I love to connect with other children’s pastors in our area, and at a Foursquare Children’s Ministry Conference in February of 2008, I shared our Orange Journey with other leaders.
The following year, at the same conference, our entire team presented a special edition of a Family Production for about 120 leaders. Afterwards, I shared the vision again for rethinking children’s ministry and going orange. We gave everyone a copy of Family Times and there was a lot of interest. More and more churches here in the northwest are believing in this strategy.
In March, we hosted a special event for the local chamber of commerce and about 150 business leaders attended. They met in our new facility for grade school kids called “Kid City”. As I welcomed the business leaders to our campus, I was able to share our vision for families and building kids with character. It was a great opportunity to cast our vision to another type of leaders– ones in the community.
The last two years have been an amazing experience for all of us. We’re walking into new areas of influence that we never would have imagined. I have a new kind of relationship with parents…equipping and helping them raise children with strong beliefs who reflect God’s character in the world. We’re starting to work together, so we have a different kind of team. Our small group leaders are more focused and inspired. This is a message that makes sense to believers and unbelievers alike. (Orange Story Part 2 of Paul Duris from East Hill)