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

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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 guide. During a very difficult time in his life he literally cried out, “Jesus I wish you were here so you could tell me what to do.” It was during this season that he realized that there was a really good reason that Jesus was not here. Just like Jesus said all those years ago, it is to our advantage that He leave so that the Holy Spirit can come.

Chuck didn’t know this and couldn’t have known, but I am struggling with this very issue myself. I have been studying and praying over this exact thing. It’s awesome and humbling to see God work in such a real and personal way for my benefit. You see, Chuck is a pastor way over on the west coast of the US and I live in Florida. Chuck and I have never met. Chuck did not know and could not have known about my current journey to discover the Holy Spirit. Yet, God lead him through a time in his life that allowed him to discover the Holy Spirit. God lead him to write about his experience. God lead him to come to the Orange conference and to share his thoughts and experiences with us. And God, brought me to here to hear it.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth post on this session as well as posts on my own journey to discover the Holy Spirit in my life.

Matt N.

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Partnering with Parents of Elementary Kids.

There is so much talk about the parents role in the discipling of their children. I completely agree that parents are to be the PRIMARY spiritual guide for their kids. However, I also strongly believe in the role of the church in leading kids. As a children’s pastor this means me partnering with parents so that, together, we can have a stronger impact.

Darren Kizer and Jessica McKee shared a good combination of principles and practice ideas for partnering with parents.

Be sure to check out the #OC13 Notes tab at the top of the page for links to all of my notes from the conference and to all of the posts from this amazing week.

Matt Norman

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Viruses, Riots, and Velcro: What They Can Teach us About Getting and Keeping Volunteers.

Speaker: Craig Jutila.

In this session Craig shared how what we know about the spreading of viruses, the formation of riots, and the functioning of velcro can teach us about our ministry. He shared some great thoughts on how these things relate to building our volunteer teams and building excitement in our ministries.

I definitely found much of what Craig said to be inspiring. I really look forward to sitting down with these notes and processing how they relate to me and my ministry.

Matt N.

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Sticky Faith Families: Key Shifts to Help You Engage Today’s Youth and Families

Speaker: Kara Powell

Recently my Life Group went through the video based Bible study from Kara Powell from her book, Sticky Faith. So, when I saw that I could sit in a session being led by her about this same topic I jumped at the chance. There was a piece of me that was worried that it would just be a rehash of the same stuff I had just studied, but I took the risk. And se delivered.

Kara Powell is a great speaker with a style that is more conversation that lecture. This appeals to me because I don’t really like being lectured. (but who does?)

Check out my full notes on the #OC13 Notes page using the link at the top of the page.

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