Thursday, August 05, 2010

Ministry Matters - Busy Summer

Things are really moving forward here in North Iowa. I just finished up a three week run at the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp. I was the morning speaker at Junior High Camp, the program chairman at Family Camp #3 and a counselor at Senior High Camp.

Junior High Camp: As morning speaker I was able to open God's Word with the 7th and 8th graders from all over Iowa, the mid-west and even a great group from Texas. The theme at the camp this year was "Chosen to Serve" and working within this theme I brought 4 messages (Tuesday - Friday) to the students.

Tuesday we took a look at the David and Goliath event from the perspective that servant must have experience with their master. Big Idea: Servants must trust their masters. David could trust God's protection against Goliath because God had protected David from the lion and bear.

Wednesday was an intense look at Gideon and God's use of him as a "mighty man of valor!" Big Idea: Servants must trust their masters even if their direction does not make complete sense to them.

Thursday we coved the topic of friends from the events surrounding the life of Amnon, the son of David. the Big Idea here: Servants must make wise choices! If you have never taken the time to read 2 Samuel 13, it is a sordid story riff with application to the issue of the people we chose to surround ourselves with.

Friday the topic was "How to Grow and Change" and the Big Idea was that servants must desire to be like their masters. This was taken from Ephesians 4:22-24 - another great read!

The opportunity to be a part of the speaking team at camp is an incredible blessing and privilege!

Family Camp #3: I serve as the program chairman, my responsibility is to set the speaker along with the camp director, set the schedule along with the program director and oversee the day to day operation of the program.

Our speakers this year were Pastor Dan Merchant in the morning services and Pastor Jon Jinks in the evening services. Both of these men did a great job handling the Word and challenging the hearts of the people.

Senior High Camp: Serving as a counselor is always an adventure! I was places in a room the slept 8 guys; myself and 3 guys from our church, 2 guys from Perry, Iowa; one guy from Holmes, Iowa and one guy from Colorado. Full cabin!

The week was filled with great activities and challenging messages from God's Word. The Speakers for the week were Dan Dark in the morning service and Pastor Mark Shaw in the evening services.

It has been a very busy summer thus far and I do not see the rest of the summer or Fall looking like there is a great slowdown on the horizon. Sorry for the long break between postings ... hopefully I'll do a better job of checking in and updating the blog.

Pastor Steve           


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back, I thought you may have gone back to China...
Big Bro

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

The music leader @ FC3 was kind of a hottie, too....where'd you get that guy? He's awesome :)