Chris takes off again today to go to Town Creek, Alabama, where he’ll be speaking at a middle-school camp for Brentwood Baptist Church. Chris has partnered with Brentwood several times before, and he’s looking forward to being with them again this weekend. Here are Chris’s thoughts about his last camp and his next one:
Talk about full circle. Getting done with Student Life camp at Shocco was very surreal. The camp and the staff were incredible, and there was a tangible move of God that I think some students were receiving and others pushing back from. But to be in the place where it all started for me and where I had spent so many summers serving as a SL staffer was mind-blowing. It was just so funny to be at staff devotion and not be on staff. Coming after me at Shocco was Wade Morris, who was such a great friend and supporter of me transitioning from camp staff to camp speaker. It all was just so overwhelming to see how God orchestrates things.Now I’m headed to back to Alabama this weekend. I will duck into Birmingham and accompany my good friend Ben Thompson on his first triathlon, eat fatty food afterward, and hopefully sit down with my spiritual director Becky Whitson. Then it is off to Brentwood Baptist’s Camp! Our good friends Aaron and Amy Bryant have a long standing relationship personally and with Wayfarer. This will be the fourth time I get a chance to intersect with Brentwood and I am looking forward to students awaking to the reality of a Big God.
As I go, I still have echoes ringing in my ears of students who encountered God in powerful way this past week. Students who have decided to waste their life on the cause of Christ. Students who have chosen to be authentic about their hemorraging home lives with their communities. Adults and staffers who are gloriously in process and unashamed about it. And of course the echoes of my children’s laughter and crying as I spent father’s day with my wife and kids for the first time after they made the sacrifice to hang out with daddy at camp.