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Written to support the Orange Conference and Tour, Think Orange shows church leaders how to make radical changes so they can:
- engage parents in an integrated strategy;
- synchronize the home and church around a clear message;
- recruit mentors to become partners with the family;
- provoke parents and kids to fight for their relationship with each other; and
- mobilize the next generation to be the church.
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Founder of the Orange Conference, Reggie Joiner looks at what would happen if the church and families combined their efforts to create a revolutionary strategy to affect the lives of children.
Families and churches are each working hard to build faith in kids, but imagine the potential results when the two environments synchronize, maximizing their individual efforts. What can the church do to empower the family? How can the family emphasize the work of the church? They can Think Orange. Former family ministry director Reggie Joiner looks at what would happen if churches and families decided they could no longer do business as usual, but instead combined their efforts and began to work off the same page for the sake of the kids. Think Orange shows church leaders how to make radical changes so they can:
• Engage parents in an integrated strategy
• Synchronize the home and church around a clear message
• Provoke parents and kids to fight for their relationships with each other
• Recruit mentors to become partners with the family
• Mobilize the next generation to be the church
With a transparent, authentic approach that gives every family and church hope for being more effective in their common mission, Think Orange rethinks the approach to childrens, youth, and family ministry.
Reggie Joiner is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of The reThink Group, a non-profit organization providing resources and training for churches. He is also the architect of the Orange Conference and one of the founders of North Point Community Church. He and his wife live in Cumming, Georgia, and have four grown children.
alijblonNorth Canton, OHGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5New program for children's Sunday schoolAugust 15, 2012alijblonNorth Canton, OHGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This book is being used to in our Children's Ministry this coming school year and we hope it will help bring our Sunday school program upward bound.
Lindsey Whitney4 Stars Out Of 5June 23, 2010Lindsey WhitneyI recently started reading the book "Think Orange" by Reggie Joiner. It talked about the power of combining church (yellow) and family (red) to produce a more powerful force (orange) than either could be alone. After a funny and offbeat introduction, Reggie begins his dicussions with some "Orange-ology". He explains that "The premise of this book is simple: As long as churches do only what they are doing, they will get only results they are presently getting." The same goes for the family. There are failures in both homes and churches -- churches are losing influence and families are disintegrating -- so what is the solution? Step up the force on both sides? Or how about combining forces for a whole new way of thinking? This is Thinking Orange. This is not another "family based ministry" approach. This is a way of thinking that could lead to radical and controversial changes. Many churches and families are already working on the same thing -- trying to raise good and Christ-centered kids. But, as Reggie explains "working on the same thing at the same time is not as effective as working on the same thing at the same time with the same strategy" (p26). This book is so full of new things to think about and ponder, it's good if you take it slow and steady. Journal as you read -- because you'll want to incorporate the things Reggie is sharing. You can get a little bogged down in all the things Reggie is sharing at times, but keep going -- you'll be glad you did. A great resource.
jmitchell5 Stars Out Of 5July 16, 2009jmitchellThe principles taught in this book are outstanding! Our entire staff is reading this book, and everyone loves it. If you lead children, students, or parents you have to read this book.
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