• ** Reviewed,  Orange

    General Session #3

    This session was all about having fun and boy did we. One thing that was said was that fun should be a value for Christians and for the church. This had me thinking that as Christians we are set free. Despite this we are often the most confined, inhibited people around. Shouldn’t our freedom lead to have even more fun that those outside the church? Be sure to check out the #OC13 Notes link above for a link to all of my notes from the conference an to all of the posts from this amazing week. Matt Norman Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it. To ensure…

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    Better Off Without Jesus

    The title of this breakout was enough to get my attention. Then when I read the description I knew I had to attend. The title and this session pointed to the time in Jesus ministry, just before he died, that he told the disciples that they would be better off if He left. He said this because he knew that in order for the Holy Spirit to come, Jesus had to leave. Jesus knew that it was the Holy Spirit that people needed to be their guide. In this Session Chuck Bomar shared a very personal story about how he learned that the Holy Spirit was intended to be his…

  • ** Reviewed,  Orange

    #OC13 General Session #2

    Well, they opened up the morning with EYE ON IT by Toby Mac. That’s a mighty fine way to start the day in my opinion. Can’t wait to see where they take us from here. Naturally the opening to this session was entertaining. BUT, the really good stuff started when Andy Stanley took the stage. I recently finished reading his book Deep and Wide and was very excited to see what he had to say. Andy is always a great speaker and this session was no different. Andy encouraged us to rethink the way that we presented Scripture. Below are some of my brief thoughts on what he shared. Seven…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry,  Orange

    How to Grow Your Preschool Volunteer Team

    In this session Jenny Zimmer shared her thoughts on how to grow your Preschool volunteer team. More that just how to get people to serve, she shared stuff that will go a long way towards making this a GREAT team that people WANT to serve on. SO WHAT? The one thing I take from this session is this question: What can I do to make my Preschool and Children’s ministry teams that people WANT TO SERVE ON? Use the link at the top of the page to access all of my #OC13 Notes and links to all of the posts from this years Orange Conference. Matt Norman Thanks for reading…

  • ** Reviewed,  Orange

    #OC13 General Session 1

    This is the official start for the Orange Conference 2013. As always, the fine folks at Orange have planned a creative, funny and entertaining opening to this session. Annie may not measure up to Zombies performing Michael Jackson’s Thriller, but funny and entertaining none the less. I do have to say that I enjoyed the Orange Man Group piece. I may even talk to some of the drummers in my church about doing something like this for Kid’s Camp this year. Of course the sound system is SICK!!! The music is great and I can’t wait to get into some worship. As with every other time I have heard Reggie…