1. The Problem
Chase is a young man. God made Chase with a masculinity that God considers powerful, purposeful, good and heroic. However, Chase will eventually to graduate into manhood. The sad news is he has not been initiated. To make matters worse, he's had a hard time finding clear tracks worth following. Whenever he does go to church, Chase has been taught that the benchmark of his journey with God is to be silent during the lesson, put his phone away, and not ignite classroom chaos. Before long, Chase doesn't know what to do with with his built-in desire for fun and adventure. Soon he figures that church is boring and God isn't much better.
2. The Solution
Pete is a young man of integrity, enthusiasm, adventure and passion for God. Pete loves hanging out with fellow brothers in Christ, and mentoring them in high-impact relationships. He loves to build relationships, play games, have fun, encourage kids and youth in genuine spiritual growth, and exemplify the authentic Christian life. When Pete meets Chase at Warrior Camp, Chase is excited about the new thing God is about to do in his life.
3. The Reason Something Must Be Done
Wow. Good question. But I think the answer is staring us in the face. Christ entrusted us with the Great Commission. This includes discipling others. And discipleship of young men is a lost art. There's almost no injection of authentic Christian manhood coming into a kid's/teen's mind and heart today. TV doesn't have it. Magazines don't have it. Itunes doesn't have it. Sadly, many churches don't even have it. Godly vision, heroic honor, integrity, Biblical masculinity, purity, a growing relationship with Christ, being a man after God's own heart...I think many young men want to know, feel and live this stuff out, but don't know where to feast. They're mostly left to figure this out for themselves, even though this vital area of their life beats at the heart of who God made them to be. They need vision, encouragement and to see it done and modeled in real time. On top of all that, what happens to Chase's future wife and kids if he's never trained in what it means to be a real man of God (MOG)? They're gonna suffer too, and the effects ripple out like waves on pond. Let's be real...God intended Chase's dad to train him up into manhood. But some sons don't have dads, or maybe some dads weren't trained themselves. And how many in our emotionally-steered generation are victoriously fighting for the ideals God has planted inside our hearts, for our integrity, our purity, our relationships with each other, and our relationship with Jesus, especially when the lights go dim and the feelings fade? In that moment, are we giving up? Defeated? What if it doesn't have to be like that? Wherever we come from, Warrior Camp aims to be a white-hot, epic, and unforgettable encounter with our awesome God, who boldly inspires and equips this generation to be fully alive and victoriously after His own heart.
4. The Reason Something Must Be Done Now
Statistics show that 85% of those who become Christ-followers do so before their 18th birthday. This doesn't mean we forfeit important adult ministries. It does mean young generations are super responsive to Jesus, and the massive potential fruit in reaching them with the Good News is something that really excites us! Also, imagine the cultural revolution that would go viral if boys grew up inspired and equipped to be men after God's own heart from a young age...crazy, right? What difference would Christ-like courage, Godly honor, and Biblical Masculinity make in our relationships, homes, communities, and world? #gamechanger #mindblown!
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- Jesus, Matthew 28:18-20
Derek, President of the Board
Derek 'grew up' in Idaho catching bugs, tadpoles, and frogs, riding bikes, climbing trees, and renovating his family's spider-infested crawlspace into a boys-only-hideout complete with stellar passwords and ninja turtle vibes. God blessed Derek with parents who's love and devotion to Christ were clear and contagious. Even though the highschool environment wasn't easy, God used the public school context in which Derek ascended, to light a fire for bold, uncompromising faith that was passionate to 'give an answer' (1 Peter 3:15) and invite friends to church/youth group. After highschool, Derek attended and graduated from Liberty University with a BS Degree in Youth Ministry and an MA Degree in Apologetics. While at Liberty University, and with an unconventional origin, God inspired Derek with a vision to harness the appeal of adventure, brotherhood, and battle as an epic platform from which to point this generation to the Risen King, Jesus Christ, and His Good News! The vision for Warrior Camp was born! Derek has served extensively in Christian education, youth ministry, camp ministry, and has been involved in spearheading Warrior Camp in Washington, Idaho, Indiana, Virginia, and Senegal, Africa. (God willing, there's more to come!)
Brant, Treasurer and Member of the Board
Brant grew up a farmboy surrounded by hundreds of acres of grain fields near the small town of Pomeroy, Washington. (You haven't heard of it :). With 3 sisters and 1 brother, Brant would drive trucks, tractors, and combines, and help his dad run the family farm...not to mention the irresistible attraction to dirtbike stunts! After graduating from highschool, Brant attended a Christian college where he studied and graduated with a Degree in Business Administration. While in college, he met a special girl who looked so exotic, he took her for an exchange student, unaware that she too was actually from his home state, and grew up only 300 miles west of him. She inspired his chase, and yep!...they got married! A hardworking provider, Brant was hired by a local bank, where his diligence and capability paid off and were eventually rewarded with promotion to upper level positions, including that of Vice President of Loan Servicing. Brant currently serves as a Sunday School Teacher, Board Member, and Music Director at his church, where he has attended faithfully. He continues to be integrally involved as an enduring, strong, and Godly example of consistent Christian leadership. He and his Italian wife have 4 adult children, each of whom love Jesus, and with whom they continue to enjoy family camping trips, outings, and vacations.
Greg, Member of the Board
Greg has served both in senior pastoral ministry and as a notable construction guru. His commitment to Godly integrity and keeping his word run deep, even though these convictions have come at a steep price prior to his recent success in construction. Greg is an adrenaline junkie with an unforgettable testimony and seemingly bottomless Godly wisdom. He is a winsome example of an uncompromising man of God, and his passion for Jesus Christ is contagious! After relocating from Washington, Greg, his wife, and their 4 kids now call Idaho home. (Some may theorize Greg's DNA naturally secretes its own nos, which is why he built a dirtbike track in his yard and flies around it like a banshee!).
Chris, Secretary and Member of the Board
Chris was called to ministry at age 12. He began traveling and preaching in Virginia at 14, and his passion for Jesus hasn't let up. In 1998, Chris began a youth outreach ministry ministering to over 2000 people a month through radio, internet, & rally style preaching.
Chris graduated from Liberty University in 2007 with a BS in Religion and Youth Ministry. He later completed his MA in Global Apologetics and also earned an MEd in Elementary Education from Eastern Washington University. Chris has served in education, youth ministry, senior pastoral ministry, and is also a published author. But above all, Chris has a come-what-may walk with Jesus Christ and a compelling shepherd's heart.
Chris and his wife Nicole have been married since 2007, and they are loving the adventure that God has placed before them. Currently, Chris, Nicole and their 3 children reside in Kennewick, Washington.
Nate, Warrior Camp Worship Leader & Speaker
Nate has served as a youth pastor and worship leader from 2000 to the present. He loves watching teens and families grow in their understanding, discipleship, and love for our Lord Jesus Christ. In Nate's words, 'God has given me a passion for speaking and relational teaching with teens and children.' After attending community college and graduating with a degree in Aviation Science, Nate went on to become a flight instructor and work in Aerial Photography as well as in youth ministry and construction. Following this, Nate spent 2 years at a Christian college where he finished his business degree, and later had the wonderful opportunity to attend Moody Bible institute in Chicago for a degree in Biblical studies. God has opened doors in camp ministry, outdoor adventure ministry, and local and overseas missions. In Nate's words, 'Each day I thank God for the challenges, trials, relationships and opportunities in which the Holy Spirit allows me to walk with Him."
"Without Vision, The People Perish."
- King Solomon
"The soul never thinks without a picture."
"A vision we give to others of who and what they could become has power when it echoes what the spirit has already spoken into their souls."
- Larry Crabb
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming."
WARRIOR CAMP SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Example Date: Saturday, June 24, 2019
Example City: Roanoke, Virginia
Example Venue: Edge Church
Version: Day Camp, 1-Full-Day. (Other Version: Weekend Retreat, customizable for each church)
Age Range: Boys in Grades 3-6 and their Dads (Other ages: Grades 6-8, 9-12, Young Adult, customizable for each church, etc...)
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
End Time: 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $60-$90 (Depending on travel, weapon workshop theme, camp enrollment, etc. Subject to change).
8:30 Leaders Arrive for Prayer, Orientation, Final Prep, Playing Catch w/ Early Campers
9:30 Welcome, Late Registration, Free Time
10:00 WARRIOR CAMP BEGINS! Race, Teams, Name Tags, Opening Ceremonies: Parade of the Clans, Clan Chant, National Anthem, Competitor’s Creed, Prayer
10:30 Rally #1 (i.e. Chapel)
11:15 Weapon Workshop (All Weapons, Ammo, etc... are tested, approved, and non-lethal. Accuracy Training and Practice and Free Time If Time Allows. All Warriors will get to keep their Weapon).
12:45 Lunch (w/ Pics and Go Pro Video)
1:15 Warrior Camp Group Photo and ShoutOut (Volume) Challenge
1:30 *Team vs. Team Game #1*
*(Exact Games aren’t published in order to maximize the surprise for each Warrior Camper)
2:00 Team vs. Team Game #2
2:15 Rally #2 (i.e. Chapel)
3:00 Team vs. Team Game #3
3:30 Team vs. Team Game #4
4:00 Team vs. Team Game #5
6:15 Dinner and Dinner Activity
7:00 Rally #3, Rally Grand Finale, Knighthood Ceremony & Warrior’s Creed Signing
8:00 Final Game/Battles: Leaders vs. Warriors
8:30 Finale: Winners Announced, Leader Challenge, Prayer, Prizes, Surveys, WC Warehouse Open, Free Battle Time!
9:00 See Ya Next Year!
Optional: Free time, collect your stuff, and Optional Bonus Battles: Leaders vs. Warriors! Thank you parents for letting your son come to WARRIOR CAMP! We hope to have him back next time and God bless you and your family!