2019 Mountain T.O.P. Morning Daybreak Project

We invite you to help us write morning Daybreaks for summer 2019! Collaborate with other MTOP alum (staff and participants) to write Daybreaks on topics that relate to our 2019 Theme: Courage. We provide the topic and format. You provide insight, inspiration and written content for the morning Daybreak!


We are excited you’ve decided to join us. To sign up to be a contributor to the project, please complete the following form. Before you fill out the form please review the Day Break Project Information Packet which can found below or by clicking this link. If you have any questions about the project, do not hesitate to contact Julie Keel at julie@mountain-top.org or (931)259-6775.


Dates and Deadlines

  • April 16-25: Sign ups

  • April 29: Project begins - groups are assigned themes

  • May 3: Deadline for rough, rough draft of Daybreaks

  • May 17: Deadline for rough draft of Daybreaks

  • May 31: Deadline for completed Daybreaks

Depending on the number of participants, Mountain T.O.P. (MTOP) will create 6 working groups for morning Daybreaks (Monday - Saturday). Each group will decide when and how your group would like to meet. Because MTOP’s family is spread out across the country, your group may not be located in the same geographic area. We suggest that you are comfortable collaborating with the use of technology.

Your MTOP contact for this project is Julie Keel. Her contact info is julie@mountain-top.org and (931)259-6775. Once you sign up for the project, she will be in touch with you.



Backstory: Courage

MTOP’s 2019 theme is courage, and it is based on Deuteronomy 31.6. Courage is a heart word. In Middle English, it’s denoting the heart as the seat of feelings. And from Latin, cor means ‘heart’. This is a call to live wholeheartedly.

Most of us would agree that our lives can use more courage. Each evening during a MTOP camp week, we will be exploring an aspect of courage and how this informs our walk with God. These themes are listed in the matrix below.



How to write a Daybreak

We have to believe that hearing from God is our good portion. We have to believe that the most significant opportunity before us every day is the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus. We won’t rearrange our priorities unless we really believe that is the best one.
— Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy

Providing space to spend time with God is the backbone MTOP‘s dedication to spiritual formation. It’s part of our identity. We’ve prepared this Daybreak writing guide to help produce inspiring and challenging devotionals for youth campers.


How do we do this?

  • Begin with your assigned day’s theme listed in the matrix below. This will give the general direction for the morning Daybreak in context with the other devotional times during the day and week.

    • Stick to the morning’s theme. Summer Staff are programming for mid day Daybreaks and evening worships around themes related to your Daybreak. To keep things connected and not repetitive, please stick to your assigned theme.

    • Themes are chosen to be specific and broad at the same time.

    • Choose scripture. We suggest a single scripture idea or story.

    • Collaborate with other group members. Reference the dates and deadlines above.

    • Please include the following in your Daybreak:

      • The complete scripture verse text

      • Some sort of action to help your audience engage, such as answering questions, drawing a response, or writing a prayer

      • A closing prayer

    • Length: at least one page, front. Can be up to one page back and front. Single spaced.*Please consider the amount of text on a page (see below).

    • Audience: we have a very diverse community of youth campers who range in age from 12 to 18 years old from different denominations and geographic locations.

    • Font type and size: Georgia, 10 or 11 point.



Things to Consider

  • Keep your style appropriate for your audience.

  • Morning Daybreaks are a silent and solitary activity. Campers leave the Dining Hall after breakfast and immediately seek a place to read the Daybreak.

  • *Make sure you do not have too much text on a page. Interweave questions, bold text, or individual statements to help break things up. You can create an engaging Daybreak using just a front page.

  • Be specific and precise. Make every word count.

  • Include relatable illustrations.

  • Stick with tangible images: things readers see, hear, taste, smell and touch.

  • Use visual nouns, punchy verbs, and the active voice.

  • Your readers live in many different financial and social conditions.

  • Respect the distinctive beliefs of the many denominations and theological traditions in a MTOP camp.

  • Not all of your readers grew up in church and is familiar with stories from the Bible.

  • For some readers MTOP Daybreaks are an introduction to solitude, silence, and daily devotional time.

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