We originally started doing this event on a Friday night and inviting just the families of the graduates and their parents. The night was good but I feel like we were missing something; the rest of our high school ministry. After that we changed to doing the event on a Wednesday night at Explode. This allowed our students to see how important graduation was and gave parents a snap shot of what their student experiences at our high school ministry.
We have bounced back and forth on feeding families and this year we choose to make the event a desert event and went with the theme "Dress for Success". Here are some highlights of the night for me:
- Having Kurt Johnson (graduate from 2008) come and host the event
- The room set up that our student leadership (SL) team did
- Watching our leaders share about the investment they have made in the graduating class
- The video that we showed from some of our past graduates (scroll down to watch)
Grad night has always been a tough night for me and last night was no different. The most difficult thing about high school ministry, for me, has been investing into students for four years and then watching them leave the nest. Last night I looked at young men and women who have given their life to Christ in our high school ministry, been baptized at our church and serve here. It was tough. There are students I have known since I moved to Vegas and its been a huge blessing to watch them grow in their faith and reach out to their friends on their campus.
The line I left our graduates with last night is the same line I have used before:
"Just because you graduate from Explode does not mean you are graduating from my life"I love you class of 2011 and I am so proud of you!
Explode Alumni Video from Neal Benson on Vimeo.