Main Session Notes From The Orange Conference #OC14

Here is a great resource – Orange Conference notes! Each year 6,000 leaders gather in Atlanta for the national Orange Conference for church leaders. Cheryl Kneeland is a member of our team. She took excellent notes from the main sessions and several of the breakouts. She has graciously shared them with us for this guest post. Be sure to follow Cheryl on Twitter here.

MAIN SESSION #1

Virginia Ward – Changing, A Series Of Systematic Movements

We need to learn some things about change and see and understand each other. “I wanna be a youth leader who helps young people connect faith and life together.”

We are going to say YES to change!

 

Orange ConferenceBrooklyn Lindsey – Say YES to being uncomfortable.

Chaos is our love language (in middle school ministry).

Luke 11:46

Carry each others’ burdens. (Galatians) We can’t fix it all, we can’t move this right now, but we know that God can help and we can say YES to the uncomfortable right now that opens the door, shows them that we, the church cares.

Believe in a church that will sit with us in our doubt and tell us that we are here and love you.

> I’m not going to leave your side. I can tenaciously pursue unbelievers and can sit with them and carry their burdens with them.

> The yoke will never be too heavy for us because the burden is shared.

Say YES to the redeemable, uncomfortable person in front of you.

 

Reggie Joiner – Say YES to a God that is bigger than you think

When you go through life changes you lean into the people that you do ministry with, work with, do life with. I hope you will be surrounded with people that you can lean into; that will share with you, encourage you, be with you, whatever it is that you are going through right now beyond learning the skills, I hope you will find relationship with the people around you.

> KNOW- You can know God. Without a shadow of doubt.

> MOMENT- You can become a Christian in a moment. All it takes is a moment, to become a Christian, a new believer.

>BIBLE- The Bible is all true. It is a unique thing that God has given us so we can understand what it is he’s given us.

> TRUST- Trust leads to relationship.

> CHURCH- You should enjoy going to church.

> BELIEVE- Your beliefs matter. Understanding God’s principles.

> GOD- God is good. God is a god that genuinely cares.

Just because something is true doesn’t mean someone will hold on to it.

People walk away from church…It wasn’t because what we told them wasn’t true, it wasn’t because we didn’t teach them the gospel because we did,

65% of people that walk away, say they are not religious.

If we’re not careful, we can dismantle their faith or leave them with an impression that God is small.

“Sometimes in our zeal to fight for what is true we don’t fight for the tensions that actually connect those truths to what is real.”

The mercy of God doesn’t water down the truth, it amplifies it.

Tension doesn’t make truth less true, it makes it more real.

Somewhere along the way, we need to understand that we can somehow hold truths in our hands and honor them that will help us articulate and help others understand how powerful God is.

If you want to stretch the faith of a kid, capture their imagination, then look at truth in a different way. I want them to understand that YES you can know God but YES God is a mystery and somewhere along the way we have to hold both of those truths in our hand and yes you can know God and he can still be mystery and you don’t have to know everything about God.

YES you can understand what it means to have a relationship with God in a moment, but it will take you forever to know what that means.

Sometimes we hang kids on a foundation in faith that teaches them that if you have this faith, everything will be better. They will learn that somewhere in this process, being a Christian is harder and messier than we thought it would be.

Yes the Bible is all true and YES at the same time, everything true about life is not in the Bible.

One day they are going to face some problems that aren’t directly addressed in the Bible. The Bible is the final authority when it comes to many issues, there is other information that we need. The Bible is the way we can understand the story and the character of God.

Romans 1:20

We can learn from each other and we should be good stewards to learn.

> Why do you interview non-Christian leaders to learn how to lead? Because God made them.

> Why do you go to educators? God made them.

We don’t have an excuse not to learn everything we can possibly learn to be the best leaders we can possibly be. We can’t be afraid of learning everything we can learn…

Kids need to know that God is bigger than your Bible.

YES, trust leads to stronger faith and doubt leads to stronger faith.

> This is a huge issue; it’s important because the kids are going to grow up and start asking questions in middle school and beyond and the way you answer their questions will make a big difference.

> If you don’t allow kids in middle school to process their own doubt, they won’t own their own faith.

They should enjoy church and they should enjoy the physical world around us, what God has created.

> It’s okay to enjoy other things, other than church.

> Don’t raise your kids and tell them they won’t enjoy candy.

> Don’t get worried because you might like people that are not Christians, even better than some Christians, don’t worry if you like listening to Justin Timberlake.

> Don’t make kids choose between the world and church, for the same reason you watch a non-Christian run a football down a field.

YES to beliefs that matter and YES people matter more.

You know what you believe, but people matter more. The lost son is a good example.

If your beliefs cause you to treat people the wrong way, something is wrong with your beliefs.

YES God has an ideal, but YES God uses broken people.

> Some of your kids are going to try to live up to an ideal and they’re going to get broken along the way. But let’s go back through the scripture and look at how many broken people God used.

> When your kids feel they cannot measure up, they may give up. Give them the idea and the concept of Grace in the middle of their world.

YES God is good and YES you should do good.

> You should do good because he’s created you to do good.

> At the end of the day you and I do not have an excuse not to do good.

> If we’re not leading them into the trenches to do good then we’re not leading them to the truth.

If you don’t say yes to the tension kids could grow up to become “that” Christian.

God is good but you need to be responsible to do good in the world.

> Don’t get stuck when things don’t work out the way you want them to.

> Don’t be a jerk.

> Don’t be weird.

> Don’t be so threatened by questions & doubt that you don’t believe God is bigger than your questions.

> Trust that God is doing something bigger than you, bigger than your perspective.

The world is watching, your kids are listening and you need to make sure your giving them that AND this.

Take a moment and pause and worship a God that is bigger than us.

 

MAIN SESSION #2

Heather Zempel- Pastor of Discipleship at National Community Church
SAY YES to finding everyone a place where they know they belong

Programs don’t disciple people, people disciple people.

Are our programs just keeping people busy or are they leading to relationships? What if we made sure our structures discipled people? Need to create places for people to encourage relational discipleship.

It’s going to take hard work to disciple people.

Disciples are made…When they know that they matter to somebody, when they know that they have a place to belong.

Romans 16 list…the people that invested in you, walked beside you along the way. Who’s list is your name going to show up on? We have the ability to control who’s list we’re on.

We need to name their potential. Drawing out of them the person that Jesus created them to be. Our words matter so make them big. Call them up to a higher level. You have to be a little crazy to be a disciple maker…You have to see things in people that no one else sees.

Be an example to all of the believers (Paul said to Timothy).

We also need to say YES to braving their mess. SAY YES to the inevitable mess that they will either create or find themselves in. Mess transforms peoples’ lives. We say YES to mess beginning with diapers and drool and it doesn’t stay that clean. You’re dealing with the bad choices that they make. If we want to say YES to the next generation, we have to say YES to the mess. We’ve got to speak life into the messy places. We need to remind kids that their mess is not final fate, it may be the incubator for miracles in their life.

We say YES to inconvenience, yes to hard conversations and shifting our priorities.Tell them a story that is larger than their own. We need to find ways to make kids experience grace that is unmistakable. It’s one thing to give kids a list of statements and say believe it or give them a list of rules and say follow it…We’re not going to win the next generation by making statements at them.

It’s not rules to live by but a calling to live for.

Who are we leaving in our wake? Who’s going to be on these kids Romans 16 list? We can make sure that they experience grace in the fullness of truth and the fullness of truth in the experience of grace. We’ve got to tell the story over and over again.

We cannot let Jesus’ last command become our least concern.

Invite them into a story that’s bigger than our own.

 

Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor at National Community Church
SAY YES to re-imagining what you do…

If you want to repeat history, do it the way it’s always been done. If you want to make history, do it a new way. Re-imagine the way you do things…

Acts 10 “He prayed to God regularly”

If you pray to God regularly, irregular things will happen regularly.

Orange, go home. Lock yourself in your room and draw a circle, get inside the circle and pray that God will bring a revival in that circle.

You can have Holy confidence because you know that God goes before you and you know that He can change anything and everything.

One day…you are one prayer away from a totally different life. Prayer is the difference between letting things happen and making things happen.

We underestimate what God can do in one day. God can accomplish more in one day than we can accomplish in a lifetime.

God’s revealing to us, giving us a vision from Him. Ask…What is your agenda (God) for me?

Often times I want God to reveal the second step, before I take the first step..don’t wait until you have the whole plan. You wouldn’t be in the place where God wants you to be.

Don’t let your budget determine your vision, let your vision determine your budget.

God is calling Peter to step out of the universe that he knows. It’s a huge step of faith to go where you’ve never been or do what you’ve never done. Sometimes re-imaging is as simple as changing the way you do something small, like switching translations of your Bible. (Get a different perspective).

Change of place plus change of pace equals re-imagining.

When and where do you pray? You should be able to answer this. If you can’t answer when and where you pray, you need to rethink your prayer time.

Matthew 18:18

Prayer is a spiritual contract. For the will of God.

Where is it that you’ve experienced God’s miracles? Sometimes we have to go back to that place to re-imagine.

“Surely not Lord” Peter had obeyed laws his entire life, he could hardly re-imagine another scenario. How many surely not Lord moments do we have?

Sometimes God shows up, sometimes God shows off.

When you get into an argument with God, if you win that argument you loose. If you loose that argument, you win. Is there an argument you need to loose?

Sometimes you have to risk your reputation to see God’s kingdom advance. Faith is willingness to look foolish. (Noah building an ark, Sarah preparing for a baby, wise men bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh, peter walked on water, etc.)

Peter walked through the door…This is the biggest moment in the history of the church. The moment that Peter entered the threshold, whosoever…we wouldn’t be here if Peter had not risked his reputation and re-imagined what he could do.

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MAIN SESSION #3 – When you SAY YES, you say YES to drama!

Ben Crawshaw & Jon Acuff

You’re a student leader and you’re in the middle of this and it’s messy; just start listening to people. You’ll learn a lot about people and see them as a person and not a problem.

Andy Stanley and Reggie Joiner

We need to live in the tension of theology and ministry…

Distinguish between theology/ministry:

> Jesus never allowed theology to get in the way of ministry. Religion has it’s place, but religion is second place, it should never be first (people are first).

> As a team you need to wrestle with what does this look like. Jesus really did deliver us the great commandment. Ministry, putting others first, relationships.

> Love God, Love your neighbor: All the law and the prophets hang on this. We need to keep coming at it from the position of hanging on Love God and Love your neighbor.

> When in doubt, what does love require of me?

What would happen if the world around us saw us treat each other with grace?

If we can learn to SAY YES to the messiness, to walking alongside people when they are struggling; the church will thrive.

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SESSION #4

Kara Powell and Reggie Joiner

Say YES to not always having the answer.

70% of youth group kids who are graduating have doubts. When young people have the opportunity to express and explore their doubt and questions, they typically have a stronger faith.

It’s not doubt that is toxic, it’s unexpressed doubt that is toxic (or damaging).

When kids or teens ask tough questions, how do we respond?

> I don’t know, but…

Don’t just give the “Christian” answer of just trust God. Many people walk away at that point and don’t come back to church, to faith.

Jesus is bigger than our biggest questions. He can handle our questions and our kids’ questions.

 

Perry Noble – Say YES to not having it all together

There are many students that struggle with anxiety and pressure…for some they are sensitive to body image. (Many adults are too).

Many people have a season of life when they struggle with fear and anxiety (other struggles can be depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.):

> Don’t say “Do more, work harder.” They feel caught in the situation and they can’t get out.

We as leaders need to create an environment where it is okay to not be okay, but it is not okay to stay that way.

James 5:14 “Is anyone among you sick? If any one of you are sick, we need to call the elders and pray over them.”

> We often just think of the typical sicknesses like a cold, flu, allergies, cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc.

> Worry leads to anxiety, anxiety leads to depression, depression leads to suicidal thoughts.

> These four things (worry, anxiety, depression & suicidal thoughts) are just as real sicknesses and we need to help each other.

> A sickness is anything that is not God’s best for you.

> Physically sick, emotionally sick, mentally sick, etc.

> I didn’t know that it was okay to not be okay as a leader. We need to create and model that type of environment…DO NOT pretend that everything is always okay.

> The first step is admitting that you are sick, that there is something going on that you need help with.

Churches often aren’t passionate about relationships and creating a safe place to be sick, they are a place to try to look perfect.

We cannot be the church that tells someone that they are struggling or messed up so they can’t come back.

For many churches…It’s okay to not be okay, but we have to pretend that we’re perfect. What does that look like to God?

You go to hell because you don’t know Jesus, you don’t go to hell because you commit suicide.

Many leaders in the Bible struggled (Jonah, Noah, Moses, David, etc.)

Godly people get stressed and anxious, and overwhelmed. Those people are some of the most spiritual people on the planet, but they are dealing with some real issues, some big things.

“…elders pray with them and anoint them with oil…”

Is it a sin or is it wrong for a Christian to take anti-depressants? No, don’t say you just need to depend on Jesus. You wouldn’t show up to tell someone having a heart-attack and turning blue that they just need to read their Bible more and pray more.

There is a chemical imbalance in the brain and it is okay to use a medication to help balance your body.

Most of the Bible heroes could not have worked at our churches. (Noah, David, Peter, even Jesus!)

If we’ve created environments in our churches where Jesus couldn’t be employed that’s not okay.

“…prayer will make the sick person well…The Lord will raise them up…”

The healing process begins and you can step out of darkness by helping us to see our sin issues and work through them. He never wastes a tragedy or a problem. It is a refining process, but there is a key to the environment we must create for our churches, our students, our kids…

vs. 16 “…therefore confess your sins to each other and pray with each other…”

I want something powerful and effective to happen in my spiritual life. You have to tell someone what’s going on, then you can be healed. You may not have told someone because you’re scared. It’s not easy to open up and tell someone else. But when you do, it makes a big difference.

God doesn’t necessarily heal you in the moment that you tell someone, but He starts the process. You have to model that environment where you tell someone and it’s really okay to not be okay, but it’s just not okay to stay that way.

The healing process begins as we talk about it out loud. Jesus said in His Word that talking about it heals.

Have the courage to be transparent, so that we can be trustworthy as leaders.

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MAIN SESSION #5

Doug Fields: SAY YES to helping marriages win

Bait & Switch- Is a practice in which the advertiser advertises one thing and then switches the deal when you arrive for something of their choice. Don’t do a bait & switch.

How do I help kids? Know Jesus? Be healthier?

I can’t adequately care for kids if I don’t care for their family, more specifically I need to care for their parent’s marriage.

We have to extend our definition of family ministry to include the family’s marriage.

When a marriage is bad, everything is bad. If you’re mad, you’re mad at everything. If you don’t have a healthy marriage, you don’t have a vibrant red in your family, your home. And that makes it hard to have a healthy Orange color when partnering with the church.

When you say YES to the next generation, you say YES to helping marriages win.

Many of our church’s marriage strategies are like putting a band-aid on a hemorrhage. It’s not enough to do a once a year conference or give couples a book or do a short sermon series on it. We would never use this approach for students and children. You wouldn’t teach them one thing and expect them to remember it and hold onto it for a whole year.

What if the people in this room came up with a plan to help the marriages in your church, a marriage strategy? What would that look like to do this at your church? We need to have these conversations.

If you’re about kids, you’ve got to be about those kids’ parents’ marriages.

Maybe it’s time to cut some things out and focus on the families, the marriages. The families, our families would be healthier.

Those of us that care the most about kids, need to take the lead on caring the most about marriages.

Children of divorced parents are more than five times more likely to walk away from the church.

1. Focus on your own marriage. Whether you’re married or not, you & I can be an advocate for marriage. Your audience, the kids are watching you. Your marriage is more important than your ministry. You marriage may be more important to your church than your ministry.

2. Teach your kids about marriage. We need to talk about marriage, more than just the sex talk or a purity message. Hebrews 13:4 We are good at teaching the second part of this verse, but we don’t do a good job teaching that marriage should be honored by all.

3. Recruit a mentor couple to be around your ministry. Be around the kids, other leaders. Help us think how we could help other marriages in our church. There are people that have something to offer at your church and they are just waiting to be asked to help.

4. Help couples date. Marriages are healthier when the parents get to date. Have teens help with date nights at church. Challenge the teens to serve and understand that they are helping marriages. Offer childcare. Do a date night for couples with children with special needs. We just need to hand couple’s footballs in our world; give them date night ideas. Resource: marriedpeople.org

5. Up-sell. Just like at a fast food restaurant. Connect a marriage strategy to your family strategy. Book: Married People, How to Build Marriages that Last (authors: Ted Lowe and Doug Fields). We’re looking for some courageous earlier adopters, that can help us figure this out in the trenches, getting in on phase one. We are on the ground floor of connecting marriages and children.

When you say YES to the next generation, you say YES to helping marriages win!

You came here thinking that you’re part of children’s ministry or students ministry, I want you to leave knowing you’re in marriage ministry too.

Let’s make it happen to help make marriages a priority.

 

Jeff Henderson: Say YES to people who say no to church

What you do is incredibly significant! What you are doing in family ministry is life-changing.

You change the world by falling in love with Jesus and letting him lead your ministry.

There is something in common with all of us here, this community that’s the same with your community.

Never tell God never, he plays close attention.

For some of you…You’re wow, but you’re not how. (Not typically good at figuring out the how).

I want you to know that God loves you and you may not believe all of these things that we’re reading, but I believe that God loves you unconditionally. It’s good news.

You may have said no to Jesus, but Jesus has said YES to you.

In 11 years pastoring, here’s the group of people we need to talk about. We need to say YES to those who have said no to what you & I believe, say YES to those that said no to the church and say YES to those that said no to Jesus.

We’ve got to get our hearts around this as it relates to the church.

You will never experience what the church can do for you, until you experience what the church can do through you.

Acts 17:22-23

We say YES by talking less. We talk too much.

> Sit down with the staff and listen. As she began to listen, the staff began to think that she really cared about them. Listening builds trust.

> Many reasons that people say no to the church is that we’ve just talked and preached at them and not listened to them.

> Asked people who do not go to church; How interested would you be in hanging out with a church pastor or staff member? 84% of unchurched 18-34 year-olds said they are not interested.

> They are more likely to attend church if it feels like a community.

> What would it look like if you could listen to your community?

> Own a restaurant, know the staff, the waiters, and talk to them. (You don’t have to literally be the restaurant owner, just get to know the people there, be a regular).

> How can we go on a listening tour? Say YES by talking less and listening more.

Say YES in a common unifying language.

> We talk church lingo too often and it confuses people. We want them to understand what we have for them. What is our promise to our community? And what are we saying in a way that they can understand?

> The reason so many people have said no to the church, is because they don’t understand us.
What do we want to be known for?

How can we say YES to those that said no?

Is there a phrase or language that we can communicate consistently that they would understand?

We are trying to get this language out to the community. FOR is a great word.

#FORGWINETT

Look for events in the county that need help. We just want to let the community know that we are for them. More people know more of what the church is against than what they’re for…make sure they know what it’s for.

When people have said no to the church, we want them to know that Jesus has still said YES to them.

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MAIN SESSION #6

Derwin Gray, Pastor at Transformation Church: Say YES to letting God rewrite your story

Leaders see things in other people, that which they don’t see in themselves…That who they are today, is not who they will be tomorrow.

Say YES to the next generation, to finding YOUR Story in HIS Story.

God has a story and he’s writing you into the story.

Galatians 2:20

We must be learning His story so we can understand it.

Say YES to co-crucifixion with Christ.

Why are we not using teenagers, and involving teenagers? They are not the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today.

They don’t have volunteers (you’re heart doesn’t volunteer to beat), they have servant leaders and EVERYONE 6th grade and older is a servant leader, serving somewhere in the church.

How do we say YES to the next generation so that they can have their story rewritten?

Say YES to receiving God’s love in Jesus.

Do they know that you LOVE Jesus? When it’s all said and done, they don’t remember the games, they remember JESUS.

On Sunday morning do you spend more time in your Bible or in your closest choosing what to wear?

Do our students know they’re loved? We want a generation that as they disembark in this world, they are intoxicated with Jesus.

Say YES to receiving significance in Jesus.

We want our students to say YES and do phenomenal things but we want them to find their ultimate significance in Jesus.

Jesus is my significance. We want our next generation to be achievers for Jesus’ glory.

Say YES to receiving a new identity in Christ.

We all have a past, but our identity is defined by Jesus Christ. Your past is no longer holding you in bondage. We have a new identity and a new power. Loose the victim label and accept Jesus’ identity for you.

Dream, imagine what our glorious God can do and have a generation of students that can imagine what Jesus can do and rest their identity in him.

Jesus says, That’s why I choose you, because you can’t. Jesus can.

 

Jon Acuff: Say YES to future, Say YES to being afraid

Courage is fun to watch other people have. But it’s not always fun to try to have yourself.

Bravery feels like wanting to cry, throw up, not sleeping very well…

Transition moments like the end of an event; you get so full of hope, but then fear is waiting in the car, “I’m not enough”, “other churches are cooler,” etc.

When you say YES to being afraid…

God tells us you don’t have to have it all figured out. There is a pressure to have your whole life figured out and feel like everyone else does except you.

> The closer you get to God, the more you realize I don’t know but I do know who does.

> We need to be able to say I don’t know and that’s okay.

> God takes you in places you can’t plan, he surprises us in ways we can’t imagine.

> Anyone who is successful and tells you they knew where they were going is lying. Moses had to move first before he was spoken to.

> You were created for more than just errands.

God knew you were going to be afraid.

> The most common phrase in the Bible is “Do not be afraid.”

> There are so many references to fear.

> Matthew 6:26

> What a gift it is that God choose a bird. We all see birds. There are thousands of them.

> God gave us something that we can look to regularly.

Sometimes we pray for the wrong things.

> You don’t always win and sometimes we are going to loose. Sometimes we will fail.

> When you face fear and you come up with all the options, where is Jesus in that?

> Why is he not one of your options?

> You perform and perform and perform and one day you wake up and you dread Christmas, or you say you can breathe again once you get through Easter. Is that why it was created?

> God doesn’t need us to add our talents to complete Him, he invites us into his story to part of it because He loves you not because He needs you to complete Him. He’s already complete.

God will never be handcuffed by the failures of your ministry or the successes of your ministry.

Sometimes you meet people and feel like you’re the only one with fear. We all have fears!

He loves us too much to take away our fears. Sometimes we pray for God to take away our fears…but, Why would He close the one door you’re walking through right now?

Acts 4:29

They don’t say consider their threats and remove them or get rid of them. They pray to have more boldness.

We need to stop praying for less fear and pray for more boldness. Pray for better legs that run faster to the one that is bigger than our fears.

God has a plan for you, but we don’t know it; that’s the tension and we have to live with it.

Don’t see fear as failure, see it as a doorway to a God that wants to have a relationship with you.

— BONUS NOTES —

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Pre-conference Session #1

Orange ConferenceStephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D. Special Needs Ministry (SOAR) at Grace Church in Overland Park, Kansas

Topic- Training Volunteers to Include Children and Students with Autism

Don’t get down on the trials in life, because God is doing something!

Every individual is different, no one has the same exact needs.

Approx. 90% of children and families with special needs family members do not attend church. Most of them have either tried a church and didn’t feel welcome (fear of acceptance and the anxiety of volunteers) or got asked to leave a church.

75% of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible were performed on people with special needs.

We need to embrace special needs individuals in our churches, in our church family.

Most children with autism or other special needs, you won’t know right away.

The first impressions team and parking attendants need training to work with families with children with autism as well. They can help a family with a child that’s struggling to get out of the car or into the building and make the family feel loved and welcome.

Sensory Integration: Agitated Student- (Student refusing to sit down)

> Get down on the child’s level…DO NOT talk above them or down to them. It will elevate their stress.

> Stay calm and talk them through what is going on and exactly what is expected. Use First-Then language. Example: First we’re going to sit down, then we’re going to have snack.

> Verbal child- Have them repeat the First-Then statement back to you.

> Get some mouse pads (solid colors, just one or two colors total). You can have the child pick which color they want to sit on and you enable them to be a part of the plan and choose something for themselves. Works great with regular attending kids. (Builds routine)

Transitioning Behaviors: Overstimulated Student- (Recurring pattern with a regular child)

> Start with reminders (Sally 5 minutes until we’re going to go inside, Sally 3 minutes until we go inside, 1 more minute Sally)

> Try bringing them in several minutes before the class, walk them over to the drinking fountain and use the First-Then language. Helps them cool down.

Sensory Integration – Large Group Challenge (worship time)

> Try to figure out what the problem is. Too loud, new or strong smell, lights, too crowded, etc.

> Move them to another location in the room to see if it helps them. If it’s Miss Sally’s new perfume, moving to another spot in the room helps a lot.

> Sensory toys- create a small tub for each room.

> Deep massage or simple squeeze- helps them feel safe and they “melt”

> Have them stand by a window where they can look out and stand up, but still participate in the worship.

> Live Stream worship (either kids or adults from main service) in another room where you can control the sound and lights better.

Sensory Integration – Objects in Mouth

> Could be that the child just needs movement. Sometimes sitting in the chair is painful.

> Use a sensory box (full of little toys-squeeze toys, Rubik’s cube, gel wands, glitter wands)

> Get some larger items that can’t go in the mouth- large vibrators like the snake that goes around the neck tend to work well.

> If you do snacks in your room, have the child come over with you to get a small snack.

> Ask a simple question- Sally what goes in your mouth? It’s a simple reminder to them bc they often don’t even know they are doing it.

> Ask the parents what they do at home (many probably have chew toys) and ask them to bring one and label it in a zip-loc bag for them.

Behavior Integration – Meltdown (full kicking, screaming, hitting, biting- any ages)

> Create distance between the individual and the rest of the kids. It is often easier to remove an entire class (go on a bathroom break, outside, etc.) than removing the child).

> YOU may be the trigger, so be aware of that.

> If they are in danger of hurting themselves, get another adult to help you so you are NOT alone.

> Last resort, call the parents.

> Keep yourself at a safe distance, talk calm, slow, help bring their stress down.

> Reinforce with things like, hey Johnny your parents are coming soon.

> Turn the lights off, or dim them to get the stimuli down. Turn off the music and other distractions and stimulus.

> Get a weighted blanket. Ask someone to make one (filled with rice, beans, beads, etc). Typically weighs about 15 pounds.

> Lay the blanket on top of the child and let them calm down.

> Physical restraint is a last resort and needs to be a trained staff member and ONLY if the child is in physical danger of hurting themselves or others.

Behavior Intervention – Runner

> They can get through any lock, any gate, they’re fast.

> Go after them; however, don’t make it a game of chase. Stand still or walk toward them.

> Be careful not to turn it into a game.

> Figure out the trigger (are they escaping a task, want attention, bored and want to do something else).

> Need a code word for staff team and security at church. Call out “code green” and everyone covers all the doors to make sure they don’t leave the building.

>They also like to hide, so have your extra volunteers help look for them.

> They will hide in small dark places, especially when they are on the verge of sensory overload.

> During transitions, let them know ahead of time using First-Then statements.

> Hold their hand to walk to the next place.

> Remind them of the reinforcement system they have, so they know that they will get something positive when they are showing Christ-like behavior, or what they are suposed to be doing.

Behavior Intervention – Parent Conversation (At this point you’re tired, frustrated)
> Stay positive, talk about what their child did well that day.

> Don’t tell them they are a bad parent or a horrible parent.

> Special Needs parents are bombarded all the time, everywhere with the negative and all the things they are doing wrong (because people don’t understand that their child has special needs).

> Church needs to be a place of refuge, where the parents know their child with special needs is being loved on.

> Have the ministry director or pastor help you with the conversation

> Evaluate if the negative is something they really need to know about.

> They are constantly worn out, dealing with it everyday.

> Don’t do it in the middle of the hallway. Be respectful and private.

> Sandwich- Positive, Negative, Positive

> Do not place emotion in it (yours or assume the child’s), just state the facts of the negative.

> Pray through it and see if you really need to do it.

Language- Peer Interaction

> Kids will direct their questions and interactions to the adults in the room.

> Model to the child how to interact with the non-verbal child.

> Include the special needs child in the interaction, don’t just talk about them.

> Encourage and promote any interaction socially with their peers.

> Parents want to see their children included.

Language – Unengaged Student

> Be a model, show them the actions you want them to do.

> Encourage volunteers to get involved.

> Kids with autism, can be highly stimulated and on the verge of sensory overload, so even when they don’t appear to be involved (may just sit and watch quietly), that’s okay. That may be all they can do.

> Let them walk in the back of the room with a toy, it let’s them experience what you’re doing in their own way.

> Ask them questions about what you were teaching. They may repeat the whole story and beyond. Some kids will repeat several weeks or even months of stories to you.

> Have the same expectations, do not sell them short. Share the gospel with them and realize they can get it.

> Don’t give up on them.

> Observe the behavior. Sometimes it’s not sensory overload, it’s more of a choice action. Talk with them, why don’t you help with the motions today.

> Volunteers are allowed to touch the children and the child knows the word No.

> Help them stand up. Put your hand over their arms and help them do the motions. They frequently think it’s fun.

> If it doesn’t work well, take a step back and allow them to sit on the floor pr engage in worship in their own individual way.

50% of children with autism have seizures.

> First, stop and look at the time. The length of the seizure makes a HUGE difference. 5 minutes or more is an emergency!

> Ensure their safety, move them away from the wall, toys, etc.

> DO NOT put anything in their mouth including a bite block

> Call for help (another adult).

> If it’s a known seizure child, you may not need to call the parents, but you need that plan in place and agreed upon first.

> Always call immediately if it’s the first time they had a seizure or a new child

> Have two people there one on each side, to help them once they stop and are regaining balance

> You may need to call 911

Charlotte’s Web – Marijuana for children with seizures

> As a pediatrician absolutely not something I recommend.

> As a parent, if my child was having 100-1000 seizures a day, I would do it in a heartbeat to help with the quality of life.

> As a church, no where in the Bible is there something that says you are not allowed to do charlotet’s web. Some churches say no and have asked families to leave the church because they are doing it.

> No church should be making the stand to tell the parent how to parent. Take the high road. The family needs you to come alongside them, they need spiritual encouragement, love them.

It is helpful to interview your new special needs families and create a plan for their child to do what’s best for them and to be able to love the child and help the child.

For the parent in denial that their child is autistic; do not come into the conversation saying they have autism, just talk about how you’ve noticed that Jacob needs a little extra help in the class and we would love to get Jacob a buddy to help him have a better time in class, and keep up with the activities. You are just offering a little extra help, not accusing them of doing anything. You may ask if they have an IEP at school and ask about it.

Training for Physical Restraints (CPI). Check to see what training is offered locally and get your staff trained.

Buddy System- Majority of special needs students do not need a buddy. Try to keep them mainstreamed. Youngest buddy is 8 years old, but he’s one of the best ones. It’s more about training and language use then the age of the child. Encourage youth and adults to be apart of it. Tap into your middle school and high school students. Families may also want to serve together and this is a great opportunity.

Pre-conference Session #2 – How to Reach Families in Your Local Elementary School with Dan Scott (Orange) and Dan Kubish (New Spring Church in Wichita, KS)

There are lots of kids that will never walk in the doors of your church, and they need help, they need to see God’s love in action.

School in General:
> 50.1 million kids will attend school in US this year
> Average size is 20-25 kids & 1 teacher in a classroom
> 160,000 kids will miss school because of bullying
> 71% of kids report that bullying is a problem.
> 1 out of 5 kids will drop out before graduation

Americans are not happy with our schools.

Barna’s Schools in Crisis Survey
> 76% of Americans think greater family and parental involvement will improve lower-performing schools

> 70% high quality teachers will improve lower-performing schools

> 35% more involvement from faith communities will improve lower-performing schools

> Who is responsible? Primary resource for education 80% parents

We can help, but the church in general isn’t too sure. We can…

> Encourage teachers

> Help with fund raising

> Volunteer at local schools

> Help promote reform

Instead of helping, many in the church flee.

There is so much potential- our kids can be the light in their public schools, in the darkness.

There are 3 big influences in the life of a child:

> Church (40 hours a year)

> Home (3000 hours with family at home)

> School (1600 hours a year)

What would happen if we leverage the influence at the schools as well??

> That’s a lot of hours you can impact on top of your 40 in the life of a child over the year.

3 is greater than 1 plus 1 plus 1.

We need to work together, get on the same page with the schools.

75% of kids in your community will never benefit from what you do inside the church because they will never come to you. If you want to reach those kids, you have to go to them. Orange is about widening the circle, reaching out.

 

Dan Scott interviewed Dan Kubish (thebigideaexperience.com)
Core Central Values- Pathway to Public Schools

Where to start…4 simple steps

Adopt one school. Schools are looking for it. In Kansas schools are required to have a virtue based curriculum.

> Set up a time to meet with the school.

> They started with a 40 minute program to do for the school.

> They didn’t cross the line, didn’t say Jesus or get out their Bibles, but they still taught the virtue.

> They started getting referrals from other schools

> Need to meet with people on staff. Talk to the people in charge of curriculum, typically a counselor. Probably don’t want to go through the PTA. Directly to the people that make the decisions.

> Ask to do an assembly for the school

> It’s great to have a teacher invite you to the school, but not necessary.

Actually meet at the school, on their turf, in their time frame, with their rules

> Hang out and talk and see how you can get on the same page.

> Meet with them, Big Idea coming to your school (wear the same shirts to make yourselves identifiable).

> Janitor may not be too happy, so bring help to clean and set-up, tear down.

> Safety issue to have people on campus, so make sure you follow their policies. Go over the rules and make sure you tell them what your signal is to keep the crowd quiet. Have fun, but keep it organized. Be respectful, don’t come in like you know it all. Humility is key!

Be Positive – Point out good things about the school

Ask how you can help

> Leave your agenda behind

> Serve with humility

> Exceed expectations

Another idea is to do a carnival for them or something of that nature. We are here to assist the school.

In Kansas, May 1st is the Stop Bullying March, the kids all wear a shirt and participate in activities that day. They created a short 15 minute video for them to get the kids pumped up about participating and wearing their shirts.

New Spring church has a truck and tailor and they bring and set-up all their own equipment. They go to 71 different schools.

They also put up a billboard for Humility on the major highway through the city.

It will be the easiest money you raise as a church, people will step up to the plate. They told people what they’re doing and they donated the money to put up the digital billboards on the main freeway (I35). A radio station donated a short amount of time to them as well, where they just a do a 30 second blurb on what the big idea is (Humility, use the virtue)

There is a tab on the 252 website for the school XP and it can be a start for you.

Free to the schools, Dan K. buys most of their stuff from Core Essentials.

Most schools can’t afford assemblies but they are looking for them. Offer your program to schools as a free assembly.

You must have excellence, needs to be a program that both the kids and teachers love.

You can teach God’s truth to the kids and tell them Bible stories by changing names (for the Good Samaritan they used football team names).

They are able to build relationships with the school and he is able to go now when they call him to talk to a student when they’re going through something hard.

Encourage kids and administration.

They have a different website, name and mailing address away from the church. It keeps the schools open to partnering with them.

Most pastors will ask what will it do for the church. We would still do it even if no one started coming to the church because of it, but over 80% of the teachers and kids from those schools come to their church now. Teachers have figured out that if you love the kids so much that you come to us and build relationships and love on the kids than what amazing things are you doing at your church.

The teachers see the kids more than you do at church.

Tell the schools, we’d love to provide the core essential curriculum for you. It’s a great way in. Costs about $199 a month or so. It’ll be worth it for you to reach your community.

How do you go to 71 schools, 5 services on the weekend, and have 13 staff members? Do 4 shows at schools a day. DO NOT WRITE YOUR OWN CURRICULUM. Don’t waste your time. Work 40 hours a week.

Talk with your parents, talk with teachers in your church. Start small.

What are some ways to fund the program if your church does not have the funding?
You can talk to community leaders because it’s community-based.
Businesses (& business leaders) in the community like to help with things that help the community. There are people in your church that this is their passion…there are people already volunteering in schools and this may be part of their dream. They may volunteer to help you.

For Core Essential Values there is a backlog to go get at a later time if your school is doing a different value or virtue that month; however, there is stuff specific to the time of year or month like December.

You can do it with 3 people at the minimum.

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PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION #4

FX Interactive with Adam Duckworth in Fort Launderdale:
@adam_duckworth

Context for why we do what we do related to Family experience.
What is Orange? Two combined influences make a greater impact than just two influences. Church and Family…

Light in a broken world that should shine the light brighter so that everyone can see it.
Red and Yellow together make Orange.

FX is that coming to life, represented. Family and church should meet and learn about the same things together.

5 Principles to the orange strategy:

> Integrate Strategy: Align church leaders and parents to lead with the same end in mind.

> Redefine the Message: Craft core truths into engaging, relevant and memorable experiences.

> Reactivate the Family: Enlist parents to act as partners in the spiritual formation of their own children.

> Elevate Community: Connect everyone to a caring leader and a consistent group of peers

> Leverage Influence: Create consistent opportunities for students to experience personal ministry.

Populate the stage with middle school students and high school students: they engage in personal ministry beyond high school. It helps them stay in the church once they leave the community.

FX: A shared experience for families designed to engage parents as partners with a strategy to shape the character and faith of their children.

The life apps help shape kids, shape their faith, shape their future, shape their families. It’s a shared experience.

Why an FX? By creating an FX you help “reactivate the family” in your community.

> Communities are crumbling

> Families are different today, they are changing.

> Our doors are always open because we want to help your family take the next step toward Jesus.

Spiritual Leaders: Spiritual leadership has no clear definition.

There are people that are attempting to engage with us that may have no experience in a church, no experience with faith. They don’t know what that means.

It should be our goal in family experience to encourage people to take steps.

It should never be our goal to engage parents to do everything but to do something more.

Levels of Partnership:

> Aware: who understand they have a responsibility

> Involved: who are active and busy

> Invested: who are devoted in their participation

> Engaged: who are intentional about doing something

It’s very rare that someone is going to become engaged overnight, but we help them take little steps.

FX Priorities:

> Family Centered: Creates a consistent, shared experience for parents and kids

> Kid Focused: Targets the everyday issues in a kid’s everyday world

> Value Driven: Emphasizes specific life apps that allow kids to develop faith and character

> Creatively Wired: Uses innovative and creative tools to communicate timeless truths

> User Friendly: Creates a non-threatening environment for families to invite friends to

> Volunteer Fueled: Build on teams of volunteers

When you get like-minded people around the table implementing the same vision it will change your community. Volunteers are awesome.

About 13 elements in a typical FX

FX can be done with as few as 3 people, but it’s better (& easier) to have more people.

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THURSDAY BREAKOUT SESSION A

Brooklyn Lindsey, brooklynlindsey.com
Leading through Crisis, Tragedy & Trauma (Students)

Announcement: XP team has an emergency kit that you can use. Includes what to say and do programming wise after an emergency in your community.

You are not alone, it’s going to take a lot of people and a lot of love and you are not alone.

Small crisis: Play Finger Ninja- hands up, put your right pointer finger in the palm of the person next to you and on the count of 3 trap one side and escape the other side.

Quote: Ann Lamount says “Lighthouses don’t go all around an island looking for boats to save they just stand still and shine their light.”

Lighthouses are stable and strong, & they are drawing in nature, they draw ppl in.

Stay strong and be who you are in Him. That identity in Christ enables you to do what you need to do to help others.

We may not be the best at handling certain situations, but we will be the best at being ourselves and we will have what it takes.

Ldrs are often the first responders, usually starts with a conversation. You have this knowledge that you’re going to call on the phone or have a face to face conversation.

> Difficult, hard, don’t always have the answers. At the end of the day, our job is to respond.

> Your genuine and thoughtful response will tell the hurting that you care.

> Show up, respond, don’t be afraid of that.

SAY THIS NOT THAT:

As you begin to have the conversations:

> Focus on listening

> Focus on Feeling (Let them voice their emotions)

> Focus on Remembering (Tell me about a good memory, why do you love someone so much) – Journal, talk about your memories

Say This:

> I’m so sorry for your loss

> I hate that you’re going through this

> I know this is really hard

> I know that this is really difficult

> Tell me a story about this person

> We’re going to walk through this together

Book: Youth Leaders Guide to Crisis (good appendix of adjectives in the back of the book). Sometimes our simple words don’t express the depth or the breadth of their feelings. You can have a student circle some of the words that they’re feeling.

If you can’t go with them together, then find somebody that can. (Small group leaders are great)

DO NOT Say This:

> Avoid Cliches

> Avoid Answers (we don’t have all the answers)

> Avoid Timelines

Hurtful:

> Everything happens for a reason

> How are you?

> You’ll get over this

> God just needed another angel

> At least you have your Dad/Friends/etc.

> Don’t cry

It’s good to grieve and let people grieve even when it’s hard.

There are times that you go through crisis that you will have to deal with it in the future, because someone forgot it or blocked it. (Crisis can come out at any time).

Crisis lives on and it can be the incubator for miracles. (Heather said this in main session this morning).

Sometimes people look at the church and they just want to see or hear something that says come home. The world is just saying “Say Something” to me, let me know you care and love me. Be open and receptive.

People in your life need to be filling you up, speaking words of truth into you. You need to be full so you can say YES to being the lighthouse

Crisis foreshadows the future, they are imaging their faith in the future through you. God wants you to help carry other people’s burdens.

What is Crisis:

> A crisis is a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger

> A period of disequilibrium that overpowers a person’s homeostatic mechanisms (therapeutic definition)

> A crisis throws people off balance

> It can be difficult to predict

> It can be brought on by anything

> It can be something that effects someone in one stage of their life and not in another

Who determines a crisis? The person going through it.

When to respond when and how:

Acute (pointed, immediate): (Needs immediate attention from you or someone else, like going to the hospital). Suicide attempt, abuses, runaway, assault, sudden loss, etc.

Chronic (enduring, reoccurring, persistent): (Sometimes this will quickly escalate to Acute and it is not your fault) Cutting, compulsive behaviors, ADHD, depression, etc. Response can be slower.

Adjustment (stressful on relationships, annoying but they are usually just transitioning): Lying, sibling born, defiance, family remarriage, etc. Sometimes it helps to tell someone to breathe. Can be fun, but can also be awful. Tell them you’ll be with them through this.

Lighthouses don’t go running around an island trying to save people.

Daniel 12:3

Say YES to be the first responder and being helped by the first responders.

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HELPFUL LINKS:

Orange Conference 2014 Notes – From Nick Blevins

#OC14 Orange Conference Notes – From Jim Wideman

Orange Conference 2014 Notes – From Brian Dodd

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This information was presented at the national Orange Conference #OC14. Click here for more information on Orange.

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Top 10 Leadership Quotes From #OC14 Orange Conference

Each year 6,000 leaders gather in Atlanta for the national Orange Conference. There are tracks for senior church leadership, children’s ministry and student ministry. This year’s senior leadership track had over 300 in attendance. Here are the top quotes, gathered from the various sessions in the senior leadership track:

#10. Great leaders never have to demand loyalty. – Jeff Henderson

#9. (Senior leaders) how do you treat the janitor? – Derwin Gray

#8. Decide you are not going to try to please everyone. You either focus on ‘who you want to reach’ or ‘the people you want to keep’. – Carey Nieuwhof

#7. Change of pace, plus change of place, equals change of perspective. – Mark Batterson

#6. Leaders, ask yourself, “What is it like to be on the other side of me?” How are you to work for? – Jeff Henderson

#5. Every book you read is worth 2 years of life experience. – Mark Batterson

#4. The biggest leadership challenge I have is me. – Jeff Henderson

#3. We get so focused on the 10% of disgruntled people we forget about the 90% who aren’t. – Carey Nieuwhof

#2. Competency isn’t the issue. Character is. – Carey Nieuwhof

#1. You replace yourself by developing others, not by replicating yourself. – Jeff Henderson

BONUS LEADERSHIP QUOTES

Don’t let your budget determine your vision. Let your vision determine your budget. – Mark Batterson

We start every meeting by sharing wins. – Mark Batterson

The greatest enemy of your future success is your current success. – Carey Nieuwhof

If you really want to check your ego, get great leaders around you. – Carey Nieuwhof

My word for the year is “no.” I need to say “no” to more things. – Mark Batterson

Saying yes to one thing is saying no to another. – Mark Batterson

Leaders are readers. Everyone can read a book a month. Just put it in your bathroom. – Mark Batterson

Recruit amazing people and get out of their way. – Jeff Henderson

To develop leaders, ask questions of them… don’t tell them what to do. – Jeff Henderson

If you don’t change you will become irrelevant. – Carey Nieuwhof

Almost none of the disagreement in your church is over mission or vision… it’s over model. – Carey Nieuwhof

Recruit next generation leaders to help you. The most effective strategies to reach the next generation will likely not come from the current generation. – Carey Nieuwhof

This information was presented at the national Orange Conference #OC14. Click here for more information on Orange.

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How To Develop The Next Generation Of Leaders

This week I am blogging from #OC14, The Orange Conference in Atlanta. Orange is a gathering of thousands of church leaders, with an emphasis on senior leadership, children’s ministry leadership and student ministry leadership. I am highlighting some of the best material from the Orange senior leadership track. Below are the highlights from Jeff Henderson’s thoughtful session on growing leaders.

Think of a person who helped you grow as a leader. What was the most memorable thing they did?

Most people will answer with, “They were patient with me” or “They allowed me to learn from failure.” Another common answer is, “They spent time with me.”

No matter what our mentors did, there is one common thread: someone took an active interest in our growth.

One of the most important (but never urgent) tasks of a leader is replacing yourself. It is important to note, however, that you replace yourself by developing others, not replicating yourself.

After Walt Disney’s death, there was a saying at the Disney company. “What would Walt do?” was the question everyone would ask, hoping to keep the founder’s spirit alive. While this may have been done with the best of intentions, it was a terrible thing for the staff. It stiffeled innovation and bound the company to the past.

Take the story of John Lasseter. He was a young animator at Disney. He brought fresh ideas that didn’t fit the traditional Disney model. He was let go. Then Lasseter joined an upstart company called Pixar. He innovated the movie “Toy Story” and the computer animation that we all know today. John Lasseter and Pixar went on to great success. Old-school Disney Animation withered to a shadow of its once glorious self. Pixar and Disney would eventually merge, with John Lasseter as its president. The lesson: don’t try to replicate yourself. Develop promising leaders so they can lead from their own strengths.

If emerging leaders aren’t sure which direction God would have them go, help them look for God’s thumbprints on their lives. God’s thumbprints are clues as to his plan for our lives.

WHAT IS YOUR STAFF CULTURE?

Develop leaders by creating a great culture and recruiting great people.

If you don’t have a good staff culture, your church isn’t going to work. Many church cultures aren’t healthy. We should have such loving, joyful staffs that those qualities flow through the entire church.

Leaders, ask yourself, “What is it like to be on the other side of me?” “How am I to work for?” This will give you insight into your own leadership. You can also ask your leaders that same question.

The issue of staff loyalty can be a negative in church cultures. If you have to ask for loyalty there is a problem with your leadership. Great leaders never have to demand loyalty.

Hiring well is essential to having a quality staff culture. During inital screening, ask each candidate the following four quetions:

> What are your 5 strengths?

> Who are you learning from?

> What is your ideal job description?

> What is your favorite organization?

Gwinnett Church emails these four questions to all applicants early in the hiring process. The questions take time and effort to answer. Many candidates do not respond. This weeds out the weaker applicants. The candidates who do respond tend to be the stronger ones.

For an example of church culture, Jeff Henderson likes to share the definition they have at Gwinnett Church: “We want to create a staff culture of fun-loving, emotionally-intelligent people who are passionate about leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We will do this by building great teams, delivering WOW through service, focusing on outsiders and prioritizing personal and professional growth.”

HELPING NEXT GENERATION LEADERS WIN

Here are some tips for grooming promising leaders:

> Recruit amazing people and get out of their way.

> Don’t think of yourself as a director. Be a coach. Ask questions rather than give direction. Provide the opportunity to make mistakes and to learn from those mistakes. Be the ‘question-man’, not the ‘answer-man.’

> Do life with your staff. Being authentic and vulnerable means your staff knows who you really are. It carries some obvious risks. However, the benefit of working with true friends outweighs the risk.

What things do you do to help grow emerging leaders? Leave a comment below.

 

 

This information was presented at the national Orange Conference #OC14. Click here for more information on Orange.

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How To Get The Most Out Of The Orange Conference… Or Any Professional Seminar

Do you want to supercharge your career? Consider regularly attending professional conferences. The connections and information we receive are well worth our time. Here are my tips for getting the most out conference experiences:

Prepare: Before you go, review the conference web site. Do the pre-conference reading or listen to the pre-conference podcasts. Some conferences have workshops the day before the main sessions begin. Arrive a day early and participate. Double check your travel plans to ensure you have enough time to comfortably make it where you need to be on time. Check your directions so you won’t be lost and frustrated. You want to be relaxed and ready to learn when you arrive. Look at the list of people attending the conference and figure out who you will be looking for.

Take notes:  Take notes in each session you attend. They are excellent to share with others and for your own reference. Offer to send your notes to people you meet at the conference as a way to further connect.

Take pictures: Grab a few shots with your phone and email them back to the office and to your family. Let everybody see what’s happening at the conference and your enthusiasm for it!

Prepare a report: When an organization spends hundreds of dollars to send you to a conference, a great way to say “thank you” is with a report. Write a brief summary sharing the main takeaways and new resources you found. Email your summary to your bosses and to anyone in the organization that might find it helpful. Mention the takeaways in your next staff meeting. Write a piece for the organization’s newsletter or blog. The more broadly you share the information you gather, the greater value it will be to the organization. This is also a great way to set yourself up to attend the conference again in the future (what boss doesn’t want to send a grateful employee who brings back information for everyone else?) Your report can also be shared on your personal social media streams to be of help to others.

Lead a session: There is a huge difference between simply attending a conference and leading one of the sessions. As a presenter you may receive discounted registration and access to “presenter only” privileges. People will see your name in the program and seek you out. You will connect with like-minded people when they ask questions immediately following your session. You don’t have to lead one of the main sessions. Simply volunteer to lead a breakout session.

Network and Connect: Make some new friends! Most information at conferences can be obtained in articles, books or on conference videos. What you can’t get anywhere else is the opportunity to meet other people. Strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you. Ask questions during panel discussions. Participate in interactive roundtables. Introduce yourself to the speakers and conference organizers. If you hit it off with someone you meet, suggest going to coffee or a meal. Everyone is in the same boat at a conference. People will be glad you took the initiative to break the ice. Exchange contact information and offer to help people any way you can. Write thank-you notes to them when you get back and follow them in social media. Send them articles, leads or other resources that could help them.

Extend your time before or after the conference: Many conferences are intentionally held in places where there is nice weather and lots of activities. See if you can extend your stay a few days (at your own cost) and enjoy the travel. Bring a spouse or a friend with you (at your own cost).

Purchase conference videos and audio sessions: Buy the audio/video recordings and show them to your staff. Even if the recordings cost a couple of hundred dollars, it is still far cheaper than what you have already paid to attend the conference in person. Individual sessions can be shared during staff meetings. You can also hold a training day, where several of the sessions are shown to staff.

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THE ORANGE CONFERENCE

The Orange Conference is where several thousand church leaders will gather to learn and connect.

Rich Birch has an excellent podcast on his unSeminary website (listen or watch here). In it he interviews notable Orange leaders Elle Campbell and Carey Nieuwhof. Here is a summary of their tips:

Tips From Elle Campbell

> Read breakout session descriptions in advance. If you have multiple people going, divide up the sessions so different people can attend different sessions.

> In advance, find out who will be there. Tweet to your followers and ask who is attending so you can make connections during the event.

> Bring orange clothing.

> Bring business cards or fliers. Do promotional giveaways from a backpack.

> Bring your electronics and don’t forget the chargers.

> Follow conference and #ThinkOrange hash tags on Twitter.

> Follow Orange bloggers on the OrangeLeaders website (list of bloggers here).

Tips From Carey Nieuwhof

> Stay for the weekend to attend Andy Stanley’s North Point Community Church.

> Hold a team debrief dinner following the conference.

> Write a report. Share your report on Google Docs so everyone can benefit from your learning. Taking notes in Evernote can help with this.

> Many times people at conferences are from your tribe. Meet new people. Look at name tags. Look for clues as to like-mindedness.

> For social media during the conference, make sure you have a good internet connection (preferably cellular data, because public WIFI can be a problem).

> Live streaming information will be available at WhatIsOrange.org and TheOrangeConference.com.

What is your best advice for getting the most out of conferences? Leave a comment below.


 

 

Top 10 Leadership Quotes From Catalyst West 2014

The Catalyst West conference is a training experience for the next generation of leaders. It was held in Southern California during the first week of April. Here are my top 10 leadership quotes from the conference (taken from #Catalyst on Twitter):

10. “Biggest obstacle to learning is thinking you already know.” – @mikeerre (via @RobJacobs_)

9. “Be the leader you wish you had.” – @simonsinek (via @dccowan)

8. “Innovation is the clarity to see a problem and the skill to design a solution to that problem.” – @charlestlee (via @pdaarnold)

7. “Anchor your story in hope — not hurt or hype — but HOPE.” ~ @MikeFoster (via @ansonsexton)

6. “To keep talented people engaged, focus discussions of culture and innovation, less on growth and values.” – Charles Lee (via @stustreeter)

5. “Create a safe environment for disagreement.” – @trippcrosby (via @hinscheman)

4. “You can be comfortable OR courageous, but you can’t be both.” – @MikeFoster (via @RobJacobs_)

3. “If everything is important, nothing is.” – @DrHenryCloud (via @chuck_franklin)

2. “Stop telling people how far they have left to go. Instead tell them how far they’ve come.” – @bobgoff (via @ToddAdkins)

1. “The only way to lead a symphony is to turn your back to the crowd and the critics.” – @annvoskamp (via @LindseyNobles)

PLUS 8 BONUS QUOTES

8. “Talking about your idea can trick you into thinking you are doing it.” – @charlestlee (via @toddadkins)

7. “Leadership is not about what you do or what you know, it’s leading out of who you are.” – @DailyFrancis (via @toddadkins)

6. “There’s no short cut to quality.” – @charlestlee (via @catbackstage)

5. “#1. Think big. #2. Start small. #3. Keep moving.” – @charlestlee (via @ksc)

4. “A gift can destroy a leader if their character has not yet developed before they were launched into the spotlight.” – @christinecaine (via haleyveturis)

3. “A poor leader yells. A leader tells. A good leader listens. A Servant Leader understands.” – #Catalyst (via @robjacobs)

2. “Many of us are missing what God already has in front of us because we are looking for the next big thing.” – @ChristineCaine (via @haleyveturis)

1, “Comparison is cancer to contentment.” – #Catalyst (via @joshshipp)

What are your favorite quotes? Leave a message below.

What Type of Person Does Your Organization Attract?

Why is it that some things attract the kinds of people we like? Why do other things attract people that, well, maybe we don’t like so much? I’ll bet you can think of a few of these things in your life. Perhaps you can even identify the types of people attracted to your organization.

THE TRIBES WE CHOOSE

I first noticed the attractional dynamic in college. As a freshman, I was looking for community. I checked out a variety of clubs, ministries and social/academic organizations. It was interesting to see how the different activities attracted different personality types. If you were looking for it, you couldn’t miss it. I found organizations that attracted all kinds of groups . . . the driven, the narcissistic, the intelligent, the hard, the soft, the creative, the inclusive and the exclusive.

After much searching I finally found my tribe in student leadership. These folks had the right mix of intelligence, social skill, ambition, ‘niceness’ and fun. They hit all the right notes for me. These people became my college friends, populated my wedding, and remain life-long friends. They are kindred spirits.

DO LONERS DRIVE BMWs?

More recently I noticed the attractional dynamic at car shows. My church does a summer car event. It’s my job to go to spring car shows and hand out fliers to promote our event. After a few shows I began to notice that certain cars attracted certain personality types. The British car show seemed to attract nice older people who were mechanically inclined. The Italian car show attracted people who were as brash and colorful as their wonderful automobiles. The Gen Y tuner set was passionate about their Hondas and Subarus. But I struggled at the BMW show. Rather than standing by their cars, many BMW owners parked their cars and went somewhere else. Generally, the people I approached were curt and not interested in discussion. They only seemed taken with their own cars and not the beautiful machines all around them. Now this isn’t to say that all BMW owners are like this . . . it was only my perception of the ones at that particular show. But it made me think.

DO GOOD GUYS DRIVE CORVETTES?

The car crowd I felt most comfortable with was at the Corvette show. Nearly every owner stood near their car, eager to talk. They knew their stuff. Their modifications were tasteful and intelligent. They were willing to share their car secrets. I’m not a Corvette guy, but there was something about the Corvette owners with which I was intuitively comfortable. They are kindred spirits.

THE PEOPLE I LIKE . . . LIKE ORANGE

I have found the same thing in church world . . . something that attracts great people. It’s called Orange. Orange is best known for offering curriculum for children’s ministry. But it is so much more.

Orange thinking> Orange is a philosophy. ‘Orange’ is the power of what red (family) and yellow (church) can do when they combine. It’s the advantage of using two colors to create a third option. Similarly, when parents partner with the church for the growth of their children, there is a powerful effect.

> Orange is a lifestyle. At the core of Orange is relationship. Rather than rely solely on silly games and glitzy, ‘Disney-like’ environments, Orange focuses on relationship. It builds connection between leaders and kids . . . and between kids and their peers. God designed us for relationship with Him and with each other. Orange starts kids in constructive relationships at an early age.

> Orange is for servant leaders. Our church has been fortunate to hold two regional Orange events put on by the national Orange organization. I cannot express how impressed I was with their national leaders and their team. Orange could have remained as a high-quality program at Atlanta’s North Point Church, but instead, its leadership set out to help other churches. Every year they spend a lot of time on the road (at great personal cost), meeting hundreds of churches and helping them to be effective. That humility, love and spirit of servant leadership has translated into our church. After doing several years of Orange, these same qualities typify our children’s ministry staff and lay leaders. I guess like really does attract like.

That’s why I like people who like Orange.

WHO’S IN YOUR TRIBE?

I guess my kindred spirits would be college student leaders who will one day drive Corvettes and lead Orange at their churches. Do you find certain organizations attract people you like? Share your story in the comments section below.

CHECK OUT ORANGE FOR YOURSELF: I will be attending the national Orange conference in late April and contributing blogs each day. Here’s a short video that explains the conference. If your church is looking for an effective way to do children’s and/or student ministry, I encourage you to join me (and thousands of like-minded leaders) in Atlanta. More information here.

Orange Conference Atlanta


 

Photos/graphics courtesy Orange.

 

Top Quotes From Catalyst East 2013

The Catalyst East leadership conference was 10/2-10/4 in Atlanta. Here are some of the top quotes from the #Catalyst Twitter feed:

CATALYST NOTES DAY 2 – FRIDAY

@aaronmora07: Ready for day two at #Catalyst! Yesterday was pretty incredible. Ready for God to speak today. #needcoffee

@TeachingSteph: “Inheritance is what you leave someone. Legacy is what you leave in someone.” – @reggiejoiner

@balderdan: Put a suitcase in the nursery. Let it remind you they’ll be gone before you know it, & take with them what you help them pack.

@hailleywhite: “The greatest gift you can give someone is time. Until a person is known, they won’t know what it is to be loved.” @reggiejoiner

@CatalystLeader: “Churches that don’t have fun have a spiritual issue.” – @reggiejoiner

@umcpastorj: The best gift you can give someone is your time. Choose who you give to very carefully. – @reggiejoiner

@carlnichols: “Until someone is known it is impossible for them to feel loved.” @reggiejoiner

@ToddLowans: ‘Fame lived for applause, legacy lives to give applause.’ – Reggie Joiner

@timberlakeranch: “As soon as a daughter is born, you start learning how to let go.” @reggiejoiner

@CatalystLeader: “Leaving a legacy has less to do with being magnificent and has more to do with being ordinary.” @ReggieJoiner

@jesseland324: When u see how much time u have left, u tend to get serious about the time u have now. #catalyst

@cwinton81: “Legacy has more to do with lifting a child up than making a name for yourself.” @reggiejoiner

@DivaDThatsMe: Jesus didn’t say “change your neighbor as yourself”…. – Reggie Joiner #catalyst #Icantchangepeople #buticanloveafew

@lindyjroberts: I cannot change anyone, but I can love a few. – @reggiejoiner

@CatalystLeader: “You will only be remembered by the people who know you now.” – @ReggieJoiner

@CatalystLeader: “Legacy is about doing things consistently over time for the people who are around you.” – @ReggieJoiner

@jdcastellente: “Make what matters, matter more.” -@reggiejoiner

@JakeRainwater: Time is a platform of Gods love. Time➗Love=Worth

@GoAMPStudents: “Focus on the things that you can do and accomplish” @reggiejoiner

@GoAMPStudents: Would you rather be reliable or remarkable? What makes a bigger difference to others? @ReggieJoiner

@joshuaklane: “The best way to know someone is to love them” – Reggie Joiner

@jdcastellente: “Love over time, gives people worth.” -@reggiejoiner

RT @CatalystLeader: “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time.” – @ReggieJoiner #Catalyst

RT @CatalystLeader: “The moment you have is now with the people you are with now.” – @reggiejoiner #Catalyst

@BrianKDodd: 26 Leadership Quotes and Lessons from @ReggieJoiner from #Catalyst ’13 http://t.co/vJGQNPUzps. @TheRocketCo is live blogging from the event

@CatalystLeader: “God miraculously positioned you in this generation for a purpose.” – @PriscillaShirer

@CatalystLeader: “Everything you need God already is.” – @PriscillaShirer

@jdcastellente: “We complain when God places us where we don’t want to be not knowing it’s there he gives us what we’re needing” @PriscillaShirer

@RonEdmondson: “If you want to change the world you have to be crazy enough to believe you can.”

@CatalystLeader: “Since the beginning of time, there has been a war for your soul.” – @PriscillaShirer

@CatalystLeader: “Everything you need God already is.” – @PriscillaShirer

@spulliam: Adoptive mom @SenLandrieu, Democratic senator, is making a big push for adoption here at #Catalyst. “Parents raise children.”

@CatalystHipster: @DaveRamsey is on at #catalyst. Everyone just hid their iPhone 5S. #Stewardship

@ShaneBengry: Skipping out on @DaveRamsey at #Catalyst to enjoy his free coffee at the pastors lounge #GoodStewardship

@Mrcreft: You will die sooner than you think… #Catalyst

@WhitneyHughes4: I have now seen not one, but TWO guys wearing my button up denim shirt within the past day. #catalyst #toomanywannabehipsters

@CatalystLeader: “I don’t own anything. I’m only managing the resources that God has blessed me with.” @DaveRamsey @RachelCruze #Catalyst

@dphilli4: Ticket to #Braves game tonight – $46 Ticket to #Catalyst – $179
Ride from Gwinnett Center to Turner Field – PRICELESS. Help!! #notacreeper

@CatalystLeader: “The battle rages but the war is won!” – @JOHNNYSWIM #Catalyst

@BrettEDurham: We’ve got to Love these peeps working concessions at #Catalyst. Cool people who need to see the love of Jesus!

@CatalystLeader: You don’t own anything. God owns it all. @DaveRamsey #catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “When it comes to raising kids, more is caught then taught.” @daveramsey @RachelCruze #catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@IJM: Talent is important but values are more important. @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@IJM: Fear is the opposite of love. It’s what makes us small. Love makes us large. -@CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Purpose is more important than position.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “You can’t have great discoveries without getting lost.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “The world you see outside of you is a reflection of the world inside of you. How do you see the world?” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Your emotions are choices. You have the power to choose your response.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Authenticity is one of the great challenges of life. Stay true to yourself and your calling.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “We weren’t born to fit in, we were born to stand out.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Being loyal to your purpose is more important than your position.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “If you’re passionate and stay true to your purpose, you’ll end up in places you could have never imagined.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Expressing gratitude is one of the most healing things you can do.” – @CoryBooker #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “I don’t own anything. I’m only managing the resources that God has blessed me with.” @DaveRamsey @RachelCruze #Catalyst

@spulliam: Newark mayor Cory Booker, Dem Senate candidate, at #catalyst: “We’re all created in the image of God. There’s no one we can’t learn from.”

@ChristinaGard: “Love the calling you have and not the one you wish you had.” @judwilhite #catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “If you love God, you have to love what God loves. And God loves His Church.” – @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “If you don’t love the Church, you forfeit the right to critique it and make it better.” – @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Everybody loves you ’til you lead.” – @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@JBDewell: “Social media is a billboard, not a diary.” @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: “Stop comparing your church to others.” – @JudWilhite #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: We can’t make people fall in love with Jesus, but we can set up dates. @AndyStanley #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: If you could only do what only you could do, what would that be? @AndyStanley #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: Most decisions are pre-decided when the mission is crystal clear. @AndyStanley #Catalyst

@CatalystLeader: Always have an answer to these 3 questions: What are we doing? Why are we doing it? Where do I fit in? via @AndyStanley #Catalyst

@MoniqueSummers: “Look here, God is going to take @DuckDynastyAE where He wants it, and to whoever He wants to take it to.” – Uncle Si #Catalyst

@Xelaju4: The creator gave me orders to kill it and grill it. #Catalyst #DuckDynasty

@bivopastor: This group just offered 2 free downloads to pastors. free offering talks. http://t.co/YZ0f3up73X

@CatalystLeader: The string artist who was in the #known video and created all the beautiful art for this year is @aaronleeharris, check out his work!

@Wildcat456: So, none of my tweets made it on the #bigscreen, I didn’t find a cool Christian hipster husband but the church stuff was awesome. #Catalyst

@MsGustama: I said it before and I’ll say it again … #catalyst is by far the BEST conference I’ve ever attended. I am a @CatalystLeader

@timrpeters: Download a free eBook with notes and quotes from #Catalyst http://t.co/U88FdBs5OD

@CatalystLeader: Do not leave without your #Catalyst Atlanta 2013 Experience Kit. If you aren’t attending, buy yours online! http://t.co/Gvx40fQxhL #fb

@CatalystLeader: That’s a wrap folks! May you be wrecked by the love of Jesus. via @jeannestevens #Catalyst

CATALYST QUOTES DAY ONE – THURSDAY

@CatalystLeader: “Our prayer for these next few days isn’t that you would be in the know, but that you would be #known.” – @PastorChrisSeay

@CatalystLeader: “Too often we focus on what it means to know, but we want to focus on what it means to be known.” @PastorChrisSeay

@CatalystLeader: “Our greatest opportunity in life is to be known and be fully loved.” @PastorChrisSeay

@CatalystLeader: “All of us have an appetite to be known.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “There is no amount of known that will statisfy your appetite to be known.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “To lead you must be known.” @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “There is no amount of applause that will ever be satisfying.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “Those most applauded for feel most entitled to.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “Applause is addictive. Once we get it we start looking for it and we start manufacturing it.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “What’s applauaded as exceptional the first time will be expected the next time.” – @AndyStanley

RT @CatalystLeader: “I am known to make Him known.” – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: “What you’ve got is a gift from the One who knows you best.” – @AndyStanley

@zachsteiger: There’s a little lady gaga in all of us. @AndyStanley

@mattperman: My notes from Andy Stanley’s message “Surviving Your Appetite for Being Known.” http://t.co/XiZT3oX3wI

@J_rod4theglory: Oh the irony of tweets about making Him known instead of ourselves in order to make the big screen at #Catalyst

@ToddAdkinsHair: I come to #Catalyst to check out the hair trends. #futurehairstyles

@mandisaofficial: There’s no place I’d rather be than worshipping w/ 13,000 of my brothers & sisters in Christ! #Catalyst http://t.co/o64g7MJwzp

@joshuaklane: “Giants are not always what they seem” – Malcolm Gladwell

@CDavidDaniels: Our obstacles and our weaknesses are our opportunities of greatest learning.” @Gladwell

@AnnVoskamp: Giving thanks is how to sharpen the dull edge of your life in the midst of the battle.

@stressedmoms: Wow. RT @justinlathrop: What if we stopped holding people accountable & started holding people closely. @bobgoff

@evangelistmatt: We cannot allow our ability to produce to define us.

@_tonytorres: Watched a crazy movie preview of Noah. Coming March 2014. Wow, well done!

@desiringgod: Piper: “Any theology that isn’t humble simply cannot be true.”

@BWeden: “Saul’s armor didn’t work for David. Be creative and innovative when you lead, the same things won’t always work.” @Gladwell

@billpavelich: Not ” ready-set-go”…it’s “Go Set Ready’!! – Mark Batterson #catalyst what r u waiting for???

@tyhagan: No where are @trippandtyler’s comments about the 50+ crowd wearing cell phones on their belts more truer than in the Pastors tent!

@ToddLowans: “Suffering ceases to be suffering when you have a redemptive perspective.” -@donaldmiller

@bradlomenick: Identity is unchanging. Being comes before doing. WHO you are determines WHAT you do. #Catalyst week

@Luther_Rice: My notes from @Gladwell msg at #Catalyst in ATL https://t.co/94mJAWAjP7

@Luther_Rice: My notes from @andystanley msg at #Catalyst in ATL https://t.co/oEgC2R1iSJ

@JuliePMac: What has God taught me today at #Catalyst? Don’t let what you DON’T have keep you from taking hold of what God has released to BE YOURS!!!

@AlexMurashko: More Than 13,000 Church Leaders Gather in Atlanta for Catalyst Conference http://t.co/ET5MvcUAVV

@twomblesaurusrx: if the dream of the 90’s is alive in Portland, than the dream of the 80’s is truly alive in Atlanta.

@David_C_Cook: “We aren’t going to win the battles of this world until we know our position in Christ.” -@AnnVoskamp

@chloehamlin: We always see Goliath as greater than he actually was. David was never the underdog. @Gladwell

@Giana_Hall: @CatalystLeader amazing to see what God is up to apart from us silly, pretentious plaid-clad Christians. He’s bigger than we hope.

@timayates: That Andy Stanly will have a bright future.

@CatalystLeader: “The only way to truth and freedom is through vulnerability. – @JasonRussell // truth!!

@CatalystLeader: “We are all global citizens in this world and we need to take better care of one another.” – @JasonRussell

@followsomebody: The work will always be louder than your family. You must set boundaries and stick to them no matter how loud the noise gets.

@CatalystLeader: “We are supposed to redeem culture, not run from it.” – @lecrae

@bwitt722: You know you’re at #CATALYST when you’re standing in line for a food truck and 2 people are reading their Bibles.

@CatalystLeader: “Are we perpetuating religion or a relationship?” – @lecrae

@mandisaofficial: “When we are most satisfied in Christ, He is most glorified in us.”-@JohnPiper

@kalimillerr: All the millennials at #catalyst are currently sitting by outlets, attached to their social media. #wearewhoweare #GenY

@keithgiles: Jesus never called us to lead. He called us to follow and to teach others to follow.

@CalebMason: Part of knowing who you are is knowing who you aren’t.

@erinmuhree: Use every reason you can to celebrate. – @angelaahrendts

@AngelaAhrendts “If you loved to be loved, why wouldn’t your people appreciate the same?” 

@CatalystLeader: “Christianity isn’t just religious truth, it’s TOTAL truth.” – @lecrae

@CatalystLeader: “I hope the culture we’ve created will be our greatest legacy and long outlive us.”- @AngelaAhrendts, CEO of @Burberry

@CatalystLeader: “A great leader’s job is to be honest and tell people where you are going.”- @AngelaAhrendts, CEO of @Burberry

@CatalystLeader: “The best news in the whole world is that our greatest possible joy and God’s glory are one thing.” – @JohnPiper

@mattperman: My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent #catalyst message on David and Goliath, and why you are not an underdog: http://t.co/hTdI943dOl

@CatalystLeader: “Our human nature was designed to reveal God’s nature.” – @JohnPiper

@CatalystLeader: “Unlikely people come to know God in unlikely ways.” – @JudahSmith

@CatalystLeader: We’re sons and daughters by birth, not by worth.” – @JudahSmith

@mattperman: My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent #catalyst message on David and Goliath, and why you are not an underdog: http://t.co/hTdI943dOl

@JustinWise: My notes from #Catalyst: Session Three with John Piper – http://t.co/bNG5iXWUxb

@BrianKDodd: Click http://t.co/X6UuOKV7KM for 21 Leadership Quotes And Lessons From Andy Stanley Opening Session At #Catalyst 2013

CATALYST NOTES FROM LAB DAY – WEDNESDAY

@CatalystLeader: A special edition of the #Catalyst Podcast featuring need-to-knows, event information, and fun road-trip games. http://t.co/gbhbXGMhaU

@BillintheBlank: Check out http://t.co/htAZ6hUb34 for extras and special live broadcasts from #Catalyst

@wvanderbloemen: There are WAY more bow ties, vests, and cuffed jeans in the ATL airport than normal. #Catalyst must be coming…

@KPowellFYI: “If u want to keep your church growing and relevant, invest in children and teenagers.” @reggiejoiner

@jburno: Things are constantly changing, so we should have an entrepreneurial mindset no matter where we work. – @alli

@HaleyVeturis: “I love Twitter because it allows me to build trust with people on a whole new level–I can be human here.” via @alli

@jimmirocketship: Couldn’t make it to #Catalyst like me? Then follow @JosephLalonde! He’s live blogging the event!

@KyleJMusser: Only way to find out what you are good at is to get into the game @DrHenryCloud

@KyleJMusser: If everything is important, then nothing is important. – Dr. Henry Cloud

@revjenwilliams: Church leadership conferences – never a line at the women’s restroom. Good for me, sad for the church.

@davidmac1024: the worst thing we can do is die with potential

@Jobbinv: There’s a big difference between being invited and being welcomed. – @bobgoff

@AnnVoskamp: Gratitude is the Christian faith’s most powerful forgotten weapon.

@markhcox: “It is nearly impossible to offend a humble person; humble people don’t hold onto rights.” – @bcloritts

@mattperman: Jim Collins: “People are not risk averse, they’re ambiguity averse.” Brilliant. Just brilliant.

@donbrawley: Leader, you are the keeper of your culture~Brian Loritts

@donbrawley: Leader, you are the keeper of your culture~Brian Loritts

@AnnVoskamp: The unconventional way to win your battles — is to give thanks in your battles.

@SydniChambers: Give yourself permission to fail but fail TRYING. Don’t fail watching. – #Catalyst

@justinlathrop: 5 Things You Should Know About Networking At a Conference like #catalyst [blog post] ›› http://t.co/v9YzOBd1We”

@benjimast: “Fail. But fail at the right things.” – Bob Goff

@bobwhittet: “You are ultimately responsible to who Called you, not who hired you” – @MarkBatterson

@RonEdmondson: “Keep your character several steps ahead of your talent” – @JeffHenderson

@RonEdmondson: “At what point did we begin to think excellence is offensive to God?” – @JeffHenderson

@BillintheBlank: My recap of the dangers of doing good with @peterkgreer @bethanyhoang and @2FP at #Catalyst Labs http://t.co/wH8CIlbIgv

@DawnSeverdia: We want God to go first because that doesn’t require any faith. @MarkBatterson

@chrisdotarnold: Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a #known God.

@lizzydriscoll: Pride is stealing what rightfully belongs to God and ascribing it to me. @bcloritts

@DawnSeverdia: You don’t need more time, you need to say “no” more often. @alli

@DawnSeverdia: See the need. Be the remedy. @blakecanterbury

@_JakeBrown: “What if we stop calling it ministry and just call it Tuesday?” – Bob Goff

@Breiland959: Bob Goff – Are we bouncers that determine who gets to Jesus OR ushers that lead people to Jesus?/ That one hit home”

@aucye: “All idols eventually demand the sacrifice of our children.” – @ahc

@BeSunnyBass: “For what we do is always determined by who we are. Lead from who you are.”

@josh_phillips: A phrase from today that I can’t get out of my head: Your church will only be as consecrated as you are. Holy Spirit left hook.

@RonEdmondson: “If we are not careful we can spiritualize laziness” – @JeffHenderson

@erinmuhree: tell people what you see in them. – @bobgoff

@KendallLeetweet: You don’t have to blow out someone else’s candle to make yours shine brighter.

@pjohnst2: The problem is non-profits think like non-profits @JeffHenderson

@sturnerlee: “When opportunity comes, it is too late to prepare.” – John Wooden, former UCLA Coach; quoted at #catalyst

@DianaWeiFang: “Don’t confuse success with comfort” @prophiphop

@Pal_Rune: Dr Henry Cloud-path to identity:1) attend to what is relevant 2)positive emotional climate 3)connect 4)control yourself 5)believe

@ChadAlanGraves: The enemy only has two battle plans. To blind you from who God is and blind to who you are in Him. @annvoskamp

@ThatCarolJones: Offer value. Not service or resources or products. Offer value. @LysaTerKeurst

@DawnSeverdia: When we make it about us, it never takes off. @peterkgreer

@RelationalEQ: “You have to be committed to being an expert in that which you are passionate about.” – @EugeneCho

@onechurchstl: God doesn’t see failing as a fault; he sees it as identity formation.

@mccall_d: One of my favorite quotes of the day, “Google is my MBA!” Loved meeting you at #Catalyst today @alli.

@BenLangevin: http://t.co/EmJMmyZaN3 just posted a blog about my experience so far at #catalyst. It’s been so great so far!

@BrianKDodd: The Top 30 Leadership Quotes From The #Catalyst Labs http://t.co/iJUVkNKOFk

Quotes From The Catalyst Dallas Leadership Conference 2013

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The Catalyst Dallas leadership conference was held at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship this year. Here are some great quotes and resources from the conference’s Twitter feed:

DAY THREE

@ryneisaac: “What is the future you’re creating right now?” -Erwin McManus

@PastorGad: “A model is a small imitation of the real thing” @erwinmcmanus.  Are you looking 4 a model to follow, or the real thing?

@Heath_Lewis: “Those who create the future are friends of failure.” Erwin McManus

@raquelrussell: Creators understand that their greatest gift is their imagination @erwinmcmanus

@fwatsondesigns: Whoa. “We are the materialization of that which God imagined, the “seen” which was created out of the unseen.” @erwinmcmanus

@dkrichards: RT @sl_richards: We were imagined by imagination and imagination is the playground of God. @erwinmcmanus

@kevin_bryant: A future based on what you know will look like the past. A future based on what you don’t know will change history. @erwinmcmanus

@CatalystLeader: God created us in His image to MAKE the invisible, visible. via @erwinmcmanus

@CatalystLeader: If God imagined you at birth, what makes you think He’s stopped imagining you now. via @erwinmcmanus

@dustin_mclean: Materialize the invisible @erwinmcmanus

@philipjoh: “You are the material of God’s imagination.” @erwinmcmanus #MindBlown

@KellyJoArtist: It is time we stop protecting what God did and start creating what God is doing. @erwinmcmanus

@MiamiAsh: What is wrong with us when we want to do the past better than the future @erwinmcmanus

@letsgocubs1908: “You are more than a maker of fire; You usher eternity into time” @erwinmcmanus

@christina_hite: “Lions do what lions do. Gazelles do what gazelles do. But humans do what they can imagine.” @erwinmcmanus

@kevin_bryant: We are stewards of the future. @erwinmcmanus #makehistory

@sl_richards: God is always doing a new thing. All God DOES is make the NEW. @erwinmcmanus

@ErichRobinson: “Someone imagined it and that is why we have it!” @erwinmcmanus

@kevin_bryant: Those who create the future are the friends of failures and imperfections. @erwinmcmanus

@fwatsondesigns: A life of faithfulness is not a life of faith. There’s a heroic narrative that calls us to step out in faith. @erwinmcmanus

@AdamJBennett1: I AM MADE TO MAKE!  – @erwinmcmanus

@AlexanderMcMath: @erwinmcmanus “I’m so happy at 54 that all my brain can do is dream

@julie_pierce: @CatalystLeader  3 questions for debriefing your conference experience: http://t.co/CsWhCHWLVS

@blainec24: For some reason I love that Driscoll is speaking right after a talk on vulnerability. #snarky

@BertAlcorn: Pumped to be watching @PastorMark at #catalyst Dallas. Can’t wait for him to yell at me.

@PastorMark: Ready to take the stage. Kicking it off with a skinny jeans joke.

@stevebullard: I’ve seen some of you guys with your top button buttoned. How is that? Enjoyable? -Mark Driscoll

@WBD_1023: “Why does this photo make me look fat? Uhh, cause it’s a good camera.” @PastorMark

@alanmarmstrong: “Trucks. Guns. Heterosexuality.  This ain’t Seattle.” – @PastorMark #catalyst dude is on a roll talking about our IDENTITY!

@schmidt_zak: I know who made the environment and one day he is coming back to burn it down & make it new anyways. That’s why I drive my truck

@MaryDeMuth: And then you have children and you’re identity is gone. @PastorMark #tongueincheek

@robgreene: “It makes a guy a miniMANto drive a miniVAN” a little standup from @PastorMark at #catalyst

@wwwdotPearl: Who I think I am determines what I do. @PastorMark

@nancyneves: Who you think you are is what compels you to do what you do!  #markdriscoll

@jeffreydaguilar: Who you are determines what you do. Not the other way around. @PastorMark

@martyburroughs: Things may explain who you are but they don’t define you @PastorMark

@pchedgecock: Our identity is not achieved its received (Jesus) @PastorMark

@MaryDeMuth: Don’t let your ministry become idolatry. @PastorMark

@jeffreydaguilar: Humility means “know your place.” @PastorMark

@jeffreydaguilar: If you know your identity you’ll know what to do. @PastorMark

@jeffreydaguilar: You are not what you do. You are what Christ has done for you. @PastorMark

@DigitalMolly: I don’t need to be perfect because Jesus is my perfection. @PastorMark

@jlgerhardt: Mark Driscoll is yelling at me RIGHT NOW. #notsurprised

@jeffreydaguilar: Working for yourself instead of from yourself you will destroy yourself. @PastorMark

@robgreene: “Only faithful followers make fruitful leaders.” @PastorMark

@SGeoThomas: “We need to think biblically before we act practically; thinking biblically gives us the wisdom to act practically” (@PastorMark)

@brianvbradford: When people fail u, remember that Jesus never will. @PastorMark

@stefanieybrown: “We’re not just leaders. We’re also followers.” @pastormark

@etgarland: Mark Driscoll at #catalyst… Love him or hate him… He is a game changer.

@CampMullican: When we armor up against vulnerability we armor up against connection.  Dr. Brene Brown

@yp_caleb: Vulnerability is scary. But it is not as scary as getting to the end of your life and never haven’t shown up. @BreneBrown

@raquelrussell: As a leader, you’re going to get your a$$ kicked. It’s just going to happen. You’re gonna get hurt. @BreneBrown

@staciezellmer: @brenebrown “if you’re not in the arena every once in a while getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.” LEAD

@wwwdotPearl: Folks who judge what I do from an anonymous or non-engaged position are sitting in cheap seats and are irrelevant.

@CatalystLeader: Leadership – vulnerability = disengagement via @BreneBrown

@JLee1611: “Leadership who just motivates & manages actually manipulates. Leadership is about inspiring people.” – @brenebrown

@jdvoss: Your vulnerability is the first thing I look for and mine is the last thing I want you to see. @BreneBrown

@KellyJoArtist: In the absence of love and belonging is always suffering @brenebrown

@blainec24: “Vulnerability is going on a first date after a divorce.” @BreneBrown Thankful my wife was vulnerable!

@MiamiAsh: If you are going to be brave you are going to get hurt. @brenebrown

@CatalystLeader: Vulnerability is the birthplace of faith. via @BreneBrown

@CatalystLeader: As a leader you can chose comfort or you can chose courage, but you can’t have both. via @BreneBrown

@212_Pastor: “I refuse to believe girls only like the guys who are running the other direction.” – A random dude talking to Brene Brown at #catalyst

@MarshallSimpson: This is one of the greatest moments in my life as a Dallas Cowboys fan. Emmitt Smith is at #Catalyst!!! #childhooddreams

@CatalystLeader: RT @pastoradam: You may be talented, but you better work on your talent or it could leave you. @EmmittSmith22

@MindyColvin: Paraphrasing Emmitt Smith: If you’re not interested in growing as a person, you’re not going to be a valuable part of any team.

@bjasonb: You may be talented, gifted, etc. but if you don’t work at it you won’t be as great as you can be. Emmitt Smith

@MiamiAsh: Never become satisfied with anything. You always have room to grow. Keep living! @emmittsmith

@JustinTheViking: “What I did yesterday was yesterday’s news, I need to make some new news today… Stay humble and stay focused
-Emmit Smith

@rustygreer01: It was not my skill that made me a great running back, it was my heart and passion for the game. Emmitt Smith

@rafmnk: Know your play book, understand your assignment become better -emmit smith

@pammajors: ” Be open to learn more. You can always be better at whatever it is you do.” Emmitt Smith

@blainec24: “My wedding ring is my super bowl ring of life” @emmittsmith

@j3hooper: Offense sell tickets… Defense wins championships – that’s for the Cowboys and for me. Loving @EmmittSmith22

@rustygreer01: I learned more from my failures than. from my successes. Emmitt Smith

@markleenerts: Your attitude determines your aptitude! – Emmitt Smith

@AllysonLFoster: “@CatalystLeader: Health is a tremendous attribute for pursuing your dreams. via @EmmittSmith22

@carriebourne: Never become satisfied. The day you become satisfied is the day you stop growing. #emmittsmith

@chavis_t: If you’re in it, be in it to win it. via Emmit Smith

@Brian_Galbraith: The key to winning is evaluation. We all tend to evaluate when we lose, but winners evaluate everything. @emmittsmith

@_JenniferB_: “To whom much is given, much is required.” -EmmittSmith22

@aw_b: Those things you let slide will catch up to you at an inopportune moment. @EmmittSmith22

@Brian_tumc_ym: Emit Smith was just asked, ‘Who hit you the hardest?’ his answer ‘You wouldn’t know her. It was my mom. I deserved it’ Ha

@danitowner: “As God unfolds the possibilities and opportunities sitting at our fingertips, may we not just lead now, but lead well.”

@myhealthychurch: RT @philipjoh: “You can’t take someone where you haven’t been. You can’t give someone something you don’t have.” @scottwilson7

@pastoradam: No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. -Margaret Thatcher via @DaveRamsey

@tapkenchris: Critical question most can’t answer: what have you DONE in your life

@joshuaconner: “Broke people can’t feed people.” @DaveRamsey

@pchedgecock: Handle God’s money for God’s Kingdom in God’s way! @DaveRamsey

@e_sayi: Three spirits surrounding wealth: Martha (pride), Judas (it comes from the devil), and Mary (gratitude). ~ @DaveRamsey

@leonm78207: Just because you can tweet, doesn’t mean your opinion is valid.

@SalazarTim: The more grateful I am, the more excellent I will be at managing God’s money @DaveRamsey

@tidoramon: “David left over $21 billion dollars to Solomon to build God’s kingdom, by our standards.” @DaveRamsey

@BTylerEllis: “Wealth comes FROM hard work but not BECAUSE of hard work. Wealth comes because of God. Everything is His” @DaveRamsey

@blainec24: “You don’t have to be the poorest in the neighborhood to prove that you are a Christian.” @DaveRamsey

@blainec24: “A lot of us are conservative politically and not biblically correct enough.” @DaveRamsey

@leonm78207: Just because you can tweet, doesn’t mean your opinion is valid.

@hlanderson: “Wimpified culture we live in where everyone is self-important” @DaveRamsey

@coachgoodenough: “Just because you can get on the Internet does not mean that your opinion is valid.” Dave Ramsey

@MaryDeMuth: No farmer ever grew the corn and took credit for the sun that grew it. @DaveRamsey

@RockinRandy: @DaveRamsey at #Catalyst said, “It’s not when u were born & die that matters on ur tombstone. It’s what you do with the “-” in the middle

@jeff_r_ward: @DaveRamsey danger is that folks think if I can afford it & pay cash for it, I’m good to buy it. That’s not a stewardship mindset.

@jeffreydaguilar: Money is not a pleasure, it is a responsibility. @DaveRamsey

@CatalystLeader: Money is a tool to be used for the kingdom. via @DaveRamsey

@MaryDeMuth: Wealth comes from God, and God still owns it all. @DaveRamsey

@CatalystLeader: You are not an owner. You are a manager. via @DaveRamsey

@ACUSeth: Wow! @DaveRamsey just made many people at #catalyst angry, and it was awesome! Wealth isn’t evil if we know its God’s money. #spoketruth

@TheJakeTurner: In a world full a famous speakers, there are few I could listen to all day. @DaveRamsey is one of the few.

@jacobfam4: Just saw a fake proposal at Catalyst. What people will do for an iPod! I so would have, too!

@jlgerhardt: Don’t just listen to other people’s stories. Look for God and you’ll find your own.

@joeybcook: Leaders: You’re message starts in the parking lot, not the pulpit. @AndyStanley

@josueMacK: You set a goal… You celebrate a win. There is a difference. – @AndyStanley

@ryanleak: It is much easier to educate a Doer than to activate a Thinker. -@AndyStanley

@Stuart_Large: “Clarify the win. Who we are, what we’re doing, and how we do it here.”

@MaryDeMuth: Performance oriented people like to win. Define the win. @AndyStanley

@Stuart_Large: “Performance-oriented people are too busy doing to complain.” -Andy Stanley

@christophobu: if there is no interdependency within a church or team there is no way for them to produce high performance results @AndyStanley

@fwatsondesigns: Put your best doers on your best opportunity. Don’t put a lid on your ministry because you’re afraid of hurting some feelings.

@jeffreydaguilar: High performance teams require high performance people. @AndyStanley

@paulcrowson: if you spend all your time trying to teach a fish to climb a tree it will spend it’s whole life thinking it’s stupid! @AndyStanley

@LukeAPerkins: “Paul wasn’t a guy who sat around and thought about it, he got on a boat and got things done.” -@AndyStanley

@TableforOneMin: Paul was a doer and a single adult!  Singles can be our best doers!

@geoffmclarty: Rent thinkers, hire do-ers!

@Kalebmoore: If you don’t know how something works when it’s working, you won’t know how to fix it when it breaks. – @AndyStanley

@jeremypeterson: We are great at evaluating problems and not so good at evaluating excellence – @AndyStanley

@CatalystLeader: The greatest agent of change in your organization is a crystal clear vision. via @AndyStanley

@jeremypeterson: If there is no interdependency within a church there is no way for them to produce high performance results – via @AndyStanley

@aw_b: Put your best people in the best places for them. The org chart is not your friend. @AndyStanley

@ErichRobinson: Leaders on a team can’t stand sideways energy. @AndyStanley

@willmancini: Church Unique Snapshot: How Andy Stanley Uses Five Faith Catalysts as Mission Measures  http://t.co/KvNGgQmib0

@clarkfrailey: If you put a lid on your organization because you’re trying to be nice, you’re a bad leader. -Andy Stanley

@FastChurch: When you clarify the win (@andystanley) beware of 3 kinds of weak vision #catalyst http://t.co/o5rbH4mdee

@sjcolquitt: “I am not the artist; I am the canvas.” @prophiphop

@mattmikalatos: Great interview with #Catalyst leader @Bradlomenick! http://t.co/3E6YxyvxpJ

@BienRyan: “Some of you grown ups make being grown up look sad.” Funny stuff from Kid President!

@cRoD9583: “Insert very profound quote I heard at catalyst here

@calebjobe: There are two Christian men styles… Bald with beard, or comb-over with glasses…

@Buster_86: Not sure I own enough skinny jeans to be in church leadership.

DAY TWO

@chavis_t: Sometimes God does not provide the details because he knows we can’t handle the details. via @CraigGroeschel

@brandonbrister: Spend more time being interested than trying to be interesting.  @AndyStanley

@joshdhall: “Healthy people & healthy organizations are far more open to change than unhealthy people & unhealthy orgs are!”  @AndyStanley

@joshdhall: “Healthy people & healthy cultures have their backs to one another & their eyes focused outwardly on others.” @AndyStanley

@chavis_t: Our reactions determine our reach. If we are going to have better relationships, we must have better reactions. ~ @LysaTerKeurst

@Heath_Lewis: “Jesus does not ask us to care for the less fortunate. He demands it.” @katieinuganda

@CampMullican: The intersection of our greatest strength and passion is our sweet spot.

@lucas_avail: If you don’t know your purpose you might feel worthless.- Propoganda

@preacherrich: You can never feel forgiven except by one who knows what you did. -Reggie Joiner

@sl_richards: You will only be remembered by the people who know you now. @reggiejoiner

@sl_richards: Parents: what you do with your kids over time MATTERS. @reggiejoiner

@CatalystLeader: If you are not investing in a kid, teenager or college student you should be! @ReggieJoiner

@CatalystLeader: There’s a difference between legacy and fame. We’re not called to be famous, we’re called to leave a legacy. @reggiejoiner

@wwwdotPearl: I need to intentionally make what matters, matter more.

@russellpage: “The Bible does not say ‘CHANGE your neighbor as yourself’; it says ‘LOVE your neighbor as yourself’.” @reggiejoiner

@raquelrussell: When all else fails generosity wins. Generosity always wins. @DaveRamsey

@jeffreydaguilar: You won’t ever lose by being generous. @DaveRamsey

@CatalystLeader: Your reactions will impact the reach of your influence. via @LysaTerKeurst

@Vyrso: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker: an interview with @bradlomenick http://t.co/6unFu5YXe0

@shelleygiglio: your responsibilities might increase but your purpose never will be any bigger than to serve @louiegiglio

@BTylerEllis: “We’re not here to make a name. We’re here to make a difference” @craiggroeschel

@blainec24: “Don’t build your ministry on what you are against, build it on what you are FOR” @craiggroeschel

@jlmdad: If you knew how it was going to get done, then God wouldn’t get the glory when it gets done. @craiggroeschel

@SirJacobWhite: Making a spiritual leader: spiritual prompting, certain uncertainty, predictable resistance, uncommon clarity. -@craiggroeschel

@wwwdotPearl: To step towards my destiny, I have to step away from my security. @craiggroeschel

@Heath_Lewis: “Don’t worry when you face resistance. Worry when you don’t.” @craiggroeschel

@yp_caleb: If people don’t occasionally think your a cult, it means your not doing squat. @craiggroeschel

@BTylerEllis: “If you blame yourself for the declines, you’ll take credit for the increases” @craiggroeschel

@tjwardNC: RT @CatalystLeader: If you aren’t willing to face opposition, you aren’t ready or willing to be used by God. @craiggroeschel

@jeff_r_ward: In failure, God will use it to do something IN you to prepare to do something THROUGH you. @craiggroeschel

@SGeoThomas: “Here’s the truth: God will never be handcuffed by your failures or unleashed by your successes.” (@jonacuff)

@franknichols: You will never be ready for that moment when you can change the world, but that’s okay because we serve a God who is! – @JonAcuff t

@KyleRoseberry: “Today is the only day we have. Today is fact, tomorrow is fiction” Jon Acuff

@Msnellings: Fear is schizophrenic, it argues both sides of the coin. – Acuff

@jeremypeterson: God’s not dependent on your platform, your platform is dependent on God – via @JonAcuff

@wwwdotPearl: Fear will give me every excuse that I will ever need to never be what I was created to become.

@rickmeistergolf: “Enough” is a toxic word @johnacuff

@Zech846: When God launched the rescue mission called Jesus, He didn’t do it so we could be ordinary. @JonAcuff

@hughbreland: “It’s not about when you were born, it’s about when you decide to live” @JonAcuff

@jdvoss: RT @blainec24: “What do you do when all the excuses to chase your dreams are gone?” @JonAcuff

@georgecarballo: “You don’t have to be READY, because we have a READY God!! You’ll never out-dream or out-make God!!” @JonAcuff

@sl_richards: You can’t out-dream God. @jonacuff

@CatalystLeader: The only line you can control is the starting line, you can’t control the finish line. @JonAcuff

@ksraines: In today’s culture, hope is boss. ~ Jon Acuff

@Rijken: “Retirement is dead.” – @JonAcuff

@ncostello88: Life moves quickly. Don’t let it pass you by. @JonAcuff

@BTylerEllis: “To have the thumbprint of God means you’re not average” @JonAcuff

@ncostello88: If you start investing when you’re a fetus, you could be a millionaire by 32. @JonAcuf

@ryneisaac: The Internet is not done swallowing industries. @JonAcuff

@joshkimbrell: Forgot to pack my skinny jeans, plaid shirt, and non prescription black rimmed glasses. #unhip

@blainec24: I’ve seen just as many hipsters as I have cowboys at the Dallas #catalyst. What is this the PacNW!?

@LilMamaRed: Men are actually standing guard in front of the EMPTY women’s restroom so men can use it! Long line for the men’s!

@mikedmurray: God may choose to make you through an unexpected opportunity you feel totally unprepared for. @AndyStanley

@Mr_Silvertooth: It’s not the opportunity that God gives you that will mark you. It’s your response to that opportunity! – @AndyStanley

@chuckandcindy: Actions don’t only speak louder than words sometimes they echo over into the next generation. @AndyStanley

@loreferguson: “Pay attention to the tension.” Andy Stanley

@ZachWLambert: “It’s better to make a difference than to make a point.” Andy Stanley

@wwwdotPearl: There is a distinct difference between position and influence. @AndyStanley

@RobelOGmike: Burdens birth vision -Andy Stanley

@livinglocurto: Leaders seize the opportunities that others are afraid to do. Via @AndyStanley

@TraciTakesTea: We must be doers, not hearers only! @MaryDeMuth: Information and insight alone do not a leader make. @AndyStanley

@MaryDeMuth: We learn almost nothing when we win. @AndyStanley

@joeybcook: Leaders are made one response at a time.

@CameronWhaley: God gets more done in the desperate times than in the wrinkle free days – @AndyStanley

@sjcolquitt: Obey God and trust Him with the consequences. – Andy Stanley

@ncostello88: The leader is not always the first to see an opportunity, they are the first to seize it. @AndyStanley

@Msnellings: “Insight & information do not a leader make.” Andy Stanley

@tobannion: “Don’t spend your ministry lobbing truth grenades into culture.” –  Andy Stanley

@lucas_avail: God isn’t in the process of making us (future tense) but in the process of making us now!!! – Andy Stanley

@Msnellings: “God has a plan for your life & you don’t want to miss it.” Charles Stanley

@Kelly__Clark: God created us to #MAKE,  culture convinces us to consume. Who do you listen to?

@swedishbaldguy: “The most important thing you do for the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise” – Andy Stanley

@blainec24: Your current response to unexpected opportunity, unavoidable adversity, & unquestionable calling is making you currently. -Stanley

@wwwdotPearl: Do I pray out of discipline or our of desperation?

@Kelly__Clark: God created us to #MAKE,  culture convinces us to consume. Who do you listen to?

DJ Opdiggy

DJ Opdiggy warms up the crowd.

@DustinSlaton: Really glad the white people at #Catalyst stayed in their seats during @opdiggy’s awesome DJ set. It could have got ugly real quick

@josiahjehu: I like cats. I just can’t eat a whole one by myself though. @craiggroeschel

@BertAlcorn: Do you live in the Texas? Did your hipster go missing? Come and find them at #catalyst Dallas

DAY ONE – LABS

@IamRobbyGordon: As a missional leader you should help your people love their savior first and their mission second via Matt Carter

@brockstamps: 18-34yr olds want to START something. This is a “6 lane freeway” opportunity for the Church. @davidkinnaman

@SimmonsEvan: “This generation is looking for a bigger story … than the norm of our culture of consumption.” @davidkinnaman

@Msnellings: “Daniel had two types of courage. The courage to be pure & proximate.” David Kinnaman

@lairdgirl: RT Stasi Eldredge: “God is the only one who can tell u who u are.” #catalyst

@lbjloren: “Know Christ, make Him know…the vehicle doesn’t matter.” @prophiphop #catalyst

@CatalystLeader: It is in our weakness and in our trembling that God will be great. via @JennieAllen

@Mabry2Ashley: Take away the spiritual aspect of worship songs and it is just minor chords. Hahahahahaha sooooo true

@IamRobbyGordon: As a missional leader you are a person who leads your people to understand the urgency of the mission @_Matt_Carter

@BTylerEllis: “The purpose of creativity is to bring people closer to the face of Jesus Christ” @loswhit

@LiveInFreedom: “Many believers r more influenced by conserv talk radio than by the Bible. We don’t know how 2 live n Babylon.” @davidkinnaman

@IamRobbyGordon: Is your church against the city, in the city, with the city or FOR the city? @_Matt_Carter

@staciezellmer: @davidkinnaman we’re at an interesting time in history, where all the greatest inventions of history are available in our pocket.

@Criesto: Creativity is natural. Discipline is not. But you need discipline to amplify creativity. -Jim Collins

@ljallen20: “Just show up each day and bring your little bit of willingness and let God take it” Lysa TerKeurst

@SimmonsEvan: “God meets us at our point of impossibility. God just wants us to show up.” @lysaterkeurst

@ksraines: Facing a wall of impossibility? Show up and bring your little bit of willingness. God will meet you there. Lysa Terkhurst

@LiveInFreedom: “If we’re going to be people of faith, then we have to be willing to live a life that requires faith.” @LysaTerKeurst

@Charleski: Will I allow God’s extraordinary presence to invade my ordinary life – to do whatever HE wants in the impossible! @LysaTerKeurst

@Heath_Lewis: “If all other blessings of this life were stripped away, would my Jesus still be enough?” @LysaTerKeurst

@johnpaine: “Visionaries manage stories” @charlestlee

@darvelmckinney: @herbertcooper People can’t distinguish between the God factor and the human factor

@Msnellings: “Vision creates culture.” Charles Lee

@brockstamps: Think BIG. Start small. Keep moving. @charlestlee

@LesleyHemphill: “You have to BE the community you wish you had.” @JonAcuff

@abfchurch: The God that we serve is bigger than any Giant that we face.

@tommycavalier: “Small doors open the BIG things.” @herbertcooper

@russknight: Discipleship = information + imitation + innovation.

@ksraines: Missional living needs to be small enough to care, big enough to dare.~Jo Saxton

@brockstamps: Over promising and under delivering will chip away at your credibility. FOLLOW THROUGH. @charlestlee

@michaelcriner: “You can’t teach missional living if you aren’t living on mission.” @josaxton

@blainec24: “This is the 1st generation that doesn’t need adults for information. They need them for interpretation.” -Tim Elmore

@blainec24: “Parents need to stop treating their children like their trophies. Living out their lives through their children.” -Tim Elmore

@blainec24: “The average teen is only ‘disconnected’ from technology for 1 hour a day!” – Tim Elmore

@blainec24: Generation of Paradox…1. They are sheltered…yet pressured. -Tim Elmores

@blainec24: Generation of Paradox…2. They are self-absorbed…yet generous. -Tim Elmore

@blainec24: @blainec24: Generation of Paradox…3. They are social…yet isolated by technology. -Tim Elmore

@blainec24: @blainec24: Generation of Paradox…4. They are adventuresome…yet protected. -Tim Elmore

@blainec24: @blainec24: Generation of Paradox…5. They are team oriented…yet diverse. -Tim Elmore

@blainec24: Generation of Paradox…6. They are visionary…yet vacillating. -Tim Elmore #catalyst #labs

@blainec24: Generation of Paradox…7. Orientation is high achievement…yet high maintenance. -Tim Elmore

@blainec24: Generation of Paradox…8. They are growing up too fast…and too slow at the same time. -Tim Elmore

@Brian_tumc_ym: 26 is the new 18 @timelmore Culture asking youth to grow up too quickly & too slowly at the same time.

@CatalystLeader: People are looking at Jesus and our lives and wondering if its really true. via @bobgoff

@JohannaInwood: The smallest act of love answers the question of if we really love the way we say we will. @bobgoff

@SimmonsEvan: “Surround yourself with prompts that remind you of Christ.” @bobgoff

@IamRobbyGordon: “We don’t own the gospel, we’re just the caretakers of it.” Love does @bobgoff

@CatalystLeader: Love God. Love people. Do stuff! via @bobgoff

@petebriscoe: “I give myself two epic fails a year“. @bobgoff #benotafraid

@MaryDeMuth: There’s a big difference between being invited versus being welcomed. @bobgoff

@IamRobbyGordon: When you start loving like Jesus does, it gets on you. But it’t ok because it looks good on you @bobgoff

@brockstamps: Jesus didn’t go around holding everyone accountable…he held them close. @bobgoff

@bre53: Biggest takeaway from @bobgoff: “Be picky about what you say.” Also, don’t just agree w/the Gospel, DO IT.

@raquelrussell: Christ was a leader who always had time for a ‘tug on his robe’ and the children. Leaders r humble. @JonAcuff

@staciezellmer: @stacey_spenser “Get” the importance of excellence in customer exp at church. Churches have customers? Yes. Members have options!

@DanielWindsor: “Failure is apart of the journey. Let them learn, let them fail.” -Tim Elmore

@tylerrudek: “Promoting your gift makes you look like an expert. Practicing your gift makes you an expert.” @JonAcuff

@MattFerg03: “Practicing, not promoting, will make you an expert in your craft.” – @JonAcuff

@PROMISETANGEMAN: “You have to be FIRST! You have to BE the community you wish you had” -@JonAcuff

@ljallen20: “Uncertainty is the reason leaders have a job”. Don’t let problems discourage u!

@michaelcriner: “Celebrity is the worst drug in Christianity.” @JonAcuff

@MeghanGatewood: Take time to create and design to create @shinabarger

@raquelrussell: Keys to leading: help others win, speak their language, extend grace @JonAcuff

@petebriscoe: “Scarcity demands innovation.” So true! @bradlomenick

Catalyst Stage

The main stage at Catalyst Dallas just prior to the opening session.

@motmob: What’s your end goal? See it and live so you reach it. @herbertcooper

@Stacie_Hubb: There are a lot if things you “can” do but only a few things you were “made” to do.

@BTylerEllis: “Once you realize all you have is a gift from God, it’s easier to be humble” @RachelCruze

Catalyst offers resources for leaders and several conferences for leaders throughout the year. More information: http://catalystconference.com/. Photos courtesy Blaine Christenson.