This past weekend, 10 teens and 4 adult sponsors from our Student Ministry attended the 2017 Movement Conference - South event at Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX. This event is put on by the Student Ministry Office of our state convention, the SBTC or Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. It featured relevant Biblical teaching by Ed Newton, high energy worship by Rush of Fools and Christian hip-hop artist, Dillon Chase.
After the Friday night session, we stayed in San Antonio for the night and then attended again for the next two sessions during the day on Saturday. During our lunch break, the students had an exciting opportunity to go out into the city to share their faith.
Believe it or not, events like the Movement Conference are one of the things I look forward to the most in Student Ministry.
At first glance, most adults would look at this sentiment and express a complete lack of belief. Why would anyone with even a modicum of common sense want to subject themselves to an overnight trip with very little sleep, long noisy van rides and the general melodrama of transporting a group of teenagers across the state?
It's because in those few, still moments during the hectic pace of a weekend conference students can be challenged to "continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling" as the apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:12.
He goes on to write "for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose" in verse 13.
During the Movement Conference in San Antonio, our students were challenged to not just hear about their faith through the teaching of God's Word but they were also challenged to put actions behind it and get out into a strange city to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with tourists and locals alike in the historic Market Center. Several of our teenagers had the opportunity to pray with complete strangers and then use the "3 Circles" smartphone app to share the Gospel story.
Experiences like this are crucial in the spiritual development of a teenager and it can continue the process of helping them own their faith as they progress into becoming full-blown disciple-makers.
If you'd like to know more about how you can become directly involved in the GOBC Student Ministry as a parent or church member, please don't hesitate to call or email. We are always in need of volunteers! And you never know... you might just enjoy a week or weekend away seeing God work in the lives of students!