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Praying for Your Student During Camp Week

Praying for Your Student During Camp Week

  As we leave for Camp Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters (SWO) we are excited and full of anticipation.  Camps can be good, but with prayer they can be great.  Here are a few ways you can pray for your student while we are away; 1. Pray for Spiritual Safety. Camp week is full of activities, experiences, fun, excitement and absolute insanity. Somewhere mixed in with all the fun is an overall experience that will shape your students’ faith in one way or another. While we will all certainly pray for safety, even more so, I would encourage you to pray for your students spiritual safety. Because much more important than even physical safety is the spiritual foundation that will be laid at camp this week that will harbor long term spiritual safety. 2. Pray for Perseverance Distractions abound at camp. From relationships, friendships, experiences and even fun itself, there are many factor vying for the attention of our students. Pray for the directness of the spirit to capture the focus of your student. Pray that the loudest voice is the quiet whisper of God working in the lives of your student this week. 3. Pray against fatigue/emotionalism Pray that decisions, experiences, worship and growth this week are all based on intimate and authentic encounters with the living God. We don’t want emotions to be the primary reason a student takes next steps on their journey with God. Emotions are short sided feelings that produce short term results. Lets pray for decisions rooted in understanding God more and learning to trust Him in deeper ways. 4. Pray about the Conversations you will get...

NEW Parent Tool!

At EPIC Student Ministry we are always trying to find ways to better connect with parents and families. And we are SUPER DUPER PUMPED about a new resource aimed at encouraging intentional, God-centered discussion in homes each week. We are calling it the EPIC Rewind and it is a brief recap of what was taught at the weekend EPIC services along with discussion questions and the corresponding scripture. We are excited because the ‘Rewind’ is so simple that it can be discussed anywhere; from the dinner table, to the couch or even in the car. We truly hope and pray that this becomes a integral part of the weekly discussions in the homes of EPIC families!!  Enjoy! To see the first week click HERE  -Rob...

Praying Parents; Before, During and After Camp SWO

    We are just days away from Epic Summer Camp SWO and we are so excited and expectant to see what God is going to do in the lives or our students. As parents I’m sure it must stink to be left behind as your student gets the opportunity to engage in the incredible adventure that is CAMP! But we at EPIC we thinking of you this week and we have created for you a Prayer Challenge for you. Here is the Before, During and After camp Prayer Challenge: Before Camp Epic: 1. Ask God to prepare your Student’s heart for what will happen to him/her at camp. 2. Ask God to reveal to your Student the importance of this week both spiritually and relationally. 3. Feel free to let your Student know that you are praying for them and looking forward to hearing what God does when they return. During Camp Epic: 1. The key to praying for our Students at camp is according to the schedule.  If we are eating, pray for social walls to come down and new friendships to be made. If we are out on a high adventure excursion pray for the safety and excitement of our students. And finally, if we are in a service, pray that God will hit hard the hearts of our Students. You can view the 2012 SWO schedule here: SWO12 Schedule 2. Pray for our travel both to and from camp – it’s long trip to Andrews, NC and with two buses and two vans full of teenagers it can seem even longer – pray for safe travel...

Communication and Connection

Connecting and communication with parents in Student Ministry can, at times be challenging; and at other times might be the worst part of Student Ministry.  Communicating with parents can be so difficult but we also know it is so crucial for the effectiveness of any Student Ministry.  In our ministry context we truly believe that we will only be as effective at ministering and disciplining students as we are efficient at connecting with parents.  Parent communication is directly linked to student spiritual growth.  We have attempted many different modes of communication with parents; snail mail, email, phone calls (from an actual hardline), newsletters, text messages, even smoke signals (not really, but it’d be worth a shot)!   Some of these work, most don’t.  However, over the last year we have begun to focus on two major modes of communication and we are beginning to see some actual results; Text messaging and a monthly newsletter both mailed and emailed. The text service we use is Simply Text.  It is cheap and effective, the challenge has been getting parents to sign up to receive the text.  The email service we use is Constant Contact.  We have also been experimenting with some of the new TOOLS that Simply Youth Ministry has recently released. Though none of these communication strategies is all encompassing for a variety of reasons, text messaging is working better than we hoped.  How do you communicate with parents? Have you found there to be some modes that are more efficient at communication than others?  Please comment and share; we’d love to hear your thoughts.   Rob Jr....

Camp Part 2 (of three)

So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? (Galatians 4: 7-9 ESV) These are the fundamental verses for camp this year! What incredible verse they are!? We are no longer slaves to sin but bought at a price to be loved by God and used by him. This is one of the fundamental truths of Christianity- and our students are beginning to mentally digest this truth in big ways. Students are realizing that they have the power of God in them to overcome sin, to serve beyond themselves, to overcome adversity and past hurt. Students are being healed by this truth- AND IT IS AWESOME TO SEE!! This morning I had the privilege of taking a few students up to the prayer chapel to pray and spend some time reading God’s word before the the day started. In this chapel students spread out, praying and reading. As we entered, we removed our shoes and prayed for soft hearts and willing ears- when we got inside I was so encouraged as I saw at least 5 other Epic students in the chapel already praying, journaling and connecting with God. And remember this is the 4th day of camp at 7:30AM. One...