Be present. Be expectant. Bring it. Those are the three things that Vertical is going to do this year. We want everyone, including the student ministries pastors, the leaders, the students, and the parents to do those three things. Here, I want to explain to the students how they can do those three things this year.
To be present does mean to be in attendance, however, we want to take it a step further. We want everyone to not only attend Vertical events (LifeGroup, Student Leadership Team Meetings, Big Services, etc.) but we want their presence to be known. We want students to engage in discussion about big topics. We want students to capture the mission of Vertical (to help spiritually restless and unchurched high school students love Jesus, serve others, and tell the world about Christ) and live it out daily in their homes, schools, and at church. We want students to take notes, offer up ideas, and be a part of whatever it is they’re attending. This doesn’t just apply to church, though. You as a student should be present in your schools (by excelling, and loving everyone), in your extracurriculars (by excelling and loving everyone), and at home (by respecting and loving your parents). Be present no matter where you’re at.
To be expectant means to expect God to do big things. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of working hard, doing your best, and hoping that the results will come. We do not want that to be our method this year. We want to expect big things from God and then because of that, we will work hard and do our best. We aren’t going to wait for God to show up, we are going to bring our best because we know He’s going to be there. When we expect big things from God, we show that we have faith in Him. When we expect big things from God, we show that it is not our work that brings the ultimate success, but instead God.
To bring it means that in every facet of life, we are going to be present, and we are going to be expectant of God’s amazing work. When we are present and expectant, we bring energy, passion, creativity, commitment, love, and all the good things He’s given us. If you’re a student whose life has been radically changed by the love of Jesus Christ, then show the love in every facet of life. If you’re a student who has fallen in love with the community of Vertical, then try to duplicate what you love in all parts of your life. Simply put…bring it.
We know that this is going to be the best year that CedarCreek Student Ministries has had in its 20 year history. Do you want to hear about it later, or do you want to be a part of it?