This next week, a fellowship of leaders from across the country will be sharing their thoughts and experiences on the concept of an “Orange” ministry philosophy.
If you don’t already know who these game changers are, here’s a quick list of who’ll be involved:
Kenny Conley (www.childrensministryonline.com)
Called to children’s ministry as a 14 year old, Kenny has dedicated his entire life toward reaching kids for Christ and equipping them for life’s greatest journey. In addition to his passion for kids, Kenny’s heart is to equip and encourage those who pastor and work with kids by sharing ideas, training and giving away “things that have worked for him.”
Currently Kenny is the Next Generation Pastor at Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas. Kenny has a B.A. in Christian Education and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. He’s been a children’s pastor for over 11 years and can’t believe it’s been that long.
Kenny is married to Sara, his wife of 8 years and has one child, Titus Whitfield Conley. Kenny especially enjoys movies, skiing, Diet Pepsi and red jello!
Gina McClain (www.ginamcclain.com)
Gina McClain is a speaker, teacher and writer. Her marriage to Kyle McClain keeps her marginally sane while their 3 kids (Keegan , Josie and Connor) keep her from taking herself too seriously. Her driving motivator is to lead Christ-followers to embrace and foster ministry in their home. If the living room is the hub of ministry, the neighborhood is different. If the neighborhood is different, the city is different. If the city is different, the world is different.
Sam Luce (www.samluce.com)
Sam Luce has been the children’s pastor at Mt. Zion Ministries Church in Utica NY for the past 12 years. He is passionate about empowering the local church to effectively reach kids for Christ. When he is not working he loves spending time with his beautiful wife and three kids.
Matt McKee (www.mckeelive.com)
Matt loves making a difference, marketing, technology, and sports; as well as his wife, Jessica, and two sons, Patriot and Azlan.
Matt worked at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX for five years, helping create and produce “G-Force,” a curriculum for elementary age children. He also contributed to the dream phase of Elevate, an elementary curriculum currently in production. Now, he serves as the Pastor of Students and Children at Horizon Community Church in Cincinnati, OH.
Social Media Experience:
Matt consults with many professionals in the Cincinnati area in creating and maintaining a social media strategy (ie. Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, ect..). Strategy is more important than just doing. His best advice for those trying to leverage social media for either business or personal use is to be human. You can interact with him on twitter, facebook, linked in, posterous, or his blog.
Jonathan Cliff (www.jonathancliff.com)
Jonathan is the Children’s Ministry Pastor at Trinity Church in Lubbock, TX. He would be considered an Abnormal Children’s Pastor in many circles, as he’s not a big fan of puppets or magic tricks that cause things to spontaneously burst into flames.
His blog is a collection of family, church, culture, and technology musings from someone who isn’t really important enough for his thoughts to matter.
He is the faithful husband of one, and the very tired father of three.
Dan Scott (www.danscottblog.com)
follower. of Jesus
husband. to Jenna
father. to Liam, Ellison, Addison, & Taye
creative director. for the families at Ada Bible Church
creative. to bring joy.
vulnerable. here, there, and everywhere. seriously, ask him anything.
lover. of God. of Jenna. of kids. of church. of life.
friend. to many of whom he doesn’t deserve.
son. of Gordon and Janet.
communicator. through print design. music. written word. spoken word.
supporter.of social justice. of environment. of community.
Kendra Golden (metacognician.blogspot.com)
Kendra thinks about thinking. She learns about learning. That’s essentially what metacognition means. In her blog she writes about a new chapter of the Bible every day. Although she writes curriculum at LifeChurch.tv, her blog isn’t about that. And although she truly loves her husband and three kids, she’s mostly way in love with God. So He’s who she writes about. He’s who made her a metacognician.
If you’re new to the concept of Orange, you’re about to have your mind flooded with the basics of the strategy and hear, firsthand, some of our experiences as we’ve tried to shift the way we’ve done ministry to reach and equip the next generation of Christ-followers.
Hope you enjoy the week.