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Rock the Universe 2013

Dr. Jay Strack —  August 12, 2013

As you know, Rock the Universe at Universal Studios September 6 & 7, 2013 has been a labor of love on our part for many years. Without question this year the top artists and worship leaders, Chris Tomlin, LeCrae, David Crowder and Casting Crowns are going to be here. Universal Studios graciously hosts the Youth Pastor Summit and Rock the Universe each year. Rock the Universe is a high energy, world class event where your students and young adults hear the gospel, great music and ride the best roller coasters in the Southeast. Of course, there is also the candlelight service to close out Saturday night.

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ReImagine Part 2

Brent Crowe —  April 24, 2013

Francis Schaeffer, a Christian philosopher and church leader who died in 1984, was a prolific and prophetic writer on Western thought and culture. One of his most popular books How Should We Then Live? opens with these words:
There is a flow to history and culture. This flow is rooted and has its wellspring in the thoughts of people. people are unique in the inner life of the mind — what they are in their thought world determines how they act. This is true of their value systems and it is true of their creativity. it is true of their corporate actions, such as political deci- sions, and it is true of their personal lives. The results of their thought world flow through their fingers or from their tongues into the external world. This is true of Michelangelo’s chisel, and it is true of a dictator’s sword.

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Dr. Jay Strack —  March 7, 2013

An open letter to the College of Cardinals from a Protestant who believes that what happens in Rome still matters,

In this fourth quarter of civilization, we are faced with increased secularism, division between nations, and corruption among the trusted and true. It is because of this atmosphere that the College of Cardinals must appoint a transformational leader. As President of Student Leadership University, I have listened to the concerns and questions of emerging young leaders who report disillusionment on a global scale, and I believe emphatically that the church needs the ancient wisdom of the ages from Solomon to Peter Drucker in order to regain its effectiveness for this generation.

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Seeing the invisible!

Dr. Jay Strack —  October 30, 2012

I made a wonderful discovery early in my faith and I attempted to put skin on it and live it out loud as I continued on my personal leadership journey. My “aha” moment or Eureka moment is when I discovered that leaders were different in almost every area of their life!

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Growing up without Pluto

Brent Crowe —  September 18, 2012

I know it now seems like ancient news but incase you have been under a rock the last few years Pluto is no longer a planet! That’s right ladies and gentlemen Pluto has been re-categorized as a “dwarf planet”, a phrase that may not even be politically correct. I mean how does that make Pluto feel?!? Since the thirties it has held the identity as the farthest planet in our solar system from the sun. Now…reclassified into obscurity. In fact the only hope that Pluto has is landing a reality television show whereby the little planet that was can struggle through addiction, depression, and whatever else will help the ratings. Either way the outcome is inevitable, my kids will think Pluto is just a dog that is Mickey’s best pal and nothing else.

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Compassion at Christmas

Brent Crowe —  November 29, 2011

It is beyond rare that I would ever ask anything that involved finances of those who subscribe to or read this blog. Yet this time of year when we are all making lists, buying presents and attending Christmas parties I was hoping to turn your attention to something very close to the heart of God: children and poverty. As many of you know SLU is in its second year of a partnership with Compassion International helping students, their families and youth groups sponsor children in need around the world. This week my hope and prayer is that you will take the next 93 seconds, watch the following video and consider sponsoring a child. Remember…one act can save a life.

Sponsor a Child with Compassion right here.


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Dr Jay Strack, President, of Student Leadership University share how to lead when overwhelmed by waves of emotions in this weeks video blog.

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Every morning when 22-year-old Kate wakes up, she rolls over and looks at her smart phone to see if anyone has sent her a text message or email. After responding to a few messages, she taps an icon on the screen immediately it takes her to a networking site where she updates her status and gets updated on everyone else’s.  Finally, she sends a message that announces to the world that she is in fact awake and happy.

Most of us would have a hard time imagining a life without a “cyber world.” Think of how it affects our communication and media consumption.  Without the Internet, what good would our cell phones be? We would actually have to use them for verbal conversation again. While the Internet was conceived in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, it wasn’t until the early 1990’s that its popularity soared.

Consider the following statistics: In Africa, 67 million people use the Internet; in Asia, more than 738 million people; in Europe more than 418 million; and in America, almost 253 million people use the Internet.[1]

Some would argue that technology is neutral; no one would claim that the actions taking place inside the medium are neutral.  The rise of social networking over the past decade gives need for us to address a biblical worldview in the cyber world.  You cannot live your life separate from your worldview. Every decision you make derives from it.

These are the questions we must be asking as we communicate, minister, and lead in the world of social networking.

Am I representing the attitude of Christ (Rom. 15:1-3)? Your online community must see the image of Christ in the way you communicate through social networking.

Are my social networking activities under the control of the flesh or the Holy Spirit (Ga. 5:13-26)? Satan is always looking for ways to grab a foothold in our lives. One click, one look, one thought is all it takes. We are only one step away from stupid.

Does social networking have a positive spiritual impact on self (1 Cor. 6:12; 10:23-24)? Everything in life has consequences. If you are not careful, social networking will be your opportunity to gossip, tear down, and slander.

Will social networking addict (1 Cor. 6:12)? Technology, like most things, exists to serve us, instead you often become addicted to it. In fact, social networking can easily become an idol.

Does social networking go against your conscience (Rom. 14:14)? Your conscience is often the last line of defense before falling into evil.

Will social networking disrupt fellowship and damage existing relationships (Rom. 14:15)? You must draw the line between a Facebook friend and a friend you have close interaction with.

Will social networking damage your reputation (Rom. 14:16)?

Will social networking remove focus from the big picture of God’s Kingdom (Rom. 14:17-19)? Are you making most of the time you spend on Facebook, Myspace, twitter, and other sites? Technology can be a great tool for the Kingdom, but you must consciously choose to use it that way.

Does social networking further the advancement of the Gospel (1 Cor. 9:19-24; 10:33)? You are a missionary. Take advantage of the opportunities to have conversations about the Gospel online.

As Christians we are tempted to make unnecessary concessions to those outside the Faith. We give in too much. Now, I don’t mean that we should run the risk of making a nuisance of ourselves by witnessing at improper times, but there comes a time when we must show that we disagree. We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ. We cannot remain silent or concede everything away. –C.S. Lewis from God in the Dock

-taken from Chasing Elephants by Brent Crowe


Brent Crowe —  March 11, 2011

For 17 years, SLU has been privileged to equip students with the tools necessary for them to lead.  We are so proud of the tens of thousands of students who are effectively impacting our world with the way they Think, Dream, and Lead.  One of those students, Brice Futch, has been actively involved with CARE for AIDS in Africa.  Here is Brice’s story:


My name is Brice Futch I am 18 years old and a senior in High School, last summer I had the opportunity to attend SLU 101, 201, and 301 with Lakeland Christian School. By 301 you expect to have seen and heard the best of what SLU has to offer however they continue to absolutely blow you away. The leadership principles that you learn throughout the program are applicable to your everyday life and believe me if you apply them they will change your life, as they have changed mine.


When I attended SLU 201 in the summer of 2009 Justin Miller, a SLU Graduate, gave his testimony about how he started the organization CARE for AIDS (CFA). “CARE for AIDS exists to engage American Christians to partner with African churches to transform and empower the HIV-Infected men and women both physically and spiritually” (CARE for AIDS). This was an idea that I had never heard before. I thought finally someone has set up a system that is truly Christ like, caring not only for the physical but also for the spiritual.


Brent Crowe challenged all of us in the room to take the idea of CFA back to our youth groups and to get involved. That’s when I had the idea to bring CFA to my school in the form of a club. I was able to meet with Justin Miller after he gave his testimony and he informed me that it takes a total of $18,000 to sponsor a center for a full year. This seemed to be a daunting task for me but think about it that’s the same as finding 30 businesses, churches or individuals who are willing to give $50 a month.


I would like to say that because a friend and I applied what we learned at SLU the club was a great success and it was a walk in the park but that would be a lie. We applied what we learned, but our success lies solely in the Lord. God brought in $13,000 dollars in our first year through car washes, dodge ball tournaments, a dinner, and individual donations and the like.


You may be thinking to yourself $13,000 dollars that’s $5,000 short of what you needed, how could you possibly call this a success? Well look at it this way even though we had to rely on CFA to fill in the gaps for us we still had a direct impact on 73 not being helped. We had 7 HIV-negative babies born in our center and 35 people enter a relationship with Christ. Without SLU I would not have had the privilege to lead a team that changes lives on the other side of the globe.


Here are 4 thoughts about Brice’s story and the lives of great leaders:

  1. A Compelling Vision is Contagious. Learn to paint the future so people not only hear your vision but see it. 
  2. Understand the Times. Read and study about different cultures and nations. You must know how to change the direction of a nation before you do so.
  3. Capture the Future: Create the future, do not be a victim of it.
  4. Do it Now. Putting off until you have more time, more resources, and more people will never translate into influence



Learn more about CARE for AIDS