Day 2 at Creation Fest NE 2011

Thanks to all those who came out to Creation fest NE this year! It was so great meeting you, and such an honor to help push you into the plans and purposes of God for your life. If we aren’t connected on Facebook yet, please open up a new tab here and “like.” Likewise, you can get daily bald craziness from me by following my twitter feed here.

As Joseph and I made out way back to the Woods 3 stage on the hill overlooking the rest of Creation [ha!], we noticed even more people than yesterday were filling in early. Harry Thomas [pictured below] noted that all the teaching stages were packed out this year. “I think teens are really hungry for the Word, not just great music,” he said in a meeting at the Admin Office. In light of so many negative statements by disgruntled complainers, what a great commentary on our generation’s youth!

I’m not sure how you can “pack out the woods,” but we did! My message for Friday was on the role of the Arts within the Church. I really felt like I delivered the message well and was able to connect people with the inspiring heart of the Lord to use their gifts to promote Him.

I’ve made the PDFs of my notes for both messages available below, as well as the promised “Crickets Soundtrack” recording I used during Friday’s message. The audio recordings of the message’s themselves will be available on Creation Fest’s website later on this month.

Of course my favorite part about any event is meeting people, and Creation is no exception. Hearing their stories, praying together, and celebrating victories are some of my joys. One dad, Charlie, said he was so touched by “a conference that was loving on his daughter.” When I asked him to elaborate, he went on to explain that the only 1 of his 6 children to want to attend Creation with him was also the only unsaved one. With tears in his eyes he said, “My 18-year-old daughter is being loved on by the people here. She bumps into someone accidentally and they apologize profusely; she drops something and they pick it up for her. She can’t understand why everyone is so kind. She’s actually seeing a manifestation of Jesus’ love in them.” We prayed for her salvation together and then hugged.

Another great personality was a surfer from south Florida named Tom [pictured below]. His heart is to reach the beach community through the use of visual communications. And boy is he! Between his inflatable screens promoting the Gospel and his conversation starting t-shirts, Tom’s heart for evangelism through unorthodox methods made me a believer. I loved his t-shirt so much he even went back to his campsite and gave me one! Email him if you’d like to order one.

Thanks to everyone that came out! Go and be everything God has called you to! ch:

MESSAGE PDF: The Purpose and Power of Music

MESSAGE PDF: The Role of the Arts within the Church

Crickets MP3: [audio:http://www.christopherhopper.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Crickets-Soundtrack.mp3|titles=Crickets Soundtrack]

DOWNLOAD: Crickets Soundtrack

“We love you, Jennifer!” from Creation to @jenniferlhopper VIDEO

  • Ellewyn

    Creation Fest sounded like so much fun!! I wish I could have gone!! My brother had lots of fun meeting you, Christopher Hopper! 😀
    ~Lady Ellewyn

    • What a cool brother you have! It was great to meet him; always love The Underground coming to life! 🙂

      • Ellewyn

        😀 Yeah, he’s awesome! 😀 It’s a lot of fun to meet someone from the Underground, that’s for sure!!

  • Thank you so much for inspiring my friend and I, and praying for our project. We’re still throwing around ideas. This was a fantastic seminar, wish you had a recording so I could let other people hear it! =]

    • Thanks Brittani! It was an honor to pray for you both. Very excited for your future. Just so you know, CreationFest.com is going to post all the messages as downloads on their website shortly. Stay tuned!

  • Allie Allen

    hey chris,
    i dont know if u remember me but my friends nd i talked to u after ur sermon nd u took a pic of us…. i wanted to thank u for the information u gave me on the music industy. I also wanted to thank u for the sermon on the girl who cut, it touched me cuz i have been cutting lately.

    sincerely,
    allie allen

    • Allie: thanks for your kind comment! SO glad my message could be of help to you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made! I’m praying for you right now that you would continue to see yourself exactly the way the Lord sees you and how he created YOU in HIS likeness!

  • Ryan Spencer

    I just wanted to thank you again for your awesome message that really has me pumped up to bring excellence in creativity to speak to the souls of Chattanooga, TN. I’m even debating joining the Creation team to help with their lighting next year (Tenth Ave North had another poor lighting set that again, “hurts my soul”). It was a pleasure to meet you afterward and see such an inspired man of God.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Ryan. Truly honored. To my “hurts-my-soul” buddy in TN…

  • sup chris,
    my wife and I are youth pastors on long island. we attended your friday speaking seminar about the arts at creation a week ago. Your message was exactly what I needed to hear. As an artist, graphic designer, and photographer myself, I was greatly inspired to revamp my youth group with excellence. I thought I needed to let my teenager with poor photoshop skills handle the graphics, as I cringe with every product she gives me to put up. I now know it’s okay for me to… give he a different assignment, to say the least. You were being rushed by the crowd after your message so I chose to leave you alone. My wife and I did take the opportunity to speak to your assistant, Joe. He was a cool guy. He filled us in on some things, answered questions, and told us to go to your church’s website, I think, to get that day’s podcast. It’s 5:00am riht now and I’m in a very creative mood. I was hoping to get access to that podcast recording of your message at creationist. Do you guys have it up yet? Please let me know. Thanks again.

    Carlos Burgos
    Photographer/Artist/Graphic Designer/Youth Pastor

    • Thanks for all your kind words, Carlos. I’m totally stoked for your renewed vision. If you need anything further, just holla’; we’re here to help.

      One big help for me is incorporating volunteers with sub-standard skills into larger projects where I’m (or another leader) is Quality Control. It’s an art to learn how to keep people feeling a part of something without letting the overall quality suffer. Keep them learning, and utilized on projects without making them the “final say.”

      As for the podcast, let me see what I can dig up for you.

      Blessings bro!

      • Hey Chris,
        Thanks for your advice. This is something I can do with them. I’m having a meeting with my team tomorrow. I’m going to share what I heard from your seminar and my vision for excellence. God bless you, man. Please tell Joe my wife and I said hi.

        P.S. Thanks for visiting my website and for your comments. I am planning a trip to your church sometime, to catch more creative vision visually. If you’re ever up for a photoshoot. It will be our gift to you.

        Carlos+Sarah

  • Thanks again so much! Also, I checked creationfest.com and it doesn’t look like anything has been posted yet, but thanks for letting me know. =] Can’t wait to share your seminar with people, it’s all I’ve been talking about!

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  • Tom

    Hi Chis
    I was checking the web site reports today and found your link. Haahaaa never expected the shirt to make it on a blog LOL Anyway keep in touch. We are going to be in the Space Coast State Fair Nov 10 with Shonlock booked. Lot’s of hurting families here due to the Space Shuttle lay offs. Please pray we can touch the kids for Christ.
    Also here is a good friend in Orlando ministering through the Arts. We do some projects together -http://www.evokeministries.org/ He has some some cutting edge stuff going on just as your message encouraged us to do at Creation.
    Hopefully Talk Soon!

    • Awesome! Thanks for the comment bro! Think and pray for you every time I don my shirt. 🙂 You rock. Praying for all your ministry efforts, and I’ll totally be checking those links.