Join us at Summer Excitement 2016, and let’s explore God’s GoodLife together!
The many men and women who have passed through the ranks are out there, right now, acting in some capacity of leadership! It’s good to know Summer Excitement has “boots on the ground” every day!
That’s why we are sharing this special new opportunity with every current SE staff and student, and with every SE alum out there engaging in the trenches with intention to make the world a better place while enjoying joyous Christian living!
Leader Share is a place to hear leadership stories and principles from someone in the SE community and have the chance to ask them questions that will help you grow in your pursuit in becoming a more effective leader.
Once a month (occasionally twice a month) you can call the conference number, type in the access code, and be on the call! You will spend the first 20-30 minutes listening to a leadership message, after which you will have a chance to get into the queue and ask a question pertaining to the topic.
Calls will last one hour in length and we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity. It will help strengthen our resolve and energize us throughout the year, hopefully creating contributing to the already strong legacy of Summer Excitement.
The first call is Tuesday evening, October 20th at 8:00 CST. Just dial (641) 715-3580
and type in the access code: 528-611 #
This will put you into the call!
We encourage you to get this on your calendar and make it a priority. Please pass the word to others who are invested in the work and ministry of Summer Excitement.
On our first call, we will hear from our director Jason Moore and our senior dean Mike Gibson! They will be discussing the topic of determining and overcoming lids that limit our leadership.
Mark your calendar. Get on the call. OOOHHHHH GLORY!!
Summer Excitement 2015 is scheduled for June 21-26, on the campus of Lubbock Christian University. Registration opened on April 1 and goes through the end of early registration, May 15. Early registration tuition is $270. Late fees may apply after this date.
In 1985 Richard Seymour played an integral role in developing a new summer leadership school for youth on the campus of Dallas Christian. The vision that he and others held was to host a non-conventional discipleship experience, once every June, that would empower young men and women to enjoy the Christian life, while also becoming influential forces for Christ to those around them. That experience became known as Summer Excitement, and began operating with about 90 students in 1985. As the vision became reality, Richard not only became the face of Summer Excitement, but he also became the heart of Summer Excitement as well. An infectious laugh, tireless optimism, a “Boy do I feel great” cheer, and an encouraging spirit, endeared Richard to most young men and women who were impacted by the ministry between 1985 and 2002, while it was hosted by The Branch Church in Farmers Branch, Texas. Summer Excitement has seen enormous blessing from the efforts of past and current leaders, but none are more synonymous to the work of developing leaders and promoting joyous Christian living than Richard Seymour is!
As such, we are excited to announce the development of the new “Richard Seymour ‘Boy Do I Feel Great’ Scholarship.” This scholarship will be rewarded as a sort of “buy-one-get-one-free” deal for current students who wish to share Christ with friends back home who they are convinced would benefit from engaging faith in a non-traditional, spiritual environment. In providing this opportunity we hope to empower current Summer Excitement students to lead their friends into closer union with Jesus. In doing so, not only will we be honoring Christ and promoting grace, but we will also be upholding the legacy of SE leaders such as Brother Richard!
For more information about the “Richard Seymour ‘Boy Do I Feel Great’ Scholarship,” or to learn how to apply for it, please follow the “GREAT SCHOLARSHIP” link above. Applications for the scholarship will be available on this site on April 1, Summer Excitement Registration Day!
There is a place in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle Earth called Rivendell, an Elven outpost in which Frodo Baggins and friends find safety and comfort in the midst of their journeys to set the world right again. No matter the awful creatures and imminent dangers waiting along the road, Rivendell is a place in which to recover from old wounds, and to find courage for imminent dangers that lay ahead. Without Rivendell, Frodo would certainly have been overwhelmed by evil, the ring would have fallen to Lord Sauron, and Middle Earth would have been overcome by darkness. Rivendell is a good place. It is a place of healing. It is a place of safety. It is where life goes to thrive.
For nearly 30 years, Summer Excitement has been a sort of Rivendell for thousands of young, teenage, pilgrims in search of a deeper connection with the Almighty. There they have found rest and safety and nourishment. There they have had their young and formative spirits set towards Christ.
During Summer Excitement, 2013, one of our founding leaders, and many would say the “face of Rivendell,” Richard Seymour, went on to the Undying Lands to the west. For him, there are no more clouds, no more pain, no more illness. Only pure joyous Christian living with the Father.
On behalf of the Summer Excitement family, I want to say thank you to Richard Seymour for his unquenchable zeal, his great big heart for every student ever to set foot on campus, and for his “BOY DO I FEEL GREAT,” that will certainly echo-on in every heart fortunate enough to walk the halls of his Rivendell!
In quick start we began the day with a little interpretive dancing from Tyler Young and a few students from each school. In the teaching sessions Deans talked about the importance of being in the family of Christ and how God is what molds our family together. Each family made scenes using play dough to create a family picture. They talked about how community exists to shape us and how shaping play dough is similar to shaping a Godly family and sometimes you have to use pressure. Advanced went to Spirit Ranch where they did a variety of group exercises on the ropes course.
There were no Wild N Crazy games on Wednesday since we had to leave campus early for Jailbreak, so we just did sports in the afternoon. After dinner we headed on over to Quaker Avenue Church of Christ for a special service. Some of the congregation joined us for a time of worship and then Jerry Reeves spoke about forgiveness. He talked about how our story changes because of the Lord’s forgiveness and how our story becomes a story of forgiveness. At the end of the service Kat Jernigan and Duncan Welborn got baptized!
After Rainbow Celebration we had Jailbreak, which is essentially a giant party. Trent Langford and his band, along with Clay Johnson were our live entertainment for the first half, with guest appearances made by Abbey and Devon Langford. There was a lot of good food, good friends, and good fun.
We started Tuesday off with a little bit of storytelling. Laci, Ricky, Clay and John all told some form of a story about losing their luggage and the students had to guess which one was telling the truth. Apparently you can’t trust Laci’s cute little face, Ricky is a terrible liar, and John likes to take off his shirt when he’s on a plane. It would appear Clay is the only honest one of the bunch.
In the teaching sessions they talked about forgiveness and focused on Colossians 3:13. Advanced school went off campus once again where they held a baby shower for a young expecting mother named Amanda. They gave her words of encouragement and played games with the family.
After the usual sports, Wild N Crazy games got even more nasty than usual. Each family had to hold up one member like they were a tank and their weapon was ketchup for Red, mustard for Gold, blue paint for Blue, and green paint for Green. Whichever family had the least amount of ketchup, mustard, or paint on them at the end of the game won. Then we went to the tarp and played an old game brought back by popular demand-Sumo wrestling! One student from each school would put inner tubes on their arms and waist and then cross the slippery tarp to the other side while hitting at least one person from another school along the way. It was entertaining to say the least.
Later that night in Rainbow Celebration we had another great time of worship, and Jonny Reeves sang a song for us on his guitar. Jerry Reeves spoke about living a life of unity by clothing ourselves in love. He talked about what destroys unity and the essentials that build unity. A favorite quote from the night was “through unity we become impenetrable.” Entertainment was a ventriloquist named Taylor Mason who enjoyed calling people out of the audience and using them in his jokes. Looking forward to another great day at the best place on Earth!