Orange Week: It’s Blogger Week

It happens twice a year and this week is one of those times.  It’s Orange Blogging week where Family, Student and Children’s Ministers from around the nation share their thoughts and learnings that they got from previous Orange Conferences and get you pumped up for the upcoming Orange ’13 Conference.

Here’s the list of bloggers that are reporting this week about all things Orange.  There are so many great children’s, youth and family ministry bloggers out there that have tons of experiences and insight.  I really enjoy reading these and I hope you take some time to check them out.

However, I do want to point out a few that I read regularly, especially if you are in youth ministry.

Ben Kerns – California dude who sent me a pair of Rainbow flip flops because he’s just a cool guy.  But what makes him even cooler is his thoughts and experiences in Youth Ministry.  You need to check him out.  He blogs here.

Michael Baynes – I met Michael 2 years ago at Orange ’11.  A Tennessee lover through and through who bleeds Orange and White (literally, you should see his tweets in the Fall on Saturdays about Tennessee Volunteer football).  But what I really appreciate about him is his reflections on Family Ministry and engaging families in Christ.  Check his blog out here.

Amy Fenton Lee – Just like Michael, Amy is another southern.  And just like Michael, I really dig what Amy shares about inclusive ministry.  Her heart and passion for teaching every student comes out in every post and seminar she leads.  She’ll be back at Orange ’13 so if you happen to be going (which I hope you are), you need to check out her seminar. Until then, you can read her posts here.

Ben Gerald started last year and has been a great source of Youth Ministry insight and thought that I regularly turn to.  You can check out his site here.

Again, I love all the Orange Bloggers and I hope you read their material.  But if nothing else, these 4 are definitely worth the read….HAPPY ORANGE WEEK!  I’ve got more Orange related posts the rest of the week coming.

Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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