The Ride of Parenting and Ministry

Ah, the ride of parenting. Fasten your seat belts, young parents in ministry. It has ups and downs, twists and turns. The Mister and I spent a good portion of a decade welcoming our four kids into the world while doing kids ministry. (An entire decade of music was a blur to me. I heard I didn’t miss much.) Like a coaster ride of screams of both terror and glee, I was seated in the first row. (I think I did take a brief nap sometime back in 1999 while the rest of the world was partying.) I... Read More
New Orange Conference Track for a Rapidly Growing Role: NextGen/Family Ministry

New Orange Conference Track for a Rapidly Growing Role: NextGen/Family Ministry

Spring is here. The trees are starting to bud and the scent of new life is in the air. Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. One thing that comes with every spring for me is the little conference I attend every year in Atlanta called Orange Conference. Ha! There’s nothing little about Orange Conference! This year makes my fifth year to attend this great conference. From time to time, people ask me why I keep going back. “Once you get this whole ‘Orange’ thing,... Read More
The Progress Principle Book Study, Week 4

The Progress Principle Book Study, Week 4

It’s March—which means our house is all about basketball. We love watching the college tournament, both men’s and women’s games, and the battles that take place on the hardwood. Our daughter cheers at Baylor University so we have become proud Baylor Bears fans over the past two years. If you haven’t watched their women’s basketball team, take a peek as they head into the Sweet 16 this weekend. This is a team that works together; they are unselfish in their play and tenacious about driving the... Read More
Two Reasons I Thank God for my House Becoming a Movie Set

Two Reasons I Thank God for my House Becoming a Movie Set

As The Orange Conference is growing closer and closer, the Orange staff is moving faster and faster. Everyone’s goal is to get everything done, and done amazingly well by the conference. I lead the MarriedPeople team and we are no different. Our goal is to have a year’s worth of brand new content by OC13. One of our biggest projects is creating 12 funny videos that churches can show at larger gatherings like weekend worship services or one-night events. Yes, I meant to type 12. Some of the... Read More
Orange Conference Volunteering is AWESOME!

Orange Conference Volunteering is AWESOME!

by Dave Truitt One word can describe my years of volunteering at the Orange Conference—AWESOME There are SO MANY reasons why it’s AWESOME to be an Orange Conference volunteer! Let me list just a few of the benefits I have discovered over my years of volunteering. I get to work beside other people who have a passion for children’s ministry. They feed you! And I’m not talking about a tray of cold cuts; I’m talking about REAL food! Plus, you get to eat with the other volunteers and staff. It’s a... Read More