Rooted-Fall Retreat 2018

This past weekend was our Fall Retreat at a canyon near Floydada. Our hope and prayer for this camp was to find our rootedness in Christ, develop relationships, and grow spiritually. And God delivered!

As camp began to approach, I recognized this was going to be a mostly middle school camp, with a few high schoolers. Initially I was disappointed to have so few, but the Lord used the high schoolers that we did have to grow them as leaders and as examples for the middle schoolers!

This trip was truly filled with joy and fellowship, in every way possible. Our student ministry leaders,  including our high schoolers (Addy, Connor, & Braeden) made this trip an amazing time for these middle schoolers to witness our "rootedness" in Christ, our love for one another, and a glimpse of our own wild side!

We even had a paintball royale, where even some first timers showed some serious battle courage :)

Our leaders met each morning for devotion, prayer, and st…
I learned the word "Missio Dei" a couple of years ago and have been fascinated by it ever since. Essentially this is a Latin word for the "mission of God", and reminds us that God is at work in the world; our job is to join him.

After going to the Sommerville center last week, I began to learn that our students at WPC aren't merely objects of ministry, but also agents of ministry. The more I spend time with our students, the more I am challenged by their ability to show up and believe. They are absolutely a part of Missio Dei, being agents for Christ's coming Kingdom.

At the Sommerville youth center we were able to play basketball, card games, do crafts, and get involved in other activities with kids who are involved in this after school program. Most of these kids come from homes that aren't very stable, which doesn't help their situation. Hope in God's mission is something that is a difficult thing to grasp, but last week we saw a glimpse of i…
Belize 2018

After Jesus's baptism, his ministry began with these words: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:18-19.

In my first year as WPC youth minister this trip to Belize has been the most impactful time! As many of you know our church is partnered with an organization called the Word at Work. The staff here made this trip a meaningful one for us all, encouraging us to serve faithfully, love the people, and rejoice in the Lord. Folks like Tim, Kenny, Chapito, and Jo (Word at Work staff) helped us see the culture of Belize, as well as the urgent need for support and encourage for local folks.

Our WPC team was an intergeneration one, which helped everyone gained more appreciation for the whole Body of Christ. We had hard times, joyful times, and ev…
Lone Tree Camp Recap It's always a sad thing to leave camp, especially when many memories were made! Toward the last half of camp, our students grew closer toward each other. It was something special. Nevertheless, we have lives to come back to and life goes on.  As leaders, we challenged the students to not let this be just a yearly adventure, but a daily walk with the Lord. We wanted to challenge them to become lifelong disciples and camp can surely be a beginning and landmark to that journey.
One of the ways we continue to grow is by remaining in a community that exists to grow and mature us into the people we want to become. WPC student ministry certainly exists for that reason. To create a culture of belonging and becoming, growing in Christ together. Our hope and prayer is that these students will continue on this journey of discipleship with the Lord and life together with one another! 


Day 1 & 2 Camp Update

Thank you so much for entrusting your students to us over this week! We arrived safely in Capitan, NM on Monday night. Our drive up here was filled with laughter and fellowship as our students continued to strengthen their bonds and get to know those who are new to our community.
We wanted to take the time to let you know what the format of our camp looks like while we are here. Our days are filled with activities, fellowship, teaching, and small group discussion each day. We begin each morning with breakfast followed activity sign ups and then the fun begins! 
In between activities and meal time, we are participating in what is called MXC. Our students have been separated into groups with camp members from other churches for some healthy competition time. We end our days with worship and a teaching session and then we spend some time in discussion over the Word and what God is teaching us. 
Steve, the director here at the Ranch, has been leading our teaching time. The theme…