Cape Town churches get behind Youth Transformation 2015 stadium event

Youth Transformation Africa committee members receive prayer from church leaders at yesterday’s unity meeting at Newlands Rugby Stadium. The committee members are (from right to left) Kyle Driver, Head of Committee; Alayna Lewendal, Admin Coordinator; Candice Alben, Programme Coordinator; Sherwyn Lynch, Finance and Media Coordinator; Neil Adams, Volunteer Co Ordinator; and Zukani Metshane, Area Coordinator. Committee members who are not in the photo are Melissa Driver, Logistics Coordinator and Kurt Dodgen, Media Coordinator.

A vision to hold a mass “Youth Transformation” gathering at Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town, on April 27 next year took a significant step forward yesterday when about 200 church leaders attended a unity meeting to launch the event to the Church.

Kyle Driver, founder of Youth Transformation Africa (YTA), which hosted yesterday’s unity meeting at the stadium, said in an interview that God told him in April last year to hold a prayer day led by youth at the stadium. He believes that a rise of youth related problems in the city such as gang violence, crime and teenage pregnancies confirms God’s purpose for calling the Youth Transformation event. He said recent pipe bombings — something that has not been seen in Cape Town since before the historic Global Day of Prayer at Newlands Rugby Stadium in 2011 — are another confirmation of the need to get back to Newlands. Dr Graham Power and Rev Barry Isaacs, who were organisers of the first Global Day of Prayer (GDP) are on the YTA advisory board and GDP 2015 will be tied to the Youth Transformation event.

He said that over the past year and a half, YTA has risen to the challenge of organising events for youth in Cape Town. He said churches have responded positively to YTA’s intitiative as there is a great need for youth ministry in the city but a shortage of youth leaders. He said YTA will arrange ongoing events up until Youth Transformation in April 2015. They have secured popular SA band, Mi Casa as a drawcard for non-Christians to attend the Youth Transformation event. They are also busy securing Tim Hughes to lead worship and Pete Greig, founder of 24/7 prayer to be guest speaker. They also aim to recruit another international artist, possibly Lecrae or Toby Mac and local artist Neville D. After the event they aim to roll out a citywide Youth Alpha.

Sherwyn Lynch, a YTA committee member, said church leaders caught the vision at yesterday’s unity event and committed to mobilising their young people to be at Newlands on April 27, 2015. Tickets for the event will go live on Computicket on November 1.

4 Comments

  1. Can one of the organizers please get in touch with the Mighty Men Conference, Western Cape committee
    on 0825758862 or 0828504559
    God Bless,
    Piper or Ina

  2. I cannot find the event on Computicket. Please help.

  3. Are the children expected to bring their own lunches or are they going to be provided with refreshments?