Volunteer at Orange


Bringing it back….

Last year I was asked to write a post about why I volunteer at the Orange Conference each year rather than paying to attend.

I Volunteer  |  Apr 15, 2013

My name is Ben Fowlkes, I am the pastor of children’s ministry at a large church right outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I have volunteered at The Orange Conference not out of need but out of the desire to grow, learn, network and for pure enjoyment.

I volunteer because I get to spend quality time with many of the speakers, vendors and Orange staff. Even while working behind the scenes to make this exciting week happen, they make time to talk and laugh with you. After many years of volunteering, we take time to catch up from past years.

I volunteer because I stand behind this concept of Family Ministry. I see daily the benefit of families coming together with the church to make a greater impact on children. I want to do whatever I can to see many others grasp this concept and put it into action at their churches.
I volunteer because it is FREE! Yes, let me be the first to admit I like FREE. Not only do I get the chance to surround myself with thousands of people in the same walk of life but I get to help others discover new things! As I serve, I walk away more fulfilled and challenged than if I were to pay for a ticket and participate in every breakout session. Every year, I walk away with a free T-shirt, free knowledge, free friendships and free happiness that I get from serving.
I volunteer because I desire to learn and meet new people. Every year, I leave the conference with new lifelong friends in ministry. I get joy from scanning a tag at a breakout room door, helping someone find a seat or just answering someone’s question.
I volunteer because I believe in Orange as a way of life in both ministry and with my family, and I want to be able to help others implement it in their lives as well.
See you this year at The Orange Conference! I will be volunteering and would love for you to join me!
Sign up online for 2014 Orange Conference to volunteer  HERE

What kind of parent are you?

This coming Sunday at my church is Family Sunday. This is the Sunday where the Kids takeover and Children’s Ministry plays a major role in leading families to worship together. As I was gearing up for a fun filled and informative day. I re-read Think Orange by Reggie Joiner. In this book they talk about levels of partnerships that we as a church have with parents. It had me thinking and so I want to ask you as well, what kind of parent are you?


AWARE: Parents that are concerned about a particular situation or development. These parents are outside the church but open to it, and they are interested in becoming better parents.

INVOLVED: Parents that have a basic or entry level relationship with church. Even if it’s just bringing their child to church, these parents are taking steps to influence kids spiritually.

ENGAGED: Parents are committed to partnering with the church. they are growing in their relationships with God and assume some responsibility for spiritual leadership in the home.

INVESTED: Parents proactively devote time and energy to partnering with the church. They understand the strategy of you ministry and are in community with Christian parent groups.