MIXTAPE WEEK 1 MIND DUMP

This blog has been pretty silent over the summer, but never fear I am back. With the school year comes activity and with activity comes my writing. Time for an oldie but a goodie a little Wednesday night mind dump. I can’t go to sleep until I do it, so please bear with me.

  • It was the first HSM Wednesday of the school year.
  • We are doing a series called mixtape. When you make a mix for someone you put all the stuff you want them to hear. We are talking about worship, grow, serve, and outreach.
  • Tonight we tackled John 4 with the big idea “true worship is in spirit and in truth”.
  • Some ups and down in the flow of the night, but all anyone will remember is this video. It was the hit of the night.
  • Our team did a great job building atmosphere in the room.
  • Speaking of the room, we have one of the nicest student facilities I know, but in the summer we had to go back to the drawing board.  The room is now 3 years old and we are seeing wear and tear and having to make updates as the way we use the room has morphed from when the plans were drawn up in 2003.
  • Our sitting areas have always been kind of corporate and we have tried to make them into actual living rooms with lamps, etc.
  • We added some high bar tables in the game room
  • We use a new area off the game room for our Prayer patio and have some lantern lights and candles to make that a room where people want to go.
  • We updated lots of tech stuff, and by we I mean Josh Howard did all the work as the greatest summer intern of all time. We hung speakers in the game room so the sound is more balanced and also in the future might have that function as a stand alone system when the room is divided.
  • We finally have a grip on our lighting and have tons of sweet pre-sets in the moving lights. Josh also added some back stage lights that will be behind the band and give some great new effects.
  • I just talked about our room a lot, I hope that doesn’t make me shallow, but I do believe great environments can really contribute to students worship.
  • I am noticing a real change in my view of student ministry in the last year as I get older. I feel very free of the expectations I put on myself in the past and comfortable with God doing what he wants to do. I don’t feel as pressure to please everyone or attract everyone. If anything I want to raise the standards we call and hold people too.
  • We incorporated a ton of videos tonight and our computer could not handle it. Is it too much to ask a computer to play a video? I don’t think so.
  • Its good to be back. I will end this now so I have more to rant about on future Wednesdays.
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