It’s a non-negotiable for me. I have to attend The Orange Conference every year. I put it on the calendar and excitedly await its arrival. Anyone who works with the next generation needs to experienceThe Orange Conference. Once you do, you’ll understand why I have to keep coming back year after year. Here’s the five reasons I attend Orange Conference every year.
1. There’s incredible worship and teaching.
If you’re like me, being able to attend your church’s worship service can feel like a monumental feat. And if you do get the chance to sit down, it can be a challenge to concentrate. At Orange Conference, you get to be the attendee. You get to be the receiver. There’s nothing like an arena full of pastors, directors, and volunteers with their voices raised in worship together. You’re able to fill yourself so that you can be released back to your church to pour yourself out again.
2. You’ll leave feeling refreshed.
The Orange Conference is a chance for me to push the reset button on my ministry and my spiritual and emotional health. It’s a getaway time from the grind of everyday life. I sometimes forget how hard ministry is until I can get away and refocus my priorities. It’s a like a spa treatment for your family ministry team!
3. Some of the newest resources debut at Orange Conference.
Due to a family emergency I wasn’t able to attend Orange one year, but I sent my team members with strict instructions to purchase everything that was new. You see, I’m a resource junkie (no judging!). I like getting the inside scoop on the latest and greatest books or resources that will be releasing. Many times at Orange, you’ll find brand new books, devotionals, and event kits that all release for a limited time during the conference before they release to the public several months later.
4. You’ll meet like-minded people.
There are people EVERYWHERE who know what it’s like to walk in your shoes. Catch a minute with a breakout speaker who’s willing to answer a few questions. Meet someone in your breakout and further your conversation over lunch at the food trucks. And don’t forget your Orange Specialists…make sure you connect with your person so you can both put a face with a name. I’ve met people two and three years ago who continue to be such an encouragement to me in ministry.
5. It’s a great environment for team building.
It’s one thing to experience the Orange Conference for yourself, and it’s even better when you can experience it with your team. When others can catch the same vision and strategy as yourself, you’ve got more people to help you invest that same vision and strategy into your entire volunteer team and church. Recruit as many people from your team as you can to attend the conference with you. It will be a win for your team and your church!
Why do you love attending The Orange Conference each year?