You care about kids and teenagers, and you want them to have a better future. How do you and your church effectively influence their faith so they come to love God, love life and love others? You start thinking orange.
What does it mean to think orange? It’s combining the heart of the home—red—and the light of the church—yellow—to influence a child’s life. Nobody knows this better than Orange founder, Reggie Joiner. On today’s episode of the podcast, Reggie is going back to basics and explaining what the Orange strategy is, why it’s important, and—most importantly—how it can help you impact a child’s faith.
People, Places & Helpful Resources
Reggie is founder and CEO of Orange (The reThink Group). He has co-written three parenting books, Don’t Miss It, Playing for Keeps and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity as well as other leadership books including A New Kind of Leader and Think Orange. Reggie lives in Georgia with his wife, Debbie, and has four grown children, Reggie Paul, Hannah, Sarah, and Rebekah.
Quotes from This Episode
Ideas to Influence the Next Generation
1. Two combined influences in a child’s life are more powerful than just two influences.
This is one of the core principles of an Orange strategy. We know that nobody has a greater impact on the life of a child than a parent. But we also know that they aren’t the only important influence. When the church engages with parents and partners with them, a child’s faith can be impacted forever.
2. It’s not about filling seats with kids, it’s about their life-long walk with God.
As a ministry leader, you have a busy schedule. While trying to manage the (fun) chaos that is family ministry, it’s easy to get caught up in growing attendance, securing resources, and throwing successful events. But it’s important to remember that whether 200 kids are in your ministry or 20, building relationships with them that help them build a lifelong relationship with God is the most important goal.
3. In order to impact the next generation, family and the faith community need to work together to demonstrate the message of God’s story.
It’s not just an idea to pursue when we have time, it’s absolutely vital for a child’s relationship with God. Studies show that 50 – 70% of kids are walking away from their faith. Something needs to change. That change is the church and parents getting on the same page and maximizing their influence.
Conversation Starters For Your Church
How are we, as a church, engaging with parents and leveraging the influence that they have with their kids to impact their child’s faith?
What are three ways we can better partner with parents in our mission of helping kids have a relationship with Jesus?
When he’s not working as a pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Dave is usually making his family cross their arms, roll their eyes, and tap their feet while he takes “just one more quick photo” on family outings. You’ll also often find him up to his neck in “Jewish stuff” as he researches the cultural context of Jesus for his daily Instagram devotions. Learn more about Dave at daveadamson.tv.
Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
Join Us Next Week
Thank you for listening to the Think Orange Podcast. We’ll be back next week with a new episode featuring Reggie Joiner. He’ll be sharing the first essential component to needed for your church to influence the next generation. We’ll also have a conversation with Carey Nieuwhof about how to get your team on the same page.
We hope you’ll join us for next week’s episode. More importantly, we hope that when you think next generation, you think Orange.