Compassion International
Compassion International exists to rescue children from poverty in Jesus’ name. I love what they do for kids growing up in poverty. I also love what happens in the lives of sponsors who support those kids. Involving Compassion in what I do means seeing both of the above things happen. It also means that Compassion will help to cover my expenses.
Along with offering practical steps, practices and disciplines to help you in your won creative endeavors, this workshop will dig into why your artwork, whatever it is, is vital. Borrowing on 17 years of experience as a professional songwriter, author and storyteller, I will share stories and insights from my own journey to enlighten and encourage yours.  Practical Ethics of a Working Artist This workshop flips the script on the expectations that have often come with a creative vocation. “Making a living as an artist” just doesn’t mean what it used to. In that light, I believe questions about how to sell what you create have taken a back seat to questions like…

  • What do you want your work to accomplish?
  • How do you set realistic and yet challenging goals?
  • What do you do when you don’t reach those goals.
  • How do you define “success” beyond sales numbers?

And at the heart of it all, how can you love your world and the people in it through what you make?   Prayer/ Sabbath Keeping 
You are loved and valued by God because you are God’s. You are not what you make or achieve and you should not be judged by your level of productivity. The Sabbath is a gift and a practice that frees us from the anxiety of proving ourselves, letting us give the best of who we are to our world and the ones we love.  This workshop walks through the biblical fundamentals of the Sabbath as well as provides practical tools for fostering the practice in your own life.

NOTE: This can be a 90 min workshop or a 1-2 day-long retreat.

Justin has opened my eyes to how I can live my life for Christ, like Christ, and with Christ. Specifically, he reminded me how God doesn’t expect me to do devotions, Sabbath, prayer, and mission faultlessly. God calls us to enjoy our relationship with him through his Son, and to believe in the “good news” of the Gospel! These lessons gave my soul and heart such freedom, and I was reminded again of how good our Father is and that He continually showers me with grace.

College Student

From the moment Justin introduced himself and began sharing his story, I saw a leader who was here to serve us, intentionally discover who we were as individuals, and walk with Christ through an interactive learning environment. Throughout this week Justin incorporated a unique way of teaching through a story centered approach and used worship sessions as a transition into the next lesson. Justin brought a new and refreshing energy to the classroom atmosphere, one that compelled us all to lean into the words he spoke.

College Student Derek Melleby, Executive Director, OneLife Institute; author, Make College Count: A Faithful Guide to Life and Learning

What I love most about Justin’s ministry is that he is passionate and genuine. You walk away being inspired and energized to love God and love others, but in a very authentic way. Students are not necessary challenged to “take up a cause” or change the world, they are invited to consider the Gospel of grace and transformation and then to ask how God might be stirring them to action.

Derek Melleby, Executive Director, OneLife Institute; author, Make College Count: A Faithful Guide to Life and Learning Brad Wong, Lead Pastor, The River Church Community, San Jose

In our postmodern world, artists and storytellers hold the keys to people’s hearts. And there’s no artist our congregation has been more blessed by than Justin McRoberts. He beautifully weaves together story and song in ways that shed light on the deep pain of the human experience as well as the healing hope we find in Jesus. We like to entrust our entire Sunday morning service to him. People, young and old and from every place on the spiritual journey, are always touched by his message.

Brad Wong, Lead Pastor, The River Church Community, San Jose