By Tim Marshall
Hundreds of youth leaders from the Eastern and Southern Cape met at Harvest Christian Church, Port Elizabeth at the weekend for a time of training, equipping and inspiration.
The annual Ignite conference, started some 15 years ago as a children’s workers’ conference, has grown to include those ministering to teens and young adults.
The sessions on Friday focused on fulltime children and youth pastors. Over 50 people discussed their highs and lows, networked and shared ideas. They also received input and encouragement from a pastor and his wife in one of the sessions.
On Friday night more than 500 young people met together at an event called Explode, for worship, fun, connecting, ministry and an inspiring talk from Pastor Brad Verreynne of Oxygen Life Church.
On Saturday, more than 200 people, who came from as far as Port Alfred and Knysna, attended training sessions which included a plenary and optional workshops. Kid’s ministry workshops included topics like object lessons, counseling kids and the DNA of a leader. Teen tracks included characteristics of an effective touth leader, creative programming, mentoring and helping teens with emotional issues. There were also young adult tracks as well as general tracks such as soul care and ministry without resources.
Fifteen-year old leaders sat next to sixty-something-year old leaders, united in their calling and passion to minister to young people. Organisers trust that God worked in many ways and that the delegates were encouraged, trained and that the conference ignited their passion for what God has called them to do.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. – 1 Corinthians 15:58