Think Orange means parents and church leaders working together to make an impact in the lives of children and students.
Think Orange is the strategic blueprint behind our Kids Connection program at VG.
What is “Think Orange”?
When you combine the colours red and yellow you get Orange — a vibrant and powerful colour. Think Orange is based on the idea that two combined influences make a bigger impact than just two influences on their own.
The concept of Orange comes from assigning colours to 2 influences. The 1st is the church, which is represented by yellow because it is a place of illumination — one that is positioned to illuminate Jesus Christ who is the Light of the World. The 2nd influence is the family, represented by the colour red because it is the place of warmth and of the heart. The combination of these colours produces Orange.
For us, Think Orange means parents and church leaders working together to make an impact in the lives of children and students. Orange is more than just a colour, we see it as a strategy. One that will impact the decisions we make in terms of ministry programming for the foreseeable future.
As a church, we want to partner with parents to help them engage in meaningful dialogue with their children about faith and character at home.
Why Adopt Think Orange
The average church has only 40 hours in a given year to influence a life. As a church, we have a compelling mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. But the amount of practical time for influencing lives is limited. Especially against the backdrop of so many competing priorities.
The reality is this: No church pastor, leader, volunteer, or teacher will have as much potential to observe what is happening in the life of a child or teen as a parent. Because of that, no one has more influence in a child’s relationship with God than their parents.
As a church that is committed to seeing lives changed, we want to utilize and combine the influences of church and family for maximum spiritual impact. This commitment leads us to acknowledge three principles:
- Kids need parents to help them advance in their relationship with God.
- Parents need churches to help them know how to be spiritual leaders.
- Churches need leaders to do less for kids and more for families.
What This Means for VG
As mentioned earlier, Orange is not a program or a curriculum, it’s a strategic blueprint. One which causes us to make decisions that intentionally relate to the way we shape our environments.
For the most part, the impact of Orange is going to be felt strongest in our children’s and youth ministries. These are the areas that are the most fertile for implementing Orange.
But it only begins there. As a stone creates ripples in a pond, the impact of Orange will be felt by the entire church over time. The possibilities are endless and there are likely scenarios that will present themselves that we cannot imagine yet.
What if I don’t fit?
You may be single, or a senior, or someone whose children have long left the nest and you’re thinking that this does not apply to you. That’s understandable at first. But the truth is this: regardless of your family situation or make-up, each of us has a responsibility to ensure the health of the family.
All of us fit into the fabric of a family, whether as an uncle, aunt, grandparent, or a guardian. Whatever our role, we have an opportunity to impact lives with purpose. Whether as someone who teaches in one of the Orange environments or as someone who becomes a mentor to another, every opportunity we have to shape a life for spiritual growth is never a wasted end!