Orange conference is very nostalgic for me. It’s the place where I first met up with the people who have become some of my closest friends. It was the first really large conference I ever attended. 6 years ago and it feels like yesterday. I ended up going 3 years in a row as a blogger and haven’t been able to attend the last three years due to conflicts in my schedule.
I thought I would take a bit of a different take with this post and tell you the unique aspects I miss most about Orange after a three-year absence.
- The tribe – Each conference has their own Eco system of regular attenders. I will attend most of the other National conferences this year defiantly miss my friends at Orange.
- Reggie’s Keynote – Orange has some of the best and the brightest out there. For me every year I personally enjoyed Reggie’s keynote most. Reggie is a thinker and strategist. Every chance I get to talk to Reggie I am challenged.
- The show – The production value of everything that takes place at Orange conference is second to none. It is big, exciting and fun.
- Family ministry from the church side of things – In my experience every conference out there has something they do really well. I think the thing that Orange Conference does better than anyone is talk about family ministry from the church side of things. This isn’t all they do but in my mind it’s what they do best.
I have been saying this the past 3 years but next year I really hope I can come back to Orange. I miss my friends.
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In the book Creativity Inc, By Ed Catmull at one point he talked about the importance of protecting the new. He then quoted the amazing monologue delivered by Anton Ego in Ratatouille.
In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to
our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and
to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the
grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more
meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times
when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and
defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new
creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something
new, an extra-ordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say
that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about
fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core.
In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s
famous motto: ‘Anyone can cook.’ But I realize, only now do I truly
understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a
great artist can come from anywhere. – Anton Ego
I have always been an innovative person who learns through iteration, trial and error. I find however as I grow older that I more easily stick to what I know because I know it works. The beauty of age is experience. The danger of age is becoming critical of the new. I meet many people who talk more about what they have done than what they are doing.
Being a critic is much less costly than being an artist. Left to ourselves we slip into the criticism of the new rather than become a friend of the new.
Yancy has a new praise party album coming out today. I received an advance copy and it is brilliant. My 2-year-old and 5-year-old listen to it daily. I love how Yancy is a role model for my girls that is more than positive she’s redemptive. When my wife puts on Little Praise Party for our girls in the car or at home it literally changes their attitudes, instantly. It’s crazy. What I love about Yancy is that she points my girls to Jesus. In a culture that is trying to get girls to find their worth in friends and their appearance if I can pour Jesus into the heart of my girls while they are young I’ll pay for that every day. But If you think her songs resonate with only girls you would be wrong, I love how write songs that boys would enjoy as well. There are several superhero songs on her album releasing today.
Personally what I enjoy from Yancy’s music is she always puts an old school song or two on her records. She gives them a new sound but keeps the simple Jesus centered truth firmly in place. On this new record that song is “I Love You Lord” simple profound and needs to be song by every generation.
I hope you support my friend Yancy and the great work she is doing if you are a parent or work with kids Yancy’s Little Praise Party “Taste and See” would be a brilliant addition to your kids worship collection. You get FREE SHIPPING with code: yancylovesme
If you are looking for something for your older kids check out Jesus Music Box
Here is the promo video of Yancy explaining what Little Praise Party is all about.
Conference season is starting to start-up in earnest. To be effective in any situation you need to have the right tools. I am not the most handy person when it comes to construction and renovation. If I have learned anything over the past 15 years of home ownership it’s the right tools make all the difference.
Here are a few of the tools I use at every conference I attend.
Honored to be going to David C Cooks Tru Gathering again this year. I will be doing a workshop and will be part of the blogger team there. I so enjoyed my time at The Gathering last year the heart and the vision of the conference is so clear and so compelling.
Met tons of people for the first time last year and am looking forward to re-connecting with those people this year. If you are looking for a spiritually rich, intimate gathering of people obsessed with kids and family ministry I hope you will join me in May.