Sunday, August 30, 2009

What does a Producer do?

I'm a Producer for a large church in Leawood KS.

What does that actually mean?
Seriously, I think I know what it means, but I may have a different definition for the word "producer" than others.

If I was a producer at your church, what would I be doing?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

40 days of prayer for campus ministry

Day Four (August 20th)
August 20th, 2009


We know students are thirsty for a relationship with You. Like the woman at the well in John 4, many young adults have never found the “living water” that You offer freely and without condemnation. Come Holy Spirit-quench their thirst to know the one, true living God.

Each time they gather for worship-meet them in their fellowship, the music, the spoken Word, and their prayers. Let Your Spirit of grace and freedom fall as two or more gather in Your name. Raise up a new generation of psalmists who sing of Your faithfulness. Inspire artists to enflesh the Gospel in every medium imaginable. As they seek Your face, let all Your goodness pass before them. For it is in worship that we discover that Jesus quenches our thirst to know God.

Each time a small group or Bible study meets-fill that space with grace, wisdom, and hope. Tie their hearts together with Yours. Let the Word be taught with clarity, authority, and truth. Help them find the support, encouragement, and the accountability they need to live out their faith in their college years and beyond. For it is in small groups that we discover that Jesus quenches our thirst to follow God.

Each time they serve their neighbor-whether it is across the city or around the globe-lead them by Your mercy. Empower them to live out the Gospel to the least, the lost, and the last. Build up their faith and the faith of those they go to serve in Your name. Allow their hearts to become impassioned for Your people throughout the earth. For it is in reaching out that we discover that Jesus quenches our thirst to serve God.

Each time Your people gather, speak to each student’s heart about who they are. Allow them to catch a glimpse of what they were created for. Help them see where their gifts and passions meet the world’s needs. Give them a vision for their life that takes a lifetime to accomplish. Call them to serve your Kingdom in their homes, in the workplace, and the public square. For it is in leading that we discover that Jesus quenches our thirst to serve others.

Our pray is that our campus ministries will be springs of living water in dry and weary lands-bubbling up and overflowing to quench the thirst of this generation of college students.

In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Author Bio:
Nikki Alexander is the coordinator for Refresh Campus Ministry Conference - refresh. Nikki works at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood KS as the Event Producer in the Technical Arts Group.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Chronic(what)cles of Kindergarten

Whitby Alexander started Kindergarten today. I wonder if, in the minds of every mom out there - is this a sign of my baby girl growing up or a sign of me getting old? Seriously, I have felt very weathered lately. The fact that I still have a 3 year old helps a little with the yikes factor of aging.

Can I get a witness?