It’s been nearly two years since the global pandemic dramatically changed all our lives and the way we do certain things. This includes getting used to online church and events. As we slowly adapt to a New Normal and turn back to in-person meetings, we especially look forward to Orange Conference 2022 happening in March in Atlanta, GA.
Featuring an incredible line-up of speakers and an inspiring concert, the conference will discuss all things kids ministry, youth ministry, and leadership. Check out what’s so special about Orange Conference and what to expect when you attend next year’s big event.
1. New Breakout Structure for OC 2022
Breakouts will be hosted in three different venues, each one offering several specialized breakouts for your area of ministry, including Kids Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Leadership. Spend the day learning about new ideas and practical solutions from innovative thought leaders while being surrounded by other ministry leaders who do what you do.
2. David Crowder Concert with Jonathan McReynolds
What better way to end an incredible day of learning and networking than jamming out to some of Christian music’s biggest names? Included in your Orange Conference 2022 ticket is a concert with Crowder and Grammy-award-winning gospel musician Jonathan McReynolds!
3. Atlanta Strategy Sessions
Next year’s Orange Conference offers special strategy sessions which are add-on events for your team to debrief your OC experience.
Led by special guest hosts in unique Atlanta locations, these sessions will give you the chance to collaborate with your team and create an actionable plan for your ministry to implement right when you get home. Some of the sessions include:
A. Building a Volunteer Strategy
While you may already have a strategy on what you’re going to teach kids and teenagers every week, this session will equip you with a strategy to train and empower your leaders. From recruiting to training to retaining, Trey McKnight will give you the tools and practical insight to walk away with a comprehensive volunteer strategy.
B. Marketing Your Church
For your church to last for years to come, you will need to know how to best market it. Marketing ensures that the amazing things you work so hard to create will be experienced. In addition, marketing is your chance to solve your community’s problems, help people become who they were meant to become, and serve the needs of others. Join Dave Adamson and Nick Blevins as they contextualize a unique and actionable plan to help people find your ministry.
C. Creating Engaging Environments
Engaging environments are inviting and help people feel comfortable. Regardless of your budget, you can create spaces in your ministries that visually, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually engage the next generation. Relationships may connect kids and teenagers to your church, but what you do with your physical spaces can support those relational connections or undermine them. Join this session to gain some creative and accessible ideas to elevate your environments with Adam Duckworth and Leslie Mack.
D. Human Rights
It takes intentional time, learning, and work to create safe, diverse, and accepting church communities. Led by Danielle Strickland and Reggie Joiner, the Human Rights session helps you learn and identify your ministry’s specific next steps when it comes to bringing change and healing to our world.
E. 3 Big Questions
Three fundamental questions every teenager asks are: Who am I? Where do I fit? What difference can I make? Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers. They need to know that they are enough because of Jesus, that they belong with God’s people, and that they are invited into God’s greater story. Join this session with Fuller Youth Institute’s Kara Powell and Brad Griffin to unpack how your ministry can give teenagers a grounding sense of their identity, belonging, and purpose.
4. Partnering With Parents
While Partnering With Parents is part of the Atlanta Strategy Sessions, it’s not the first time in 2022 and deserves to be highlighted here. This session is led by Kristen Ivy and teaches about the importance of the influence of parents. It provides resources for parents and creates curriculums based on the value of parents leading their children. Furthermore, Partnering With Parents helps parents learn how to engage and empower their children in conversations about faith.
5. Curriculum Strategy
Another special strategy session, the Curriculum Strategy, helps you learn how to make the most of the limited time you have to teach kids what they need to know about God at this phase of their lives. Orange Curriculums give you a strategic and comprehensive plan with clear bottom lines. Join Mike Clear and Crystal Chiang as they unpack the how’s and why’s of your scope and cycles, with practical tips on taking your curriculum to the next level.
While it is still a few months away, the Orange Conference 2022 promises to be worth the wait. So go ahead, get your tickets, and count down the days until you get to mingle with other ministry leaders to expand your knowledge on how to best work with the next generation to spread the Gospel and shape the youth in the image of God.
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