Going from city to city, youth conference to youth conference, camp and back again is not always as glamorous as it seems. Lack of sleep and inadequate nutrition, sleeping apart from my wife and missing lazy pool days with my kids are huge bummers. But, I'm also coming to realize that my family and I have been immensely blessed by my summer job/calling (or whatever you want to call it).
First of all, the heroic friends that I get to work with and glean wisdom from have not only inspired me to be more bold in my proclamation of the Gospel through the years, but have also inspired me to be a better human being, husband and father. I have the greatest friends who love me (for me) and are constantly cheering me on to holiness and wholeness. Secondly, on the road I get a lot of contemplation time. I almost feel guilty talking about it, but there is a lot more silence for me there. Whether it's while driving or flying (layovers too), travel affords me some good time with my thoughts, and good locations for listening to God's voice. Thirdly, I have the opportunity to dream some dreams, to learn and to experiment with new movements of evangelization and discipleship. Camp and conference culture is oftentimes a lab for the new evangelization in America, a place where some of the brightest and most selfless leaders get to share new ideas and models. I like this part a lot. But I also think it's dangerous if we are the only ones doing it. I think dreaming is for everyone.
All believing Christians should participate in the necessary exercise of "What's working? What's not working? How can we do this better?".
Over the years, I've become increasingly convinced that one of the greatest tragedies of modern Christianity is that we've lost our sense of creativity, our ability to captivate people's hearts with the radical beauty of the Gospel.
So, I wanted to ask you...
What's working? What's not working? How can we better share our faith and captivate hearts with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Are more conferences the answer? Better liturgy? What's your dream?
Cana and I have our thoughts and opinions and we might share them tonight on the Live Q and A. But we want to know what you are thinking.
Comment below or send us an email. We'd love to hear your voice.
"And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions."
Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17
Peace and Good!
7/10/2019 09:31:21 pm
To better share the Gospel and the beauty of the Church, we need to become better educated on “the why”. This can breakdown the stigma of the church of rules, or the God of control. The “why” brings the freedom and fuels the love.
7/11/2019 12:25:32 pm
Love this Tom!
12/21/2021 11:59:02 pm
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7/11/2019 12:01:43 pm
I so enjoy your blog. I always try to keep things positive. When challenges occur I ease into them never giving much to negative energy. Stay true to yourself and the rest will come. Rick and I have a senior dinner group that shares the same concept as The Porch. As seniors we are in the fight against drugs and alcohol teaching and fighting human trafficking through Elijah Rising. We do these things in Jesus name.
7/11/2019 12:23:33 pm
Thanks Joanie! Cana and I would love to grab a meal with y’all! It’s been way too long. Sounds like God is bearing fruit through your faithfulness. We’d love to hear more!
6/3/2021 08:56:13 pm
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7/21/2021 01:22:55 am
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2/10/2022 08:31:39 pm
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6/9/2022 03:20:34 pm
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6/17/2022 12:34:37 pm
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9/6/2022 06:11:38 pm
I love that you talked that friends could be inspired because of the word of God. My cousin told me the other night that he and his friends are looking for a Christian youth conference for their youth group ministry journey, and he asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to do. Thanks to this helpful article, I'll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if they consult a trusted Christian youth conference as they can provide information about their schedules.
10/4/2022 06:40:32 pm
Thanks for shharing this
11/6/2022 11:24:29 am
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