Resources Ready for Fall Term

I love working on creative projects with creative people! I especially love knowing that our projects will help Cru win people to Christ, build them up in their faith, and send them out to reach others! I told you about two of those creative projects in my February newsletter, and they will both be ready to influence students this fall.

Ramen with a Side of College in Freshman Survival Kits

cover of Ramen With A Side of CollegeEvery year at the beginning of fall semester on campuses all over the U.S., Cru staff and students give out Freshman Survival Kits to – you guessed it—incoming freshmen. These kits are a goody bag of items designed to help students feel welcomed to their new college experience, and to provide a way to start spiritual conversations. This year one item available for these kits is our very own Ramen With a Side of College.

The announcement sent to Cru staff described Ramen as “a handy, 7×7” book written by college students. It’s designed to be a quick conversation-starter and an easy-to-use tool for any college student. Built like a survival guide, Ramen is full of tips, tricks, advice and questions—everything from how to do laundry or get to know your roommate to finding a mentor or reflecting on spiritual things. It’s light, fun, and practical, but also prompts students to start thinking about the bigger questions of life.”

I’m so pleased that I helped produce this book, even if it was only in a small way (I was one of several proofreaders). I look forward to hearing stories of how God will use this tool on campuses!

Rock Your Meeting Online Video Series

Rock Your Meeting title screenThe first batch of the training videos I’ve been editing will be available online this fall! Twenty videos in our Rock Your Meeting series are almost ready for the campus ministry’s section on Cru’s website.

Weekly Cru meetings play a significant role in introducing students to Christ, encouraging their spiritual growth, and mobilizing them to help reach others for Christ. Students can learn leadership skills by serving as meeting planners, emcees, worship leaders, and even speakers for these meetings. Our Rock Your Meeting videos will help Cru staff members equip their students for these roles.

Thank you so much for your partnership in this ministry! Your prayers and gifts are helping me produce tools that will play a significant role in the lives of many students!

Short Takes

Prayer Requests

  • Pray that God will use Ramen With a Side of College to start many spiritual conversations on campuses this fall.
  • Pray that God will use our Rock Your Meeting video series to help Cru staff members equip their students to lead weekly meetings.
  • Pray that all of us who are attending Cru15 will meet with God and come away refreshed and motivated for the work He has called us to do.

Thank you for praying!

Equipping Students by Video

me at video computer
Yours truly at the video editing computer.

Imagine you are a Cru staff member working on a campus. You know that events like retreats and weekly meetings are incredibly effective tools for winning students to Christ, building them in their faith, and sending them out to win, build, and send others. And you also know that some of your students would really grow if they had the opportunity to plan, emcee, or lead worship for those events. But how will you equip them to do that?

That’s where our training videos will come in. Each one will give students (and other viewers) a brief bite-sized nugget that they can put into practice at their next event. Here are a few of the video topics:

  • Why Do We Worship?
  • Components of Worship
  • Essentials of Communication
  • The Importance of Planning
  • The Role of the Emcee
  • How to Introduce a Speaker

I love knowing that this project will meet a very real need for Cru staff and students around the country! I also really enjoy the process of editing these videos because it taps into both my tech skills and my artistic skills.

Please Pray…

  • For wisdom for me as I edit the videos
  • For details to come together for more filming
  • For discernment as we decide where the videos should “live” on the web
  • For these videos to meet the needs of our staff and students on campus

Thank you so much for your prayers! I couldn’t do this without your partnership!

Emcee + Worship Arts Training

Please pray for our Emcee + Worship Arts Training this weekend, December 5-7!

  • We’ve expanded our annual Emcee Training event to include a Worship Arts track for college students who help lead worship at their Cru weekly meetings. Pray for Keynote’s Artist Team as they prepare to teach these sessions.
  • At least 15 will attend (registration is still open). Pray for safe travel for the attendees and three instructors coming in from out-of-state.
  • We will film interviews with some of the teachers for the online training videos I’m editing. Pray that God will oversee all the details and we’ll get good quality footage.
  • Pray that God will use us to encourage the attendees and equip them to serve Him more effectively.

Thank you so much for praying!

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