I Need More Than A Book To Give My Grads
by Rob Brower • Editor, interlinc • Franklin, Tennessee
We have done over 50 music-based ministry projects: Centrifuge Camp Music Projects, More Than Gold, Insiders Guide To High School, Surviving Middle School, Fatherlove, A Mother’s Love, Pump’d Workout Music (for Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Soundtraxx (for Assemblies of God Youth Sunday School Curriculum Companion), and tons more. This story told by long-time Team interlinc member, Chris Renzelman, is probably our favorite.
“We hoped for something more culturally engaging that would encourage our grads along their path toward adulthood. I had benefited from the Jesus Movement music of the 70s (Second Chapter of Acts, Love Song, and others) as well as the resources provided from my association with Word Records Northwest Field Representative Jim Brady.
As the three of us met that day in 1989 we wondered if such a collection of grad-theme-related music might be compiled for use as a gift for graduating seniors. It was launched for the Class of 1990. The ConGRADulations! music-based graduation gift was born!“
Give ConGRADulations! The Gift Of Music For Your Grads with music and messages of hope from For KING & COUNTRY, Tobymac, Skillet, and more! Plus get a special GRAD Session “Cheering You On!” And it’s so cheap you wouldn’t believe it! Get it here!
Over the years, as a Youth Pastor, I’ve given many gifts to our graduating seniors: from flashlights, to gift cards, and yes, even books! I always enjoyed supplementing these with the ConGRADulations! music-based gift from interlinc. As a Lead Pastor, this is now a tradition that I’ve passed on to our Youth Pastor.
This year, I’m especially thankful that I get to watch him give those gifts to our Class of 2022 graduates. My daughter, Meghan, will be among them. She will be recognized and prayed over by her church family. She’ll receive graduation advice, hugs, physical gifts, and probably even some cash. I’m sure our senior recognition service and her gifts will become cherished memories. I really love the fact that the gift of music and encouragement she’ll receive in ConGRADulations! however, is something she’ll be able to take with her to college and wherever else life takes her.