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Monday, April 9, 2018

6 things (formally 5 things) I have learned about how to be at orange conference when you aren't actually at orange conference (UPDATED)

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So what I can I say?

You probably read my last blog Go To Orange Conference (if not check it out here).

Well you love Jesus, love the next generation and want them to develop their faith in Him BUT you can't make it to Orange Conference.  Does that about sum it up?

Also, you have made a last ditch attempt to get your wonderful executive pastor or senior pastor to see the benefits of sending you to Orange Conference?  Or you even to offered to pay for a portion of it only to have they told you it was not in the budget? And quite simply its not in your personal budget either?

Well have have no fear, I have some help for you and it doesn't included anything illegal like trying to stowaway in your friends luggage...not that I have tried any of that!

I want to give you five six ways you can "attend" OC18 even if you can not be there:.

1. Stalk Orange on Social Media
Okay. I know I said nothing illegal but social media stalking is kinda acceptable now, isn't it?
Orange is pretty good at social media. They post everything.  They even had some of the main sessions on Facebook Live at one point (That was so excited)!  So if you follow them on social media you can keep up with what is happening at the conference. 
  
Here are some links to Orange's main Social media platforms.  
Orange Leaders Facebook
Orange Leaders Facebook Group
Orange Leaders Instagram
Orange Leaders Twitter
(The different branches of Orange Curriculum (First Look, 252 kids, XP3 students, etc) also have their own pages.  Also, follow the hashtag #OC18 or #OrangeConference


2.  Stalk the Main speakers and Breakout presenters on Social Media
There I go again with this stalk word?  Well the thing is that many of the speakers and presenters may actually enjoy you following them on social media. I mean who doesn't want more followers, right?  I have found that most speakers and personalities at big conferences like Orange usually do a play by play about what they are talking about.  This way you get a birds eye view of is happening each time. Check out the list of breakout speakers this year right here http://theorangeconference.com/breakouts/ and for the main stage check out here http://theorangeconference.com/  You can follow them on social media right from those sites!


3. Follow Orange Bloggers
Orange has a great group of official Orange Bloggers that usually live Blog during the conference.  Check that list out here: Official Orange Bloggers.  They sometime have exclusive offers just for their followers.  Check them out!


4. Get cozy with members of your team that are going
So if your church uses Orange or you have friends in ministry who do, then you might want to get chummy with them before they go to conference (smile).  Perhaps you can take them for coffee or lunch and give them a list of things that you want to learn from conference this year.  While recording the sessions is in poor taste and I would highly discourage that, your friends can take great notes that they can share upon their return.  However, better yet they could could use Evernote to share their notes in real time. Also, Orange is has your back once again, for a reasonable price you can just have your friends purchase the OC18 Digital Download Bundle.  This resources is usually available at the onsite store and you can get ALL of the main sessions and breakout sessions forever!


5. Volunteer to serve at OC18
Okay, Okay,  I know this means you will actually go to the conference but technically you would not be "attending".  You see, if you are serving, then aren't really an attendee rather you are a "volunteeree"!  Here is what I am saying, you don't have to purchase the registration but you get to hang with and serve thousands of your colleagues in next-gen ministry.  Wow!  It is here that the heart of a ministry lies which is in serving others.  So if you want to sign up to volunteer go here http://theorangeconference.com/volunteers/

UPDATE:
6. RSVP FOR OC#18 AND ENTER TO WIN $5000 IN PRIZES by RSVPing FOR OC18 Livestream
The OC18 Live Stream has just been announced! And when you RSVP, you'll be entered to win a Go Orange bundle worth over $5000! RSVP right now: https://thnkor.ng/2HrkxbW

Again, attending the Orange Conference is a great way to learn and grow in ministry to the next generation.   Get more info at http://theorangeconference.com


Friday, April 6, 2018

Go to Orange Conference 2018

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So what is Orange Conference?

Firstly, let me say that...Orange Conference is not your regular conference! 
It brings together over 8000 next generation leaders from all over the world to sharpen their skills and reignite their passion to reach the next generation.  Also, this conference is very intentional about having fun! There is even main session set aside just to have FUN! 

Orange Conference is put on every year by the ReThink Group that is more commonly known as Orange.  This conference is the EPICENTER of everything that is Orange. Orange is a curriculum and strategy that has been developed by Reggie Joiner and his team.(to find our more about The Orange Curriculum click here http://whatisorange.org/)   


Why Orange Conference will help you and your Next Gen Team?

There will be main sessions where awesome leaders who are equally as passionate about reaching the next generation will be sharing from their experience and insight.  However, I think the real highlights are the breakout sessions.  This is where we can go deeper into relevant topics and learn so much more. 


What are the benefits of attending?

When you attend the Orange Conference you don't really feel like you are at a conference.  You really feel like you are among friends.  This is because everyone who attends realizes what is at stake and they want to win.  Also, the ReThink Group is very intentional about presenting an experience that can help and shape your ministry.  

I have been attending Orange Conferences for several years and I can truly say that every time that I go, I find my tribe. I mean we don't move together like a little clique (that would just be weird) but I do find a community of people who are working to ensure that this generation of babies, toddlers, elementary students, middle schoolers and high students find their passion, purpose and develop their own faith in God through Jesus.  

To register for the Orange Conference 2018 to go www.theorangeconference.com


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Point of Reflection: Kind Words

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This has been a very interesting month!  

Quite event full to say the least!  

In our Family Life System, we are doing a "Think Orange" small group.  We are reading together the book called Think Orange by Reggie Joiner.  If you have been checking out my blog for any amount of time you would know that I am really into Orange.  If you do not know what Orange is feel free to check out that time I caught Orange-itis, or when Orange Tour kinda came to my church also, that time I went to Orange Conference 2016.

Well in this small group, we had this particulate ice-breaker a few weeks back that I thought was really interesting. We were given pieces of paper. The papers were stuck to our backs.  Then we had to go around and write on the backs of people saying what you thought of them writing things that they may not know.   So it was obviously done in anonymity.   Well were my results:

I was totally floored by what some people wrote on my paper.  I had no clue that they even thought this way.  I mean I know the reality exist that they could have been trying to be nice.  However, I would like to think it was real.

I am sharing this story because it sets up for my point of reflection.  This weekend, I experienced what to date was the most terrifying event in my life.  I won't go into all the details but God provided a way of escape and peace to kept me calm as I went through it.  I am still here to tell the story.  So as I look on this list, I am so happy that I got to see what people had to say about me rather than these kind words being said at a more sad occasion.

The sense of renewal I have is to ensure that I share kind words with those whom I love dearly and ensure that they know that they are Loved and I care for them.  If you are reading this blog, I hope you can do the same!

Lastly, I will be sharing some awesome changes that I will be embarking on FOR REAL THIS TIME!  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

And the Winner is....

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This post has been a long time coming! I did win this contest and I am super pumped that I did.

Thank you to all my family, friends and well wishers who pushed this to help me get votes.

It was an interesting journey to say the least! 

I am just thankful that I get to explore more of my personality and creativity with opportunities like this.  Shout out to BTC for really awesome opportunities!

Happy to know that people out "there" who actually appreciate it!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thank you thus far! ONLY two more days left!

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Hi Friends!!!

As you have seen by my previous blog post, I have entered into a Video Competition with a local phone company, Bahamas Telecommunications Cooperation, otherwise known as BTC.  

Well this competition is under the theme, BTC Limitless Summer!  I decided to look at the concept of Going to the Island but forgetting to top up with phone credit.  Luckily, BTC covers the entire Bahamas so my mother could send me credit from anywhere in the Bahamas. So yeah that was the concept I used.  I got my mom involved and she helped with the project. It was pretty cool! My mother is a natural at acting/role-playing.  Well she is a teacher and has been playing different roles for most of her career. 

The competition literally has 2 more days in it and I have come a long way from 12 votes! Yet, I refuse to rest on my laurels rather I will keep on pushing and using the internet to get them votes!  

Nevertheless,  I would like to pause to say A BIG THANK YOU!!!  
Thank you to everyone that has voted so far, OVER AND OVER AGAIN! 


So there is only 2 more days of this and then I am done (for now lol)


Please vote here - http://wshe.es/u2sWfqAf one more time for me please. 

I will remind you again in 24 hours.

Thanks so much once again.
#BTCLimitlessSummer 
#BjornBeOnIt

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Vote for Bjorn!!!

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Hi There!

Bjorn here again with another video....contest! (smile)

For those of you who know me or been heard of me, you know that I love to do these internet challenges and/or contest.  I have won a few and that has been awesome!

Well, I have recently entered another one and this time I need you help.  I think this is by best work yet because I got my mom to show off her "acting" skills.  She was really intrigued.  So I would really like to celebrate this video with a win!!! So here is how you can help my mom and I win!

Click this link here -------->>>>> http://wshe.es/u2sWfqAf

Then hit the VOTE button.



Thank you so much.  Your vote will go a long way!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My First Trip To Haiti

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This year has been absolutely phenomenal so far.  I can not begin to tell how much this year has transformed my life.  It is really amazing when you feel like you are living in purpose and God continues to blow your mind.  I am so happy to be on this journey and I look forward to sharing more and more as it unfolds.

Well as the title suggests this blog post will be about my first visit to Haiti. 

In the western hemisphere, Haiti is a country that has been look upon with a sense of contempt or condemnation. There is so much negativity surrounding Haiti.  This is very unfortunate.  Unfortunately, I am not completely sure of all of the reasons that this is so.  Nevertheless, on my visit to Haiti this year I was pleasantly surprised.

I saw a country that was determined to make it.  Clearly over the years Haiti has seen so good times and some really really horrible times but the underlying current in Haiti is one of resilience.  This was evident of the amount of people on the road moving about or selling a wide variety of products just to make an honest living.  Is there crime and miscreant activity in Haiti, OF COURSE.  Yet in spite of this it appears that the majority of people just want to make an honest living to take care of their own.

This trip was only a few days but I do plan on going back to Haiti some day and spending longer and seeing much much more.  Nevertheless, I am happy to be working with a great team of individuals who are embarking on a mission to change the landscape of Haiti in any way we can.  We are lead by Dr. Mercidieu "Phil" Phillips and our goal is to raise up and train hundreds of leaders in Haiti who will carry out the work of change in their local context. To see more about the work we are doing in Haiti go to http://www.levelupleadershipinstitute.org/.

Well feel free to check out my vlog about the time that I spent in Haiti!
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