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Monday, October 3, 2016

Orange Conference Comes to The Bahamas...Kinda

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If you have been a follower of this blog for any amount of time you would have realized that I really love ORANGE

THINK ORANGE
Orange not as in the colour rather the Comprehensive Family Life Ministry Strategy/Curriculum.  

Check out more on ORANGE here: whatisorange.org

Every year the people who bring you ORANGE have a huge conference and guess what is called?  Yup, you guess it The Orange Conference.  I was so happy to get to go to #OC16 in April after missing the previous year. So much Fun and Learning!  It was an awesome blessing to get to OC16 this year by the way. Check that Story here: I am on my way to Orange Conference 2016!

So here is the thing, Orange Conference is pretty much AWESOME in every way.  You get so much from it!  However, what do you do in between til the next conference? Well you can attend Orange Tours. However, The Bahamas isn't one of the tour stops for OT16.  Well that doesn't stop us here. 

Bahamas Harvest Church has been using the Orange Strategy and Curriculum for a number of years.  This has proven to be a great move for the Family Life Department as it allows for the harmonization of the ministry as they minister to toddlers straight up to college age young adults.  By the way, the ministry laborers make it a point to go to the Orange Conference every year to enhance their knowledge and stay sharp. Also, they have special workshops for the team which also helps those who may not have had the opportunity to go to the main conference to get the great training. 

Well this year Adam Duckworth, joined us at Bahamas Harvest Church for the Orange Workshop.  Adam is the Lead Communicator at Downtown Harbor Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the author of "Not Normal - 7 Quirks of Incredible Volunteers" and a communicator at Orange.  So he is amply qualified. 


The Orange Workshop weekend began on Friday night, as Bahamas Harvest Church Family Life Ministry kicked of the night with a FX presentation.  FX is short for Family Experience which gives a glimpse of what will be taught that month in Children's Ministry. Afterwards, Pastor Mario taught a moving message called "It's Just A Phase"(Check out the video).  This message was so thought provoking.  I left challenged to engage every step of the way in the lives of my daughters and the young people I come into contact with. Lastly, Adam taught on "Thinking Orange".  He broke down the 5 gauges of the Orange Strategy based on the book "Think Orange".  Well by the misfortune of using technology sometime you lose things and I lost all my notes from this book.  However, you can find more info from the book by getting it. Buy Think Orange book here.

On Saturday, we spent time in a general session afterwards we broke up in groups.  We engaged in another great time as well in order to get equipped for ministry in Family Life. Adam kicked off the day with a teaching/training for volunteers.


Volunteers were challenged to be "Not Normal" based on the main points from the book that he co-authored "Not Normal: 7 quirks of Incredible Volunteers".  I liked the term "quirks" cause it just sounds weird, kinda like volunteers who show up week after week to go beyond themselves to minister to children and teenagers.  This is weird when the world says "Me first, others second."

Thankfully for this session managed to still have the notes for. Yippee!!!

Check them out here on Evernote: Adam Duckworth "Not Normal" at Bahamas Harvest Church.

This pretty much wrapped up The Orange Workshop weekend at Bahamas Harvest Church.  As I reflect on all that we discussed, I realized more and more why we have to be so intentional about ministry to children and youth. Its about introducing children to Jesus, who has really come to give us all more than we can ever think.  It takes a person showing up every week and being there on Monday to help a child to know that Jesus loves them and has a great plan for their lives no matter what they are going through right now. We have to be so intentional because really we never know how much we investing in today can have a lasting influence on a better tomorrow. I know I want to have a better tomorrow, don't you? 
Some how invest in the next generation today!

Friday, August 26, 2016

INTRODUCING, The "Sweetly Saved" Summer line #iamsweetlysaved #sweetlysaved

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, I would like to introduce to you 

THE

 SUMMER LINE

You might be wondering what is that exactly. Well let me break it down for you exactly. lol

I have this thing over the years based on a concept about how a person who is "sweetly saved" would view life or the world around them.  Its wrapped the premise that this person would see some biblical truth/ideology/principle etc etc in nearly everything.  

Well a few months ago, a friend of mine, Shaquille "Young Rev' Hanna, who is the CEO of God Squad Universal approached me on a concept of capturing the "sweetness" of being sweetly saved for designs for t-shirts.  This was something I wanted to do for months just didn't really know the how. So naturally it would make sense for me to work with God Squad to bring this idea to life.  You see God Squad Universal is a "A Kingdom Lifestyle Brand devoted to changing the culture."  So I felt this could work!

Immediately, we started churning out ideas and came up with some great concepts.  He passed them on to his graphics guy and then the magic happened. 

Here are two initial designs that we came up with: 


CHOCOLATE JESUS PIECE

SAVED CANDY CANE



Its so exciting to be rolling these designs out and I feel like it will only add to the understanding that to know Jesus is a "Sweet" Deal.  I plan on creating a bunch of #iamsweetlysaved video to add the concept. 

Check out the first one here:



So if you consider yourself #sweetlysaved, 
get your sweet gear today!!! 

Hit up the God Squad Facebook Page here 
Call - (242) 552-7819 
Whatsapp/Text - (242) 434-5322, (242) 454-6519



Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Orange Conference 2016 (#OC16)

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Well Orange Conference 2016 is over! Whew what a ride!

Here is a pictorial recap of my experience.



Here is the OFFICIAL OC16 highlight video


See you at Orange Conference 2017!!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

10 signs you know you are a Youth Director in The Bahamas

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10. Your official title is Youth Director / Coordinator / Leader because "Youth Pastor" hasn't really caught on yet.




9.  You get invited to school assemblies regularly.



8.  You are an expert at making Kool-Aid.













7.  The people at the Pizza place nearest to your church know you by name and have offered you a standing appointment on Friday nights or whenever you have youth meeting.







6.   You learn how to be versatile when it comes to meeting with your youth ministry because you don't have an official youth room. So if it means using the church's parking lot, or the church's hall or even under a tree, you make it work!


5.   At Lock-ins, You are an expert at staying up all night and while doubling as a security guard.


4.   Budgets are like unicorns.  If you catch one, don't let it go otherwise, it might become a 
figment of your imagination.

3.   The easiest volunteer staff to recruit is usually those who recently "graduated" from the youth ministry but they suffer from the Peter Pan syndrome.  They want to be "youths" forever.


2.   You become a social media ninja; able to watch the posts of your students/youth without being caught with the dreaded screen shot.




1.   You are the resident guru / counselor / listener of boyfriend and girlfriend drama. 

Bonus point: You use the word "Youths" often. eg 
1. We are having youths tonight!
2. "Are there any youths in the hooooouuuusssee?!"

Thanks for reading.  What to do you think? Are there any other signs you can think about?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

And the Winner is......

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Well by now you know that I am going to Orange Conference 2016 (#OC16).  
If you didn't know let me help.....I AM SOOO EXCITED!

The surprises do not just end there though.  There is more.

So when I found out that I had won the XP3 students video contest, the XP3 team had set up a video chat for later in the week so I can speak with their team.  I am thinking that they wanted to talk about ministry here is The Bahamas.  Boy was I wrong!!! 

Well they did want to know a little about that but also wanted to do something else.  


Check out the pic below.  That's me on the screen that everyone is looking at ;-)
Photo courtesy of Instagram (www.instagram.com/xp3students)





******************DRUM-ROLL PLEASE******************


This great team offered to take care of all my expenses as it related to me getting to #OC16!!!

PLUS...They gave me another free Ticket for anyone I choose to attend the conference.

Talk about GENEROUS!!!

I was beside myself with excitement and felt so honoured.  You see this was the answer to a prayer.  The reality was that though I had won the free ticket before, I had no clue how I was going to make the journey to Orange Conference 2016 happen. Then God did what God does best, work miracles. God is soooo good!

In the same way,  I had gotten a call from some friends from The Bahamas who were going to OC16 as well.  They heard what had happened and offered to let me roll with them for the week.  My JoY-Meter was over the top!!!

I was now officially on my way to Orange Conference 2016!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I am on my way to Orange Conference 2016!

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So it all began with this post that was in the XP3 students group for Orange. 

GREAT PIC HUH?

The XP3 team sends out this video challenge to all of their partners to submit a video to tell them why they should go to Orange Conference for free.  Well of course,  this was worth it to enter.  I had to try so I got busy.

Check out my submission here:

I suffer from Orange-itis!  Click on pic below


Well my video went on to win.  There was no competition.  LOL That is not to sound arrogant...There was literally no competition.  Nevertheless, my submission was GREAT!  

SO I WON!!!



I am so ready for Orange Conference 2016.  I remember when this was only a dream last year to go to OC15 but now I get to make it happen and I get to go to OC16.  Thank God.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Day of Reflection on my time in ministry

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Wow. All I can say God is a gracious and good God. He can change anyone, if You let Him.
This year I celebrated and reflect on 15 years of ministry and 8 years (August 19, 2007) as an ordained minister of The Gospel of Jesus Christ, of which I am still not UNASHAMED OF and I THANK GOD FOR!!!
As I mentioned, 15 years ago this year I availed myself to God when I felt a call on my life. I was not sure what it was all about even though I was a PK. Though this was true I had to find God for myself. (Oh boy, they say PKs are the worse ones huh? Well I don't know haha)
I found God for myself and was never the same. Does that mean I am perfect? Heavens NO! I have fallen toooo many times to count but only by God's grace I am still here and holding on.
So many people have helped to shape and form me as a Man and a Minister. Ultimately, all this was done under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. However, I want to single out my dad and mom though; my dad, Rev. Archelaus Burrows, who models what it means a Priest, Protector and Provider and my mom, Evangelist Eunice Burrows who never stops praying for me (even while she slaps me upside my head).
Also a key period, was my time in the Holy Woods, as it is affectionately called or more properly The United Theological College of The West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica (http://www.utcwi.edu.jm/). This was not all smooth sailing but the lessons learnt, in and outside the classroom were sometimes sobering and/or painful to say the least. Nevertheless, they challenged, shaped my theological and ministerial constructs and stretched me to the person/theologian that I am today.
So I remember that humid August evening at Zion Baptist Church (www.zionbaptistchurchbahamas.com) when my heart was so full and my mind racing. I really didn't want to go but I knew I had to. Its funny,
God has a way of just pulling you were He wants you to be.
I am thankful that I just get to do what I do and that is so humbling. Therefore, through it all, ups and downs, mess ups and good times, times of plenty and times of nothing...All I can say is that I JUST CAN'T GIVE UP NOW. I know I have not arrived but like I learnt in the HOLY WOODS, "Know your stage because there are STAGES AND STAGES AND STILL MORE STAGES.