After some time away the RockBlog is back. We took the spring/summer off to really try another method of communicating with The Rock SM family. Moving forward we'll house all weekly communication and updates here on our website. We will push the information from various format but they will all point here.
The blog is mainly this. A weekly note to let you know what's happening in The Rock, what's being taught at The Rock, what's coming up at The Rock and anything in between. Sometimes I get long-winded, like today, while other times it's short and sweet (few and far between.) But the hope is that every week you hear from me or Andrew. We never want to be distant or secretive. We feel the home is to be the main disciple maker of these students. We are merely a support group and partner for you. We do realize not every student has a home where that takes place. But we never assume the role of a Father and Mother. We do however hope to play a significant part in their lives. One aspect of that is communication. That's where the blog and this website come into play.
Our website is the central hub to all things Rock. We will be fading out our Remind communication. That account will be deleted by September and text/emails will be our main form of contacting you. If you have not updated your profile on the Roopville Road Community Builder I would definitely do that. Ensure your email is correct and also ensure your cell number and carrier is up to date. Our hope is that we have an open and active line of communication to you as parents. The Community Builder is the best option moving forward.
On another note, Community Builder has an app called LEAD. This app is for the phone and is great for quick contact information, messages and calendars. It syncs with and is the same at the online version of Community Builder. So....be looking for those changes to take place by the end of August.
August is typically the bridge from one year to the next. August is a transition month for all families as we get to know that school schedule once again. Our Calendar at The Rock SM is fairly empty. We purposely keep it that way to ensure our students are making that transition from sleeping in to getting up early and then the struggle of having to function for 6 hours a day.
We do meet in August and each year we love to address who we are as a ministry. What is our hope? Our vision? Our goal? Why do we come each week? Why does Roopville Road even have a student ministry? Furthermore, why am I, a student, even here.....on earth?
We love these questions and specifically address them each August. This year our approach is to look at how the Bible, Jesus, Church and Walking fit into the hope of this ministry. The title is lengthy but a the actual purpose. The why and how of the what of The Rock SM.
The Hope of WHAT of the Rock Sm is simple:
Help students come to know Christ and make Christ known.
We seek to work towards that in many ways. Each year is different but the end is the same. We hope to help students come to know Christ and make Him known.
One huge statement from last night was this:
Our hope is that we introduce you to Christ (the WHY). If we change the Why of our lives, the Whats seem to fall into place. That's when we go on offense rather than defense. That's when we begin to facilitate rather than motivate. That's my goal. That we would have a ministry filled with students who fully embraced the WHY. of course we know there will always be people struggling in the WHY. For that reason our ministry is also changing and adapting and seeking to meet all students where they are. The full sermon is available below.
It was good to be back on a normal night. I'm so excited for our new year, new theme, upcoming series. This year has the potential to fully meet students with the WHY's and WHAT'S of their life.
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.