At the Activate #Goals Summer Camp, we pursued the great goal of all: “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). All of the teaching and the small groups aimed at helping us to adjust our goals from the temporary things of this world to the eternal call of God on our lives. Lives were changed, friendships were formed, and true and lasting goals were made.
337 people came up to the camp. We saw about 40 students respond to the gospel and make commitments to Christ, with 39 students publicly declared their faith in Christ by being baptized. Here’s a summary of all that we learned at camp:
#Godgoals: Pastor Aaron Adame kicked off camp with a message about the glory of God. God’s goal is to receive glory. He is glorified in creating the world, in choosing His own people, in sending Jesus for salvation, and through his goal of us knowing Him and making Him known. As we live for God’s glory, we will find true satisfaction in life.
#transparencygoals: We learned about how spiritual transformation happens through transparency in community. Whatever your struggle is, no matter how different or similar from the person next to you, there is a common three-step solution for everyone: flee sin, pursue Jesus, and live in like-minded Christian community: “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).
#goals: Casey Kendal encouraged us to pursue gospel-shaped goals in life. What exactly does that look like? He gave us a clear picture with this mission statement: “Our vision is Jesus. Our mission is people. Our cause is love.”
#identitygoals: Pastor Adam Eaton spoke about how we are to find out identity in Christ. He answered the question, “Who am I?” and pointed us to the unchanging reality of our true identity: we are followers of Jesus. It is in this identity that we can truly say, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
#relationshipgoals: This is one of the most popular hashtags, yet most unrealistic. KC McCauley brought some perspective on our relationships—our relationship with God, others, and even romantic relationships—and how they should all be rooted in the gospel. The purpose of our relationships points to the greater picture of God’s relationship with his people.
#discipleshipgoals: We finished camp by looking at the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20). Pastor Aaron Adame taught us about how we are to live for God and be on mission for Him as disciples of Jesus as we get back down the mountain.
Hear from the students themselves by reading some testimonies from Camp!
“I got baptized in the name of the Father, in the son, and in the Holy Spirit! Camp has been so amazing! I feel so blessed and touched and the Lord has done amazing things for me and showed his love in the craziest ways. I’m glad to say that, yes, “I’m all in!” My heart is overfilled with joy and happiness. This weekend has been more than an eye opener; it has been truly a blessing and has changed my life completely.” – Charlene
“Had such a fun time growing closer to God and to friends this weekend! I hope these relationships last forever and that I will be stronger in my walk with the Lord. Thank you guys!” – Noah
“This weekend was the most amazing weekend in years. I feel so blessed. I’m so happy that I got to meet so many new people, make new friends and get close to them. Not only did I get close to new friends, I got closer to God. I’m really happy that I decided to go to camp this year, and experience new things.” – Kyla
“High school camp this weekend was especially epic. My sister got baptized, and I got to see the Lord change the hearts and goals of the kids in my group.” – Andrew
“I gained a new perspective at camp about certain things, and was reminded of truths I had forgotten. New godly friendships were made that I know will continue beyond camp. Praise be to God for this camp!” – Melanie
“This weekend was amazing! I got baptized and I’m glad to say “I am all in.’” – Karissa
“This weekend was so amazing. Words can’t even explain what a blessing it was to get closer to my friends and the experience I had. I’m so glad I went and got to spend it with them and many other people. I love you guys so much.” – Natalie
“Spent the weekend up in the mountains with the high school ministry at my church. God worked in beautiful ways, and set souls free from sin and shame. So thankful to be used by God in the lives of these students.” – Marshall
“I have had the most blessed and amazing four days. Growing closer to God and my friends was unforgettable. This weekend has changed me and many other people in ways I’ll never be able to forget. Thank you to everyone who made this long weekend even better.” – Janaya
“Glad to spend this weekend with such a great group of people who are just completely sold out for Christ and are just themselves around each other! Thanks to all the pastors and speakers who killed it up there and were able to show the students what it’s like to pursue Christ.” – Luke
“So this weekend I went to camp and it was amazing. I love going because it’s just great and God has showed me so much. I can’t wait for the next one.” – JoJo