Orange Tour Session Notes With Reggie Joiner


Introduction to Monday in a band new way.
“You can become so Sunday minded that you’re no Monday good.” What would happened if we shifted our thinking?

Sunday mindset thinks about one hour. Monday thinks about the rest of the week. Answer the real questions people are asking. Help people win with their marriages, parenting, self image.

If you want a growing church make what happens on Sunday connect to Monday.

Sunday thinks about who is coming. Monday mindset makes changes to reach who isn’t coming. Sometimes we have to be intentional in thinking about the taste and preferences of those outside of the church. Phone calls are from those on the inside complaining not those who are not coming.

Sunday talks about what matters to you. Expository preaching. Monday tend to yak about what matters to kids and teenagers. Fundamental change when we understand their world. Connect God to their everyday world.

Sunday recruit volunteers for every room. Monday recruits a consistent leader for every kid. It’s harder not easiest. But when has God called us for the sake of a generation to be easier. It takes time to build into your culture. Teaching truth vs discipline. Our job is not to keep kids, it’s to disciple them.

Sunday builds excellent weekend programs. Monday invests in parents and volunteers. Influence and health of church is connected to the people who invest in kids every week. You have to invest in the parents and volunteers every week. The everyday faith that you are called to develop in their live comes through developing them. It boils down to you helping them navigate.

A new kind of leader book. It matters so push yourself a little harder. You believe is matters but are you acting like it matters?

The strategy matters: more than you think.
A plan of action with an end in mind.
You are playing as a team moving in the same direction. Football: Best 11 players on the field but without a strategy they will never score.
When you align as a team there is momentum and synergy something magical happens.

Your church matters: because it’s a place.
If stopped in the grocery store and asked why your church matters what would you say?
When they think about your church they have a perception of your church. Create the right environment so kids and teens can have a place to show up and belong.

Every family matters: regardless.
What do you picture for a family. Old Kodak camera. How you see the family in your community and church will define how the community sees your church. I hope the families outside your church will become convinced that the church cares for their family.

Doing good matters: if you’re human.
What you believe effects what you do and what you do effects what you believe. Plug teens into serving because it effects their belief system. Taps into the image of God. Take non-christian kids to go do something significant. Help teenagers serve every single week. Allow them to experience what God put into them and does through them.

This week matters: if it’s repeated.
Repetition matters. Show up every week. Your physical presence communicates that the kids matter. Doing life matters. Once we act like they really matter changes the church.

Kids matter: more than adults.
Give your church a different future. Kids matter more than adults. Not about value in God but in his kingdom. What happens in the window of a kids life defines who the become forever. “What is happening for teens now sets the trajectory of their entire life.”

You can’t see it. You can’t see spiritual growth because its spiritual not physical. Make deposits now. The greater deposits now pays off greater later. This keeps your church from dying.

What your church does for kids will keep your CHURCH from dying.

What your church does for kids will keep SUNDAY more INTERESTING.

What your church does for kids will make ADULTS better CHRISTIANS.
If you don’t volunteer you don’t grow. If you’ve been going to this church for more than 2 years and you aren’t serving then you should probably leave the church because we can’t help you grow any more.

Every teenager needs a new kind of leader who will volunteer more. If you are not volunteering, start. If you are volunteering, consider volunteering more. Put people in the kids life who will disciple them. If you are volunteering a lot, to find someone else to volunteer with you. Write down the name of someone in your church who isn’t serving right now. It’s not up to your staff to recruit the volunteers for your church. Pray for the person. I just wanted you to know that God lead me to write down your name. It’s important any because someone showed up for you at some point.

Geneva Gray the painter. Stand at the door and knock. 1st grade teacher for 40 years. Don’t know how many people she impacted but one was Reggie’s mom. Ripple effect on her faith and through the whole church. Who’s house is Jesus knocking on?

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 KJV

I stand at the door and knock. No doorknob on the door because He doesn’t force himself in. When she opened the door for Jesus she left it open for everyone else. Was it worth it? When you open the door for Jesus you start living life with an opened door philosophy.

You open the door to Jesus and that should change everything. When you open the door to Jesus, you open the door to everyone He loves.

You open the door to wherever He takes you. What’s the solution? The kids need something to do and someone to show up in their life who cares about them.

@reggiejoiner #OT16

8 Expert Authors Whose Books Will Grow Your Ministry To The Next Level


Almost every ministry leader I talk with is reading a book to improve themselves and their ministry. But with more than a million books release annually, it’s difficult to select your next purchase. Which author’s have done the research necessary to release great content? Who can write as an authority on the subject that which you are interested? And honestly, who can write something worth reading? Here are 8 expert authors whose books will grow your ministry to the next level! 

Andy Stanley
Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend
Seven Practices of Effective Ministry (North Point Resources)
How to Be Rich: It’s Not What You Have. It’s What You Do With What You Have.

Jim Wideman
Children’s Ministry Leadership: The You-Can-Do-It Guide
Stretch-Structuring Your Ministry For Growth
Children’s Ministry Volunteers That Stick
Beat the Clock

Reggie Joiner
Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide…
Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know
Creating a Lead Small Culture: Make Your Church a Place Where Kids Belong

Ken Blanchard
Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service
Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization
Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships

Ryan Frank
9 Things They Didn’t Teach Me in College About Children’s Ministry
Pulse: Pumping Life into Your Kids Ministry

Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

George Barna
Churchless: Understanding Today’s Unchurched and How to Connect with Them
Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions: Why Children Should Be Your Church’s 1 Priority

Michelle Anthony
Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families
Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family: Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles
7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries


Who would you add to this list?

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Empathy: Reimagine Their Thoughts and Feelings 


If you’re like most church leaders then you have a desire to impact this generation for Jesus. But where do you start? How do you speak truth to this next generation? It begins with empathy. To kick off this year’s Orange Conference, Reggie Joyner shared this definition for empathy: the ability to press pause on your own thoughts and feelings long enough to explore someone else’s thoughts and feelings.

We need to know who we are speaking to and understand what it’s like to walk in their shoes. Jesus modeled this so perfectly. Paul and Timothy described this in Philippians 2:7, “Instead, he made himself nothing. He took on the very nature of a servant. He was made in human form.” What are we doing today to press pause on our own thoughts and feelings long enough to explore someone else’s thoughts and feelings? Do we step into the world of our students to really know them?

Imagine the impact we could have on this next generation if we started today to reimagine their thoughts and feelings. Let’s practice the art of pressing pause long enough to learn about those we are trying to reach.