Think Orange!

Reggie Joiner’s Think Orange is on the minds of church leaders across the U.S.:

· Thousands recognize Joiner as a co-founder, with Andy Stanley, of North Point Community Church and founder of the innovative reThink Group. Church leaders are eager to discover how to combine the influence of church (yellow) and home (red) to create Orange!

· 10,000 student ministry and church leaders have attended Orange Conferences since 2007--the Think Orange book launched at the 2009 conference last month.

· Another 10,000 church leaders are headed to Catalyst 2009--where Reggie will teach how to Think Orange.

· More church leaders are connecting with the Orange Tour and via Orange podcasts and resources.

Q&A with Reggie Joiner, Author of

Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide

Q:  Why do you mean by thinking Orange?

 Orange is what red (representing the warm heart of the family) and yellow (representing the light of the church) can do when they combine efforts. Orange is our strategically combined influence on the spiritual direction of the next generation. If you paint only with red, you will get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you will get what only yellow can do. When you paint with red and yellow, you’ll get new possibilities, fresh solutions and vibrant outcomes.

I am not suggesting the church and home merely need to work concurrently and effectively in order to accomplish more. Both groups are already hard at work to build faith in children, but they are not working in sync. Thinking Orange is working on the same thing at the same time with the same strategy.

Q:  What if I don’t agree with everything you write about Orange thinking?

 First of all, it’s OK to disagree with me. I even disagree with myself quite often. I hear myself say something and think, “I’m not sure that’s right … I’ll have to come back to that later and examine it more closely.” I have been tentative about writing this book because I am sure I will pick it up as soon as it is released and disagree with parts of it, but that’s OK. If I am personally a work in progress, then my personal work is progressing. I just hope to continue a conversation that I believe is worth a thoughtful dialogue. If some guy holds this book up and suggests it is the solution for the complexity of issues facing this generation, please hit him with it.

Q:  What is your philosophy of family ministry?

 I define family ministry as “an effort to synchronize church leaders and parents around a master plan to build faith and character in their sons and daughters.” A family ministry should develop the process that drives how the church and the home combine their efforts to influence the next generation.

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