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Attack Of The Orange!

(picture originally uploaded to Flickr by lamazone)

For those of you who might not already know, this week has been declared Orange Week by the wonderful people at ReThink. Actually, it all started when Kenny Conley stated he was going to be posting all things Orange this week over at his blog. ReThink picked up on it, and now there are a number of bloggers jumping in on the fun. Apparently there will be some giveaways as the week progresses.

If you are unaware of what Orange is, here is how it is described on the Orange Leaders site:

Orange is a secondary color, created when you combine two primary colors—red and yellow.

Orange is what red and yellow can do when they combine efforts. If you paint only with red, you will get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you will get what only yellow can do. But when you paint with red and yellow, you’ll get new possibilities, fresh solutions, vibrant outcomes.

We believe the warm heart of the family can be represented by the color red, and the bright light of the church can be represented by the color yellow. When these two entities combine their efforts for the sake of the spiritual growth of the next generation, the result is Orange.

This is something that has evolved over the past few years. I remember reading about what Reggie Joiner and his team were doing over at NorthPoint in a Children’s Ministry Magazine article about nine years ago and then hearing more about it at a conference he spoke at a year after that. It’s been neat seeing this movement gain momentum in the children’s ministry world and working it’s way into student ministries. I have a great appreciation for what Reggie is doing, now through ReThink.

If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to take a look at the following blogs and read about the Orange strategy and how some churches are working through it and implementing it. These strategies may not completely fit with your context, but the principle that church and family need to work together to raise children who will stick with their faith into adulthood is one that more churches need to think through and take seriously.

If you want to know more about the above people, Anthony has a great post with bios.

BTW, ReThink hosts The Orange Conference at the end of April where they talk about how to become more Orange at your church. You can register for the conference by clicking here. I’ll be there! Let me know if you are coming. It’d be great to meet you!

2 Responses to “Attack Of The Orange!”

  1. lamazone January 23, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    Thanks you for adding the correct credits (shame you cropped the image though).

    • henryjz January 24, 2010 at 8:47 am #

      No problem. It was a great pic. Thanks for putting it up to be shared.

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