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Thoughts, Notes and General Mental Mayhem


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Orange Tour Starts THIS WEEK!

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Get ready—Orange Tour hits the road this week! We’ll be gathering with approximately 10,000 church leaders across the country over the next three months to discuss family ministry and partnering with parents to influence the faith of the next generation.

 

SAY YES TO THE NEXT GENERATION

When you say yes to the next generation, it means you…

Say yes to tension.

Say yes to collaboration.

Say yes to debate.

 

It means you say yes to wrestling with questions like…

Should secular leaders influence your ministry strategy?

Is your ministry really pro-family?

Does your church make kids and teenagers feel like they have a place to belong?

Are you losing or gaining momentum in your community?

Should you teach kids the Bible or help them develop character?

Is the culture of your ministry attracting the right kind of volunteers and leaders?

 

How you answer these questions matters.

It matters for the momentum of your ministry.

It matters for the effectiveness of your strategy.

It mattters for the faith of the next generation.

But just because the questions matter doesn’t mean the answers are simple. In fact, many of the questions you face in ministry are tricky to navigate. Sometimes there are truths that seem to contradict each other. Sometimes two people with the same goal don’t always agree. Sometimes there’s tension.

So every week you have to decide. You can make a statement or manage an ongoing conversation. You can take a side or fight for the tension.

Join us at this year’s Orange Tour and discover the best way to answer these questions.

We’ll be in 13 cities this fall:

  • Atlanta, GA: September 5
  • Minneapolis, MN: September 12
  • Seattle, WA: September 19
  • Wildomar, CA: September 23
  • Lancaster, PA: October 7
  • Washington, DC: October 10
  • Detroit, MI: October 14
  • Indianapolis, IN: October 17
  • Kansas City, KS: October 21
  • Charlotte, NC: October 28
  • Austin, TX: November 4
  • Dallas, TX: November 7
  • Tampa, FL: November 11

I’ll be at Atlanta, Seattle, Wildomar, Detroit and Indy doing social media, and would love to meet you!

For more information or to register, please visit www.OrangeTour.org.

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Orange Tour Registration Opens Today!

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Say YES to the Next Generation

Save $40 per person off the regular price for TODAY ONLY! Pay only $49 per person (lunch provided)

OR, register for both the Orange Tour and 2015 Orange Conference at the same time and save! Pay only $259 today only—a combined savings of $149 per person off of the regular rates.

 

When you “Say YES to the Next Generation,” this year’s theme, it means you say yes to tension, collaboration and debate. There are important questions church leaders wrestle with every week. In fact, many of the questions in ministry are tricky to navigate. This year’s Orange Tour will help attendees discover the best way to answer these questions.

Tour stops for 2014 include Atlanta, Ga., Minneapolis, Minn., Seattle, Wash., Windomar, Calif., Lancaster, Penn., Washington D.C., Detroit, Mich., Indianapolis, Ind., Kansas City, Kan., Charlotte, N.C., Austin, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and Tampa, Fla.

For more information, please visit OrangeTour.org.

If you want some convincing, read Rob Cizek’s article about 7 Things Your Team will get from the Orange Tour at: http://bit.ly/1jKmVLP


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Birthday Month

153157083It’s been a fantastic birthday month! But, whew, a bit exhausting. Good thing it only comes around once a year!

Seriously, how can people only celebrate for one day—there’s just too much fun to be had! Here’s a quick recap of my month. You’ll see a few items below that, in reality, have very little to do with me and my birthday. But if they occur during September and are super fun, I consider them a gift. 😉

 

August 30-September 2:

Kicked off birthday month in Clarkesville, Tennessee, with Daron and Margaret, two of my favorite people. It was a relaxing weekend, and just what I needed. I always need more time with them, and adorable little Truman.

September 5:

Lunch with Jessica at Zoe’s Kitchen.

September 7:

Mani/pedi with Chianti! This is one of my favorite gifts I give myself for my birthday each year.

September 8:

Busy, busy day! Volunteered in the children’s ministry, then Amy and I headed south of the city to Serenbe for lunch at The Farmhouse and some shopping. Loved it there. Would totally recommend the drive, and I plan on heading back really soon. Then back home that night for Mark and Meier’s going away party. Really fun to see lots of friends that night, too, even if they weren’t there for me. 😉

September 10:

Dinner with Michelley at Marlow’s Tavern.

September 12-13:

Headed to Tampa for work as we began the Orange Tour. Coincidentally, had my three-year anniversary with Orange while there.

September 17:

Not For Sale Georgia’s Reading Group:

Any excuse to head to Dr. Bombay’s for chai tea is a good day, but we had a great discussion about the book, Half The Sky. If you get the chance, please read it!

September 18:

Lunch with Ben and Mark at Jim ‘N’ Nick’s. It was a good-bye lunch for Mark, but hey, still in birthday month!

September 21:

A favorite—the big screen re-release of The Wizard of Oz, one of my all-time favorites! It was amazing in 3D! Good thing it wasn’t crowded, because I quoted and sang to myself the whole time.

September 22:

Jana was in town, so I went with her, Kat and Damon to Passion City Church and dinner.

September 23:

Surprise—Karen was in town! Fun reunion with her, Michelle and Ben at Antico Pizza. Serious yum.

September 24:

Harmony at the Alliance Theater with Sara. Great show, co-written by Barry Manilow! My co-worker, Brandon, was in the ensemble, so it was really fun to see him on stage. We also went to an awesome vegetarian/vegan restaurant called Cafe Sunflower.

September 25:

Low key night of hanging out at my place with Amy. Always great conversation.

September 26-30:

Recouping from a fun and busy birthday month! Sheesh, does my apartment need cleaning!

 

Thank you to everyone who was a part of my birthday month! It was a great one for sure!