Thanks to modern technology, our youth have a unique way to gain encouragement from other like-minded young people all over the world. To that end, we are going to use social media to build them up, deliver good news, and help them have a greater sense of global community.
Check out the following video of the Youth Ministry from the Phonom Penh Church of Christ in Cambodia. On October 15, 2014 they served the poor and needy in Neal Village, Tangduong Commune, Bati District in the Takeo Province.
The Southeastern States of the USA (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama) held their 2013 SEC (Southeast Evangelism Conference) from March 29th to March 31st in Raleigh, North Carolina.
It was an awesome weekend where over 4,000 people gathered to learn how God can do "Immeasurably MORE" than all we ask or imagine. The conference's theme came from Ephesians 3:20.
At the conference, the Teens of the Southeast had their own Teen Track which included a Friday night dance party and a Teen Session on Saturday afternoon. It was simply amazing to have over 300 teens together in the Southeast. This was the largest gathering of Teens in the Southeast in recent history.
Saturday's Teen Session was the highlight of the weekend for the teens. The teens from Charlotte and Triangle Churches started us off by leading the worship. After this the teens got to hear from John and Karen Louis from Signapore who inspired the teens to be the next leaders in God's church and not to wait until they are older. They also shared about how much radical and faithful teen disciples are needed to spark our churches. Next, the Teens had a Skype call with some teens from South Africa. The Teens in South Africa shared how in the last 2 years they have been inspired by the teens in the Southeast who have sacrificed to come to South Africa to help teach them about God and run Swamp Corps. Lastly, the Teens recieved a charge from Sonny Sessions from Athens, GA (the founder of Camp Swamp) to "Step Up and Stand Out for God" in their high schools and in their ministries. The time was closed out with mediatative worship, teens praying, and teens writing their spiritual dreams on notecards.
The teens were encouraged and inspiried to do more for God. I can't wait to hear of all the amazing victories amongst the Teens in the Southeast in 2013.
Lots of training and teaching, lots of time invested, lots of prayers -- and that's all BEFORE a teenager decides to get baptized. Once our teens hit the water and become Christians, how do we "teach them to obey" and stay faithful to Jesus for the rest of their lives?
Earlier this year, Youth and Family Minister Kevin Hoecke tackled this very important question at the International Conference of Youth and Family Ministry in Chicago, Illinois. To listen to Kevin's lesson entitled, "Baptism...Just the Beginning" please Click Here
Having become a disciple as a freshman in high school, Kevin has always had a heart for Youth Ministry. He has served in the ministry for 10 years throughout the Midwest and Canada. Kevin currently serves as the Youth and Family Minister for the church in Toronto, where he resides with his wife Clarissa and children Gabrielle and Carson.