The Orange Conference has always sought to offer an event where a church could bring their entire family ministry team. Over the past couple of years Orange's leadership has recognized the exploding nature of special needs. As a result, the conference has substantially expanded the special needs ministry track, also giving attention to developing corresponding resources for churches. In 2012 The Orange Conference offered eight (8) dedicated special needs breakouts during the pre-conference and conference. We also hosted a Q&A/networking event where more than 50 special needs ministry leaders from California, Florida and everywhere in between shared stories and questions for nearly three hours. In 2013 we will do the same...and more. We haven’t yet finalized the special needs workshops for OC13. But as we develop the track, here are the questions we want to answer somewhere in the course of the breakouts, workshops, and gatherings:
How can our church…
On September 27th online registration opens for the 2013 Orange Conference. All registrants on this day (and this day only!) receive special pricing and early bird access to workshop selections. When the workshops open in January for registration, these early birds will have first dibs selecting their breakouts. This could be handy because several special needs workshops have sold out quickly over the past two years.
To learn more about the Orange Conference you might enjoy the posts covering the 2012 special needs track:
2012 Orange Conference Special Needs Track (Workshop Descriptions)
2013 Orange Conference Brochure: OC13 SavetheDateBrochure
Now for the fun part! From now until September 24th The Inclusive Church Blog is running a contest to win a free registration for The Orange Conference 2013 and Preconference. Want to win? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling me in 300 words or less how the special needs track at the Orange Conference will benefit you, your church, and families impacted by special needs. Two runners-up will win a free download card from The Orange Conference 2012, providing audio of the preconference and conference workshops. I’ll announce the winners on September 26th right here on The Inclusive Church Blog.
Special needs ministry leaders at the OC12 Q&A/Networking event