Rockbridge: Developing Worship Leaders

Wow! It’s hard to believe that we were in the middle of Rockbridge just one month ago. The time sure has flown by!

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Rockbridge is always an incredibly rich time, but this was a very special year for us for 2 reasons. The first is that Rockbridge this year felt like a homecoming since we missed camp last summer due to the sabbatical. We had been coming to Rockbridge with InterVarsity every summer for 13 years until last summer (4 as students, the rest as staff)! Secondly, I (Eric) was asked to be the Track Director for the Worship Leader’s Track (WLT) when I came back from sabbatical. This was a significant and exciting responsibility.

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Eric running the sound board during camp worship.

At Rockbridge students select to be a part of one of numerous tracks, some of which are centered around helping students grow in their grasp of some aspect of God’s gospel, others of which are centered around training students in some area of ministry back on campus (and ultimately, for the church). The WLT is of the latter grouping.

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Worship Leaders Track, Week 1

I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a staff in the WLT multiple times since it was developed about 8 years ago. Two major things are accomplished in this track. The first is that the students are taught and trained in various aspects of corporate worship leading so that they will be better equipped as worship team members and leaders in their respective IV chapters the following year, knowing that they can carry those lessons with them after college as well. The second is that the staff and students in the WLT actually lead the entire camp in corporate worship every night for 6 nights.

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Students worshipping at Rockbridge, week 1

Becoming the Track Director means that I held the primary responsibility for vision casting for the track, planning the details, recruiting students from the region to participate, selecting our repertoire, and delegating responsibilities to the staff who would work with me in the track. Over the course of 2 weeks we trained students from 15 campuses and led worship for about 700 college students!

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CNU IV Chapter, May 2015

All of this beside the fact that I got to spend some time with the more than 40 CNU students that came to Rockbridge this year. We even had 2 students who became believers for the first time this school year attend camp to receive training as small group Bible study leaders!  We love watching the Lord bring students full-circle through every part of our ministry!

We are very confident that next year’s leaders received excellent training to prepare them for next school year, and that all of the students, whether in the leadership-oriented tracks or not, were refreshed in their understanding of the gospel and relationship with God.

Enjoy these other snapshots from camp:

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L to R: Helen, Eileen, & Katie

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We get to sit with students for every meal and hear about their camp experiences.

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CNU IV alumna Elizabeth Price speaking in the Identity Transformed track. Elizabeth is now an IV staff at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

Student leaders committing to pray for other students in Small Group Vision track.

Student leaders committing to pray for other students in Small Group Vision track.

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The ropes course!

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Julian had a BLAST at camp this year!

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Family picture – celebrating the close of our 10th year on staff with InterVarsity!

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