Archive for June 19th, 2008

Next Generation of Leaders

Last night Collin Locker spoke at Impact.  It’s truly amazing to see how much he has grown in just a short period of time.  May 1, 2008 Collin gave his life to the Lord.  Before that time he was all mixed up with depression, cutting, and thoughts of doing harm to himself.  He shared all this last night and then brought home the importance of being real with people.  He shared about how he was finally able to open up to a few people and how bringing the pain in his life to light brought about freedom.  Of the 82 youth that were at Impact last night all but a handful stood at the end of his message signifying that they too wanted to find true freedom in their lives.  Some of the deep conversations that took place throughout that evening were absolutely amazing.  Transparency leads to transparency and Collin led by example last night.

My desire with Impact is that we would have youth lead in every way possible – including speaking.  I truly believe that there are many new pastors and leaders that we have yet to identify in our midst.  Lord, give us the eyes to see and the boldness to release!  May we open the floodgates of a new generation of leaders and equip them with what they need to fulfill their calling.

1 Year Blogging Anniversary

Today marks the one year mark for my blog.  Over the past year I have celebrated many events, been to Israel, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Maine.  I have enjoyed laughing with friends, sharing the hardships of a family that has lost their son, rejoiced with so many that were baptized at GCC, and shared my thoughts on youth ministry.  I’m still amazed that over the course of a year I have been visited almost 20,000 times.

As I look over the last year I come full circle.  This blog began sharing prayer requests to parents for last years summer camp.  We begin again this year doing the same thing.  We are just 1 week away from this years youth camp and I am in prep mode for what I will be sharing this year.  Please pray that the words I speak are not mine but those that the Holy Spirit is able to speak through me.  In past years I have been the camp director.  This year I am passing the torch to Chris & Mindy Mazzola as I will be speaking.  I know that Chris & Mindy will do a great job but please pray for them as well.  Pray also for the youth that will be attending this years camp.  Pray that they will have their hearts ready to receive all that God wants to pour into them.

Here’s to another great year!