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EQUIP Boot Camp 3: JUST THE BEGINNING (Day 8)

Our work in ministry is never complete. Transform Student Ministries will continue establishing and encouraging students in God’s Word as long as He graces us with the opportunity to reach the next generation. It is such an honor to walk alongside these up-and-coming leaders and see the transformation that occurs in their minds and hearts more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 3: AS WE WAIT (Day 7)

The fact that today is our last full day of EQUIP Boot Camp 2017 is mind blowing. Week 3 has surprised us in many ways. God has shown Himself abundantly faithful this week. There really was no way we could have foreseen how He would move through the times of study and worship. Not only more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 3: THE BATTLE (Day 6)

Day 6 is a big day at EQUIP Boot Camp! Campers have no idea what they are in for during sports time! Today will go down in Boot Camp history because we are playing an EPIC camp game…THE COLISEUM. Students and staff will engage in head to head competition in this flag tag styled field more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 3: IMAGE BEARERS (Day 5)

Today’s study can evoke one of two responses: great controversy or deep introspection. It is our prayer that our campers would view the world and their value through the lens of God’s design. Today at EQUIP Boot Camp we are studying God’s design for man and woman. We have already seen how God creates and more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 3: THE TIDES TURN (Day 4)

We don’t want to dramatize how God is working at EQUIP Boot Camp, but when God moves in a powerful way we can’t deny it. Our mission is to establish students in God’s Word. Our desire is that students will build a stable foundation during camp for the times they don’t feel an emotional connection more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 3: THE PURSUIT (Day 3)

  Imagine that you are running. The wind is whipping against your face, sweat flying. Only the light of the moon illuminates the rocky ground before you. From the pitch-black forest around you, a subtle sound reaches your ear that makes your heart jump. Footsteps. Your breath quickens. The sound seems to be getting closer. more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 3: COME TO THE TABLE (Day 2)

              If EQUIP Boot Camp were a banquet table, it would be a very very long table surrounded by 75+ faces that are each unique and precious and full of personality. Some come to this table starving, while others don’t realize they are hungry at all…until they get a taste more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 3: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (Staff Orientation)

               *Cue 80’s rock music* This week is history in the making for EQUIP Boot Camp! After 40+ years of ministry, Summer 2017 marks the year we have committed to expand our field of impact by offering an additional week of camp!! The past few days of staff orientation more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 8)

As one of the classroom teachers prayed today, “we cannot even begin to show how grateful we are for what [God] has done this week!”  This afternoon the last few staff and students were huddled on campus while the rain poured fast outside. The wind became so strong that several tree branches came down, and an entire tree more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 7)

We canNOT believe that it is already Day 7! This camp absolutely could not run smoothly without the incredible staff that help in the background. We are so grateful to the kitchen crew who labor almost round the clock to keep everyone fed, the security crew, and the support staff who help clean day in and more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 6)

Sports time has been so pleasant with this mild weather, and everyone’s excited energy to enjoy the games. This year we are doing “covenant teams” for sports, which basically means that there are two teams that never oppose each other, and that work together to help each other. A practical reason for this structure is more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 5)

As we get further into the week, students and staff alike are taking naps during room time before sports. But you wouldn’t think ANYONE was tired based on the energy everyone had after ice cream last night, and during the “creation stretches” this morning! We are so grateful to be spending the week with these more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 4)

The room was dark – small sniffles could be heard between the intimate, heavy words of Isaiah 53. It was a moment of pain, morphing into praise of the Creator-God who willingly came to rescue His creation from the death that our sin requires. We sang, I once was lost in darkest night yet thought more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 3)

Thank you so much to those who have been praying!  We saw the Lord answer our requests yesterday so obviously during class times, as the students were responsive and interacting with both the study of Genesis and discussion with each other. The first full day of camp is always exciting, as we begin the process more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 2)

As the students and staff gathered on the sports field last night to meet their team and pray over the meal, a T-Rex appeared. No, really. One of our leaders, Kiersten Wells, ran onto the green in a T-Rex costume to greet the students and “break the ice” with a little silliness. Since the first more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2 (Day 1)

It’s camp day! The staff for EQUIP Boot Camp has been meeting over the past couple of days to prepare our hearts and minds for the campers, pouring over the study, praying together, making sure things are prepared to run smoothly. We cannot wait to greet parents and campers as they travel to the little more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1: THIS GLORIOUS GRACE (Day 8)

“God pour out Your grace, glorious grace, that I would be held by your perfect embrace. I am undeserving, You are high and worthy. All of my praise for this glorious grace!” -This Glorious Grace            A peaceful rain fell on our little valley this morning as a fitting backdrop for more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1: LEAVING THE GARDEN (Day 7)

           When camp has been going full force for seven days straight and we haven’t had contact with the outside world, it is easy to forget what day of the week it is. We know the end of camp is approaching because it is a little harder to stay awake during class more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1: EVERYTHING IS ABOUT TO CHANGE (Day 6)

            Today was Wild Card day here at EQUIP Boot Camp. That means that for sports time teams were selected to compete against a random team at a random sport! But it’s more than just the sports and “Miss Kay” bringing home the Word that makes camp wild today. We have a lot to accomplish more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1: GOD’S DESIGN (Day 5)

            We have officially crossed the halfway mark of our first week of EQUIP Boot Camp! We are so thankful for the prayers and support of EQUIP Boot Camp donors, parents, and others who help to make camp happen. Establishing students in God’s Word would not be accomplished without your more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1: ORIGIN (Day 4)

OR-I-GIN: /ˈôrəjən/ noun. 1. the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived. source. 2. ancestry.           In the evenings campers can be found circling up in their rooms sharing what God revealed to them in His Word that day. These talks are vital for campers because it provides a setting where they feel comfortable expressing more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1: PIECE BY PIECE (Day 3)

         From our perspective, EQUIP Boot Camp takes place in one of the most beautiful places in the Southeast. Some say that Precept Ministries International is a hidden gem in Chattanooga–we certainly are tucked away down one of the most narrow little roads outside the city. Once you pass through the white gates a welcoming more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1: BY FAITH (Day 2)

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”                  -Hebrews 11:6             After our first main session and a full night of sleep, campers are diving deep into their more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1: IN THE BEGINNING (Day 1)

             IN THE BEGINNING…Staff and students arrived to the campus of Precept Ministries International. The dorm rooms were empty and void; anticipation hovered over the surface of the little valley here in Chattanooga, Tennessee… WELCOME TO WEEK ONE OF EQUIP BOOT CAMP 2017!             While camp is not the beginning that more »

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First of March – Free Library of TDRs

Here at Precept Ministries International we strive for the Scriptures to be at the center of everything we do. That is why Transform Student Ministries has been investing time over the past two years (+) in developing what we now call Transform Discipleship Resources.  If you have not heard about them before, TDRs are short more »

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First of February – New, Free Study

The more I learn about God’s design of and for His temple, He increases how beautiful, holy, and sacred it is to me. So if you’re wondering whether to take the time to study “Temple of the Living God,” read on and see why it is important to believers. The book of Exodus describes the more »

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First of January – New, Free Study

New years somehow brings up the same old questions about fresh resolve for new behaviors, habits, or outlooks. Everything around us seems to suggest a new wardrobe, diet, workout plan, GPA, or relationship goal to freshen up where we fell short in 2016. Believers often make spiritual goals for the new year – a consistent time in more »

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First of December – New, Free Study

During the month of November we always tend to focus on the things we are thankful for. Social media is full of posts giving thanks for family, friends, jobs, food, and many other things in life that we appreciate or enjoy. We gather with our families to give thanks for life and God’s gifts to more »

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First of November – New, Free Study

November 1. Brisk mornings. Cool evenings. Leaves falling. Schedules packed with all types of autumn events. Holidays just around the corner. As we shift from one season to another, our focus often turns toward serving others rather than ourselves. Something about the holiday season makes it natural to reflect on what matters in life. We more »

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First of October – New, Free Study

Getting out of bed. Don’t want to. In fact, there is not an atom in body or mind that wants to leave this first-world, privileged padding we call a mattress. Then the thoughts flood: –this person to text –that errand to run –this paperwork to fill out –that commitment to uphold –this thing to study more »

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Katherine Ann – When God Weaves

This is the last story in our series from our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! We praise God for what He did in the hearts of all who joined us on the Precept campus this summer, and what that means for their lives and ministry now and in the future. Every year we are in awe of more »

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Gabby – Greater than I Imagined

There are just a few more stories from our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! We praise God for what He did in the hearts of all who joined us on the Precept campus this summer. Every year we are in awe of the gifts God gives us through the ENGAGE interns! Our desire is that these stories: — encourage more »

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David – Not Just for Me

This month we’re wrapping up an encouraging blog series on our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! We are still praising God for what He did in the hearts of those on the Precept campus this summer. The ENGAGE interns are such a gift from the Lord; we just want to keep praising Him for working in and through their stories! Our desire more »

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Rachel – When Confidence Comes

In case you don’t already know, we’re halfway through an exciting blog series on our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! Though we’ve stepped into September, we’re still praising God for what He did on the Precept campus this summer. This group of ENGAGE interns was such a gift from the Lord; we just want to praise Him for working in more »

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Megan – How Important It Is

We’re going through an exciting blog series on our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! The Precept campus was filled to overflowing with blessings during the 10 week program. We’ve said it may times before, but this group of interns was such a gift from the Lord! So you know, we have many reasons why we want to share what God has more »

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First of September – New, Free Study

Perhaps you’ve heard the statement from Scripture, “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). But you may not know its context, which is really important because that statement is huge and we need to understand what it means. The more »

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Stefan – When I am Weak

We have started an exciting blog series about our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! We were filled to overflowing with anticipation for all that the Lord would do in and through them as they lived on the Precept campus for 10 weeks. By far, the Lord gifted us more than we could have thought or asked for more »

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Brydon – Learning to Lead

Just a few short months ago we wrote blogs introducing our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns, sharing a bit of their stories with you. We were filled to overflowing with anticipation for all that the Lord would do in and through them as they lived on the Precept campus for 10 weeks. Not to spoil the more »

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Resting: one step at a time

The dust is settling and daily routine is becoming the norm once again for us even though we long for the moments the summer gives – to spur each other on and speak life to one another as we are gathered together (Hebrews 10:24). Reflecting on the summer at EQUIP Boot Camp & the ENGAGE more »

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FIRST OF AUGUST – NEW, FREE STUDY

It is our deepest desire and goal to see people established in God’s Word by spending intentional time in it, with Him. In order to help make this a reality for more of you, and to help those of you who are actively discipling others, we are posting a simple Bible study the first day more »

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Reflections on EQUIP Boot Camp: Humbled and Refined

As I reflect on the weeks of EQUIP Boot Camp, I stand in awe of the Lord. I saw His ministry of reconciliation at work (2 Corinthians 3-4) in a way like I never have before and it was humbling and refining. There were many tasks before and during camp that I felt extremely inadequate more »

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Reflections on EQUIP Boot Camp: Recognizing our Need for Each Other 

After taking some time to reflect on my experience at EQUIP Boot Camp this year, I realized that the Holy Spirit had used the time spent on Precept’s campus this summer to convict me about an incorrect, sinful pattern in my thinking. Here’s the lie – the only necessary component to a fulfilling Christian life more »

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Reflections on EQUIP Boot Camp: Clashing

As I think back over this summer and specifically on the weeks spent on the Precept campus for EQUIP Boot Camp 2016, the word that keeps coming to my mind is CLASHING. You might not think that a very nice word to choose. But let me explain: There are so many coexisting beliefs and choices more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 8

We know we’ve already said this, but it felt like camp ended too soon. The Precept campus is too quiet, the rooms and chairs too empty and the last of the staff just drove up and out of our little valley.  But we know that this is an opportunity to trust the sovereignty of our more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 7

It is humbling that this week flew by so quickly. Again, we are incalculably grateful for your faithfulness to pray, and for the faithfulness of our good Father who has been at work both visibly and invisibly! Day 7 is always p.a.c.k.e.d. Students who had a hard time staying present through the whole class at more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 6

To everyone who has been praying for EQUIP Boot Camp 2, thank you so much! God has been answering your prayers, and we are so thankful for your support and love to come before the Father for us. Something definitely shifted in the atmosphere of camp. The Spirit was moving, preconceived ideas were falling like more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 5

Yesterday’s study of Ephesians 3 left us contemplating the mystery of God’s will, as revealed in Christ. Day 5 feels so full and rich in our minds, as God continues to work among us at EQUIP Boot Camp. We’re not going to sugarcoat things: it was a pretty heavy day for us all. Even in more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 4

Yesterday was such a comforting example of God’s sovereignty and His demand for faith. The morning started with a sweet mini main session focussed on the concept of keeping the Sabbath and that resting and remembering God’s character isn’t optional for believers. Then came classroom time. The approach and structure of the classroom time is more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 3

For all who have been praying for EQUIP Boot Camp 2, thank you so much. We’re both seeing the benefits and utter need for your prayers clearly from Day 3. The students have begun opening up already, and are wrestling hard with the truths of the Word in such an intimate way. As we said more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 2

Even though it’s summer (and definitely feels like it in the afternoons), the mornings are still pleasant and calm in our little Precept valley. The first morning of EQUIP Boot Camp 2 was made even more peaceful and endearing by the small crowd of campers sitting with their Bibles open, underneath the breezeway to stay more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 1

There is a point in every staff orientation where we say “Camp has already started.” It’s the moment when all the 30-40 people who have come from across the country are together in a cozy classroom, huddled together to pray before going out to greet the campers and open up the registration desk. So many more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 8)

Our hearts are both completely full and aching for the students who came to EQUIP Boot Camp 1! In so many ways, the morning of Day 8 of camp felt like it came too soon. That made the studying the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-24 that much more applicable and meaningful. As David Arthur more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 7)

For those who have been praying for breakthroughs and burdens, thank you. The Lord showed up on Day 7 (just like He did for every day of camp). It seemed like everywhere we looked, walls of fear and silence, pain and conviction were falling as the Lord kept working on each individual’s heart. Break times more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 6)

The sun rose and set yesterday without any weather interferences in the camp schedule, which was a blessing. But it seemed like the Lord had so many other interjections for us to focus on instead. It was one of those days where all the out of the ordinary things happened at once, contrasted between extremes more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 5)

It’s almost impossible to believe that camp is over halfway over. We are praising God for all that He has done in the first five days of camp, as we have set aside time to spend time studying the Scriptures! Thank you so much for praying with us, and we ask that you continue going more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (DAY 4)

There’s just so much to share, so we’re going to just jump right in! The chapter study in Ephesians 2 was tough, long, and heavy; but the Lord is definitely moving and we are so inexplicably thankful for your prayers. Because we see Him working in the campers’ hearts, and in our own. The students more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (DAY 3)

Sunrises in our peaceful little valley of Chattanooga are a favorite. Seeing such green and lush scenery is a startling image of God’s glory in creation as the warm rays reach through the trees. Firstly, let’s just say that the campers were so very ready for Day 3! They were finally able to start the more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (Day 2) 

The first full day of camp was such a blessing to us! The campers have brought with them such willing and open spirits for what we’re doing here this week. We have been amazed at how loudly they’re already singing, and how much they talked and responded in the very first classroom time. That’s not more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 1 (DAY 1)

“Hustle and bustle” is usually used to describe crowds during Christmas, but that’s exactly what registration time for EQUIP Boot Camp feels like to us who have the privilege to staff! We’ve seen God give amazing gifts of life and hope through His Word before, and it’s always such an exciting time to love on more »

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DAY 1 – CAMP 1: Waiting for God to Move

The last three days we have talked about sanctification, and what it means to be patient and persevere while God is transforming us. We have felt that this is so important in the final days leading up to EQUIP Boot Camp. If left on our own, our heart will make a list of its own more »

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(#1) Countdown to Camp 1: Waiting for God to Move

This morning we talked about how the world gives us the expectation to see change and improvement. But the change that God seeks to do in us is not visible or tangible like our shiny new phones or #transformationtuesday Instagrams. May the striving cease. May contentment reign. And may joy abound at what God has done more »

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(#2) Countdown to Camp 1: Waiting for God to Move 

If you’re like me, it’s easy to become frustrated or disappointed with the way things are moving in your life at one point or another. And part of the problem is that we’re becoming programmed to only recognize change when it is tangible. We are being showered with every incremental change happening in our social circles. more »

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(#3) Countdown to Camp 1: Waiting for God to Move

Our deepest desire for you wherever you are, whether you’re coming to this summer’s EQUIP Boot Camp or not, is that we all gain patience and perseverance from the Lord while He transforms us. God is capable of doing anything, and loves to give good gifts; but He is not on man’s timeline, and will work according more »

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Preparing Your Heart for Camp

When we talk about EQUIP Boot Camp to people, we try to communicate what makes it so special, so unique. There’s a simple and pungent list explaining that: Scriptural focus, intentional community, discipleship training, camp staff, and an interactive process. But as much as these things are put into place with Christ-honoring purposes, there are more »

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Praying for Transformation 5/20

Last month, we encouraged you to begin praying for God to receive greater glory in heaven and on the earth. This month, we want to give you an example of how you can do this: praying for God to be victorious over His enemies. At first thought, it does not seem necessary to pray for more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Katherine Ann

We want the world to know that the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for summer EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. We love investing in young men and women. We are humbled and excited to spend intentional time with them, and to see their hearts and lives more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Megan

We want the world to know that the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for summer EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. We love investing in young men and women. We are humbled and excited to spend intentional time with them, and to see their hearts and lives more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – David

We want the world to know that the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for summer EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. We love investing in young men and women. We are humbled and excited to spend intentional time with them, and to see their hearts and lives more »

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First Friday – NEW Transform Discipleship Resource

The school year is winding down (or speeding into finals) and we’re feeling a little nostalgic as we look back over all the Lord has done since we started the First Friday posts back in September. When we started posting the Transform Discipleship Resources, it was our heart that God would use these short little studies to encourage more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Brydon

We want the world to know that the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for summer EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. We love investing in young men and women. We are humbled and excited to spend intentional time with them, and to see their hearts and lives more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – GABBY

In case you haven’t heard, we’re so excited for our ENGAGE summer interns, and are enjoying introducing you to them individually! The biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages each summer for the EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. Investing in young men and women, seeing their hearts more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Stefan

We’re excited to introduce our ENGAGE summer interns to you! Each summer, the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for the EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. Investing in young men and women, seeing their hearts and lives changed by the Word of God and getting to serve more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – Rachel

Every summer, the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for the EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. Investing in young men and women, seeing their hearts and lives changed by the Word of God and getting to serve God by discipling and serving alongside them gets our team more »

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Praying for Transformation – 4/15

In Paul’s first letter to the Church at Corinth, after many chapters of reminding the Corinthians of their identity in Christ and instructing them on matters of faith and conduct, he summed it up with this command: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (10:31 more »

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First Friday – NEW Transform Discipleship Resource

Too much. Overwhelmed. Waves that keep coming. And coming. Have you ever had a day like that? What about whole stack of those days one after another? It’s easy to feel as though our experiences are different from the victories of the Bible, let alone the saving God who acted on the behalf of His more »

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Praying for Transformation 3/30

How often do we forfeit something that already belongs to us when we choose not to pray? Do we recognize that prayer is a unique opportunity to commune with the heavenly Father and be intimately involved in others’ lives? What if we viewed prayer as an essential (first, fundamental, important) discipline? An offensive weapon in more »

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First Friday: NEW Transform Discipleship Resource

Have you ever made an assumption about something and found out later that it was completely wrong? Yeah, us too. Assumptions are slippery things. Because they can be extremely helpful; they can also be extremely harmful. –If you assume a test will be hard and study for it well, then that will have a worthwhile result. –If you more »

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Praying for Transformation 2/19

We want to use this month’s prayer blog to update you on where we have seen the Lord leading and providing for our team, as we have sought His will during this transition season. Last fall, we asked you to join us in praying for the hiring of a new director, and balancing the workload more »

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First Friday: NEW Transform Discipleship Resource

For those of you who don’t know, Transform committed to writing one new, free, inductive Bible study a month during last year’s EQUIP Boot Camp. We did that for a couple of reasons, but it all comes down to discipleship: –us continuing to disciple and care for the students we built relationships with during camp –equipping those more »

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REASON #7 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

 #7: Scripture changes E–V–E–R–Y–T–H–I–N–G    You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to more »

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REASON #6 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#6: The benefits don’t end (everything is focused on the you that sits in the seat AND walks out the door)   We’ll say it now, and we’ll say it a hundred times more: EQUIP Boot Camp is not about getting an emotional high while being at camp. That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen. Struggle is inevitable when one more »

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REASON #5 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#5: The mask doesn’t get to stay on (no one gets away with pretending they are perfect) “Authentic” – it’s become an overused word somewhere in the past few years, and sometimes carries a negative connotation (as in, the things that we have done in the name of authenticity haven’t all been pure and healthy). No more »

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REASON #4 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#4 They love you with Christ’s love (persistent, intentional, and inviting)   It’s sounds awful and I cringe as my curled fingers type it out: I didn’t believe that I had ever seen Christians truly love each other before. I wasn’t a Christian at the time; but it still makes me sad that it took nearly 17 years more »

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REASON #3 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#3: They make you face yourself (in more ways than one).   “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man.” Proverbs 27:19 No matter what age you are, facing one’s own heart is difficult. The desire to hide and cover up sin comes as naturally as a toddler wanting brightly more »

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REASON #2 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#2: They don’t shy away from the hard things.   (They talk about them appropriately, openly, and with grace) Students have questions. It’s a fact of life. From the “why” stage of a small child, our desire to ask questions doesn’t ever fade. Whether we have the ability to ask them or not is another issue altogether. There are more »

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REASON #1 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#1: They didn’t tell me what to think or believe. (They taught me how to search out what God says) No matter what age or stage of life you’re in, let’s admit: parenting is hard. Growing up is hard too. Between all the different roles (parents, teachers, pastors, etc.) who teach students, there can be more than a few crossed wires. Maturing involves thinking more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp: Why It’s Needful

There’s something paralyzing about the amount of information and knowledge in the world. Accessible. Looming and shouting. Taunting and bullying, interrogating and intimidating us left and right. I don’t mean to be completely discouraging or pessimistic; but the more time that I live on this earth, the more aware I become of just how little more »

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Christmas: Surrounded but Alone?

I was sixteen when I spent my first Christmas away from my parents. I was back in America for high school, so I spent Christmas with the host family that I was living with at the time. It was more difficult than I was ever going to admit, and I just swept the whole notion more »

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Praying for Transformation 12/18

When your strength is running low and your heart is weary, when you’re overwhelmed by circumstances, or the list of to do’s, the people to see, the time needed to just rest, we recognize our finite state, our neediness more. We wonder what it will take to ease the stress, anxiety, fears, but it’s honestly more »

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FIRST FRIDAY: NEW TRANSFORM DISCIPLESHIP RESOURCE

Have you ever been around a ticking clock? One that literally announces every single second aloud to the nearby world with a string of incessant clicks – it drives some people crazy, and comforts others. If you’re a student ending the semester, you might be able to count hours easier in flashcards and coffee cups more »

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Where can I find Genuine Thankfulness?

The food, the family, the warm fuzzes of a sugar coma and lack of schedule…Thanksgiving is a confusing holiday. And with everyone talking about why we should be grateful and how healthy of a practice it is, there’s a lot of pressure to celebrate it correctly. But sometimes the littlest baby in the family cries more »

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Praying for Transformation 11/20

Have you ever become discouraged about persevering in prayer? We have. But we’ve also heard testimonies of spouses who have come to know the Lord after 25 years of their spouse praying for them. That it just amazing! But also, in the church, it’s all to easy to play the comparison game, to listen to more »

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Thankfulness: Practice for Purpose

  This month I am doing something I have failed at every year and have never been strong at. Confession time…It’s journaling as part of my daily routine. I blame it on the simple fact that my mind creates thoughts quicker than my hand can write. I know that’s a poor excuse and something that (at more »

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First Friday: New Transform Discipleship Resource

Have you ever found yourself wondering what gives some people an unshakeable faith? You know, the ones who walk through the hard life stuff, yet continue to have joy? I mean, even in the midst of uncertainty, they are unwavering…  Where does this kind of stability and direction come from? It really can only come more »

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Praying for Transformation 10/18

  Change is hard. It brings at least two companions with it when it comes. The first is Grief as we wrestle with the reality of letting go. When the wrestling match is over and we are exhausted, our hearts are opened to a new emotion. This one is Anticipation that we experience as we more »

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Transform Announcement: Changing Seasons

One thing I have learned over the years is that life flows in and out of seasons. There are seasons we love, and never want to end. Yet, there are others that feel like one last snow storm in March…the winter that will never end, making you wonder if God forgot spring should have sprung. more »

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First Friday: New Transform Discipleship Resource

If you don’t have time to read this blog, here is what you want to know: — where to download this free study (God our Yearning)    (once you log in, you can find the study in the “Resources” tab) — more about Lightning studies — how to download them free by creating a POC account Friends, more »

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Trust through Transition

It’s been a whirlwind of a summer for me.  I thought it was a transition from a season of waiting to a season doing.  But since school started a month ago, the pace of this summer seems to have just continued; and I’ve realized that I was really ‘doing’ even though it felt like waiting. more »

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Third Friday: Praying for Transformation

In the midst of full schedules and syllabi, it’s good to stop and pray – to widen our perspective from what’s going on in our small world to the full body of believers in Christ’s church. Over the past few months, several of you have asked how you can be praying for us. We want more »

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When Waiting is Hard

  Whether big or small, it seems like we are constantly waiting on things. We wait to grow up. We wait for someone to open our texts. We wait to meet the person we might marry. We wait in line at the store. We wait for: motivation, healing, reconciliation, money, and lots of other things, more »

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