It seems like more and more kidmin conferences are reaching out to a wider audience by offering their conference, either in part or in whole, online and for free. This is especially good for volunteers who typically do not attend conferences, but hear about things second hand from their pastor or possibly not at all.
The Orange group, the ones who marketed the Orange philosophy, have many resources available for equipping those who work with children. One of those resources is the Orange Tour, a traveling mini conference. Next Tuesday, February 15, they will be making some of the best sessions of the Orange Tour available as a webcast, for free. You can view the full info and sign up here http://whatisorange.org/orangetouronline. I am including the schedule and speaker bios below.
SCHEDULE (Tentative) – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
|1:00 p.m.||Session 1||Reggie Joiner|
|2:15 p.m.||Session 2||Reggie Joiner
|3:45 p.m.||Session 3||Reggie Joiner|
|5:00 p.m.||Call It Quits!|
|* All times are Eastern Standard Time|
REGGIE JOINER is the founder and CEO of Orange, a nonprofit organization providing resources and training to help churches maximize their influence on the spiritual growth of the next generation. Orange provides innovative curriculum, resources and training for leaders who work with preschoolers, children, families and students. They have partners throughout the United States and eight other countries. Orange is also the architect and primary sponsor of The Orange Conference and the Orange Tour which provide national training opportunities for senior pastors, church leaders, and ministry volunteers.
Reggie is also one of the founding pastors, along with Andy Stanley, of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. In his role as the executive director of Family Ministry, Reggie developed the concepts of ministry for preschoolers, children, students, and married adults over the course of his 11 years with the church. During his time with North Point Ministries, Reggie created KidStuf, a weekly environment where kids bring their parents to learn about God, as well as Grow Up, an international conference to encourage and equip churches to create relevant, effective environments for children, families and teenagers.
Reggie is the co-author of Seven Practices of Effective Ministries (Multnomah, with Lane Jones and Andy Stanley) and the author of Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide (David C. Cook). Think Orange encapsulates Joiner’s philosophy and practice of family ministry, combining the strengths of family and church to capture the hearts and minds of the next generation.
Reggie is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern College. Reggie and Debbie Joiner live in Cumming, Georgia, and have four grown children: Reggie Paul, Hannah, Sarah and Rebekah.
SUE MILLER joined Orange in 2005 after 17 years of leading Promiseland children’s ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Sue was instrumental in leading the change process that grew Promiseland into a cutting-edge ministry known around the world. The story of how all that happened is told in her book, Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week.
Sue travels extensively teaching and helping churches partner with parents. She mentors leaders, inspires volunteers, and serves as a consultant for churches who want to go Orange. And in her spare time, she leads the charge with the First Look curriculum team at Orange.
CAREY NIEUWHOF is the lead pastor of Connexus Community Church, a multi-campus church north of Toronto and strategic partner of North Point Community Church. Before starting Connexus in 2007, Carey served for 12 years within a mainline denomination, transitioning three small rural congregations into a new congregation that experienced significant growth. He speaks to church leaders across North America about change, leadership, parenting and the strategy behind Orange. Carey co-authored Parenting Beyond Your Capacity with Reggie Joiner. He and his wife, Toni, live near Barrie, Ontario, and have two teenage sons, Jordan and Sam. In his spare time, you can find him cycling his heart out on a back road somewhere.
STUART HALL is the director of training for XP3, the student division of Orange. He also leads DASH INC, an organization he founded in 2000 to develop spiritually influential students that engage culture. Stuart co-authored The Seven Checkpoints: Seven Principles Every Teenager Needs to Know, MAX Q: Developing Students of Influence with Andy Stanley, and the leadership edition of Wired: For a Life of Worship with Louie Giglio. One day he may write a book by himself. Stuart, his beautiful wife Kellee, and their three incredible children reside north of Atlanta.