Thoughts from Big Weekend at The Avenue

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I had such an awesome weekend at The Avenue with my friends, The Awaken Movement. It was powerful to hear people talk about worshiping through serving, and to witness them meeting needs in the community. It was incredible. I am also excited that my Avenue family got a glimpse into what The Awaken Movement means to me. 5 years ago, Rob Peabody and I started dreaming about what it would look like if communities came to the church to have their needs met. For people who have been transformed by Jesus’ love to transform their communities with this same love.

Over the weekend I was often asked by my church family, "Why haven’t you let us know about Awaken? About your music? About this ministry?" The question got me thinking. To be honest, I ask myself the same thing at times. Since Awaken started in 2009, I have always been intent on explaining Awaken through my actions. I have always felt it was a concept that didn’t need a sales pitch or catchy slogan.  It’s simple - as a follower of Christ, open your eyes to the injustice and need around you, and use whatever influence you have to right that particular wrong. In doing this, we join in God’s kingdom work. That is what Awaken means to me. So to answer the question of why I haven’t been an outspoken promoter of Awaken from the stage here at my home church, I say this … I hope that I have used the platform I have to right wrongs in the community where I live. Since The Awaken Movement began, I have seen God do great things around the world to encourage His people to put action to their faith. I have seen many old and new friends join Rob and me in what Awaken is doing. God is moving in and through Awaken, and the most refreshing thing to me is this … I don’t have to “sell” or “pitch” this idea for God to bless it. I find God moves more in my life, not when I speak, but when I ACT.

It's been awesome to see my church totally buy into this idea, and love the cities around us. Just this past weekend 15 projects were completed by our students as they unplugged from everyday distractions and really dug deep to show the love of Christ. My hope is that so many more students and churches would join us.

I would ask you to please pray that God would work His will out in and through Awaken. Join in this exciting work and please follow and like Awaken Movement - Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

We'll be posting a re-cap video from #bigweekend soon - so be watching for that. Blessings everybody!

-Joel