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Save the dates: July 15-19, 2012 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The Christian faith has too often been simpliﬁed to an equation. The American Dream and lifestyle have too easily replaced the downward mobility modeled and taught by Jesus. Our identity is too quickly shaped by the world around us, rather than who we are as children of God radically impacting our world. The gospel has been watered-down, sanitized and sugar-coated and the words of Jesus have somehow become easy to digest.
Our hope for CHIC is that we wouldn’t entertain students into the kingdom with 3 songs, a skit, and a joke, nor would we explain what it means to be a Christian as simply admitting our problem, claiming a promise and reciting a prayer. Instead, we want to clearly communicate that following Jesus demands something from us. It demands our hopes and dreams, our money and resources, our relationships and our future. These words from Shane Claiborne’s book the Irresistible Revolution help illustrate the point:
I know there are people out there who say, ‘My life was such a mess. I was drinking, partying, sleeping around… and then I met Jesus and my whole life came together.’ God bless those people. But me, I had it together. I used to be cool. And then I met Jesus and he wrecked my life. The more I read the gospel, the more it messed me up, turning everything I believed in, valued, and hoped for upside down. I am still recovering from my conversion.
The selection of our theme, undone, points us in this direction of better understanding what it means to have our world turned upside down.
The ﬁrst night at CHIC we want to explore what it means to undo our dreams. Based on Erwin McMannus’s book Wide Awake, Erwin will call us to end the small dreams, sleepwalking and settling, and challenge us to live “a heroic life, void of monotony, teeming with danger, adventure, and the unknown”; to dream of what a life radically surrendered to God might look like.
The second night we want to undo our lifestyle. Shane Claiborne will lead us, through personal example, to better understand an authentic pursuit of Christ as radically counter-cultural, counter-comfortable, counter-pleasurable, counter-wealthy, and counter-materialistic; a call to Jesus’ gospel message which should, “comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comforted.”
On night three, we want to undo our equations. Whether we are willing to say it out loud or not, we all live by a hidden set of equations… if I pray harder, God will answer… If I behave better, God will reward me… If I believe more, God will favor me… Steven Furtick will help us better understand that while we can ﬁnd cause and eﬀect relationships in our faith, the path to following Jesus can not be explained with a simple set of equations.
The fourth night, we want to undo our self. Every one of us believes things about our self that are untrue, distorted, or at the very least unhealthy. Judy Peterson will help us reclaim our individual and communal identity as children of God; to understand that in Christ we are becoming a new creation.
On the last night, we want to undo our world. Efrem Smith will send us home with a challenge to allow this transformation in our lives to flow out and impact our family, friends, churches, schools, neighborhoods, cities and more; that together we can help bring God’s kingdom in our world as in heaven.
When you arrive at CHIC, you’ll receive a bunch of items that will be with you all week, such as your meal bracelet and what I like to call your necklace-wallet-name-badge-thingy. One of the items that should fit nicely into one of the many pouches of the necklace-wallet-name-badge-thingy is the handy Pocketguide, your planning tool and tour guide throughout the week. Take a look now, but don’t forget you’ll be getting one of your own in all its booklety goodness in less than a week.
More locations and information will be added, and some locations are subject to change, so be sure to check the printed map you’ll receive when you arrive. You may subscribe to the RSS feed to be notified when new items are added to the map.
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|Counselor and Staff|
Meet the people on the CHIC Council.
- CHIC Chair
- Kevin Farmer
Associate Pastor and Director of Equipping and Formation at the Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN
- CHIC Office Assistant
- Tara Allison
- Mike Nyman
Youth Pastor at Salem Covenant Church in Worcester, MA
- Developing the Story
- Kris Causton
Adjunct Instructor at Bethel University
- Director of Christian Formation
- Marti Burger
- Events Coordinator
- Luke Palmerlee
- Brian Alnes
Executive Director of Lake Beauty Bible Camp in Long Prairie, MN
- Executive Minister of Christian Formation
- Doreen Olson
- Focus Groups
- Matt Aalseth
Youth Pastor at Rock Harbor Covenant Church in Rocklin, CA
- Human & Spiritual Services
- Bruce Baehr
Associate Pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Clay, NY
- Mainstage Producer
- Paul Johnson
University Ministries Program Coordinator at North Park University
- Dale Lusk
Executive Director of Covenant Merge Ministries
- On Campus Recreation
- Tim Ciccone
Pastor of Student Ministry at Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village, KS
- Ben Pease
Youth Pastor at Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, MN
- Michelle Beilby
- Small Groups
- Amanda Kingry
Youth Pastor at Christ Community Covenant Church in Arvada, CO
CHIC 2009: Undone will take place at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from Sunday, July 12, through Friday morning, July 17.
View the daily schedule.
CHIC (Covenant High In Christ) is the triennial youth conference of The Evangelical Covenant Church.
CHIC exists to:
- be a catalyst that inspires Christ-like change
- challenge students to see themselves as part of something bigger
- inspire students towards the journey of following Christ.
Through CHIC, we want to see students be:
- a Christ-centered community (Genesis 28:3)
- confident in their relationship with Christ (Romans 8:38-39)
- committed to doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with their God (Micah 6:8).
Registration materials will be available in English and Spanish.
CHIC History Video – Part 1 of 2
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CHIC History Video – Part 2 of 2
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