Setting Your Rudder Through the Media Storm

ship-rudderOne of the more helpful sessions for us sponsors this past week was a session that Evangelist Keven Brownfield gave on Setting Your Rudder Through the Media Storm. There are lots of statistics that you’ve probably heard, but the most helpful aspect of the session was  how Bro. Brownfield explains filtering our entertainment/media choices through the grid of Scripture. I hope it will be a help to you as it was to me. Listen here.

The Wilds – Friday

Fireside ServiceThe Fireside Service concluded with the following chorus:

“All I ever want to be is what You want of me. I give my life to you, and all my hopes and dreams and plans I place within your hands and give my life to you.”

What a tremendous week for our teenagers! Evangelist Keven Brownfield preached a powerful message on The High Cost of Genuine Christianity from Luke 14.25-35. The underlying burden of the message was that 2nd & 3rd generation Christians must live as 1st generation Christians! Continue reading

The Wilds – Thursday

Family Reunion
Family Reunion 2009

Family Reunion - Jesse Woelkers

Family Reunion - Jon Hein

If teen camp is the Super Bowl of our youth group, then the Family Reunion, that takes place on Thursdays, is kicking the winning field goal. One of the major highlights of our year is the Family Reunion. Throughout the week our teens are split up into various cabins and the Family Reunion allows our entire youth group meets together and shares what God has been doing in their heart over the week. Some of the sweetest testimonies come during this time and it  is always so rewarding to hear what God is doing. This Sunday night we will have a service where some of our teens give testimony to this past week.

Evangelist Brownfield preached a very simple, but powerful message Thursday night on Biblical Forgiveness from Matthew 18. His points were straightforward: Continue reading

The Wilds – Wednesday

Jordan Baun - part of Water WarsThe perfect day for Water Wars! Sunny and warm weather. Amazing to see almost 800 teenagers completely occupied in one game and all of them completely soaked.Chris Brittingham flying off the Blob! Wednesday afternoon was the designated time for the guys to go on a hike, either to 2nd or 4th Falls. 4th Falls is by far the more challenging of the two hikes. A little more than half of our guys went on the hike to 2nd Falls with Rich Brittingham going with our more “tough guys” to 4th Falls.

During the morning, both Junior High and Senior had a Christian Life Seminar on entertainment by Willie titled “Is Pleasure What You Treasure?” (By the way, ask your teen why Willie is so famous around here.) Continue reading

The Wilds – Tuesday

Nicole & HeatherAs promised a great picture of Nicole W.and Heather B. calmly swinging from the Giant Swing!God & I Time

After Matt Herbster sang Beneath the Cross of Jesus, Evangelist Brownfield preached a message titled Don’t Waste Your Life from the life of Esau. He began by giving illustrations of two men who both died by the age of 29: David Brainerd and Robert Murray McCheyne. Brainerd’s biography, published by Jonathan Edwards, has been and continues to have a huge impact on the future missionaries of our generation. Brownfield illustrated that if a person lives 70 years he will spend:Evangelist Keven Brownfield Continue reading

The Wilds – Monday

Ben & KyleIMG_0693Last night’s opening message Evangelist Keven Brownfield preached on Conformity or Conviction from 2 Chronicles 24. He started by reading 1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” After a few opening comments that salvation is an individual recognizing their great need of a Savior and begging God for mercy, Bro. Brownfield gave a “mini-invitation” to those who were in the room without Christ and needed to be saved. Before the preaching ever started some teenagers had gone out to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Here is the outline of Bro. Brownfield’s message on the life of Josiah: Continue reading

Preparing Your Teen for Camp

camp theme

We leave for teen camp in just two weeks. Some teens are already packing, others will wait the night before to pack– either way we leave June 21 after the morning service. I’m so excited about this year’s teen camp! We’re taking almost the entire youth group (104 to be exact). As you make your list to prepare for teen camp, no doubt, you’ll write down toothpaste, toothbrush, towels, sleeping bag, Bible, youth group t-shirt, candy and many other things to make it the perfect week, but may I suggest one other way to help you prepare?

This week is a huge investment in the life of your teenager. It’s a tremendous way to kick off the summer. In fact, as youth pastor, I believe it really can be the spiritual culmination to your teenager’s year. I’d like to encourage you to talk to your teenager about goals for their week of camp!

Goal 1: Have Fun. Dare them to get involved in as much as they possibly can during their five days at camp. The teenagers that love camp are… Continue reading