Lake Union Youth Evangelism Convention Day 2
Dawn in Shipshewana, Indiana had an arctic chill. Even through the cold and wind, attendees at the Lake Union Youth Evangelism Convention were invigorated by the stories and insights of the previous night. They were ready to start on the second day.
“I’m so thrilled to be here…it’s so inspiring to see and hear so many stories and learn more about how we, the younger generation, can effectively join the community,” said remark a participant from Wisconsin. Many others echoed this idea as we geared up for the day.
After the morning meal, the general session began with a welcome from the Illinois conference youth director, Michael Campos. We began a series of presentations by young evangelists across the union, and “roundtables,” group discussions separating the presentations from each table’s perspective. The first presenter was Lily Widdicombe of Village Young Adults in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
“Don’t be afraid to have small beginnings!” said Widdicombe. “Evangelism is not hype. Evangelism is not about big plans…evangelism is about connections. Evangelism is about friendships formed and people being mentored.
Later, Pastor Andres Flores of the Chicagoland Epic Church asked a question, “How can we disrupt the disturbance [in the world]That was just the start of many thought-provoking ideas and questions that would be asked throughout the morning.
The morning plenary session with Elder Jose Cortes Jr. began shortly thereafter. Cortes’ presentation was well received and engaging. ” To meet [others] needs, you need to be in touch with your community! he said. “Nobody wants to be in a team where they can’t play.” Buoyed by Cortes’ contagious laughter and attitude, the audience began to react, applaud and engage. It was a lively atmosphere, rich in renewal.
After lunch, the “round tables” and ministry presentations continued. Discussions followed questions such as “How can we implement this in our local context? Following the discussions, each presenter held a breakout session related to their area of ministry. ‘Mental Health Matters’, ‘Medical Ministry’ and ‘Neighbors in Need’ were just a few of the many options attendees could choose to attend.
Presenters also have a lot to gain from this conference. “I think what I enjoyed the most was definitely the interaction,” said Keila Carmona, presenter of ‘Mental Health Matters’. They also hope that their presentations will allow young people to have an impact on the community when they return home. “I think what I hope for the most is for people to know that they are able to have an impact on change, and that the change they can have is relationships. S’ they remember… it’s a success My mission is accomplished, said Carmone.
Prayer, singing and fellowship were the basis of the evening session. Cortes ended the evening session with a personal story that reflected the theme of his message: to baptize. This generated discussions that continued for hours after the conclusion.
Later, all participants broke into meetings with their own individual conference leadership to prepare ideas and projects to present in their home churches. Each conference’s escape was unique. Some were relaxed. Others were more formal and organized their discussion as a round table. All reflected the vision of the convention: “To join young seniors and young adults…to be inspired, trained and empowered to use their lives to share the good news of the kingdom of God in their local churches.
Samuel Girven, Cadillac Church Communications Assistant Secretary, blogs for the Lake Union Communications Department. You can read previous blog posts about the GYC conference here: GYC Day 1, GYC Day 2 and GYC Day 3.