During the last 5 years, there has been an overwhelming amount of violence taking place in our city, specifically with the youth. I felt an ever present conviction for the church to rise up and shine our light amongst the darkness that has been looming over our city.
From an artist perspective, Hip Hop is an ever-changing landscape. Artists come and go, but the message is usually the same: get rich, get chicks, chase fame. So how do you bridge the Christian faith with Hip Hop culture?
Interview with Aaron Lopez What is Streetlights? Streetlights is at its core an Urban Audio Bible. It’s Scripture read word for word, dynamically, in the New Living Translation over original, industry standard hip hop music. It was birthed from a need as we saw students who couldn’t interact, internalize or comprehend the Word of God because they couldn’t read. So …
When I started out in ministry I was an unknown quantity who was given freedom to try new ideas. I was mostly on the fringe in my work but I had a seat in the room when key leaders led the church forward.
So often young men who are hungry to be church leaders are reluctant to fully give themselves to the kind of mentoring process that can adequately shape them.
Throughout my life I have had times of mentoring and each different season has impacted me in numerous ways. My first time being mentored was in high school by my Youth Pastor.
I was recently asked by a growing younger leader to share the ways that I’ve been mentored in leadership over the last 12 years. This question gave me a valuable opportunity to reflect on how I got from “there to here”.
Experience, knowledge and wisdom of a veteran in the trade can save you from a lot of headaches, frustration and sometimes busted knuckles.