the fact that we will spending our time on developing relationships and not on designing and developing curriculum. Join us this Sunday after the 10:30 service in Grand Central to learn more.