I am at the beach for a week at camp with our students as I write this blog. I have been attending student camps for 22 years now and I have never seen God move so soon and go so deep this early at camp. Normally it takes until the middle of the week for camp to get “loose” but not this week!
Monday night, God showed himself strong. We saw several students receive Christ which never gets old, and we also saw students getting honest with God and crying out for help. I prayed with a young lady Monday night to receive Christ and I can’t wait to see how God is going to work in her life.
I look forward to camp each year… hanging out with our students and getting to know them. We have swam in the ocean; we have played football in the pool; we have laughed, talked and played around. I have had the privilege to watch these young men and young women coming together to praise and worship God freely and unashamedly.
God is raising up some leaders in our Student Ministry. It is amazing to watch these young people hunger after the things of God. 85% of all people will give their lives to Christ before the age of 18. We must invest time, energy and money into this generation.
If you want to help with this next generation, I encourage you to do the following:
1 – Encourage them and believe in them
I didn’t say understand them, you and I probably never will. Let’s not be “those” people who tell them their dreams are too big and they can never do what we did. Let’s tell them to dream BIGGER dreams and do much more then we could ever possibly do. Let’s be the adults who trust them and believe in them. They won’t do it all right and they will make plenty of mistakes along the way.
2 – Learn from them
We are not Yoda, we are not the one with all the answers. Let’s stop pretending that we’ve got it all together and got it all figured out…we don’t! Only arrogance and pride say we cannot learn from those who are younger than us.
3 – Fund them, not fight them
Will they do ministry different than we do? YES! They are living in a different world than we grew up in. Student Ministry will look different than anything we have ever seen before. What we call contemporary today, they will call traditional in a few short years. Let’s help them and set them up for success.
Join me in praying that God will touch this next generation!!