Why Do You Promote A Conference You Have Never Been To?

OC12_468x60That’s a fair question and one that deserves an answer.  The truth is that, despite following it closely from afar for many years, I have never actually been to the Orange conference.  So, why would I promote a conference that I have never been too?

1. Because it’s worth it

Not to me, but it’s worth it to you.  This blog has always been about the readers, and I am comfortable that the Orange Conference is an experience that edify you in your work in children’s ministry.  In the end, that is what Dad in the Middle is all about.

2. The Line-Up

The line-up of speakers and breakouts at Orange is phenomenal year after year, and this year is no different.  Speakers will include:

  • Reggie Joiner, founder of Orange
  • Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church
  • Craig Groeschel, Founding and Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv
  • Lanny Donoho, President and Creative Director of BigStuf Productions and BigStuf Camps
  • Jon Acuff, Author of Quitter, social media specialist at JonAcuff.com
  • Mawi Asgedom, Educational innovator, author and founder of Mental Karate
  • Sue Miller, Children’s innovator, author of Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week
  • Joel Manby, President of Herschend Entertainment, featured on Undercover Boss
  • David Kinnaman, President of Barna Research Group and author of unChristian
  • Carey Neuiwhof, Lead Pastor of Connexus Community Church
  • Kara Powell, Executive Director at Fuller Institute and author of Sticky Faith and Deep Justice Journeys
  • Stuart Hall, Director of Training for XP3
  • Jared Herd, Creative Director of XP3 Students

Breakout leaders have not yet been announced, but if prior years are any indication, people I really admire, like and respect will likely be leading breakouts and pre-conference seminars.  People like:

  • Jim Wideman
  • Sam Luce
  • Kenny Conley
  • Jonathan Cliff
  • Gina McClain
  • Amy Fenton Lee

have all led such sessions in the past.

3. It’s About A Whole Lot More than just Breakouts

I haven’t been to Orange, but the conferences I have been to have taught me that the time spent networking and making connections can be more valuable than any time spent sitting listening to a speaker.  And, Orange is one of the premiere conferences for children’s ministry leaders to get together and spend some quality time networking, learning from one another and sharpening one another.

4. They Asked Me To

There are some great people associated with Orange who are interested in making sure that you have the best conference experience possible.  They asked me to let you know about registration beginning this Thursday, September 22nd, and given my high view of the conference anyhow, I figured why not.  To find out more about the conference, please visit www.TheOrangeConference.com.

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