There are times in life where the only words you can find to describe something are to the effect of “Wow!” and “Amazing!” This past week at Momentum Youth Conference is one of those times. This was the tenth year that I have gone to Momentum. I have attended as a student, an LBC representative, a youth worker, and now a youth pastor. Each year at Momentum has held its own significance and impacted me in a different way; this year was no exception.
This year the theme was “Yours,” based on 1 Peter 2:9. All week the speakers talked about what it means to find our identity in Christ. This year I felt the incredible weight of shepherding hearts, and I meditated on how knowing that I belong to God should affect how I shepherd. I watched and saw God work in the lives of all of our teens. They were stretched this week in their faith, and they responded very well. I saw old relationships grow and new relationships begin.
Hands down, one the most amazing times that we get to experience here on earth is seeing people come to Christ! We had ten students cross over from death to life this past week, and my heart has never been so full of joy! Their lives will never be the same again, and it is so exciting to be able walk alongside them in their new-found life.
One of the exciting things that happens at Momentum is the day of service at the end of the week. This is a day where all 2,000+ people at momentum go out into the community to serve and evangelize. Our group had the opportunity to go to Wilmington, Ohio. We went door-to-door asking people if there was any way we could serve them. We also walked around and prayed for people. One of the groups helped a man paint his garage, and another group helped a library with a project.
God has certainly blessed me in this ministry, and I am completely humbled to be a part of what God is doing through the gospel here at Grace Church. I am excited to see how He continues to work in and through the teens of Grace Church.
I leave you with the theme passage for the week: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9