My breakout today was Transitioning to Orange with Adam Duckworth. He is the Children's Pastor at First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL and really is a wealth of information when it comes to "going Orange."
I love his passion and it's infectious.
Here is what he had to share today:
Transition Step #1
Orange is a strategy which combines the influence of the family and the church for the next generation.
- Orange is not the name of a program.
- Orange is not a curriculum.
- Orange is not music.
Be very, very, very careful not to confuse your people. Make sure you know what it is before you share it with others.
Transition Step #2
Begin thinking steps, not programs.
Evaluate with your team what programming works and what doesn't.
Do few things well. Learn how to do what we already do better.
Transition Step #3
Begin transitioning. Link your curriculum.
Once you understand step #2, it will cause you to strategically link your curriculums.
You and your team must know why you are doing this, not just how.
Kids are way too important to not be strategic about what we teach them.
Transition Step #4
Engage the family in your strategy.
You can't engage the family until you have something to engage them to.
Be patient. This may take time.
Transition Step #5
Showcase your strategy.