Hey pals! Last week, we celebrated yet another magical year of The Orange Conference and, honestly, it was one of the best years yet. This year, I was involved with a few breakouts and conversations and, in case you missed it (or you just missed some notes), don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Here’s what you missed…

XP3 MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR BEGINNERS

How do you create weekly environments that engage middle schoolers from start to finish? In this breakout, Sarah Bragg and I shared some principles and strategies for creating an incredible middle-school-friendly environment, and how XP3 Middle School Curriculum can help. (Plus we gave lots of fun inside peeks at our curriculum.)

MAKING FUN STRATEGIC IN MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY

Maybe you think fun couldn’t possibly be strategic. Or maybe you think there’s nothing fun about strategy. But we actually think fun and strategy can be pretty good friends. In this breakout, Kenny and I talk about why fun matters in middle school ministry, what fun looks like for a middle schooler, and how to make fun more strategic in your events and in your weekly program.

THE XP3 BREAKFAST & PANEL

There are only two reasons I can imagine for waking up at 5:30am on a Thursday. 1) Because my house is on fire. 2) Because I’m getting ready to grab breakfast with some of my favorite middle school and high school pastors. And since I am sad that we couldn’t invite everyone in the world, I went ahead and captured some of my favorite thoughts, ideas, and best practices from our conversation so you could get in on it.

So there you have it, friends! Hope these recaps give you a little taste of The Orange Conference fun from this year!