Mission Minded? Check it out!

Summer 2017 brings us to a NEW adventure for Ignition Mission!

At Seneca Creek Community Church, we have defined our vision in the following way: To ignite a movement of the gospel that will transform our world with the H.O.P.E. of Christ! The gospel is the HOPE of the world and we, the Church, have been entrusted with that hope.

In ignition, we believe that students are in a unique position to live out this calling.

We are looking forward to an amazing summer Ignition Mission trip and we can’t wait to share the details with you!!

Mark your calendars and RSVP here for one of these two informational meeting dates:

  • Sunday, January 29th at 9:00am
  • Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00pm

This meeting will cover all of your questions about timing, location, student eligibility, etc. so if you are even remotely interested, please plan to be there. SPACES are EXTREMELY limited and unlike last year, it is unlikely I can add spaces beyond our current reservation.

Our trip dates are July 23-29, 2017 and, yes – I know it seems like the summer is forever away, but we are working with early deadlines and planning. Believe me, summer will be here before we know it!

Parents – if your student is interested, you really need to be at this meeting. And, if you are interested in coming on this trip as well, we will definitely be going over very important details about that as well.

You can keep up with information as it becomes available on our MISSION TEAM WEBSITE.

We can’t wait to see God build this team and change our hearts!

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ignition Serves: Spring Break Camp!

By now, you have probably been hearing a fair amount about our upcoming Spring Break Camp at Seneca Creek. This year, we already have a record number of children registered to attend the camp! In fact, we may actually have to close registration early this year! WOW!!

One of the elements that makes our camp an incredible life-changing experience for these kids is the Student Leadership team that pours their hearts into every day, every activity and every child. As we do every year, we entrust our amazing middle and high school students with the phenomenal task of loving children and pointing them to Jesus in the crazy, fun, and sometimes exhausting environment of Spring Break Camp. Oh – and as a fabulous bonus, students can earn up to 40 SSL hours that week (the max the county will allow in one week).

This year promises to be nothing short of incredible! And we want you to be a part of it!

There are loads of opportunities for students (and PARENTS) to serve this week. Huddle leaders, snack team, set-up/tear-down, administrative support, activities coordinators, etc. We have children who are returning for their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years in a row.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if the first person they got to see was their awesome Huddle Leader from last year? And if we remembered them too?

Here’s a link to sign up and get on the team!

If you are planning to be on the team, we have an application for your to complete and there is MANDATORY training on one of two dates (see the form). We need to know as soon as possible if you are on board! Believe me, you do NOT want to miss the chance to experience this incredible week!

Ignition Mission: What’s the big deal?

Reality check: July is just around the corner.

It’s tempting to think of the upcoming trip to Cincinnati as just another summer programming “thing” from the church. It will fill a space on my calendar. It gets my kid(s) out of the house. It will show my kids how much they have and maybe they’ll appreciate it more. It’s one less thing I have to plan.

The truth is, mission trips are far more revolutionary than a van ride to sweat in the sun for a few days.

Long before even our first meeting as a team, the Holy Spirit is at work building that revolution. Each team is build from the heart up, starting with the initial prompts from God to step outside of where we are most comfortable. In so many ways, the mission team becomes a microcosm of what it means to live in Christian community, guided by the hand of God in very real ways.

And it doesn’t stop there.

One of the primary reasons we go on these trips is to train and equip our students (and our leaders and parents) in kingdom work that can, and needs to be, done right here in our own backyards. Our neighbors need us in ways we can rarely see without looking through the lens of bringing heaven to earth, or building God’s kingdom right here. This trip provides exactly the right set of “prescription” lenses.

And I’m not the only one who believes this. Take a moment to check out THIS VIDEO of what other student leaders are saying about the experience of partnering with Engage:Service.

So, as we approach the critical “drop dead” date to get on the team, I ask that you prayerfully consider sending your student and maybe even joining us on this incredible journey. All the details can be found in our Ignition Mission 2015 Packet and you can also download an official Ignition Mission 2015 Application.

The absolute final date to bring in your application and deposit is March 29th.

I look forward to having your student(s) and you on this year’s team!

Jesus and Identity: Week 1, Devotional 3

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:5-8

Don’t miss what’s being said in those verses you see at the top of this devotional. Paul makes a huge statement here. He says that our attitude should be like Jesus’ attitude. And how did Paul describe Jesus’ attitude? He said that Jesus (who was, you know, God Himself) saw His life as a life of humble service to others. Whoa.

If that attitude was good enough for Jesus to take on, then it should be good enough for us.

Spend today thinking about how this simple truth could radically change your life and your faith if you truly embraced it.

What would your life be like if you took on the identity of Christ’s humble service to the world?

Jesus and Identity: Week 1, Devotion 2

Today, as you read this, there are people in your life who would be blown away if you did something for them that showed them that they mattered.

Who are those people?

Who would be completely shocked if you did something today that put him or her first? What if you did something that said to him or her, “I’m thinking about you before I think about me. I’m putting your needs ahead of mine”?

It’s a safe bet that this guy or girl would realize that there’s something different about you. And you might just get the chance to tell them that you’re trying to live out your identity as a Christ-follower.

Don’t miss the chance today to make a difference in someone else’s life by showing them the kind of humble heart Jesus wants to see in His followers.

Jesus And Identity Week 1, Devotion 1

“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.’” Mark 9:35

There’s this understanding in our world that the way to get ahead is to “look out for number 1.” As long as you’re not harming anyone else, anything you need to do to make a name for yourself is fair game. Promote yourself. Build a “brand” through Twitter and Instagram. Collect friends and “likes.” Through it all, make yourself look as good as possible. Be famous in your own, little world.

The problem with this is that it’s pretty much the opposite of how Jesus talks about real greatness.

See, part of your identity as a Christ-follower is serving others. You’re called to look out for the interest of other’s ahead of your own, especially if those people are the weak, the castoffs, and the lost. Because you’re a Christ-follower, true greatness comes from putting yourself last.

 This is SO counter-cultural to the world you live in, isn’t it?

This means it’s a challenge to live like this. But it also means there is a ton of opportunity. You can go a long way toward showing others your true identity in Christ simply by putting them first. Not only will you be obeying Christ, but your actions will lead others to know a little more about Jesus and the difference He has made in your life.

Important Opportunity! Don’t miss this!

At Seneca Creek Community Church, we have defined our vision in the following way: To ignite a movement of the gospel that will transform our world with the H.O.P.E. of Christ! The gospel is the HOPE of the world and we, the Church, have been entrusted with that hope.

In ignition, we believe that students are in a unique position to live out this calling.

And, to that end, from July 13-18, our very own ignition students will embark on amazing summer missions trip!

Join me Sunday, February 8 at 12:30pm for a brief information meeting where all the details will be available. This meeting will cover all of your questions about timing, location, student eligibility, etc. If you are even remotely interested, please plan to be there with or without your student. Several veterans of the trip will be there as well so come with plenty of questions! This is also an excellent opportunity to serve together as a family!

If you are interested, please RSVP to heather@senecacreek.org so I can plan appropriately!