Despite a few unexpected changes and last minute glitches, we had a great weekend here at WestWay during this year’s Spring Thing. I want to thank everyone who made the trip to Scottsbluff and everyone who worked behind the scenes to make the event functional. It was a pleasure to host students and youth leaders from 16 different churches in 5 states (though we did miss our CO friends). I can’t speak for everyone, but the Jordan Howerton Band leading worship was definitely one of the highlights for me. So much so that I’m counting them as the 5th state! If any of my youth ministry friends are ever looking for a band to come in and lead worship (not just play songs), I’d recommend them without reservation. They were easy to work with, did a great job, and were just fun to hang out with.
The atmosphere was pretty charged all week long with some great times of worship, awesome food, a ton of fun, and digging in to John 13 – 17. I enjoyed speaking, but trying to do all the planning and speaking for a weekend event like this was a lot. I felt like I was juggling swords all week long last week, and wondering which ones I’d forgotten were still in the air. I may still need a couple more days to recover, but overall I think it went all right. (No one threw rotten melons or anything – though there was this kid with a hammer…)
I loved having the regular WestWay service combined with our last session this year. It is so important for generations in the church to realize, we are a part of the same mass of humanity that is gaining velocity together in Christ. There’s some serious, hell shattering momentum attainable when we can be fused together by His blood into one crash, storming ahead wherever He leads us all!
I hope this weekend will prove to be formational for the church in our region. Students are going home to try to share what happened with people who weren’t there to experience the moment. Pray with me that God would speak through them to strengthen His Imminent Crash. This Crash is not an accident & it’s no wreck – it’s an unstoppable Kingdom that is being led deeper into His Mission and being empowered by His Spirit to trample the gates of hell that are keeping people separate from God.
If you were here for the weekend, share your favorite moment in the comments below: