Speaking @ That Thing

If you had one week to speak to high school students, what would you say to them?

That Thing is rapidly approaching! It’s an honor and a privilege to have been invited to speak to senior high students for a week. The big question is, “What do I say?”

The goal is to challenge, encourage, motivate, and inspire our students to live out their faith. Rather than viewing their faith as something passive where they simply attend church services and Bible studies, the desire is to help them develop a faith that is active. We want to help build up a generation of students who take seriously the call to “love God and love your neighbor as yourself.” 

I’ve been having a great week focusing in on the journey. So far, it’s been more helpful to plan the messages together, as a whole, instead of compartmentalizing every message.

I’ve been challenged and inspired throughout the time of preparation. There have been moments when I’ve been tempted to add in an unnecessary joke or story because the students might think I’m funny. But, they won’t be fooled. And, the end goal isn’t to get a bunch of high school kids to approve of me.

I’d invite you to pray for me…during the preparations and during the week of camp (July 5-10). Ask that God would speak to and through me. Also, pray for the students. Ask that God would open their hearts and minds to receive whatever it is that He has in store for them.

It’s Been a Long Time

Well, it’s been far too long since my last post. Things have been slightly crazy. I’m planning to update more frequently.

We’ve been doing a fair amount of traveling…mainly to visit family…but also for my schooling.

Speaking of school, that has taken up a fair amount of my time. But, pastoral leadership and administration is now behind me!

I preached the last two Sunday’s…so sermon prep ate up a good portion of the time that I wasn’t working on school or traveling.

On another note, I’m really enjoying my new pair of Toms Shoes that Em & Sammie gave me for Father’s Day. They are awesome! It’s always good to know that the money spent on you went to a good cause. If you haven’t heard about Toms Shoes, I encourage you to check them out! Socially conscious footware…it’s a good idea!

This week, I’m working on messages for That Thing. It’s rapidly approaching. I’ll be speaking the week of July 5th (pretty much twice daily). For those of you who are the praying type, I’d appreciate your prayers for my preparations and for the whole week of this awesome student conference.

Also, this week is Annual Conference for the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. A major plus is that it’s practically in my backyard…at Emen’s on the Ball State Campus. Coming home each evening will be nice. And, knowing that the Heorot is just down the road is even better!