A Weekend in Winter

In just a few hours, we will launch into WINTER WEEKEND.  This is the first all-out DNOW weekend we have undertaken as a student ministry since I have arrived.  For the past two years, we have held something called “SERVE STRONG” weekend.  We invited students to come spend the weekend learning about God in His Word, as well as taking part in community service projects across the community.

Here is something we noticed:  while this was a great idea, we weren’t effecting leveraging our resources to the max for the sake of the Gospel.  For example, in our old model, we really leaned on CAMP as the primary source of evangelism in our student ministry.  However, it is really expensive to get a lost kid to camp.  And yet…last year at camp ($350) we had approx 370 in attendance.  Last year at our DNOW ($35) we had about 170.  We began praying that God will help us build an evangelistic weekend that would be more accessible to students in our community who need Jesus Christ.  Introducing…Winter Weekend.

I have seen the hand of God all over this weekend.  Our church family reacted to our call for host homes with amazing aplomb.  In fact, we had to turn away 25 host homes, because we simply didn’t need them.  (this is a dream problem for a student pastor!!)  As of this moment, we have 300 registered.  In addition, our guest speaker for the Friday Night rally will be in 2 school assemblies on Friday.  Since last year, we have been praying for 500 in attendance.  I have no doubt that we’re going to see that Friday night.

Here is my resounding prayer:  God, please don’t allow this weekend to be the net result of what a group of people can do.  God, we wanna see something SO BIG, only YOU can get the credit.  We’re well on the way.

On Saturday morning, I have the privilege of preaching.  I feel ready for the message, and I can’t wait to see what God is going to do!

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.