Why OC?

Why OC?

I am totally stoked. I’m sitting on an airplane on my way to California to spend the next four days with some amazing people who…get this…do what I do. But that’s not it. Not only do they do what I do but they are really good at it. We’ve got a schedule lined up. We’ve got some experts to come and mess with our ideas. We’ve saved a bunch of time to simply talk shop and work through our ideas. We can ask tough questions and push at the things that... Read More
Game Off

Game Off

Every week, student church services present a segment that can really be hit-or-miss. It’s the dreaded transition time before the message. This moment usually involves a game, which range from gross (think “live goldfish appetizer”) to geeky (ooh! trivia!). It’s a segment that may feel less intentional than the rest of the programming around it. We like to call this time Ten Minutes That Serve as an Introduction/Transition to Worship/The Message. The TMTSAAITTWTM (aka The Hosting Segment) is... Read More
Volunteer at Orange Conference!

Volunteer at Orange Conference!

My name is Ben Nunes, and as of this past December I joined the Orange staff as an XP3 Orange Specialist. Prior to joining Orange I was working for another company on their sales team, but I would still volunteer at The Orange Conference. Not out of need but out of the desire to grow, learn, network and for pure enjoyment. As a small group leader of students I found great value in spending quality time with many of the speakers, vendors and Orange staff. Even while working behind-the-scenes to... Read More
Breaking Tradition

Breaking Tradition

“Well, this is just ridiculous. There’s a reason certain things are a tradition around here. You are ruining senior year! You are ruining everything!” Maybe you expect that from one of your students. But what if I told you I heard those words coming from the mom of a teenager and that ruining everything meant we were changing where our student ministry attended summer camp? I had expected a few students to struggle with changing the location for camp, but I surely wasn’t prepared to get such... Read More
Spotlight Leader

Spotlight Leader

Doug Fields, in his main stage at a previous Orange Conference, gave us a new perspective on leadership. Doug realized that those in the church are often not good at developing more leaders. Self-preservation types of leaders do not value the importance of other leaders. We don’t have to work at getting older. We have to work at getting younger, and raising up a new generation of leaders. If we don’t, our vision, values, and messages are going to die with us. Many are in denial, though, which... Read More