Do Good Now
“Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9, CEB)
What does it mean to follow Jesus in our world of ever-expansive knowledge, opportunity, and connectivity? Youth know firsthand about the immense pressures of making choices today, particularly as it relates to ethical sensitivities and global concerns. We find good news in Christ’ call to do good now, and across this week of camp we will explore exactly how this good news can bring daily grace to our lives, faithful discernment to our churches, and Christ-like compassion to our wider world.
Proclaimer: Rev. David Brown
David’s relational approach to ministry helps people connect the stories of their lives to the larger story of God’s work in the world. For more than two decades, David has enjoyed walking alongside teenagers, college students, and adults on the journey of faith. His doctoral work in Christian Leadership focuses on the ways that the traditions and practices of the earliest Christians can help shape and form future expressions of the church.
David’s approach to coaching and consulting grows out of that experience and perspective. At Pinnacle Leadership Associates, David guides churches, clergy, and lay leaders as they discover their gifts, think theologically, and develop sustainable ministries. In addition, David serves as pastor with The Welcome Table, a group of disciples following Jesus together in Rock Hill, SC. David is married to Sarah, and they have three children (two of which will be first-time Unidiversity campers this summer).
Musician: Moses Andrews and the Unidiversity Band
Our lead musician is Moses Andrews III. Moses Andrews III will serve as lead musician for our 2020 camp, heading up our Unidiversity Band with adult musicians, college students and high school campers. Moses helped lead music with the Unidiversity Band at our 2019 camp and is excited about returning this summer.
Moses Andrews III currently serves as Modern Worship Leader and AV Specialist at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC. While he coordinates and conducts the modern worship service, he is also deeply involved in traditional worship and choral-style chamber groups. Moses is also involved in the youth ministry as a music instructor and mentor.
Moses was raised in Greenville, SC where he began pursuing his passion in music ministry at the age of 11, resulting in him becoming a church organist. Moses attended J.L. Mann High School as well as the Greenville Fine Arts Center where he studied Percussion, Music Theory, and Jazz. Moses has studied Music Education and Percussion at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Moses now teaches privately, focusing on organ, piano, percussion, bass guitar, and voice. While Moses is involved in various groups and projects, he also works as a session musician in his own recording studio and various studios in the Southeast.
Moses is married to Jenny and they have a Guinea Pig, Gus Gus. Moses and Jenny are expecting a child, Miles Jacob Andrews, at the end of January 2020.
2020 Daily Themes
Monday: Big Picture – Galatians 6:9
Youth are faced with an overload of daily questions and choices, each with potential anxiety over known and unknown ethical ramifications and external impacts. How can this text from Galatians provide permission for us to reduce some of our unhealthy anxieties and help us refocus on doing the next good thing before us?
Tuesday: Calling of the Disciples – Matthew 4:18-22
Jesus calls with a sense of urgency, but it is always our choice to drop our nets, leave our certainties, and follow him. There is always grace to do good. Where can we choose to join in God’s work of liberation and love today?
Wednesday: Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
Deciding to follow Jesus and do good now has real, immediate consequences in how we live and what we value. Zaccheus is a social outsider but spiritual innovator in his embodiment of economic justice, and he is proof that your past does not equal your future.
Thursday: Paralytic Man and Friends (Mark 2:1-12)
Sometimes doing good requires us to consider “Good for whom?”. Jesus blesses the faith of these friends of the paralytic because of their creativity and collective risks for the sake of one who was marginalized and overlooked. Are we willing to take bold, hard, holy actions?
Friday: Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)
The early church leaders had to trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit in order to keep doing what was good and urgent. This story presents a holy opportunity for sharing the gospel in profoundly new ways, trusting God to lead us.
Worship services for Unidiversity are live streamed each night at camp for you at home to participate with us at camp. Most services last 60-90 minutes and will begin streaming 5-10 minutes before the service begins.