Friday, July 23, 2010

Helping Camp Decisions Stick

Last week I posted about my experience at Omega. Omega is the name of the retreat that the student ministry of Grace Church goes on each year. I had the opportunity to speak during the 5 days I was there. We had several students make some big decisions for Christ. It was fantastic. What happens next for them? Is it the normal camp experience where we get on this big high for a couple of days just to crash a few days later? Mike Calhoun has a great post on this topic. Here are some of his thoughts, but you will have to catch the rest on his blog. It's worth the read.

  • Remember, decisions don’t change your life, they change your direction. Students should never walk away from a commitment service thinking they are done. They are just beginning.
  • Realize that students are capable of making life-changing, lifelong decisions. Do not discount decisions made by your younger students.
  • Being emotional does not discredit their decisions nor does the lack of emotion. Some students are wired to be more emotional than others. This is not about emotions; it is about facts.
  • Don’t assume the students know what to do following their decisions. This is typically an awkward time for them so help with clarification.
  • Help the students answer the question… “What’s next?” Don’t overload them with the details of the next ten years; help them one step at a time.

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