Orange Week – What Is Orange?

This week is Orange Week. For those of you who don’t know what that mean, Orange is more than a fruit of a color. Orange, developed by Reggie Joiner, is a perspective that has been lost in children’s ministry.

Orange is a secondary color made when merging red and yellow. In this case, red stands for parent’s ministry to their children. Yellow stands for church ministry. When the church makes an effort to integrate ministry with what parent’s can do, that makes Orange.

In Scripture, the first responsibility for the spiritual education of children goes to parents. But in our society, it relegated only to the church. Society mores of making all areas of a child’s education, schooling, values, sex education, to others instead of parents only exasperates the problem.

Orange Ministry looks for ways to help the church rethink it’s ministry to children to integrate it with parents. This link is to the Orange leadership blog that will give you some practical ways to do that. There’s also an Orange Conference every year that has some great speakers.

Here’s some blogs that are participating in Orange Week that also might give you some good tips and maybe even some free resources.

Children’s Ministry Online

Sam Luce

Gina McClain

Jonathan Cliff

Dan Scott

So what are you doing to make your children’s ministry Orange?

5 thoughts on “Orange Week – What Is Orange?

  1. Great to see you join in on #orangeweek!

    One thought:

    After reading Deuteronomy 6, which much of the Orange philosophy hinges on, wouldn’t you say that it’s the faith community who takes responsibility for a child’s spiritual growth process?
    I think isolating it from the community, and saying that it primarily falls to parents, ignores the need of multiple voices in a child’s life… right?
    Now, the parents play a huge role in that community, but, at the end of the day, wouldn’t you agree that the Orange way of doing things encourages us to widen the circle?

  2. Anthony, you have a good point. We as a community have an obligation to children. I guess I overstated my point because as a whole the community in our age tries to shut parents out of the process. Parents have the primary responsibility, but the community also has an important role. When parents and community comes together, children benefit.

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