Note: This is a repost from the early days of the Growing Kids Ministry blog. Think Orange by Reggie Joiner was a important book in my Kidmin journey and I thought I would highlight it again for those of you who may be new to the Children’s Ministry scene.
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The basic premise of thinking orange is this:
Image from St. Simon’s Community Church
The Orange Movement among churches strives to rise above the traditional “family based ministry” approach. Many churches and families are already working on the same thing — trying to raise good and Christ-centered kids. But, as Reggie explains
“working on the same thing at the same time is not as effective as working on the same thing at the same time with the same strategy” (p26).
So What is Orange Thinking Anyway?
To understand “Orange Thinking” in Children’s Ministry, let’s first take a closer look at each of the components. As shown in the illustration about, the church represents the color yellow while the family represents the color red.
What is the Church’s Responsibility?
From the Old Testament tabernacle to the churches in Revelation, the Bible makes it clear that the church is to function as a lamp stand, a light which points to Christ.
Unfortunately, many churches today have forgotten who they should be illuminated. We have become more concerned with cool programming, cutting edge technology, and hipster environments when the true focus should be on Jesus Christ himself.
According to Thinking Orange, As a church, it’s not our job to draw people in — it’s our job to illuminate the only one who can. All our clever programming and fun activities will become pointless if they are not showcasing the Son of God.
So instead of getting caught up in the minor issues and things that distract us from our true calling, as a church, let’s make it a priority to keep Jesus in the spotlight. Let’s be intentional about keeping the lamp stand in it’s proper place.
What is the Family’s Job?
Too often, in the hustle and bustle of every day living, our true priorities get pushed aside in order to keep the peace and keep the day moving smoothly. However, this type of short term management rarely produces the kind of people we want our children to grown into. So how do we prevent this in our families? By focusing on the right things. The things that really matter.
Tune back in on Saturday to learn about the five family values that will help shape and mold your children into people who love the Lord and who are living with godly character in their lives.