“And Jesus came and spoke to them [the eleven disciples], saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.”    
Matthew 28:18-20

Epic Commission is something that you have never experienced before. It’s fun, a way to get closer to God in a real, and chaotic, way. There honestly is no way to prepare for it. EC is going to open up avenues for God to change you in ways you never imagined, and is going to change the way you walk with the Lord on a daily basis. However, in all of the chaos, there are three things that we can easily forget, so it is best to know before they happen.

1. In the midst of the chaos, we can forget why we are here.

In EC, the week goes fast. Before you know it, you’re halfway through the year and feel as though God has not changed you at all. Yes, the fun and community of EC are fantastic. It’s built into the program for a reason. However, living for Thursday night events, hanging out after services on Sundays, and open hours on the weekends is not God’s best for you. Plan out time for personal time with the Lord. Start being diligent now, and it will be like second nature once EC starts.

2. Before “go”, comes “follow”.

When solving equations in math, you skip steps that are obvious for the sake of saving time. However, your walk with God and your ministry shouldn’t be the same way. You must first follow the Lord and learn His love before you can teach others about His love. Jesus asked His disciples to follow Him for three years before He gave the command to teach His word. We may not have a specific timeline, but you must learn before you teach. Every single day you will be learning more and more about Jesus, His love, mercy, joy, and how He ticks. And every single day you will get closer and closer to the time He tells you: “Go”.

3. He is with you ALWAYS.

He is with you in the times that terrify you (like moving out for the first time in only 25 days), the times that excite you (like moving out for the first time in only 25 days), and the moments of panic. Imagine it is the bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, winning run on 3rd, and you’re up to bat. In that moment of panic, God is with you. Now, that “bottom of the 9th” moment may not literally be in a baseball game, but it may be in the last bonfire all of your school friends are having, and they are questioning why you are doing this “weird Jesus-freak school thing”. In that moment of panic (and maybe slight embarrassment), He is with you.

These thing are not meant to scare you from EC, but to encourage you that everyone has moments like this. You are not alone in any of it! 2nd years, Pastors Eric and Erica, and God are all here for you, and we couldn’t be more excited to get to know you! So don’t panic, embrace the chaos, and ask God for tremendous amounts of grace for the pace. Get excited, because in 25 days (but, who’s counting, right?) all of the fun, crazy, exhilarating chaos is going to start!

Alyssa McAndrew
Incoming 2nd Year Student