It’s been twenty years since we recorded this album!
Harvest 2019 Summer Ministry in 19 photos
The summer ministry officially concluded yesterday. Since 1996, we’ve invested summer weeks in leading worship and serving in ministry. This year, there were 16 team members (including my family) who traveled for various weeklong camps and other events. Once again, I praise the Lord for the awesome work and ministry this summer. On a basic level, the Lord provided safety in travel, for which we are grateful. We did have to purchase new tires for the van on one trip due to some issues and we had to borrow a couple different vehicles based on the air conditioning going out in the Harvest van (during the hottest week of the summer!) but that should be resolved this coming week. On a side note, thanks to Dennis D Price for allowing us to borrow his truck for one of the weeks.
As I heard it put one time, the modern church prays for safety, the early church prayed for boldness. So, as grateful as we are for safety, team health and all the basics, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to live out faithful discipleship, community and ministry through Harvest. I’m grateful to be available to be an “assist” as a worship band in drawing students to Jesus. It’s awesome to have the privilege of meeting hour upon hour across the last two months with kids, students and adults to witness to the love, grace and salvation that can only be found in Christ.
Each believer benefits from a spiritual highpoint during the year. Week in and week out local church discipleship is a must, but along with that is the opportunity to pull away from the regular routine to attend a camp, conference or special ministry event. These times allow us to be immersed in God’s spirit and the Word – and helps us hear more clearly, obey with boldness and refocus our attention and desire on things above.
Summer camps provide these opportunities as well as anything out there. I’m grateful for the camp directors, pastors and leaders who invited Harvest to serve. We had the privilege of leading worship 67 times during the summer events. And we are praising the Lord and giving glory to God for the seeds that were planted and the hearts that were transformed this summer.
Also, thankful for the team members who served in some way this 24th summer of Harvest Ministry. I’m so thankful for the investment of abilities in the awesome kingdom work of reaching the next generation. Suzanne, Ryan, Elizabeth, Ava, Emily, Henrick, Clint, Christian, Andrew, Nathaniel, Hannah, Luke, Daniel Tatjenhorst.
These a handful of pictures that give a glimpse into the 2019 Harvest Ministry Team Summer. (The first comment on the orginal facebook post describes each one)
Of course, this is a small snippet of a great summer! A huge thanks to all those faithful people who help support Harvest financially, who pray for Harvest and for team members and their families and friends who help support them. Glory to God for all the doors that were opened, hearts that were awakened, invitations that were accepted and lives transformed in the name of Jesus.
National Day of Volunteer Training
On September 21, 2019, Download Youth Ministry founders Doug Fields and Josh Griffin are putting on the National Day of Volunteer Training. Youth Ministry legends from around the country are going to be coming together to put together their best training pieces to train up volunteers. Doug and Josh are joined by Heather Flies, Mark Oestreicher, Katie Edwards, Karl Romeus, Chap Clark, Kara Powell and others to bring the best in volunteer training.
The event will start at 9 am and go to about 12:30 pm. We will provide snacks, a venue, and the content. You get all of this for one flat rate of $99. No matter if you have 2 volunteers or 25, or you are a volunteer yourself. This is a great way to get some fantastic content and a chance to connect with your team. It all takes place on September 21, 2019 and we would love to host you.
This event will be hosted by our friend Erin Swank and Eden Church in Edwardsville, IL! Erin is part of the Fire-Up Core Staff and we know this event will be worth the time and energy!
We’d love to stay in touch with you this summer!
And we’re inviting you to help us connect with others this summer. Your engagement allows more connection with others! Thanks for liking, following and commenting!
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We know planning is a big deal for local church ministry! In fact, the summer is a great time to sketch out the next school year. So, here are the Harvest Conference dates we know so far and we hope you can join us in ministry this year!
September 14, 2019 in Troy, IL
For worship leaders (volunteer or paid), teams, bands, vocals and tech. The day will include general sessions, breakouts and lunch. Bring your whole team. Best rate is a group rate before June 30.
OCTOBER 26, 2019
This one day event for 6th, 7th and 8th graders will be held in Troy, IL on October 26! We’re getting details finalized for Ignition 2019, but we do know this: middle school is a great age to invite to a road trip and conference! They hear speakers, see other believers and in general, faith can be ignited!
Fire-Up – February 21-23, 2020
Fire-Up Weekend is a discipleship conference in Troy, IL for high school students and college students – February 21-23, 2020. You’re invited to mark your calendar and be a part of this!
Peoria, IL – TBD
Marion, IL – March 21, 2010
Troy, IL – March 29, 2020
The Light Kids Conference – MOVE will be held in March of 2020. The goal of this event, like others, is to call the next generation to follow Jesus! The conference runs from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and this years event we will be talking about Joshua and the battle of Jericho and other stories that help us be obedient when God leads us to MOVE.