This past weekend we opened up summer camp registration. So we themed this past weekend “Summer Camp Stories Weekend.” We had students share their testimonies about how summer camp impacted their life. They shared on stage in front of their peers during our services. We had 5 students share, and that was the message for the weekend. I will say it is definitely one of our most powerful weekends. Our attendance even increases. It’s just something about a student sharing their life’s story that grabs the attention of their peers.
In order for you to share your testimony you have to go through a process. Now, I started a process a while back that I didn’t know would be so impactful, but it has definitely taken our stories weekend to a whole-notha-level!!! A key ingredient in the very detailed process that I do is meeting with the student parents. I have the student read their story to their parents before they share it on stage. So the student, their parents and I, meet together. Whether they share or not, depends on how this meeting goes. I share with their parents what testimonies are all about and why we do them, and the student reads it right there in front of us. I’ve done a ton of these, and I can tell you that God shows up every single time. I’ve seen him restore relationships over and over. I’ve seen him wake parents up from their parenting slumber. I’ve even seen parents who didn’t care anything about God begin coming to church. I’ve even seen parents recommit their lives to Christ after hearing how He’s been changing their child’s life.
It’s hands down one of my favorite things to do because I get to see, without fail, God move. I get to see first hand how much God cares about my students and their families. I’ve seen God restore relationships, I’ve seen parents come to Christ through the power of their child’s story. This is really just a glimpse into the process, but I’ve been having so many conversations with students about the ripple effect this past weekend that I had to share, and encourage you to utilize and share the life change in your ministry. People are attracted to life change. Students are attracted to life change. So share it!
hope it helps