SAN ANGELO, TX — A charismatic San Angelo youth pastor gambles that he can add his positive voice to quell division within the San Angelo community. He is hosting an event on the Concho River Saturday starting at 11 a.m. called “Building Relationships Increasing Community Connections,” or B.R.I.C.C. Luckey’s stated goal of the event is to “bring unity” to the San Angelo community by encouraging action on the part of citizens to work towards making a better future.
The mission statement is light on action and heavy on lofty and seemingly empty platitudes until one understands who Luckey is. Though, he refused to be interviewed for this piece.
Luckey, 31, who is listed on the staff roster at Freedom Fellowship Church as the youth minister, has promoted his speaking tours around the country called C.A.P.S, or Celebrating All Persevering Students. In churches, his presentation is titled Celebrating All Persevering Saints. Luckey apparently likes to use acronyms.
The presentation follows the teachings of Stanford University professor Dr. Carol Dweck. Dweck presented a TED Talk on her work in 2014. In her talk, she presents a “growth mindset.” She said she presented difficult or impossible problems for 10-year-old pupils in Chicago to solve and studied their reactions, particularly how each student reacted to failure to solve the challenge.
Dweck’s theory from her studies is that people can individually improve their futures based upon how current problems are approached individually.
The B.R.I.C.C. mission statement appears to follow the Dweck concept, except it is aimed at groups of people acting in unison, and in doing so, the hope is to create a better future of San Angelo. Luckey wears a t-shirt with the words, “Building a Better Tomorrow” emblazoned on the back
San Angelo has not been immune to racial unrest that is spreading throughout the country with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Recent protests and actions of local activists, however, have concentrated on tearing down individuals and uplifting local egos, not on building unity.
Will Luckey’s quest be any different?
Here's is C.J. Luckey describing the B.R.I.C.C. event:
Luckey referred to the Gospel of Luke in a sermon last year. In Luke Chapter 9, Jesus gave his disciples power and authority to drive out all demons. Later in the chapter, Jesus asked his disciples to be his advance team, announcing Jesus’ imminent arrival in villages to be visited. Upon reaching a Samaritan village, the Samaritans rejected Jesus and certainly did not welcome Him and his entourage.
Not appreciating being dissed by the hated Samaritans (the Jewish people didn’t care for them at all, Luckey said), some disciples wanted to exact revenge.
“Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” asked disciples James and John.
Luke tells us that Jesus rebuked them, refusing to commit supernatural genocide on the village.
To this Luckey asked during his sermon, “What fire are we chasing? Unite and save or divide and destroy?”
“As a community we should begin with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present and we have the power to make it so. Things don’t improve because we want them to, they improve because we care enough to invest enough of ourselves to make that change happen! Let’s come together San Angelo! Let’s be a part of the change together and build!” Luckey said in a statement.
B.R.I.C.C. is on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Bosque on the Concho. Flag football and sand volleyball tournaments are planned. Luckey also said the Concho River is being stocked with catfish for fishing. “The best part is the city is waiving license requirements just for our event,” Luckey stated.
There will also be a DJ, live music and food available.