here). Luckily, that’s not my last chance to get my Orange fix for the year! As many of you know, Orange is hitting the road again this year with Orange Tour 2013, regional gatherings of hundreds of like-minded ministers and volunteers. So why am I going? Here are four reasons I’m going and you should too.*
Give me a day to connect with hundreds of pastors who think like I do, love Jesus, love families, and love students? Done deal. I’ll be headed to the Dallas event, November 8. If any Youthmin readers are OT13 bound, let me know! I’d love to take advantage of being in the same place and find someway to connect and maybe even up my caffeine intake at the same time. If you head to any OT13 tour dates, take advantage! Post on Twitter, the Youthmin Facebook Group, send smoke signals, whatever it takes. There should be no reason anyone shows up to an Orange event and leaves without having met a few new people. It’s just a matter of putting yourself out there, being friendly, and looking for opportunities to connect.
2. REGAIN PERSPECTIVE.
Any opportunity to escape my weekly routine of ministry tends to be beneficial. I’ll be driving from Cabot, AR all the way to Dallas– about five hours. On the way I’ll be riding with another staff member from our church, our campus Family Pastor who oversees our Children’s Ministry, who has been a good friend of mine for the past five years. We’ll spend the drive asking questions, trying to help each other see issues from a new perspective, and brainstorming ways to creatively engage families to encourage discipleship within their homes.
3. SESSIONS WITHOUT WORRIES.
We all know how it goes…rarely on a Sunday afternoon are you home thinking, “This morning was so fresh and encouraging.” Usually, it’s “How did they get that stuck in the ceiling tiles?” or if you’re anything like me, “Maybe it’s true…maybe they do hate me.” We’re busy putting out fires and connecting with people between services. Sunday mornings are not for our own spiritual growth. Even those of us fortunate to sit in a service are rarely completely engaged. At OT13, whether it’s a teaching session or anything else, guess what? You don’t have to fix, look out for, program, or take ownership for any of it! I’m looking forward to that, even just to look for creative elements they use that may fit for me.
4. REFILL THE TANK.
Along those lines, I always leave Orange events with a refreshed and refueled excitement for my ministry at home. I’m ready to hit the ground running, wading through bullet points, shorthand notes, and sometimes Siri-dictated paragraphs of nonsense I gathered throughout the event. 90% of the things I come back with never come to fruition, but they usually end up birthing other ideas and concepts. It’s always so exciting to walk back into the office and whiteboard ideas for my students and their families on the heals of Orange. Obviously, i’m excited, and I hope you are too. If you’re heading to OT13 Dallas, hit me up on twitter! I’d love to start connecting and maybe find some time to meet face-to-face. Either way, don’t wait. Click the banner below, head over, sign up, and get ready. Start praying now that God would use the short span of time to help you connect with others, gain a new perspective, soak up the opportunities, and refill your tank. It’s well worth the investment. *I receive no compensation for registrations resulting from this blog post.