Thanks Week 10 LFYC Campers!!

Big ups to week 10 campers at Life For Youth Camp! Thank for your attention!

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Sunday Night Service  Part 1

Sunday Night Service Part 2

Monday Service Part 1

Monday Service Part 2

Tuesday Night Message

Wednesday Night Message

Thursday Night Message

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Thank You Week 9 LFYC Campers!!

Hey Campers!!

Wow! What a fantastic week! You guys stepped up big this week in your faith. You guys did some growing this week and I could not be more proud of you! I saw many of you go from shy and timid to standing on stage and sharing your heart. I saw many of you, maybe for the first time, publicly read scripture. But of course, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish, right?

To help you along the way, I have a 21 day devotion for you that will take you through the gospel of John. You can download it for free HERE

I did not include the worship in the videos below, for the sake of time, but  here’s a Spotify list of all the songs that were played.

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Sunday’s Message 

Monday’s Message 

Tuesday’s Message 

Wednesday’s Message

Thursday’s Message

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5 Strategies For Following Up Summer Spiritual Commitments

I’m passionate about following up after kids make spiritual commitments. If a kid is inwardly compelled to go to an altar and commit his or her life to Christ, then I must be inwardly compelled to follow up after them to help them in their journey.

I understand that parents play the key role with their kids discipleship. Parents struggle to wear many hats from taxi driver to den mother to band booster. Chief discipler is a hat that, too often, falls to the back of the closet. Parents are in that unique role of managing family relationships and making family work. It’s a tough job and sometimes discipleship, in the formal sense of kids being students of the Word, is not a skill set many parents feel equipped to do. Rather than make parents feel guilty that they cannot get it all done (which they already feel) let’s lend a hand in an area we should be adept at.

Even though we only see a kid for two hours a week we still have some tools a parent does not have. We know how to take a kid from point A to point B as far as spiritual steps go, but we , like National Treasure, only have a piece of a map that can lead to a treasure of spiritual growth.

Follow up is crucial to spiritual growth. Attitudes towards follow up ranges from, “Well God will just do it.” to “I have 30 classes you need to attend in order to be a good follower of Jesus.”. I think there is a middle ground we can meet on.

If your kids have made some new commitments to Christ this summer, and I pray they have, I’d like to offer five follow up strategies you can use to help your students get the best start in keeping their commitments.

1. Make a Video

I just preached a camp down in Florida and a kid, who watched this video, told me afterwards that he never has a strategy after camp. His comment further deepened my commitment to help kids in the growth process. I won’t see these kids until next summer and this video is something they can go back to to refresh there memory about what they need to do to grow.

2. Written Material

In addition to the video, I wrote a five day follow up devotion they can download. I cannot make them do it, but the fact that they may not do it cannot dissuade me from providing it. I must give them a choice.

Whether you choose a book or choose to write your own material, offer your kids some kind of physical tool to help them set a course for spiritual growth. These kinds of resources are for kids who like to read, write, and like to see some physical path they can make progress on. Completing these kinds of tools also gives kids a boost of confidence.

Here are a few things I have written for our kids that may help your kids

God? What’s Your Status?: A 21 day Journal Through The Gospel Of John 

St Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer Journal

I’d also like to recommend a book called The Purple Book. If you decide to use a book, be sure you sit down with the student(s) and go through it with them.

3. Face to Face

Schedule a lunch with these kids one on one or in groups of 2-3. Take them to a meal and ask them about how their commitments are going and ask how you can help support them.

4. Assign A Mentor or Accountability Partner

Communicate to kids that if they make a commitment to Christ, you are going to support them. This support may come in the form of a prayer partner or a weekly contact over a certain amount of weeks. I understand that anonymity is a directions many kids will want to take but we must be careful to remind them that spiritual growth does not happen in a vacuum. We need others to grow. We need others experience, knowledge, and passion, to help us along.

5. Text kids weekly scriptures

Put all the kids who made commitment this summer in a list and text them a scripture and a short encouragement. The amount of information consumed is not equal to the depth of spiritual growth. You don’t have to dump a ton of info on them. A short text communicates that you care and that you are praying for them. That may all they need to take the next step in their walk with Christ.

Bonus

Host a 30 Days after Camp Reunion. Put it on the calendar to meet with just the kids who went to camp and have a service with them. Let them share where they are spiritually 30 days later. Let them reflect on the camp, the worship, the speaker, and the kind of commitment they made.

Set up the service by playing a game or two you played at camp followed by a few worship songs you sang at camp. I have a 30 Days After Camp Teaching if you would like to use it. You can e-mail me at thedproject@me.com and I will mail you a copy. You can grab a few more ideas in this video I created

One more bonus step: Offer parents tools to do the follow up at home. Check out my post on 7 Questions Parents Should Ask Their Kids After Camp

How do you follow up when kids make a commitment to Christ or to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord?

What is your process like?

What frustrates you most in the follow up process?

7 Post Camp Questions Parents Should Ask Their Kids

We just got back from camp last week but before we took off I hand these questions out to the parents as a guide to help them disciple their kids back home

Some parents ask a ton of questions and their kids are not even unpacked yet. Some parents, to be honest, do not ask enough questions about their teens camp experience. Here are seven questions that will help you discern what your child received at camp and how to can help them grow in their relationship with God. Try to keep it to maybe one or two question a day.

1. Do you feel like God did anything special in your heart this week? 

Teens live off emotion and will be better able to describe what camp felt like rather than what actually happened.

2. How did the worship draw you closer to God this week?

Ask them about the band or what their favorite song(s) were. Sometimes the song(s) they mention are clues to what they experienced from God that week. If they mention a bunch of songs, why not buy the songs on iTunes so they can re-visit their camp moments through song.

3. Who did you most connect with at camp?

Don’t freak out, but the kids your kids connect with, may not be a kid from the youth group. In a large camp kids get to meet kids from all over. This is does not mean they do not like their youth group, it just means they enjoyed being around some other people who happen to not be in our youth group. Asking your kids who they connected with will tell you if they made new friends or renewed old friendships.

4. Do you feel like you should start or re-new any spiritual practices that will strengthen your relationship with God? (Prayer, Bible reading, worship time, sharing their faith, etc.)

Keeping the spiritual fires burning after camp is one of the hardest things to do for any parent or Pastor; but daily spiritual practices are super important to the life of a Christian. Ask your youth pastor if they have any follow up/devotional material you can use or buy your kids something you know they will keep up with. Maybe you could find seven days (one a day) of You Tube videos that would encourage their faith.

5. Did anything in the messages stick out to you?

Your kids will not remember most of the messages just like you don’t remember what your Pastor says from week to week; but, some things will stick out. Ask about the parts, quotes, or illustrations of the messages that did make an impact.

6. Do you believe God is asking you to make any life style changes so you can better serve Christ?

I always ask students after camp, “So what changes?”. If they say “nothing” then it’s possible they have not had a authentic encounter with Jesus. Everyone who meets Jesus changes something. Zachaeus, the tax collector, met Jesus and gave back money to those whom he had cheated. The leper who was healed became more thankful. There are changes you can see and changes you cannot see. Be patient, but don’t be afraid to ask the question, “What changes?”

7. How can I help you in your walk with Christ?

This is the most important question. As the chief disciple maker in your home, your kids need to know that you are not only committed to making them “good kids” or moral kids, but that you are there to make them “fishers of men” as well. Ask good questions, then listen, and then just love your kid like crazy until the fruit of God’s work at camp is made clear.

Do you offer your parents any post camp discipleship resources?