Super Summer History & Vision
Super Summer of Texas began in 1974 as a training opportunity for Christian young people who were interested in advancing their personal spiritual growth and wanted to know more about how to share Christ with others.
God impressed Dr. George Worrell to begin training young people through the Super Summer program. Originally begun as a cooperative effort for several churches in Texas, groups met for school sessions in church buildings in the Dallas area. Students were housed in the homes of volunteer church members, and bused to their school locations each day. They met in their separate locations for schools until evening, when they were transported to a central location for an evening worship service, which came to be known as Rainbow Celebration.
Since that early beginning, the interest in Super Summer has grown. The Evangelism Division of the Baptist General Convention of Texas undertook the challenge to meet the changing needs and demands for this exciting but disciplined week of training. Super Summer was moved to the Baylor University campus where all students could stay in the dorms, participate in recreational activities together, and join again each evening for Rainbow Celebration.
Under the direction of Gil Strickland, during his tenure as Youth Evangelism Associate at the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Super Summer continued to experience an exciting growth. As Strickland once observed, “There is difficulty in putting summer sounds and spiritual insights on paper with ink. How do you show the convicting certainty of the Holy Spirit, yielding of a stubborn individual young person’s will, blossoming of a new friendship, mastering of material that prepares you to witness to a school peer and discover God’s will for you, plus laughter, tears, deep thoughts, pain, questioning, love and other important intangibles. You cannot.” But Super Summer includes all these things.
Super Summer is now hosted by other Texas Baptist University campuses, offering a choice of locations for youth groups from Texas and neighboring states. God has continued to bless the convicting dedication of youth leaders who desire to see Super Summer persevere toward the goal of training leadership-quality Christian young people to maximize their potential for the glory of God and the growth of His kingdom. The success of Super Summer has been measured not just by the thousands of young people who have attended over the years, but by their faithfulness in taking what they have learned and applying it to their lives once they return home. Super Summer is not just another camp, but a week of structured and focused training—a week which is also a lot of fun.
During a week at Super Summer, students spend approximately twenty-four hours in evangelism and discipleship training sessions taught by effective, dynamic youth leaders and pastors. Twenty-four short hours, packed with training that can be life-changing. Youth are challenged and equipped to become effective and innovative “missionaries” of God’s love on their school campuses and in their communities.
God continues to provide a vision of young people enthusiastically changing themselves and their world as a result of what they have experienced at Super Summer. It can only happen because of the dedication of hundreds of volunteer staff people (many of whom have been to Super Summer as students and/or leaders), and through the generous contributions of Texas Baptist Churches through the Cooperative Program. Super Summer continues only through God’s guidance and provision. It is His power which is our motivation and source of strength. As we challenge our students this year let us also accept the challenge ourselves.