Monday, June 29, 2009

New Staff Training 2009

I saw a billboard yesterday that said, "Face time is better than Facebook". I was driving too fast to see what it was promoting, but it was catchy... and true. That is why I am driving an hour to Grove City and back - spending each Tuesday and Wednesday with our new staff... face to face.
The Outdoor Leadership Team is bringing on five new staff this year at various outdoor program sites! I am partnering with the New Staff Training Team to help in the on-boarding process as it directly relates to adventure activities. I'll be setting up these five staff with mentors who will help them get certified to lead activities, training them in the ever-important paperwork trail, and developing their professional development plan for the upcoming year.
Please welcome William, Amanda, Matt, Dan and Tom!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Leadership and Discipleship in the Wilderness (LDW) Wyoming, a six-week expedition to the Wind River mountains, left the CCO equipment room yesterday. Seven students and four staff will spend the next 40 days in the wilderness learning about leadership, outdoor skills and having their character shaped by God as He reveals, in the midst of his creation and this tight knit community, what was in each of their hearts (Deuteronomy 8:2).

Hat tip to Phil M. in the CCO's communication department for creating a wonderful interactive map of the LDW itinerary. Check it out. It's got pictures and everything. Also The students will be tweeting weekly updates via satellite phone that will be posted here.
You got to love technology.
Joy and I have led this trip several times and it holds a special place in our hearts and in our ministry. It's good to see the next generation of CCO staff take over this amazing opportunity for students to be transformed in the wilderness.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Undercover at an evangelical university

I heard about this during the semester when the author reported on an evangelistic spring break trip to Daytona Beach. I appreciate the commitment to learning by experience. In its own way it echoes the findings of the Murdock report on the state of campus ministry (more about that in a post to come): off campus experiences are what make faith development stick beyond the college years.
A story about a student showing a commitment to learning.


This comes to us from Good News Messaging
Hat tip to our friend Chris Cooke for his great argument for CCO's raison d'etre.

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MTV music video

That party last night was awfully crazy (i wish we taped it)
I danced my (face) off and had this one girl completely naked
Drink my beer and smoke my (stuff) but my good friends is all I need
Pass out at 3, wake up at 10, go out to eat then do it again
Man, I love college, ay!
I love drinking, ay!
I love women, ay!
I love college, ay!

Asher Roth is a 23 year-old "rapper" from Morrisville, PA. His single, "I Love College" hit the charts a couple months ago (currently at #15 on the Billboards) and has been downloaded (purchased) over ONE MILLION times. The music video is set at a fraternity house party and features numerous college students binge drinking, playing strip poker and beer pong and hooking up. Drinking, Women, Staying up Late and that really all there is to life? Unfortunately, for many students the answer is yes.

The reality is that there are thousands of "Ashers" on college campuses across the country. Quite a few of them are even student athletes at Pitt. Our work with the CCO is to share an alternative vision of college, and of life, to students during their four years in college. This vision is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ. It is exciting and challenging work, but students are "getting it", coming to faith and growing in their relationship with Jesus.