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The Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide...

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  286 ratings  ·  23 reviews

Founder of the Orange Conference, Reggie Joiner looks at what would happen if the church and families combined their efforts to create a revolutionary strategy to affect the lives of children.

Families and churches are each working hard to build faith in kids, but imagine the potential results when the two environments synchronize, maximizing their individual efforts. Wha

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Sep 01, 2010 Micah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Most people in ministry - who have learned to skim,
I really enjoy the principles of this book, in fact we are in process of rethinking most of our ministries based on some take-aways that our team found in between the covers, which is a huge vote of confidence. However, I did not enjoy reading this book. It took far too long to get to the points, and felt like many of my term papers, inflated to meet a minimum word count. I fact, every member of my team that I've asked to read this book has said the same thing, so I've gotten to the stage of tel ...more
The basic idea of the book can be a very helpful one - integrate the work of the church and the work of the family to create new synergy for the mission of God in the world. Or in other words, YELLOW + RED = ORANGE. Although there is a somewhat conservative-leaning bias toward the family and church present in the book, it is actually a quite open-minded read and able to be adapted to various visions of church and family. And while individual and social life is actually a whole rainbow of overlap ...more
Our church council read this book together and then attended one of the Orange Tour events. It's a simple strategy - the church and the family partnering to raise a new generation - but certainly an effective one. I'll give just one example of how this book caused me to rethink some of my assumptions, both as a parent and a church leader. From Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids I knew that it takes five people of faith in a child's life to virtually assure they won' ...more
Wade Stotts
Contains a few helpful reminders about the integration of church and family as well as wild amounts of rambling.

More concerning, however, is that the author operates under the assumption that all parents are doing their best to raise their kids and just need more information and direction. This may be true in his context, but it's not universal.
There is a paragraph in the middle of page 228 that invites the reader (actually more of a challenge) to summarize in their own words five major points which, even if you've not bought his entire argument, you might come back to as principles in the rearing of a child in a family that intends to have a Christian home. I am one who is still a bit skeptical and will have to take up his challenge on those principles, although I am a bit less skeptical now than when I set out to read this
Brad Warren
A must-read for anyone in family ministry. It's simple, it's biblical, and it works.
I've been familiar with the reThink group for several years and even used their curriculum as a small group leader when I was in high school. As someone now leading a children's ministry, I can say that their strategy just makes sense. This book offers tons of insight to leaders for kids aged from preschool to high school. If you want to make a greater impact for Christ in your kids ministry, I suggest you read this and begin to rethink how you do ministry.
Jul 10, 2012 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: church leaders
Shelves: personal-library
Reggie Joiner makes a clear & impassioned plea for churches (and church leaders) to rethink how they do age-graded ministry.

This work is more conceptual/philosophical in nature - I'm looking forward to reading the companion book to see more help with application/rubber hits the road material.
Matthew Melville
The best book I've read that explains the importance of integration of the church and family. Specifically to reach the next generation! The power of leveraging the church and home in the discipleship of our children in an effort to see them live 100% for the Lord!
Randy Watkins
Another key Children's Ministry resource book by Reggie Joiner who has influenced me greatly over the years in reaching out to partner with parents in raising up kids that love the Lord with all their heart, soul, strength and mind.
Kenny Conley
Loved this book. I've been a big fan of all things Orange for quite some time. This book will fan the flames of passion and motivate you to continue to fight for families and lead your ministry in a way that makes a greater impact!
Meri Sue
This book was extremely inspiring! Family is so important and our culture has seriously stepped away from it. This book gave deep insight to the church on how to engage and inspire families, and then to charge them!
When we work with the people who influence children the most (parents) then great things can happen. Reggie Joiner does a great job of presenting the implications when we work together.
This is being so dull :( I read Impractical Jokes for a break
Angela Sangalang
It's a great and inspirational book to read when starting with family ministry. The downside is that it's long. There's a lot of information to process and sort through.
Walt Walkowski
Challenging read that leaves you with more questions than answers, but there are plenty of ideas. I'll be thinking about this one for some time to come.
one of the greatest books on how someone can attempt to bring family and the church together to reach teens.
David Bedford
A wonderfull book, to be read by anyone in a leadership roal in your church!
Great book. Very challenging in how I approach youth ministry.
Mar 17, 2012 Ron rated it 3 of 5 stars
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good book to have somebody else read and summarize for you
Alan Stucky
It's ok. Pretty basic stuff, but good reminders.
A must read for anyone in kids/youth ministry!
Angel Royal
Great concepts at really can work
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“[Orange] is one of God's favorite colors--- He stuck it right there between red and yellow as the second color in the rainbow. He decorates entire forests with shades of orange every autumn. It shows up in sunrises at the start of the day, sunsets at the end of the day, and in the glow of the moon at the right time of night.” 18 likes
“From the time they hit middle school, they start moving away from home. They are not doing anything wrong; it's just the way they are made. They are becoming independent, and they begin redefining themselves through the eyes other people who are not in their immediate family. The older they get, the more important it is to have other voices in their lies saying the same things but in a different way. ” 8 likes
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