Orange Conference 2013 kicked off today and I have to say that I am pretty excited about it! If you’re not familiar, Orange is a family ministry strategy responsible for a huge paradigm shift in many churches. I highly recommend you read up on it. The organization behind it provides an incredible set of resources, including a three-day annual conference with several thousand attendees from around the world. If you weren’t able to make it (or missed out on today’s pre-conference), I’ll be summarizing my notes throughout the week. Here are the key points that stood out to me today…
CAREY NIEUWHOF || CREATING AN APPETITE FOR CHANGE IN YOUR CHURCH
- People crave what they already like.
- Leaders have a greater appetite for change than those who follow.
- Unimplemented change eventually becomes relief or regret. Leaders at least want to know that they tried.
- Incremental change ushers in incremental results. Do not make a few small changes and feel like you should see drastically different results.
- Plot the trajectory of where your current state is leading you and where you could be if you do change.
- Create discontent out of the urgency of your mission.
- Focus twice as much on WHY you do what you do than HOW you do it. Why unites. How divides.
- Don’t look for consensus. Consensus kills courage. Change never happens when everyone has a say.
- Reserve decisions exclusively for the body that must make decisions.
- To lead change effectively introduces drama into the church that is necessary to bring the change about. Embrace the drama.
- People will want to know when the change process will be over. The right answer is never.
- You can read more of Carey’s thoughts on change in his book, Leading Change Without Losing It, and on careynieuwhof.com
BRIAN WHITE || LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP FROM DISNEY
- Disney thinks Orange — The big idea: Parents and children having fun together.
- Honor the past without living in it. Disney still honors bold moves from throughout its history.
- A brand is like a bank account. Everything you do either adds value or takes it away from that back account. Every decision you make affects the brand.
- Cheap and safe may be less risky but it decreases brand value.
- 2 types of people Disney does not try to please: Demanding fans (people who love the brand but have a limited view of it) & Haters (people who do not share its values and hates what you do). Do not worry about the opinions of these two types of people in your church.
- If you have a bad ideation process, you will never create innovative products.
- Concentrate on psychographics, not demographics. Psychographics include the needs, wants, stereotypes, and emotions of potential customers.
- Brian shared an awesome project management tool used by Disney called the Scrum.
JEFF BRODIE || KEYS TO AN EFFECTIVE ORANGE STRATEGY
- Align your team around families first and strategy second.
- The fastest way to get people working together is to put multiple departments’ budgets together.
- Move from Vision to Strategy to Clear Steps. Clear steps give parents confidence to act.
- Always communicate information in the context of your strategy. 70% of communication should be vision and strategy.
- Illustrate the strategy in stories. (i.e. baptisms)
- Decide what you want families to do first THEN choose the right tools (curriculums, resources, etc.).
- The quality of the small group leaders in your Children’s and Student Ministries dictates your ability to influence families.
- Samuel, Jesse, and David: Samuel stood in the gap between father and son and saw the king that the father did not see. That is the role family ministry leaders must take.
- You can read more of Jeff’s thoughts at jeffbrodie.com
JEANNE STEVENS || THE LOST ART OF SELF-LEADERSHIP
- Know thy God, know thy self, and know the story He is writing through you.
- Are you staying focused on your holy discontent?
- Clearly identify, articulate, and embrace your personal values.
- Do you actually know how to rest?
- Remember the specific gifts, passions, and personality that God has given you and stay within them while you lead.
- Make friends who do not come to your church. You need the relational safety that comes with it.
- What are the scripts (lies) you tend to listen to about yourself?
- What are the things you tend to hold up rather than submitting to God?
- Who do you still need to forgive?
REGGIE JOINER || MAIN SESSON ONE
- The amount of time we have before a small child becomes an adult is shorter than it seems.
- (1) When you see how much time you have left, you tend to get serious about the time you have now. (Ps. 90:12)
- (2) When you see how much time you have left, you tend to value what happens over time.
- …You tend to make what matters matter more.
- …You start to see every week building on top of each other to make a greater impact.
- Create a sense of belonging that no matter how far a kid runs from God, he or she knows that he can always come back.
- Everyone needs someone in their life who knows what they’ve done wrong and still shows up when they need them.
- (3) When you see how much time you have left, you tend to be more present for a few [as opposed to everyone].
- You can learn more about Reggie and Orange at whatisorange.org