Singing and teaching at Thunder School last Friday was one of the great highlights of my year, and has been now for three years in a row. What an amazingly gifted and talented group of young people who are utterly committed to the call of God on their lives. They come from all over the country (and the world) to live, learn, and experience ministry for three solid months. They are musicians, artists, writers, dancers and missionaries who are finding out what it means to lay down their own lives for the lives of others.
What has made being asked to share my ministry and teaching with the Thunder School students each year so great is that what they are learning about, and just beginning to experience, are the very things that I have learned and experienced over my 15 years of music ministry. And with “experience being the great teacher”, mine has given me the ability to share with them from what I’ve learned and walked through myself – like: mission field work, prison ministry, music ministry, music production, and tour production and coordination.
The name Thunder School comes from the reference in Mark 3:13-19 where it says: “And He (Jesus) went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter; James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, ‘Sons of Thunder’; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.”
Some speculate that Jesus nicknamed James and John the Sons of Thunder because of their boldness and enthusiasm for serving Him. Following Jesus’ example, the Thunder School invites young disciples to come and learn how to boldly serve God with the creative gifts and talents that they have been given.
Located in downtown Nashville, Thunder School is the vision of Scott MacLeod and his ministry Provision International www.provisionministries.org. You can hear and read more about Thunder School at www.thunderschool.com.