#OC12 Wednesday Recap

Matt Norman —  April 26, 2012
So, this is what Wednesday looked like. Be on the look out for more in-depth posts on some of this stuff.

  • Free 1000 Hills Coffee
    • You should check this out. It is a ministry that is helping to build the economy in Haiti and some other places. They do a deal for fund raising where you can buy some of their coffee, sell it and keep the profits. I would highly recommend the Orange Blend. That is what they are serving here and it is great.
    • Watch for a full post on this.

  • 9:30 – HOW TO: Staff for Growth with Jim Wideman
    • This was a great session lead by Jim Wideman about how to staff/structure your ministry for growth. This was basically a live version of his book Stretch. Great book = great session. If you have not read this book you should.
    • Watch for a full post on this session
  • 10:30 – Free coffee
  • 11:00 checking out the blogger’s lounge.
    • One of the advantages of being at Orange as a blogger is having one of the luxury suites in the arena to hang out in, chill out, recharge and of course blog.
  • 12:00 – Lunch
    • Another advantage of blogging for the Orange conference is that they feed us. Great food from a place called Jim and Nick’s. Plus we were dining with the conference staff.
  • 1:00 – HOW TO: Identify the Five Catalysts of Spiritual Growth with Taka Iguchi.
    • We all face certain things with the potential to cause spiritual growth in us. These things do not guarantee it, but they prepare us for it, open us up to it, or at least make it possible. Taka outlined these 5 things, that catalyze our spiritual maturity.
    • Watch for a full post on this.
  • 2:30 – One on One with Amy Dolan.
    • Prior to the conference Amy had put out an invite for anyone that wanted to have coffee. I couldn’t resist this chance to sit with someone that I consider to be a superstar in kidmin. I figured there would be a group of people. I mean with over 5000 people coming to the conference surely there would be a bunch of people jumping at this chance, but it ended up being just me and Amy talking for over an hour. What an amazing talk we had. I never get enough of talking with people who are passionate about what they do, especially when it’s children’s ministry.
    • Watch for a full post on this.
  • 5:00 – Dinner with Jim Wideman and the Infuse Alumni
    • That’s right I ate with Jim Wideman. It is amazing the opportunities that God has given me here. I met some really great children’s and youth workers. Some of them were former Infusers and some were friend of Infusers. It was just a great time of fellowship and Mexican food.
  • 7:30 – Main Session 1
    • This session started out with some really funny drama that talked about how the people that volunteer in our churches are all famous. They sang familiar songs with new lyrics that told a story of what it was like to serve within the church. Totally loved their version of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” – “Service Dead or Alive”. Totally struck a chord with me.
    • The message was delivered buy Reggie Joiner. It was a great opportunity to hear Reggie speak. Maybe a little too rehearsed and polished for my liking, but the message was great, The Gospel is Messy. He talked about the fact that the gospel is messy and that there is no way that we can do what we are called to do without getting messy.
      • Watch for a full post on this.
So, that’s Wednesday. It is hard to believe that so much great stuff has already happened and that was all just pre-conference stuff. Stay tuned throughout today and the rest of the week as I continue to share my experiences.

Don’t forget that all of my notes from the conference are here.

Matt Norman

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Matt is married to his high school sweetheart Kim and together they have two wonderful kids. Matt is a part time children’s pastor at The Rock of Winter Haven, in the appropriately named town of Winter Haven, Florida. In his spare time Matt is an avid automotive enthusiast and a self confessed computer nerd and tech junkie.