Today I will be live blogging from the Orange Conference in Atlanta, GA. Orange is the most innovative and relevant deliver of age-appropriate Christian content. And they also put on an absolutely amazing conference.
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This next session was conducted by Kara Powell and Bob Goff. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. She was named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch”. Bob is the founder and president of Restore International, a non-profit organization established to address the atrocities and injustices committed against children.
Nicole Fulgham Baker – founder and president of The Expectations Project
- 95% of the kids in America go to public schools.
- 17 million of our kids in America are living in poverty.
- If we’re going to be good neighbors we have to be for our public schools. – Reggie Joiner
- A lot of the way a child finds their purpose happens in school.
- The problems in our schools are greatly manageable. But if the church doesn’t do this, who does? – RJ
- Our church is becoming more ethnically diverse. We are starting to look like our neighborhood.
- Nothing about Jesus’s life, death and message was comfortable.
- The Gospel has cost not comfort.
- How do our up-front leaders reflect our neighborhood?
- ‘We have feminized childrens ministry and masculinized student ministry.’ – Reggie Joiner
- How do we help our neighborhood feel like insiders, not outsiders?
- How do we become the best church for the neighborhood? How do the neighborhood’s cares and concerns become ours?
- Young people were twice as likely to highlight diversity as something they love about their church as the leaders were.
- There’s a big difference between getting shot at and loved on.
- Jesus leads people to Jesus. We just love everybody always…and start with people who creep you out.
- I’m not trying to be right anymore. I’m trying to be Jesus.
- Following Jesus means living a life where you’re constantly misunderstood.
- You’ll see more hope in people the more you’re looking for it.
- Look for Christ in people.
- I’ve spent my whole life avoiding the people Jesus engaged.
- We end up trying to make ourselves the victim or hero in every story.
- Don’t just invite people to church anymore. Welcome them when they get there.
- If you want to see more of your faith, make it simple.
- Make your faith easy and people will see more of Jesus.
- Your faith and mine are the sum of everything we’re hanging onto and everything we’re willing to let go of.
- If it matters more what your faith looks like than what it actually is, then it’s time to start over.
- If you’re not hearing the word ‘Beloved’ spoken over your shoulder right now, that’s not Jesus talking.
- Your Oval Office is a 30-foot circle around you.
- Fail trying. Don’t fail watching.
- If following Jesus doesn’t lead you to hurting, lonely people, then you’re not following Jesus.
- We don’t have to send archers to the tower to protect baby Jesus. Read Revelations. He’s got this thing.
What an incredible session!