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Picture Post: The Goodbye Party

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Pre-concert thoughts

Light Force ConcertWith just a few days left before the Light Force concert (Sunday @ 7) I’ve got a lot of dreams for the thing. This is the first time we’ve tried this… and I’ve got a lot of thoughts floating around my head.

Most importantly, I hope the event is well-attended and fun for everyone who comes.

Second, I hope its a great stepping stone for some students who may want to learn more about Light Force. I had the guys over from Nowhere Found today… they were super excited to play our show. In fact, they were more excited than I was about the show! One of the band members even asked if he could help us move chairs. Awesome.

Third, I’m really excited about the team of adults who is coming to help. It’s awesome to know that I probably have too many adults. How cool is that? It shows that the adults in our church are just as passionate about the mission as I am.

Fourth, I am hopeful that our youth group embraces the event. This thing is WAY outside of their comfort zones. And it’s going to rock their world in an awesome way.

Fifth, I hope it is crazy fun.

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10 Things I Did While My Friends Were in Florida

I mentioned this project earlier today, here is the video. I think it turned out pretty funny. What do you think?

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Off to Shoot a Movie

Today I’m hanging out with my favorite peeps, the cast and crew from Light Force. We’re going to conceptualize, shoot, edit, and release a movie today.

It’s called “10 Things I Did While My Friends Were in Florida.” We’ll be driving all over the Metro area shooting all sorts of weird things. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

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Spring Break: The Movie

Film CameraIn Romeo, Spring Break starts today after school. And for the first time during my tenure at Romeo I will not be leading a group of high school students to Chicago to work with Inner City Impact.

This creates new opportunities. Several families from Light Force are headed down to Florida to escape the prolonged winter. But the rest of us are not! And so when students started asking me, “What are we going to do over Spring Break?” I really started scratching my head… this is the first Spring Break in the last 7 years I’ve not had a mission trip, so I really have no idea what to do!

Now Filming: 10 Things I Did While My Friends Were in Florida
Next Wednesday, I have invited any student who wants to meet me at the church at 10:00 AM. From there we are going to brainstorm 10 scenes of a short movie that we’ll shoot later in the morning. As we’ll have all day to do this, the geographical boundaries are the Metro area… so I’m guessing we’re headed to the city, a couple Metroparks, a mall or two, a Taco Bell or two, and some other random places. From there, we’ll head back and edit our movie, drop some titles and effects on it and publish it to YouTube.

I love unleashing adolescent creativity! I am positive that they have better video ideas than I do. Of course, in order to get to the good ideas you have to get past the initial creative desire to burn stuff, blow something up, jump off things, or otherwise break the law!

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We have an overnighter on March 7th

I saw this video in an email earlier in the week. With an all night party on the agenda in just 10 days or so… it really touched home for me. To quote our worship leader, “I was like a cowboy as one lonesome tear ran down my face.

Of course, the stuff he talks about has never happened at Romeo. Our all-night parties have always been fun, clean, safe, etc. But generally about 4:00 AM I start to question my sanity as the cozy, warm bed becomes increasingly desirable with each passing minute.

So why do I do it? It’s for the students, duh!

HT to Josh

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Commitment: A trend to or a trend away?

I posted a question here… your thoughts are always appreciated.

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Recovery time

Last night was a hit. I’m not sure how what we did couldn’t be a hit, but it was a hit. Also important is that it was a true foyer event in that our students brought some friends. That is fantastic!

The momentum continues to build and I am excited about that. I hope we’ve turned a corner.

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thump thump

I am 31 years old. I have done youth ministry, pretty much, since I graduated from High School.

And I still get jazzed about an all-nighter. I am pumped to hear that many of our students are not only coming but bringing friends.

In 30 minutes doors open. I’m ready. I hope they are.

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Gaining some momentum in Light Force

Last night’s small group was great.

That makes 3 “good time had by all” Light Force events in a row. With a sure winner on Friday night, we’re off to a good 2008.