Weekend Teaching Series: Congratulations… You’re Gifted! (Series Finale, Week 3 of 3)
Message Title: Lead
Sermon in a Sentence: We will lead where God’s plan and our passion meet the world’s need; God has gifted teenagers to do something that no one else can do… so rebel smart!
Weekend Scale of Difficulty: 5 out of 10. There was nothing particularly challenging, but a lot of cool elements that fit together very well. There were a few sound/video glitches, but those will be ironed out once we get into the new building.
Attendance: down 8% from last weekend
Service Length: 65 minutes
Understandable Message: B+ Pease delivered a very clear message: teenagers have a unique opportunity to lead with their SHAPE when they recognize something that is wrong, but seizing that opportunity means dealing with broken, imperfect people and rebelling in a smart, effective way. The example of David’s passion to stand up to Goliath when no one else would was a great connection for students. I overheard a conversation afterward; students enjoyed the David perspective of leading by SHAPE, but were a little distracted from a few tangents. They still loved the message.
Volunteer/Student Involvement: B/A There was nothing special as far as volunteer involvement; however, as I looked around before the service, I noticed an adult volunteer in almost every group conversation. The 3 student contestants in the HSM Olympics jazzed up the crowd quite a bit. In one of the 3 games, a girl contestant very creatively announced the Fuel night and made the crowd go wild. Also, Garrett’s ministry video after Pease’s message was super encouraging to students and a great heart piece.
Element of Fun: A Scotty really gave the crowd something to be excited about. The HSM Summer Olympics, although planned minutes before the service, ran very smoothly and elicited a good response from the crowd. The Mac vs. PC video with Fields and Zack gave students a laugh, but moreover got them genuinely excited about their new building, major emphasis on “their.”
Positive Environment: A- The worship songs kicked the energy in the room very high. It peaked on the third song. Super positive!
Music Playlist: Yes You Have, Let Me Sing, We Shine
Favorite Moment: Seeing students’ reactions and actually hearing shouting when students who had just committed to serving in ministry saw their names up on the big screen. What a cool moment for those students! I’m sure it solidified that commitment even more. I think it’s a great reflection on the health of our ministry when so many students are willing to text their names to an unknown number and proclaim that commitment to serve.
Notes: We were missing a few staff members due to Refinery tours and a pile of students due to prom. As a result, there were too many students sitting by themselves, particularly at the 4:30. One student in particular wasn’t welcomed or sat with, and I saw him become nervous and disinterested in the message. I noticed and asked him to sit with me, but at that point he declined. From a distance I saw another student who walked in, looked around nervously, and left. If he was greeted, I’m sure he would have had reason to stay. But still overall, a very exciting and positive weekend and a great series finale!
Overall grade: B
(this report was written by Kyle Cleveland, HSM’s brand spankin’ new summer intern)