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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434764834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434764836
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Reggie Joiner is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of The reThink Group, a non-profit organization providing resources and training for churches. He is also the architect of the Orange Conference and one of the founders of North Point Community Church. He and his wife live in Cumming, Georgia, and have four grown children.

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It is a book you read, then stop and digest, then read it again.
sean lee
If you are involved in family or youth ministry in any way or if you want to learn things that will help you be a better parent, get this book.
Glen
If you are looking for a practical and relevant strategy to reach the next generation family, Think Orange is a must have.
Terry Scalzitti

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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Randall Brandt on April 19, 2010
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Maybe I'm the odd one out: it looks like I'm the first to not give Joiner's book 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon reviews. Although written well enough to be easily accessible and readable, with many good insights and some inspiring stories, there are other books now available which have deeper theological and Biblical grounding for inviting a transformational understanding of children, youth and family ministry for the 21st century.

Joiner mostly uses a traditional, didactic, pedagogic model of youth ministry while citing some creative divergences from traditional archetypes. But, he seems to hesitate in fully partnering with families so that the church's FIRST call is the spiritual development of ADULTS, moms and dads, so that parents have the spiritual maturity, resources and life skills to be the primary faith mentors and companions for their children. For example, his section on "Elevating Community" (p185ff) is written in reference to other significant, committed, adults (beyond parents) that are "used to influence youth" within traditional age-segregated peer group programming in the church. This is a good thing, but Joiner does not take the next step, calling for a cultural-shift model of full, inclusive, intergenerational community, where the WHOLE FAMILY is uplifted, engaged holistically in the life of the church and equipped to be the faith mentors in the home. When Reggie Joiner does write about equipping parents it comes across primarily that the church is the educator for effective parenting versus enabling parents to effectively live in authentic discipleship and embracing children into their daily faithful lives of loving God and others in Christ's name.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry Scalzitti on September 10, 2009
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If you are looking for a practical and relevant strategy to reach the next generation family, Think Orange is a must have. Reggie Joiner dares churches and families to "ReThink" how they view one another through a simple strategy that calls for a unique partnership. "When you combine these two influences, you make a greater impact than either of these influences will make individually." (p109) Think Orange will inspire both traditional and contemporary churches to rally around simple principles that can reach the next generation in a relevant and creative way. I'm an education pastor at a 100 year mega church in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Think Orange has been a "road map" for changing the way we minister to the family. We have seen tremendous growth in our children and student ministry because of the principles that Think Orange brings about. If you would like to see your children drag your parents to church, and see your student's passion ignited for ministry like never before, then be sure to purchase this book.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Terence on October 19, 2011
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Empowering parents to carry out the Biblical role is abondoned in Orange and has created a Biblical void in children's ministry. Orange's intention is noble, and stress needs to be made regarding parent's role in living out and teaching their kids the Bible and gospel message.

However, it is becoming easier and easier to spot an Orange church with kids not knowing the Bible for fear they may be dropped off at a children's ministry. As a former children's coordinator in a non-orange ministry, I have had Orange church members drop their kids off at our ministry so they could get a Biblical foundation, only to return to their churches where kids are hanging out playing the WII in another room where their parents are studying the Bible. The fear of "disconnect" has shut down children's ministries that were once inreaching and outreaching.

Orange curriculum is overstressing activites, and games in an effort for truth to be "caught". I had to cut my gospel discussion short just last week in our Orange church so we could spend time showing "God Rocks" by making rock candy for 15 minutes using Orange curriculum.

Truth should also be "taught" and children are ripe for memorization - much better than adults! Yes, truth should be caught from parents, but it must also be taught. Orange churches are not preparing their kids to be relavant and engaging the secular mind they will face as teens and adults. They don't even know how to find a book in the Bible, or know how to navigate around scripture. Memorization and Bible knowledge is sadly shallow. More importantly, the gospel message is not stressed well nor presented with clarity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 3, 2010
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How effective would Christian ministry to children be if churches and families adopted a co-operative strategic approach? In this book Reggie Joiner outlines how significant the impact can be. Many parents leave the spiritual stuff to churches, but what hope does a church have of making a significant difference in a child's life with just one hour per week?

The approach which Reggie advocates begins with aligning church leaders and parents to lead with the same end in mind. Next, it is necessary to craft core truths into engaging, relevant and memorable experiences. Parents need to be enlisted as partners in the spiritual formation of their own children. Every child needs to be connected to a caring leader and a consistent group of peers. Finally, consistent opportunities must be created for students to experience personal ministry.

As I read the book, I could not help wondering about what should happen in situations where most of the parents have no interest in spiritual matters; however, it seems to me that that is likely to be a rare situation. I am very impressed by the clarity of the strategic approach outlined in the book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone involved in ministry to children or teenagers.
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Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of Orange, a nonprofit organization providing resources and training to help churches maximize their influence on the spiritual growth of the next generation. Orange (www.WhatIsOrange.org) provides innovative curriculum resources and training for leaders who work with preschoolers, children, families, and students. They have partners throughout the United States and eight other countries. Orange is also the architect of the Orange Conference (www.TheOrangeConference.com) and the Orange Tour (www.OrangeTour.org) which provide national training opportunities for senior pastors, church leaders, and ministry volunteers.

Reggie is also one of the founding pastors, along with Andy Stanley, of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. In his role as the executive director of Family Ministry, Reggie developed the concepts of ministry for preschoolers, children, students, and married adults over the course of his eleven years with the church. During his time with North Point Ministries, Reggie created KidStuf, a weekly environment where kids bring their parents to learn about God, as well as Grow Up, an international conference to encourage and equip churches to create relevant, effective environments for children, families, and teenagers.

Reggie is the co-author of Seven Practices of Effective Ministries (Multnomah, with Lane Jones and Andy Stanley) and the author of Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide (David C. Cook, June 2009). Think Orange encapsulates Joiner's philosophy and practice of family ministry, combining the strengths of family and church to capture the hearts and minds of the next generation.

Reggie is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern College. Reggie and Debbie Joiner live in Cumming, Georgia, and have four grown children: Reggie Paul, Hannah, Sarah, and Rebekah.