Last week, I went to The Orange Conference. It was my sixth Orange Conference. And I’m pretty positive it was the best one yet. I’ve got pages and pages of notes, with still more to come after I compare notes with my team.
But I’m not writing this post to share all 837239472934735 of those words.
I’m writing this post to share just a few of the words that were said at OC14 – words I wrote down, but probably didn’t have to write down, because they’ve been rattling around in my brain ever since I heard them.
“I believe in a church that will sit with my daughter in the middle of her doubts and say, ‘I’m fighting for your heart.'”
“I hope you will say YES to being uncomfortable. Say YES to that redeemable, uncomfortable person sitting in front of you.”
“Doubt leads to stronger faith. We need to say YES to the questions. If you don’t allow kids to process their own doubt, they’ll never own their faith.”
“Say YES to beliefs that matter. But say YES to people who matter more. If your beliefs cause you to treat someone the wrong way, then something is wrong with your beliefs.”
“Saying YES to the next generation means building churches where people matter. Where people know they belong.”
“Programs don’t disciple people. People disciple people.”
“Jesus never allowed His theology to get in the way of His ministry.”
“We want to hand off the church to the next generation better and healthier than it was handed to us.”
“The church should be the safest place on the planet for kids to talk about anything, and we’re working hard to make that true.”
“Kids may not remember what you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
“Doubt is not toxic to faith. Unexpressed doubt is… Jesus is bigger than our biggest questions.”
“Brave feels like wanting to cry a lot.”
“Adventures don’t come with details – errands do. And we were created for more than errands.”