You Don’t Complete Me – Camp Theme for 2015

bebraveThis character has a lot to do with the teaching theme for the camps I will be teaching at this summer.

promo warp

To believe you are worthy of love and belonging, so many believe that you must contort yourself to stay in relationships believing that it is the relationship that makes you loveable. The result of this is a lot of numbing behaviors.

We do the same thing in our relationship with Jesus. Because of shame we contort Jesus into an image that makes sense to help us cope.

jesus warp

Actual coloring page

Colossians 2:10 states “You are complete through your union with Christ.” A relationship cannot complete you—unless it is with Jesus. A Jesus true to the word of God, not the creation of your contorted image. You are worthy of love and belonging because God’s desire is to complete you.

Coloring is a part of the learning this year because coloring simply makes sense. A frank talk about dating relationships is also a part with another session for Q&A on relationship questions. You know from my blog here that I have a lot to say about dating as I embrace this new title I love of “dating coach.”

I actually put together my summer camp series last November—7 months ago. These thoughts, in a Bible camp setting for teens, “just” came together. You can see these thoughts taking shape over the last 7 months of my blog writing. And I’m sure those thoughts will continue here. It has taken me this long—7 months—to get this cartoon character created. 7 months and 3 fired cartoonists! This character will be with me all summer. And probably longer. I have named him Warp.

By the way, booking is now open for summer of 2016. Parts of this summer’s theme can be contorted (get it?!!!) to fit a retreat plan or multi-night plan.

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About Be Brave

Brenda Seefeldt began life in youth ministry in 1981. That is before the internet, YouTube, texting and even before PowerPoint. (But it was after flannel boards.) Brenda has written and shared much of what she has learned through the resource of Wild Frontier and in many youth ministry publications as she continues on in youth ministry. Brenda is a brave one. She stutters yet is a national speaker. She loves teaching so much she’s also been a substitute teacher for over 20 years. She’s brave enough to enter any classroom at a middle school. She also simply loves teaching groups, whether they are teens or adults. Due to the many years of youth ministry, Brenda has “coached” many grown teens in dating. She finds herself very opinionated on that with lots to share. Brenda loves her God-given family–four sons and 4 grandchildren. They are God-given, not birthed. That alone is a brave story, one she tells here and there as the story really belongs to her sons.

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