Alive and Learning: Bringing It All Home

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This summer, our Student Ministry program made the trek to Canal Fulton, Ohio for Alive 2009. Alive is a 4-day “Christian Music” Festival that involves popular CCM musicians and bands, speakers, workshops, seminars, camping, swimming and the opportunity to purchase nearly any popular “Christian Media” you could desire. This post is part of a series aimed at sharing my experiences during the week and what I learned through the process so that you might learn from our successes and failures.

Here we are at the end. Over the past 7 posts in this series I shared a lot of information that should prove useful to you in your own journeys to music festivals. If there are three pieces of advice I can leave you with, let these three be it:

  • Pray – Bathe your trip in prayer before you leave, start every day in prayer, end each day the same. Include your students in prayer. Model for them a life of prayer. I am convinced that we took so long to get out of the muck and mire on our last day there because we were not leaning on God in prayer from the start. And He reminded me of this while I was sitting in the stuck 15 passenger van awaiting a tow rope to pull us out. Do not try to do anything on your trip without bathing it in prayer first.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray – Seriously, your body will thank you for it at the end of the week.
  • Appoint someone else to document the week – I am a video guy. Really, I love taking video, editing it at home and sharing it with others. Last year we gave everyone on the trip a memory DVD with tons of video on it. But this year with my attention elsewhere (and the rain interfering), I did not capture much video at all (other than the update videos on my Qik site). So before your trip, identify one or two people (teens or adults) who have some skill at handling a video camera and a still camera, and assign them the task of capturing the week for you. I did have one teen who was very committed to using the handycam I gave him, and I have a fair amount of video to sift through on that. But still images? Not so much.

And there you have it. Oh, and for that rant about “Christian Music?” There really is no such thing as “Christian Entertainment.” Christian is a title for one who follows Christ, a “little Christ” if you will. Music cannot follow because it is not a person. Music can be made by a Christian, but cannot be Christian by itself. Music itself cannot even be classified as un-Biblical or against Christ’s teaching anyway. That lies in the lyrics.

It might sound like splitting hairs, but it is what it is. Thanks for reading.

Other Posts in This Series:
Alive & Learning: Going With the Flow
Alive & Learning: Connecting With Parents
Alive & Learning: Connecting With Students
Alive & Learning: Schedules & Discipline
Alive & Learning: Isn’t Everyone Here a Christian?
Alive & Learning: Touching Base With Your Group
Alive & Learning: If You Aren’t Offended Yet…