Pivot, don’t Panic Orange Conference breakout with Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff, speaker and author, did a breakout session at Orange Conference Live. If you are familiar with any of his books, he wrote a book a few years ago called Do Over, which was very similar content to the breakout.

With all of the changes happening in our world around us right now, many of us are finding ourselves in situations where we need to re-evaluate our job or responsibilities. The book deals with the information from a normal mindset– because we all at some point will experience one of more times in our life. The breakout took this same info a step further and looked at the info through a COVID-19 pandemic perspective

Check out Do Over on Amazon!

The idea is there are certain times in our lives when something happens and we need to make changes in our life, job, or ministry. Some of them we have control over, some we don’t.

What follows are my notes and thoughts from his breakout (and the book.)

  1. Hit a ceiling –

You need skills when you hit a ceiling

              Critical skills  — things you have to do

              New skills – things you have always wanted to do but didn’t have time

              Classic skills—things that got left behind as you grew

2. Bump– involuntary unexpected negative moment

              You need relationships when you hit a bump

              This is a show up season—show up for your people

                            Ask what they need

                            Listen to their answer

                                          People become visible and valuable

                            Act on that need

3. Jump – involuntary unexpected negative moment

You need character during a jump

              Be an amateur

              Give yourself and others a lot of grace

                          We have feelings about feelings

4. Opportunity

You need Hustle when an opportunity presents itself

              Unexpected opportunity

                            Build a routine

People process crisis differently, so grace is necessary

How do you get your thoughts in order

              When will we have another summer like this to spend with our kids

Try something and see if it works. If it does continue, if not try something else

Aim for the middle. Do nothing? Firehose? Stay somewhere in the middle.

              Relationship over resources

              Better to meet the need rather than invent the need

In addition to the breakout session, Jon also had a question/answer time where he took questions from the viewing audience. WHat follows are some of the questions/answers that came from that connversation.

Don’t look too far ahead.  Take week by week. Take step by step.

We think we have to understand everything. The truth is we will not understand everything.

What are some things churches will hang onto?

              Something new that is good that should stick

                            We had red tape – but we don’t need that

                            We can do things faster than we thought—take a look at efencies that can stick

                            Things we learned that we never needed to learn before

                            Online giving

                            Streaming or online platform

Its ok to be sad

              You don’t know when the last thing will happen

                            We don’t know what is going to happen so everything may be the last time we do something

Did you attend Orange Conference? What did you think? Have you read Do Over? Which of these experiences have you experienced and how did you get through it? Post a comment or send me a message and let me know.

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About the Author

Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. As a teacher and children's pastor, he has over 20 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional, Got Fruit? on Amazon. His blog is consistantly listed in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites. Don't hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way.

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