Loved this simple video our students made for part of their “Christ Fills” weekend during You Own the Weekend.


The students from Capo made some great videos for this weekend – including this funny one starring Jesus. Their theme was Christ fills, and examined how we try to find fulfillment in so many other things as high school students. Good stuff!



If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years – you know that our annual student-run series called You Own the Weekend is one of the highlights of our youth ministry year. The idea came from a student who wondered what would happen if students took over everything – we merged and melted the idea into a series where for 5-6 weeks, students from each of the major high schools collaborate and pull off the entire weekend service. And they go all-out, too! Here’s a silly picture from this weekend where Capo High School even got the football team’s inflatable tunnel to use for decoration! Our mantra is that every student from every school gets an invitation to church.

So we’ve been doing this for 5 years now – tons of students come, everyone brings their friends and lots of parents show up to cheer on their teenagers, too. But, we had a first happen this past weekend. The high school principal came to his high school’s weekend service! It was incredible! Made me thrilled for our students, thrilled for the leadership they sit under each week! Thrilled what God is up to next. #awesomemoment


Weekend Teaching Series: You Own the Weekend: Capo Valley HS (week 3 of 5)
Sermon in a Sentence: What is missing in your life?

Service Length: 63 minutes

Understandable Message:
This week students took turns sharing about their life change from Jesus Christ. The message was taught by several students that told stories about when they first came to know Christ, and experiences where they grew in their relationship with Him. There was a clear theme through the weekend (what is missing) and the image of the puzzle piece and they walked people through the discipleship process from accepting Christ, to small groups, to growing in your faith, serving, etc. Clear, classic message that invited students to commit/rededicate their life to Christ.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment:
Capo is the smallest representation of our student ministry (of the 5 schools we chose to do You Own the Weekend), but they sure showed up in full force. So proud of them with great decorations, gobs of energy, a great skit, lots of greeters and great T-shirts. I loved their little takeaway of a puzzle piece people could come get from the stage during the last song – they’ll be a great reminder of the weekend/message for many days to come.

Music Playlist:
Streetlight, How He Loves, Tear Down the Walls, Avalanche, Hold Me Now, You’ll Come

Favorite Moment: I love walking into our student room and being greeting by a giant inflatable Cougar. The Capo High School mascot head was posed in the front entrance of the youth room and it looked EPIC. Combine that with a ton of great students greeting, it made for a perfect setting for students to be welcomed to church.

Up next:You Own the Weekend: El Toro High School (week 4 of 5)

Easily one of the most impressive dodgeball videos I’ve ever seen. We’ll be using a version of it to promo HSM’s Killball event in 2 weeks. Made by some students down the road at Cap High School for their school event. Amazing.