Looking Back and Looking Forward

calendarI sat at a restaurant Tuesday enjoying breakfast with my leaders and fellow project managers. We gathered to celebrate what God has done this semester, and I smiled as I listened to my friends tell stories of how they had seen God work.

  • One told about prison inmates coming to faith in Jesus through concerts by Anthem City, our new Christmas band.
  • Another explained how she created a website filled with resources to help Cru missionaries transition back to the U.S. after serving overseas.
  • One of our graphic designers announced that the book he wrote and designed has been sent to the publisher; High Ground is a mentoring guide to help free people caught in porn addiction.
  • I praised the great work my Emcee Training team did equipping 15 staff and student emcees to shepherd audiences toward Jesus.
  • Someone else reminded us of all the people who heard the gospel through our bands that toured Australia and the Republic of Georgia.

As I listened to these stories and at least half a dozen others, I sensed the hand of God directing our small team. I was encouraged to see how He is using our creative endeavors to accomplish His mission to win people to Christ, build them in their faith, and send them out equipped to reach others.

God is already providing significant ministry opportunities for me for the start of 2017:

  • Editing and promoting another set of 10 Rock Your Meeting videos for our growing library of free online lessons at rockyourmeeting.org or cru.org/rockyourmeeting
  • Doing research and analysis for our team that is updating a Cru outreach strategy called Freshman Survival Kits
  • Serving on the event team for three one-week Big Break conferences in Panama City Beach, FL (March 4-25) where college students will learn through experience how to share Christ
  • Coaching and running sound and video at Comm Lab, our annual communication training conference, which will be held April 3-7 in Orlando, FL

As I look forward to a new year with so many exciting opportunities, please join me in praying for continued sensitivity to God’s leading, both for me personally and for everyone on our creative team.

Answered Prayer

waw1Thank you for praying for our Worship Arts Weekend! Twenty people came; they were mostly students plus one church worship band and a few staff members. Their response was positive, and I believe all of us sensed the presence of God there. One Cru staff member was in the group I coached in communication skills. At the end of the conference she wrote me this note:

“Thank you so much for this wonderful weekend! You are such an upbeat and kind person. I have enjoyed all the communication training and your helpful advice. Thank you so much for investing in all these wonderful students. I am so blessed to have met you this weekend.”

Missing Something?

road-sign-808733_640You may have noticed that I haven’t talked about Keynote in my last several posts. That’s because all of us here want people to associate us with the overall mission and ministry of Cru. Although we don’t use the name “Keynote” any more, we still have communication trainers, performing artists, and lots of other creative people on our team. And we’re still doing what we’ve always done: providing resources to help the Cru community connect people with Jesus.

Worship Training Live and Online

Live…

I loved helping at Cru’s Worship Arts Training weekend September 11-13! The Communication Team worked with Cru’s Artist Team to train 23 students in worship leading skills. The students came from several universities and included four entire worship bands.

Musical worship can play an important role in the weekly meetings that are so vital to a Cru movement on a local campus. Our goal with this weekend conference was to equip and motivate students called to serve in this significant area.

I coached the band from Eastern Kentucky U. in communication.
I coached the band from Eastern Kentucky U. in communication.

We taught a variety of topics to help them function well as a worship team—everything from a biblical view of worship to godly conflict resolution to practical tips for organizing bands and rehearsals. Every student received personalized communication coaching, and the four bands each received music coaching on two or three songs.

To cap off the conference, each of the four bands led the rest of the students in worship. Joy and excitement filled the air as they led one another in praise!

…and Online

RockYourMeeting.org is now live! Ten training videos are now on the site with more coming soon. Five of the videos are on worship leading, three are on how to emcee, and two teach communication principles.

Please Pray:

  • for the students who attended the Worship Arts Weekend as they seek to apply what they learned back at their campuses.
  • that God will use our Rock Your Meeting video series to help Cru staff members equip their students to lead worship and other aspects of weekly meetings.

Thank you for praying!

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