Archive for August, 2011

Living According to Calling

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2011 by Luke Summey

“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.”  –1 Corinthians 7:17

As the UH BCM staff we have had several meetings now about strategy, organization and vision for this upcoming year of ministry. Let me just say this: like the incline leading up to the first drop of a rollar coaster, I feel the suspense of the immanent adventure rising in my veins.

We decided on five different ministry teams and divided the overseeing responsibilities up between the three of us interns. All three of us have been asked to help guide ministry teams that fit in with out personal passions and spiritual gifts. I feel a strong sense of peace and joy that I am in the right place. We have a team in charge of our weekly worship service (The Vine), a team in charge of communication (Communications), a team in charge of spiritual growth (Enrichment), a team in charge of outreach (Outreach) and a team knew to the UH BCM that is going to be test run this year (Epoch).

Part of my job is to oversee the Outreach team and to help pioneer the Epoch team this year. Both teams are evangelistically focused, they just employ different strategies and are geared towards different types of students. My heart could not be happier! My heart is first and foremost for evangelism, but being able to help guide others into a more fervent evangelistic and relational lifestyle is just……a dream come true? More like God being rockin’ amazing! It’s so SICK NASTY AWESOME!

Things to pray for:
-Please please pray for guidance for both teams as they get started this year. There is so much potential.
-Pray for us as Tuesday night is going to be our first BCM Worship service of the year.
-Pray for me as I’m learning to live up to all of the aspects of my job here and am learning when to take personal time.
-Pray that I would sensitive to the Spirit as I seek out where He wants His laborers sent out into the harvest of the UH campus.

Grace and Peace to you all,

Luke  =)

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What Is To Come…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2011 by Luke Summey

If I had to choose a few words as a theme for what my time here has been so far, it would be these: what is to come…

The ten days I spent in Glorieta, New Mexico were incredible. I didn’t know what to expect walking into the collegiate week conference but I quickly discovered a hope for the future God has for me. When Arjay (UH BCM campus Minister) handed me my conference booklet, I quickly scanned the pages to choose which breakout sessions I was going to go to during the week. What I discovered could not have been more incredible. As I looked at the options for the seven sessions I immediately noticed a hidden theme in a few of the tracts that strayed from the average collegiate breakout sessions: Collegiate church planting.

I realized this past week in a stunning moment during on of the worship gatherings that I have never had a group of people that I thought of as my  heroes. Well, that’s not entirely true. In first grade I discovered a group of five that to this day remain special heroes in my heart: The Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. But in Glorieta, I discovered a real group of heroes. That night in worship, as those men stood on stage, I realized I had a shameless glow of awe on my face, and I had to admit to Michael Puckett immediately that I had more respect and desire to be like those men than I’d had for anyone before.

Leading these breakout sessions where the pioneers of the collegiate church planting movement. I hope and dream to join these men in the future in what they are doing for the kingdom of God. If you want to know more about what that movement might look like, just email or facebook me. It would take up to much space here.

Not only did I learn in Glorieta  a lot about what I want to do with my future (post-hawaii) but God placed a lot on my heart for what I need to be a part of here at the UH BCM. Tomorrow the other BCM staff and I are putting our heads together (and more importantly sharing what God had placed on our hearts) to plan the BCMs strategy and vision for the up-coming year. I can’t wait! It’s like I have these little shadows and whispers from God about this upcoming year, but until tomorrow we wont have a more solid view, and until the semester actually gets rolling I wont have the honor of seeing what God is actually doing. It’s so cool seeing how God unfolds His will!

What is to come…

In the past three weeks, repeatedly verses like James 4:13-17, conversations about those and similar verses, or sermons about those and similar verses keep coming up. It’s like God knows that I have a tendency to take control and plan or something. =P

God has been teaching me about the things that are to come in my life, and He’s been doing it very slowly, in such a way that I can learn. It’s a lesson that I’ve needed to learn for years. I need this. God rocks.

Peace and Love!
Luke  =)

Tornado of Awesome

Posted in Uncategorized on August 8, 2011 by Luke Summey

I genuinely don’t know how to condense the last week into a single blog but I’m about to. Here is the rundown of awesome that has gone on in my life.

 

So I made it to Hawaii on August 1st solely because God rocks like none other. I arrived at the airport in Charlotte, NC an hour before my flight to find a 45 minute baggage check line in front of me. By the time my bags at the check I had less than ten minutes to get through a massive security checkpoint and onto my plane. The guy at the check said no. So I asked him to switch my flights but there were two problems with this. First, I didn’t pay for my ticket, NAMB did. Second, the ticket was nonrefundable and so I was looking at paying for whole new flights on my on on the fly. After a few minutes he found a flight to Dallas, TX (my original flight plan) but from there instead of my flight straight to Honolulu, HI I had to go to Los Angeles and then to Honolulu. Then he asked me if my bags were overweight and I told him I didn’t think they were. The first bag was 10 lbs under but the second bag was 15 lbs over. Working at Lowes Hardware all summer, I’d lost my ability to distinguish a normal “heavy” bag. The guy said “you’re killing me here. What are you doing in Hawaii?” I told him that I was going to intern for a campus ministry and he responded with, “Well a higher power is looking down on you. The computer didn’t ask me to charge you for your flights for some reason and I’m going to let the baggage fees for both bags and for the heavy one to slide. Get out on out of here you.”   I went from looking at $1,000 dollars in fees and tickets to $0. God is Awesome. I arrived in Honolulu just four hours later than planned. remember that time you prayed for me? I give your prayer and Gods awesomeness credit for my entire travels and the blessings.

I spent my first two days in Hawaii with the other BCM staff doing our orientation and training. It rocked. Day two, we took a break in the morning to go surfing in Waikiki. Yup, that’s right, day two in Hawaii Luke Summey learned to surf! AND I apparently rocked it better than most first timers because I actually got to a standing position twice! Not bad for an hour if I do say so myself. Serious board rash and sun burn though. I’m learning to adjust. 😉

On the 4th the five of us on the BCM staff and three students flew here to Glorieta, NM where I am now. We took a day to hang out in Denver, CO where we went to a water park to bond and I got to see a dear brother, Josh Littlejohn. The next day the conference started and let me tell you, I think God is preparing me at the conference just as much for this upcoming year as a BCM intern developing an evangelism ministry as He is teaching me about what He wants me to do once I leave Hawaii (church planting).

The first day of the conference has been awesome, and I can’t wait to see what happens during the rest of the week. I’m getting to spend a lot of time with two people I love very dearly, Mike(Puck) and Kelly Puckett! They are absolutely amazing people and such an encouragement to me.

I love you all so very much! And thank you so much for your prayers!

“Go…to the land I send you”

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1, 2011 by Luke Summey

“Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and the went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there. The days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
–Genesis 11:31-32, 12:1-3

“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” It’s almost a predecessor to the Great Commission. It starts off with that word. It’s the same start to the Great Commission. It’s the same start to what God told Isaiah after God asked who was willing to be sent. It’s the same thing Jesus told the 72 in Luke 10. It’s a two letter verb. It’s an action. It’s a command. It’s a mission. It sounds so little when read or said. You can say it in such menial ways. “Go to the store”, “Go sit over there”, “Go get some food”. It can be applied to such little things. When God says it though, it’s not a command to do a little thing. It’s not even a command to do something short or temporary. It is THE command He gives. It’s the big one.

“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.”   –Matt 28

“Go and say to this people…”  –Isaiah 6

“Go from your country…”  –Genesis 12

It’s THE command. It’s the call to live out the life of a dedicated believer with no strings left attached to this world. It’s a call to live out a dedicated life fulfilling Gods purpose for each believer according to their spiritual gifts. It’s a call to do whatever Christs Kingdom needs of us; a call that requires us to forget this world, this life, and live the one He has asked of us wherever and however He desires.

 

Okay God, I’ll do this. I’ll get on this plane in a few hours and leave my brother at the airport terminal. I’ll move to this place where I know no one, where I’m unaccustomed to the culture, where I’m not comfortable, where I’m going to be challenged in ways I’m unsure if I’m ready for, where you want me. Let’s do this. I’m on-board. I’ll “Go”. Let’s “Go”.

Push me until I nearly break. Strip me of my comfort zone. Ask of me what I’m not yet ready for. As a wise mentor of mine once said, “God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.” I want to be Yours. I want to be sold out for You. Let’s do this, even when it hurts.