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orange-horizon-peter-wilemanI’m all geeked up about going to Orange! It is one of the premier conferences for family ministry and just so happens to be in my back yard at Gwinnet Arena. There is already a buzz out there in twitterland and I know the tweets are going to blow up in the next few days.

What I’m looking forward to…

Connection: It will be awesome to connect with new, like-minded friends and making newer ones. I plan on being at this Tweet-up tomorrow night. Here I will connect face-to-face with this guy and this guy and many others. At Orange I also plan on reconnecting with this guy and this guy. Connection is good!

Team-building: We’ve got a great team from our church going (8 total). Orange will give me a chance to build on the relationships within our team and learn what drives their passion for family ministry.

Insight: With a plethora of workshops, I know we will come back with many new ideas and plans to implement at our church to make us more effective. Practical application will not be lacking!

Inspiration: The worship and general session speakers are going to be awesome! I’ve already posted that I’m a Phil Wickham fan here and here. I’m also a Francis Chan fan (evidenced here and here). I’m praying not only for our team, but that all family ministry leaders in attendance will be inspired to dream BIG!

Orange is in the Horizon… and I LIKE it! Hope to see you there!

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This morning I finished the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan. As most of you know, I’m a Chan Fan. 🙂 I’ve been challenged by his messages and his pursuit of God. He personally had a lot of great things to say in his book, but one of my favorite lines was a quote from someone else.

Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. – Tim Kizziar

Too often we look for people’s stamp of approval and let them define success for our lives and ministry. Admittedly, I’m certain I’ve spent incalculable amounts time trying to achieve success as defined by others. The problems is, I don’t want to get to the end of my ‘successful’ life and ministry and realize I wasted it on seeking the approval of man.

In my quiet time this morning I read from Romans 12:2 and prayed for a new mindset when it comes to life and ministry. Not to say that I’ve lost something, or that I’ve been ‘off-track’, but I needed to confess my dependence on God and ask that my mind be continually renewed in order to discover what matters most!

For some of you, this may sound a bit weak and immature, but I’m feeling as strong in my faith and as deep in my relationship with God as I ever have. I’m searching for success as defined by His good, pleasing, and perfect will. May sound a little crazy, but I’m lovin’ it!

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Francis Chan is an amazing communicator. I’ve been challenged by his teaching and inspired by his passion for God and His Word. Last year I posted about his “Lukewarm and Lovin’ It” message and his incredible vision for his church.

Well, Francis has started a video blog that I look forward to viewing. I’m excited to see his raw and unedited journey of faith. Check out his intro:

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Francis Chan is a pastor in Simi Valley, California. He is brining the Word to his church and Christians around the world in a unique way and with a fresh voice. Recently, he led his church to forgo building a multi-million dollar worship center and instead to start plans to build an amphitheater. The outdoor facility will be completed for a fraction of the price and the money they save will help fund ministries that feed hungry children around the world. What a vision!

His sermons are transparent and deeply challenging. He has challenged me in many ways. You can watch one of his sermons by clicking here. He challenges his church to a renewed passion for God while living in a lukewarm society.

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