Young Adult Conference

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Our Young Adult Conference is less than a month away and it is going to be a good time! 

This year, we are heading down to Encinitas, CA where the tacos are outstanding and the weather is perfect. We will be gathering together at Light Church with Pastor’s Benji and Jen Horning. Our agenda includes a coffee cart, solid worship, and a powerful time with Jesus. Pastor’s Justin and Janae Klatt will be leading us in the word and our breakout speakers are ready to bring it!

We are focusing on deepening our relationship with the Lord and empowering young adults to know Him on a different level. The Lord has called this generation to rise up and to be called to a higher standard. We are excited to see all that the Lord is going to do. 

Our confernce is for ALL young adults. You may or may not have a young adult conference in your church, but it group or no group there are young adults in your churches and this conference is for them!

The cost is $50 per person and we have all the info on our website! Make sure to get your young adults signed up today! 

https://pswnextgen.com/ya-conference


Real Impact in Public Schools

As pastors and leaders in our local churches and communities it is important for us to be very aware about the things that are happening in our local public schools.

Right now in California there is a shift taking place in a specific curriculum that is being taught to children as early as kindergarten. This curriculum is a sex education that is designed to open the door and conversation around sexual topics, such as gender transitioning, without necessarily informing the parents of the topics being taught. Recently a non-profit organization call Real Impact has been created to help and inform parents about the things being taught in our local public schools. This website is helpful for parents, pastors, and leaders too.

Check out Real Impact today (https://realimpact.us/.) to learn more about what our NextGeneration is facing throughout their school days.

Summer Camp Recap

Every summer we enter into our camp season with great expectation, and every summer the Lord shows up in more ways than we thought possible. Here is just a portion of what the Lord did at camp! 

  • Campers: 1,289

  • Leaders: 260

  • Accepted/Rededicated: 593

  • Filled with the Spirit: 558

  • Healed: 663

  • Received Their Calling: 185 

Want to see what camp was like? Head over to our Vimeo account and check out the highlight videos from each camp! 

https://vimeo.com/pswchurches

 

Making Connections

There is a local church here on the Big Island of Hawai’i which currently has a 15 year old leading worship.  Born into a locally renowned musical family, this dynamic young woman has chosen to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before her, continuing the family legacy. 

For those of us who know Xayliah, it’s no surprise she’d choose music...it runs through her veins. It was during a summer camp that she felt a tug on her heart to give everything to God and follow him. With that being said, I was floored when Xayliah asked to  interview me as part of a presentation for her final school project of the year. Of course I said yes. However, I quickly realized she was doing a presentation on music so, unless her topic was ‘best Karaoke covers’, there’s no way it was me she really wanted. 

And I was right, sort of.  You see, Xayliah had a certain role model in mind whom she wanted to do her presentation on. And of course it made sense it would be none other than Tiffany Thurston. Xay knew Tiffany and I had a personal relationship, which meant she could interview me about her.  Ahhh the minds of Gen Zer’s - I love it. #practical

What a joyful moment it was when I declined her request, with something better in mind...Tiffany herself.  Within a few minutes Xayliah and Tiffany had a Zoom meeting scheduled. Did it cost me anything? Nope. Did it take some effort? Not much. Did it bring value to Xayliah? Absolutely! (And only God knows what will come out of this encounter, but I can guess it’ll be amazing)

This is why relationships are essential in the Kingdom of God.  We need one another. Our kids need to know they can connect with us and that we want to pour into them.  It doesn’t take much to let a young man or young woman know they are valued, accepted and loved. We get to mirror Christ in our words, lifestyle, beliefs and actions - bottomline - Love God. Love people.

Tiffany Thurston

Born and raised in Hawaii, this Bible-loving, world-traveling, amateur coffee-snob has been a worship leader for the past 18 years. Tiffany got her start on the worship team at New Hope Oahu, under the leadership of Pastor Wayne Cordeiro. She then began touring with the Revolve Tour (a national tour for teen girls) as their host & worship leader in 2007 along with singing backup  for one of her all time favorite singers, Grammy-nominated vocal powerhouse, Natalie Grant. Tiffany moved back to Hawaii in 2012 where she started her own conference called BLOOM in June 2013. Tiffany has a huge heart for the Church and hopes to “encourage, inspire, empower and equip this next generation to BLOOM where they are planted and become all that God has created them to be.” She currently lives on O’ahu with her husband, Keoki and their two boys Thurston and Punahoa.



Anti-Trafficking Film

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Do you have a heart or a passion for those that are caught in human trafficking? Right now our Foursquare churches have the opportunity to be part of a anti-trafficking film. Producer Robert Marcarelli is teaming up with Nita Belles, Director of the non-profit anti-trafficking organization, IN OUR BACKYARD to produce a 10-part short film series that will bring awareness and prevention training to churches, schools, civic organizations and to medical professionals and law enforcement. Robert has produced Hollywood films/movies, for the last several years he has been focusing his time on anti-trafficking films such as Not For Sale.  He has worked with both the international and domestic side of the trafficking issue and developed promotional/training materials for IJM (International Justice Mission) and Polaris.  Nita is a member of Foursquare’s Anti-trafficking Network, founder of In Our Backyard, author, and a member of Westside Foursquare Church in Bend, OR.

Visit InOurBackyard.org for more info!


“Conquering the Beast” Bull Riding Training Camp

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One of the best things about being a part of a Foursquare family is the opportunity to partner with other local churches. The River Church in Norco, CA is hosting a Bull Riding Training Camp and would love your participation and support. Read more about what Pastor’s Jared and Mandy Vieyra are doing!

“We are offering a world class training camp for those involved in the sport of bull riding! 

This summer we have a tremendous opportunity to invest in the next generation of rodeo athletes. The River Church of Norco is partnering with AKBucking Bulls, the International Mini Bull Riders Association, and Western Harvest Ministries and presenting “Conquering the Beast” Bull Riding Training Camp on June 7-9th.

This event is not just about bull riding. Instead, it is an outreach opportunity toward people in need – no matter where they are in life. Conquering The Beast is a unique approach to recognizing the issues in life that we all face and showing that there is a better way when we learn the importance of self-discipline in our life. Our purpose is to equip the champions of tomorrow in and out of the arena, thus enabling them to make Godly choices when faced with decisions in the future.

Conquering the Beast is an opportunity to minister into the lives of today’s lost and hurting youth. We believe that we must be instruments, used by God, sharing His unconditional love. At some point, every person, young or old, needs to be encouraged. Using the extreme sport of professional bull riding as a tool, young people are being drawn to a place where they can hear a Christ-centered, life changing message.

We will also help them in the areas of:

  • Developing Character

  • Daring To Dream

  • Renewing the Mind

  • Self Esteem

  • Conquering Fear

  • Family Values

Bull riding is undeniably the most dangerous sport in the world. Local riders risk their lives while competing for money and buckles. Every rider dreams of traveling the states, holding on for the full 8 seconds, receiving at 90 point score and hearing the crowd roar. We know not everyone is going to be a world champion. But we can make a difference in who they will be tomorrow, future spouses, and parents raising champions of their own.

For more information or to register please go to:  http://therivernorco.com/bull-riding-camp.html

LPC Spring Preview 2019 | Seize Your Moment (um). 

Spring Preview 2019 | Seize Your Moment (um). 

Every year Life Pacific host’s two Preview events, and this Spring things are looking really exciting! All leader registration is absolutely FREE! We’ve also been given an access code (PSW1 and PSW2) to help with any students who are unable to pay the Spring Preview fee. 

This year at Spring Preview there will be a GenZ Roundtable for parents and leaders to attend. A time of learning, discussing, and sharing information about the youth we are leading and raising. The roundtable will have guest speakers and leaders from around the area ready to dive into conversation with you!

"You’re invited to join LPC for Spring Preview 2019. Come and experience what Life Pacific (soon to be University) is all about and how you fit in! Guests will enjoy a day of chapel, worship, dynamic classes, information sessions, and give-aways! Speakers include Pastor Phil Urdiales, Poet Alexander James, V.P. Angie Richey and many more. Register now at  www.lifepacific.edu/preview."

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NextGen Leaders Gathering

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What’s better than free food? Free food AND getting to spend time with your favorite NextGen leaders from around the area. Join us this Spring for five FREE NextGen Gatherings throughout the Pacific Southwest District. These gatherings are for ALL NextGen leaders, from cradle to college. Visit our website (https://pswnextgen.com/leadergatherings/) for locations, times, and to register your team today! 

A Heart for the NextGen

Pastor Tammy Dunahoo recently sent out an article from one of our own Foursquare Pastor’s about some information that will be affecting our California school system. Once I was able to read through the article I reached out to Pastor Brenda Lebsack and ask that she share her heart toward the article with out Pastors in the Pacific Southwest District.

“As a Foursquare pastor along with my husband, a public school teacher, and now a School Board Trustee, I come to you with urgency and a heavy heart. This article gives a sampling of educational laws and content curriculum that is either in place now or in process. Many pastors say they are not political. I was never political either, however when the Lord called me to this School Board position, I cried out to Him saying, "All I want to do is lead people to Christ, especially children". He gave me this verse: Galatians 3:24 The Law is our tutor to bring us to Christ, so we may be placed in right standing with God, by faith.. If laws no longer reflect righteousness, then sin becomes unrecognizable, and if we cannot recognize we are sinners, then we will not realize our need for a Savior. God spoke to my heart and said, "Helping to preserve righteous laws DOES lead people to Christ". After you read the article, please read ALL my comments below the article. I provide much information with documentation about the laws and curriculum that threaten parental authority and will greatly challenge the ability to raise children with biblical values. We have an opportunity to be a voice before January 11, 2019. Silence or no response is interpreted as approval or indifference. 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Below is a link to the article referenced above.

https://edsource.org/2018/parents-educators-should-scrutinize-concepts-of-gender-and-sexual-identity-in-states-health-education-framework/606025

2019 Mexico Missions Trip for High School Students

The holiday season’s are always full of giving and receiving; a time of year where we can’t wait to give the perfect gift and see the delight in everyone’s face as they unwrap the gifts around the tree. 

This summer we are giving the high school students in the Pacific Southwest District the opportunity to give. To sacrifice their time, comfort, money, and to step outside their realm of normalcy and serve the youth and churches in Rosarito, Mexico. 

From June 20-24 in 2019 high school students from around our district will have the chance to partner with local youth from Foursquare churches in Mexico in reaching the community of Rosarito. They will spend three full days in country fully submerged in the culture and churches there. 

We are so excited for this opportunity for our NextGen and for our district. The cost per student is $500, which includes travel, lodging, food, and a winter camp fee. Make sure to check out our NextGen website for more information as well as our application. All applications are due January 25th.

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Will you live fearless and free?

The Explicit Movement 21 Day Interactive Journal is one of the best tools out there.  It's real and relevant for teens and young adults. 

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Will you live fearless and free? 

Embark on a journey into the heart of God through this collection of memoirs from people’s experiences- truthful accounts that are real, raw, and relevant regarding identity, sexuality and healing.

In this journal, real people share about real hurt, pain, and consequences but also real wholeness, healing, and hope. They are not afraid to be raw about relational brokenness, identity issues, sex, and sexuality. The relevant topics concerning your sexual integrity are honestly explored heart to heart, and you will discover you are not alone in the struggle.

I'm currently taking some young adults through it in person and I have a group doing it through SLACK.

There's also an app you can download that when you use the camera on your phone and place it over the picture in the beginning of each chapter (or day) it comes alive.  The author of each chapter shares his/her heart and it's pretty cool.  This journal has given my group clarity and hope because they are now seeing that they are not the only ones and that there is a way out.


Bunny Correa
PSW Hawaii NextGen Rep

Leading in NextGen

I was recently sitting with one of our local young adult leaders and discussing the highs and lows of ministry, NextGen ministries in particular. As we began to go deeper into some of the challenges we may face in our local church, Ashlyn began telling me about a book that challenged the way she led one on one ministry and small groups. I asked her to share the resource with me and her thoughts and here is what she had to say.

“Sometimes the idea of being a small group leader or a youth leader gives me mixed emotions. What exactly is my job? Every stage of life requires a unique influence from someone a student look up to. It’s easy to feel lost because our role falls somewhere between a parent, a coach, a friend, and a teacher. “Lead Small: Five Big Ides Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know” by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas is a resource that has brought clarity and educated me in the expectation of youth ministry. The truth is, we aren’t just our student’s coach, best friend, or teacher…we are a little bit of it all. When we have a clear understanding of our role we help create authentic faith in young people. Choosing to invest in a few has a greater impact then we realize! 

Lead Small clarifies the responsibilities of those who work with children and teenagers. This resource trains leaders to see the bigger picture in small groups. The book establishes five common threads that are helpful for NextGen leaders in churches of all sizes and gives practical ways for leaders to create big impacts through subtle and intentional steps. It’s also a short read, so it’s one of my favorite books.”

My favorite thing about NextGen ministry is that things are always changing; but one thing that stays consistent it creating relationships. Lead Small is a great resource for your NextGen ministries, and honestly; any ministry!

Summer Camp are going GREAT!

Our summer camps are off to a GREAT start this year. The Lord is doing mighty things; miracles are happening, campers are being saved, and lives are being changed. Make sure to follow our PSW NextGen social medias for photos, videos, and updates. Thank you for pouring into our NextGen and supporting our local camps. Keep us in our prayers and we wrap up our camps this summer! Don’t forget, camp matters.

Camp is a springboard to a greater relationship with Christ.

The anticipation of summer for a teenager (at least here in Hawaii) usually starts on the first day of school. Perhaps the thought of blitzing through school so they can surf all day and bask in the Hawaiian sun is what fuels them, or could it be that Summer means...CAMP...and that is the only motivation they need to get through the year.

Every summer hundreds of teens from across the State flood through the doors of New Hope Church, Hilo Hawaii where our summer camps are facilitated. Being hosted by a local church is definitely a blessing since we have to actually “camp”...yep with tents. From the moment they arrive to the moment they leave our goal is to simply love every single one of them with the love of our Father.

As the Now and Next generation grow, we find ourselves searching for things to capture and hold their attention, which is why camps are so important.  Camps create an atmosphere for a true encounter with God the Father, Jesus the son and with the Holy Spirit. We make it our priority to be open to what God wants for every child.  And yes that means crazy activities, loud and dynamic worship, out of the box messages and intentional free time experiences.

Camp is a springboard to a greater relationship with Christ.  Camp gives each child permission to know, understand and answer the call on their life.  Camp supports our local church pastors and leaders as we usher the generation together towards truth.  Camps builds bridges. Camps establish lifelong relationships rooted in Jesus.

Camp. Matters.  

With Aloha and anticipation,
Bunny Correa

Camp changes lives!

Here at the Pacific Southwest District we value our camping program for our NextGen. Camp is one of our key pieces in keeping churches, leaders, and youth connected. Throughout our winter and summer camps we strive to make every service, activity, breakout, and even free time perfectly fit for our NextGen.

Our heart is to see the NextGen flourish in their element, see and hear from the Lord like never before, and to have one of the best summers of their lives. Check out our highlight video below to see what our NextGen experience at camps!

Internship Opportunities at Summer Camp

Most of us begin our journey into ministry and can pinpoint an exact moment when we knew we were doing exactly what we were created for. There are people we can thank, for helping us get to that place, and there are places we hold sacred in our hearts. For years our camping programs have facilitated those things to happen; from third to twelfth grade, campers across the country can testify that camp has changed them. Cabin leaders and even staff can also attest to the fact that camp is life changing. This year for our camping program we are starting an internship program. We believe that this opportunity will allow young adults, from the ages of 18-25 years old, to experience camp in a way they have not before. Our camping programs will make way for these young adults to have a camp experience unlike anything they have had before. They will have an opportunity to serve, a different sense of responsibility, and the chance to minister to our NextGen in a larger capacity.  We strongly believe in the NextGen and this is just another layer of how we plan to pour into a generation so hungry for more of the Lord.

For more information and how to apply, visit www.pswnextgen.com

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Summer of Eighteen

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It’s the best time of the year! Summer Camps are just around the corner and our camp teams are preparing and planning for what is sure to be our best summer yet. We are asking and believing for a move of the Holy Spirit at our camps in Hawaii and Camp Cedar Crest. Please join us in asking the Lord for His hand over our summer camp season.

Our NextGen website (pswnextgen.com) has been updated with all your summer camp needs. You’ll find everything you need from registration deadlines, social media images, and forms on our user-friendly website. All of our camp dates and prices are below.

Hawaii Camps

  • Defined Jr. High: June 25-29
    • Camper: $50
    • Leader: $35
  • Legacy High School: July 17-21
    • Camper: $150
    • Leader: $65

Camp Cedar Crest Camps

  • Camp Dates
    • Combo #1: July 16-20
  • Combo #2: July 20-24
  • Kids: July 25-28
  • Jr. High: July 29-August 2
  • High School: August 2-6
     
  • Youth Camps Prices:
    • Camper: $195
    • Leader: $125
  • Kids Camps Prices:
    • Camper: $175
    • Leader: $125

See you this summer!!!

 

Equipped to reach the Next Generation

Do you ever feel stuck in trying to figure out the best way to relate to, communicate with, and minister to the NextGen? If you do...you're not alone, and our NextGen is here to help. It is important that as pastors and leaders we try to understand things from their perspective, to relate to the trials and temptations they are facing, and most importantly, to work with them to stop the enemy from having his way in their lives. 

Impact 360 Institute & Barna have partnered together, and have conducted extensive research about Gen Z. Their website “Who is Gen Z?”, has multiple resources including videos, books, and articles, that dive into the inner workings Gen Z generation. You can also subscribe to their monthly email newsletter which provides the latest articles and resources that can help impact your youth and children's ministry. Take a look at www.whoisgenz.com.

“Who is GenZ?” helps me get an idea as to where the next generation is, and what appeals to them as far as youth events, social media, and even camps. Speaking of camps, have you seen our dates for this summer? Listed below are our 2018 Summer Camp dates, for both Hawaii and Camp Cedar Crest. Keep an eye out for exciting summer camp news.

Blessings,

Brittany Johnstone
PSW NextGen Representative 


Summer Camps 2018

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Winter Camps were amazing!!!

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Our 2018 Winter Camps did not disappoint! Campers and cabin leaders from across the district gathered together for a weekend of fun, activities, fellowship, & Jesus. Our camp speakers Pastor Reid Powell & Nicole Stark brought powerful impacting words to our campers, and lives were transformed! Here’s just a peak at what happened these past two weekends.

  • Campers - 446
  • Cabin Leaders - 123
  • Churches - 27
  • Salvations - 36
  • Healed - 74
  • Filled with the Spirit - 204
  • Received Spiritual Language - 23
  • Re-dedicated to Christ - 76
  • Called to Ministry - 29
  • Committed to Discipleship - 35

Make sure to check out our Facebook page @PSWNextGen for photos and videos from winter camps!