When I started Impress Your Kids it was really just for me. It was to keep me accountable to what I was doing with Lydia. But soon I realized that I had something unique to offer. I felt like I saw parenting from a different perspective because I had been involved in full-time church ministry to kids for so long. It was really my starting point and my lens for dealing with my own kids. I felt like I could meld those two experiences–children’s ministry and parenting into this blog.
Of course, I don’t know if I’ve done that. Most of you might not even know I was a children’s pastor. And this blog will never be about how to do church ministry or anything like that. It’s just that as a Children’s Pastor I knew how important the church was. I could see the difference it could make and the influence it could have over kids. But as a parent, I realize there is NOTHING more important for my kids than how *I* behave and what I teach them.
And if both of those environments–church and home could be in unity and building off of each other what an amazing result! This is what Orange does. What is Orange? It’s a movement. A strategy. It’s a group of people who are developing curriculum, camps, conferences and more to help churches AND parents raise kids to follow God. They take the RED (the love of the family) and combine it with YELLOW (the light of the church) to make a lasting impression on kids—ORANGE.
This week I am attending the Orange conference as a blogger. I’ll be attending the sessions, meeting some Kid and Youth ministry folks and seeing some of my best and dearest friends! I’m not sure if I’ll blog every session or just give you some highlights of Orange’s mission and strategy. But I’m excited to share Orange with you. I think it’s a good fit for us. I’m praying I’ll discover some great stuff to use with my own family and share with you, too!
Have you heard of Orange? Anything you’d like me to look for? Find out?