WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019

We hope you will come a day early on Wednesday and start having conversations in our YOU LEAD tracks. You can get a head start to over 100 potential breakouts that you can customize for your own personal learning experience.

YOULEAD DAY WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, May 1st / 9:30AM to 10:30AM
Get Everyone To Pay Attention-1

FRANK BEALER

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You’ve tried lots of techniques to get your message out there. You’ve tried louder. You’ve tried bolder. You’ve tried underlined, highlighted, and italicized. Come and hear some research-based strategies on how to broadcast what you care about to people who are eager to get involved. When they’re fully engaged, they’ll be happy to help you spread the word.

Get Everyone To Pay Attention-2

TOM SHEFCHUNAS

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You’ve tried lots of techniques to get your message out there. You’ve tried louder. You’ve tried bolder. You’ve tried underlined, highlighted, and italicized. Come and hear some research-based strategies on how to broadcast what you care about to people who are eager to get involved. When they’re fully engaged, they’ll be happy to help you spread the word.

Get Everyone To Pay Attention-3

ADAM DUCKWORTH

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You’ve tried lots of techniques to get your message out there. You’ve tried louder. You’ve tried bolder. You’ve tried underlined, highlighted, and italicized. Come and hear some research-based strategies on how to broadcast what you care about to people who are eager to get involved. When they’re fully engaged, they’ll be happy to help you spread the word.

Get Everyone To Pay Attention-4

TERRY SCALZITTI

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You’ve tried lots of techniques to get your message out there. You’ve tried louder. You’ve tried bolder. You’ve tried underlined, highlighted, and italicized. Come and hear some research-based strategies on how to broadcast what you care about to people who are eager to get involved. When they’re fully engaged, they’ll be happy to help you spread the word.

Get Everyone To Pay Attention-5

GINA MCCLAIN

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You’ve tried lots of techniques to get your message out there. You’ve tried louder. You’ve tried bolder. You’ve tried underlined, highlighted, and italicized. Come and hear some research-based strategies on how to broadcast what you care about to people who are eager to get involved. When they’re fully engaged, they’ll be happy to help you spread the word.

Meet Jon Acuff

JON ACUFF

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Maybe you’ve wondered if you could ever meet Jon Acuff, bestselling author, blogger, and Orange speaker. You should know, he puts his pants on just like everyone else. But you’re right—he’s a very fun guy. Definitely worth meeting. The place is here. The time is now. Come meet Jon.

Create A Learning Culture For Every Leader (Align Leaders Level 2)

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What does it mean to be a leader in your ministry? Are you modeling for others what it looks like to grow personally? In this discussion, we’ll explore how to set a tone of consistent self-development, self-awareness, and self-discovery that will lead you and your team toward open-handed, authentic service together.

Wednesday, May 1st / 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Design Better Environments For Preschoolers

Cass Brannan

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You’ve got big plans for what you want to teach your preschoolers. But is it really worth pouring precious budget dollars into the way your ministry looks and spending valuable time on the content calendar? Will it actually mean anything to the little ones who show up each week? You better believe it, baby! Everything about your environment communicates something. Learn how to create a setting and messaging strategy that incites wonder in the hearts of preschoolers (and their parents).

Design Better Environments For Kids

Lisa Molite

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Elementary kids are looking for one thing: FUN. They’re drawn to people and places that “speak kid.” They’re eager to hear what you have to say, until something happens, and then, “Squirrel!” Could it be that your physical environment may actually encourage kids to focus and engage with God’s truth? Let’s talk about what’s MOST important as you design an environment where kids truly want to be.

Design Better Environments For Preteens

Dan Scott

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Something happens when kids reach the preteen years. They used to bounce happily into your kids’ environment, but now . . . they can’t even. You can try to fight that trend, or you can embrace it. The truth is, preteens want to feel like VIPs. They want exclusivity. Let’s talk about how we can give them a space of their own—an environment that empowers them to win and acknowledges their rapidly changing world.

Design Better Environments For Students

Trey McKnight and Charlie Conder

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As students move toward independence, they need to know there are others who will always have their back. How can you create an environment that fosters those kinds of relationships? How do you welcome middle schoolers without overwhelming them? How do you mobilize high school students to achieve their potential? Let’s explore how your ministry setting can be a natural extension of your student strategy.

Get & Keep The Best Volunteers

Christine Kreisher

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Recruiting and retaining volunteers isn’t easy. We don’t have to tell you that. Well, maybe we do. Recruiting and retaining volunteers isn’t easy. But it can be done! If you’re looking for techniques, approaches, tried and true methods, and even clarification on why it’s important to recruit and retain the best kinds of volunteers, then sign up for this breakout, and join the conversation.

Build A Leadership Team For The Future

Jon Birkmire

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If you want to plan strategically for the future, you need the right voices in the room. Who, exactly, are those voices? Who are the people you can trust to help guide your ministry to be effective, healthy, and thriving many years from now? The answers might surprise you.

Translate My Enneagram

Beth McCord

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The Enneagram: It’s everyone’s favorite number soup/personality type model! Whether you’ve studied to perfectly understand your type (hello, One!) or you’re just along for the ride because, hey, you never know when a breakout could break out into a flash mob (looking at you, Seven), your Enneagram type can provide valuable tools for you to use in ministry. Join us to explore how your personality type relates to the work God has called you to do each day. Visit exploreyourtype.com to discover your own number prior to the breakout.

Build An Environment (Fx) That Families Can't Wait To Experience Together

Beth McCord

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Tried Jingle Jam? Dipped your toes in the bubbly waters of FX with a few seasonal Family Experiences? If you’ve tasted the Orange Kool-aid and want to discover more about creating an environment for parents and kids, this break out is for you! Just like Pixar and Disney have nailed the art of building experiences that engage both kids and parents, a regular Family Experience can transform the way families connect with each other and your ministry. Discover all the tools you need to make FX a regular part of your ministry rhythm.

Recruit And Train Special Needs Volunteers

Monec Johnson

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Without our volunteers, ministry is impossible. How do you successfully recruit and retain volunteers to work in an incredibly demanding ministry? It might start with casting vision, but it cannot end there. We must make it personal for our volunteers while giving them the tools they need to succeed. (Monec Johnson)

Communicate What's Most Important This Year (Refine The Message Level 2)

EJ Swanson

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There’s so much to say, but not enough time to say it. How do you make the most of the time you DO have with the kids and students in your environments? Learn to start by putting the “big rocks” in place, and establishing what matters most. Determine what you want each kid to understand before they leave your ministry, then communicate it with clarity and purpose.

Help Parents Lead Despite Feelings Of Shame

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Shame is an ugly thing that can color how we think and act, and it stands in the door and prevents us from walking through it. And if you have partners in your ministry who are struggling with it, then engaging them may be a process. But partnering with those parents is still a priority, and it may require you going about it differently.

Maximize Parents And Groups For City, Rural, Tsa & Small Church Environments

Sam Collier and Haley Morgan Smith

Pray Circles Around Marriages

Nina Schmidgall

Wednesday, May 1st / 1:30PM to 2:30PM
Transition Preschoolers To Elementary

Aaron Collier and Karen Collier

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For little ones, change can be a scary thing, and moving from preschool to elementary school is huge. You may have kids who can already write their name, and you might have some who cry when they can’t find the color crayon they’re looking for. Your job is to smooth out those transition jitters, soothe those fears, introduce your few to better-colored crayons, and put a plan into motion.

Keep My 4th & 5th Graders Engaged

Bobby Ikebudu

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As kids move out of those elementary years and into the preteen years, everything about them is changing. But you know what may not be changing these days? Their anxious/nervous/losing-their-mind reactions to transition. This is where you come in. It’ll require more patience and planning on your part, but helping your elementary kids to transition into the preteen world is necessary.

Transition Elementary To Middle School

Charlie Conder

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The transition from preteen to middle school is no joke! Everything is under scrutiny. Are these shoes still cool? Is this slang word still in use? This year is one of the biggest transitions they’ll face as environments, small group leaders, and even the way we talk about faith looks differently. How you guide them through these changes makes all the difference!

Transition Middle School To High School

Katie Edwards and Brett Talley

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Change is hard, and the transition from middle school to high school can be particularly hard for students. Last year, they were the big fish in school, but this year, they’re the minnows! If you’re strategic about transitioning them well, you can affirm, encourage, and guide them through this crazy time. After all, it’s tough being a minnow.

Transition High School Students To What's Next

Gerald Fadayomi, and Chrystal Chiang

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Graduation Sunday doesn’t mark the end of a student’s need for guidance and support in their faith journey. Unfortunately though, oftentimes it is. But with all of the responsibilities and tasks we have on our plates week in and week out, what could it possibly look like to continue walking with our students as they move to colleges all over the country? In this breakout, you’ll discover practical ways your ministry can walk with high school seniors as they kick off their college careers this fall. (NOTE: SAME CONTENT AS THURSDAYS BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE)

Start A Kids Ministry With A Strategy

Gina McClain

Start A Special Needs Ministry

Meghan Wall

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Right now, there’s a family in your church or community navigating the overwhelming reality of a child with special needs. They need rest. They need a chance to breathe. When you launch a special needs ministry, you create a safe space for the whole family while helping a wonderfully unique child understand they are made and loved by God. Join us to discover how you can personalize a step-by-step plan for starting a special needs ministry to reach your church and community.

Create A One Year Ministry Plan

Vince Parker

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Sunday is always coming––like a freight train. If you’ve ever felt like you just can’t get ahead, you’re not alone. Take a bird’s-eye look at the rhythm of your year and ask yourself the hard questions: Are my events and programming strategic? Is there something I could start (or stop) doing to make a greater impact? When you take the time to build a comprehensive plan, every part of your ministry takes on new meaning and purpose.

Get Everything Done

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Prep for Sunday. Step back and plan your ministry year. Train leaders. Connect with parents. Find your own devotional time. Locate a giant, inflatable cow. We get it! Your personal to-do list is overwhelming. Join us to discover practical tools for prioritizing and completing the never-ending list of items clamoring for your attention as a ministry leader.

Start A Family Experience (Fx)

Carrie Hood

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“FX” may sound like a cable channel or an element on the periodic table, but in the world of Orange, it’s one of our best strategies for connecting parents with what their kids are learning. It’s Family Experience! In short, a FX is a production that can be done in 45 minutes or pulled off in 10 minutes, in a state-of-the-art theatre or the corner of a classroom. Learn how to create a strategy to get your parents and leaders on the same page with a handy blend of comedy and truth, regardless of your church’s worship style, schedule, or budget.

Start A Student Ministry

Josh Griffin and Shane Sanchez

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Your children’s ministry is overflowing! But once those fifth graders grab their paper graduation hats, where do they go next? If your student ministry is floundering or non-existent, it’s time for a reset. You’ve got an incredible chance to help teenagers become the church rather than simply fading away. Join us for tools to create a practical, personalized game plan for launching a thriving student ministry.

Help Students Improve Leadership Skills (Influence Service Level 2)

Stuart Hall

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The students in your ministry are a wealth of potential. They might not know it. They may not see it in themselves. But you know it. You see it. And we know it too. That’s why we want to help you to call out the gold in your students. But gold isn’t beautiful until it’s been cleaned up and polished a bit. And the students in your ministry are the same way. Looking to help your students grow their leadership skills? Sign up, engage in the conversation, and learn with us. You won’t regret it. And your students just might thank you for it.

Resource Grandparents To Transfer Their Faith
Wednesday, May 1st / 3:00PM to 4:15PM
Stay Healthy As A Preschool Leader

Sue Miller, Brittany Compton Robertson

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If the sight of one more crushed Cheerio on the floor has ever made you want to scream, you’re not alone. It’s easy to hit burnout when you’re trying to introduce a room full of toddlers to a loving heavenly Father AND keep them alive week after week. Join us for practical, personalized tools you can use to stay healthy as a leader so you have something left to pour into those tiny bundles of energy in your ministry.

Stay Healthy As A Kids Leader

Ryan Frank and Mike Clear

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If your supply closet looks like a circus exploded and that text from yet another volunteer dropping out makes you cry—you’re not alone. But God has a better plan for you than hitting burnout in his service. Join us for practical, personalized tools you can use to stay healthy as a leader so you have something left to pour into those high-energy kids in your ministry.

Lead Better Conversations With Kids

Hope Cleveland

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Before a kid can connect with God, they need to connect with people who are connected with God. Conversations are about connections—even the conversations about pet rocks and birthday parties. The truth is they all matter. And if you want to take your conversations with kids from good to better, here is where you start!

Stay Healthy As A Middle School Leader

Hope Cleveland

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If you’re certain that yet another Fortnite conversation or addressing one more crop top will send you over the edge—you’re not alone. Middle schoolers are changing so fast that keeping up with them can put you on the fast track to burnout. Join us for practical, personalized tools you can use to stay healthy as a leader so you have something left to pour into the kids in your ministry.

Stay Healthy As A Youth Leader

Doug Fields

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If the thought of eating one more $5 pizza or wrangling a charter bus full of teens again this year makes you break out in hives—you’re not alone. Navigating the tough conversations and never-ending logistics of youth ministry can put anyone on the fast track to burnout. Join us for practical, personalized tools you can use to stay healthy as a leader so you have something left to pour into the kids in your ministry.

Develop An Effective Coaching System

Frank Bealer

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Congratulations! You have volunteers! The hard part is over, right? Wrong. Having volunteers is just one variable in the equation. And if you want to lead your leaders well, it’ll require you to implement a coaching system that provides ongoing training, encouragement, and intentional listening. It’ll take work and patience to put this into place, but we’re here to help!

Lead Better Conversations With Teenagers

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Before a student can connect with God, they need to connect with people who are connected with God. Conversations are about connections—even the ones about crushes and mean teachers, parents, or coaches. The truth is they all matter. And if you want to take your conversations with students from good to better, here is where you start!

Manage Difficult Behavior In A Special Needs Ministry

Tiffany Crow

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Entering ministry, we all have grand ideas of how we’re going to instill the love of Jesus into the hearts of the precious children who enter our church. When they don’t behave like angels as we anticipate, how do we respond while still showing them the love of Christ? Learn very practical ways to address the behaviors without crushing the spirit.

Get My Master's Degree

Darren Kizer

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Want to take your passion for serving kids and families to a new level? Whether undergrad is a distant memory or you’ve just moved out of the dorms, you may be the perfect candidate for a master’s degree in organizational leadership of family ministry. Join us to explore this new program that can help you take on challenges like strategy, governance, budgeting, HR, risk management, and volunteerism.

Coach Small Group Leaders (Elevate Community Level 2)

Christine Kreisher

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Great small group leaders don’t grow on trees or spring up out of the earth while we’re sleeping. Sure, your leaders may have a natural way about them, but even good leaders can get better. Coaching your leaders requires your time, patience, effort, and intentionality. But if your aim is to raise up leaders who will stick around for the long haul and who will take the position seriously, it’s not just important to do. It’s vital! And if you’re going to coach your leaders in order to make them the best volunteers they can be, we want to train YOU to be the best coach you can be. So sign up here!

Parent My Adult Child

Jim Burns

Cultivate A Healthy Leadership Culture From Day One Of My Startup

Geoff Surratt

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Every new church begins with someone leading children’s ministry and sometimes someone leading a group for teenagers. Though needed, this alone is not an effective family ministry strategy. In this workshop we’ll show how to start, or shift, to a strategy that truly partners with parents in and out of the church for the spiritual development of their kids.

Lead A Selfie-centered Generation

Nona Jones

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Before most kids get out of bed in the morning, the first thing they do is check their phone to see how many people liked or commented on their posts. If you’re leading this generation of kids and students, it’s important to know that, while they are more connected to each other and the world than ever before, research shows that social isolation is also on the rise. so, how do you lead a generation to Christ that seems selfie-obssessed and selfie-centered? Join the conversation as we discover more about what it means to lean into—not away from—this tension! As a business leader at Facebook and Co-Pastor of Open Door Ministries, Nona will provide up to the minute insights and advice.