This weekend I’ll be attending one of my favorite things during the year. The Orange Conference.
I’m always excited to go to see some friends and ask questions and learn. This year, I’m especially excited about the theme, “It’s just a Phase”
The idea of phases is one of the most fun things that I’ve been able to experience in ministry. If you didn’t know, I’ve worked in Elementary School, Middle School and now in High School Ministry.
Also if you’re skeptical, I’m not talking about those uppity Next Gen/Family Pastors (wink, wink) I’m talking really in the trenches. I’m kidding about Next Gen/Family Pastors of course.
The differences in age groups provide opportunity for greater relevancy in ministry. It’s why as our ministries grow they should get smaller in scope rather than larger. This allows us to focus our time and attention on greater needs of our families.
For instance, the difference between our 5th and 6th grade ministry and our 7th and 8th grade ministry might not seem dramatically different, but those small shifts result in dynamic conversations and ministry to families.
It’s time the church became more intentional about focusing on the age and stage that their families are in.
I hear there is going to be something extra incredible for people that work with middle school students this year. I can’t wait to hear about that.
Give me a should if you’re going and let me know if you’d like to sit down and chat during the conference.
See you next week!