There are many aspects of our Student Community that allow us to function as ONE church. Centrally we collaborate together, we share resources, and we also plan big events together. Each year we create eight events where we bring students from all locations together. Summer is an incredible season for these shared spiritual experiences. We are coming off the heals of taking our High School students to a Christ in Youth conference in Anderson, IN (9th and 10th grade) and to Big Stuf Camps in Panama City, FL (11th-Grad). We are now currently preparing for our Junior High camp at Skylodge Retreat Center in Wisconsin. We have found many "wins" in doing events together.
1) We can raise the excellence factor by pouring all of our staffing resources into creating, producing, or planing an event.
2) Students have the opportunity to connect with people from other locations challenging them to step out of their current relational box. Since the demographics of our locations are very different, students get to be apart of a very diverse, healthy group.
3) Student get to be apart of the energy that comes along with the large group, but do not lose the intimacy of the smaller group.
4) Students have the opportunity to celebrate life-change in their peers across all different locations. More than anything, this seems to bring us together as one.
Each season of ministry, we love bringing all of our locations together for shared events. As we continue to grow and add location, I anticipate this becoming more and more necessary to unify the hearts of our students and the direction of our minsitry. You can check out some pictures from these events in the photo albums.