The 2017 Orange Conference officially wrapped up a few days ago, and wow, what an incredible experience it was! We hope you had a blast here in Atlanta, and we hope you enjoyed the music, speakers, and breakouts throughout the conference. Most of all, we hope you walked away with fresh insights and renewed energy as you reengage with your ministry, your volunteers, and your students.
One of the things we (the XP3 team) love the most about The Orange Conference is the time we get to spend with you. We love hearing your stories sharing in great conversations about life and ministry. It’s a huge encouragement to us as we continue investing our time and energy into XP3.
As we close the curtain on OC17, we know that the real work is just beginning as you begin to implement what it means to be for your neighbor in your community. We get that. And we don’t want you to forget that we’re here to partner with you through that process!
As you get back into the routine, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here, reach out to your Orange Specialist, or post in our XP3 Partners group. Let us know how you’re doing. Let us know how we can help. You weren’t designed to do ministry alone! So remember—we’re here for you and for you, especially as you figure out what it looks like to be for your neighbor.
Now, enjoy some of our favorite quotes from the 2017 Orange Conference:
We’ve got to stop acting like discipleship is about information, and realize discipleship is about relationship. – Reggie Joiner
If we listen, we might actually understand someone’s pain. And then, why wouldn’t they want to sit at the table with you? – Ryan Leak
Invite someone new to the table. – Reggie Joiner
On your very worst day, Jesus calls you Beloved. If you’re hearing another name in your ear, that’s not Jesus. – Bob Goff
Family ministry and partnering with parents is not a program. – Dr. Jim Burns
You can’t dismiss people and be in love with God. – Andy Stanley
Parents listen best to adults who are invested in the lives of their kids. – Nina Schmidgall
Most leaders who accomplish great things aren’t balanced people, they’re passionate people. – Carey Nieuwhof
How do your pictures match up with the pictures of your neighborhood? – Kara Powell
Oh guys, don’t be right. Be Jesus. – Bob Goff
Get in the habit in your life of doing something you don’t have to do. – Reggie Joiner
Some of your neighbors feel like you don’t love them because you act like you don’t like them. – Reggie Joiner
If you live for people’s acceptance, you will die from their rejection. – Lecrae
Busy is the enemy of neighborly. – Doug Fields
The reason we should be generous is because it helps people. – Andy Stanley
Great small group leaders have a consistent dialogue, a back and forth, with the students. Not a monologue. – EJ Swanson
Ask every person who serves you: Do you have anything I can pray for? – Ryan Leak
You’ll be neighbors with someone for ten years and it’ll come down to ten minutes. – Jon Acuff
A neighbor-minded church allows people to belong before they believe. – Jeff Henderson
Hate didn’t kill my father. Indifference and apathy did. – Bernice A. King
Stop managing time. Start managing your energy. – Carey Nieuwhof
Jesus doesn’t want your help. He wants your hearts. – Bob Goff
We can’t expect them to come to us if they don’t believe we are for them. – Jeff Henderson