Weekend Teaching Series:  HSM’s Back to School Fall Kickoff (1-off)
Sermon in a Sentence: A challenge to each class as we kickoff the new school year together in HSM.

Service Length: 87 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend I wanted to challenge each of the different high school classes (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) with a specific message and verse. I encouraged everyone to listen to the whole thing – but specifically called out students to walk through the challenges of each year faithfully to God. 2 student speakers joined me in teaching the weekend – Jenna is a freshman who did a great job talking about the transition to high school and her hopes and dreams – Bryce is a senior at a different school who talked about the challenges he faced throughout his high school experience and his goals for his last year in school. At the end of each section, students could sign up for class-specific text messages sent to them once a month until Christmas, reminding them of the passages we studied and the challenge given out to each class. All in all it was a fun service with what I hope was a very powerful message.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we went all out – big videos, big music opener, big giveaways, big game. Everything about Fall Kickoff was big – and so much fun! We did a ping pong ball game where everyone had a chance to win a game, then the top 2 contestants got to face off in Veloci-copter, a hilarious game we invented as well. Strong, over the top program for sure!

Music Playlist: Gangham Style [cover opener], Yours Forever, We Are Free, Love Came Down, Avalanche

Favorite Moment: So many great moments – it would have to be the whole thing. Fall kickoff is in my mind where I cement the commitment for the year ahead. I love the energy, fun, craziness and opportunity a new school year brings. Here we go!

Up next: I Am _____________ (series premiere, week 1 of 3)