Youth Week 2013 Breakout Sessions

CardFront_YW2013 Youth Week 2013: The Search for Truth is just a few weeks away.  Our kick-off night is July 29 at 6:00 PM at Forest Hills Baptist Church.  If you have yet to pre-register click here, it will only take you a few seconds!

In addition to some crazy games, some great music, and some amazing speakers, we will have breakout sessions offered every night of the week. Students can choose which session they want to go to every night to help train them and equip them in their faith.  Our whole hope for this week is to give students confidence in the truthfulness of the Christian faith. As a result, many of these sessions will address controversial issues.  Here is a sneak peak of some of the classes we will have available!

  • What is Truth? - Jeremiah Custar
  • Worldview: What it is and Why it Matters - Chris Dunn
  • Sharing the Gospel with an Atheist - Justin Deeter
  • Biblical Womanhood - Kaitlyn Deeter (Girls Only)
  • Sharing the Gospel with the Life Book - Joe Strange
  • Theology and Music - Chris Scott
  • Are There Errors in the Bible? - Daniel Ritchie
  • Why Does a Good God Allow Suffering? - Daniel Ritchie
  • Teen Pregnancy, Abortion, and the Hope of the Gospel - Kristy Mitchell
  • Are Science and Christianity Arch Enemies?- Jeremiah Custar
  • Apologetics & the Christian Life - Jeff Smith
  • Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? - Brad Perry
  • Sharing the Gospel with Hindus and Muslims - Brad Perry
  • The Christian Sexual Ethic: Out of Touch? - Justin Deeter
  • Sharing the Gospel with Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Staying Christian in College - Chris Dunn
  • Fashion and Modesty - Heather Ritchie (Girls Only)
  • Sharing the Gospel with Life Book - Joe Strange

Hope you start picking out your favorites that you want to attend. I'm excited because we have some of the best teachers from across Wilson to teach on their area of expertise. It is going to be an amazing week.  You won't want to miss it.  If you have still yet to pre-register, what are you waiting for?

See You At the Pole, 2013 -Wilson, NC

Today was See You At the Pole.  All around the country students gathered at their flag poles to pray.  In Wilson, NC a group of youth pastors go to the various schools in our community to pass out free donuts and encourage our teens as they pray.  We always take a bunch of pictures of all the different schools praying.  Here is a video slide show of what happened at the flag poles of Wilson, NC.

What I Loved About Youth Week


This past week, churches from around Wilson County came together with their youth groups to worship Jesus.  It was an amazing week and God moved powerfully in the life of the Youth of Wilson.  As a sit here the day after and reflect on the week, there are a couple things that I just loved about it.

The Whole Week Was Gospel-Centered

Every night was focused on Jesus.  It was crystal clear to everyone the reason why we were meeting.  It wasn't for fun, it wasn't for entertainment, it was solely for Jesus.  The whole tone for the week was focused on the good news of the Gospel and equipping students to share it effectively.  I loved getting to hear my brothers, other youth pastors in Wilson, preach the Gospel.  I loved listening to Stephen Combs and his band lead us in Christ-Centered Worship. You can go watch the sermons from Youth Week here and see what I'm talking about.  Jesus was the hero, not any one church or youth pastor!

The Week provided a sample of the Unity of the Universal Church

How rare is it to see youth groups come together in the same city to worship Jesus? In my years of life and ministry I have never seen something quite like what happened this week in Wilson, NC.  Youth Pastors can be extremely territorial and often the attitude, particularly in small towns is Our church vs Your church.  The attitude of the churches and youth pastors in Wilson are far from that.  Each and every youth group that showed up this week proved that the Kingdom of God is not about any one church or one youth group, but that we are all a part of the Universal Church.  We all have our local congregations, but it was amazing to come together for a week and get to see in just a small sample of what heaven will be like when we worship together.

The Week Created Authentic Community

Relationships were built with students.  Relationships were built with the adults.  We got the privilege of getting to know other Christians from other churches seeking to advance the Gospel in our community just like us.  As a result, we made new friends and built a community that can better work together to advance the Gospel in the city of Wilson.  Students met other students in their schools who love Jesus just like they do.  It was awesome to see students hanging out and sitting with students from a different church.  It wasn't cliquish, my church vs your church mentality, but humble and authentic Christian community.

The Week was Multi-Ethnic

I hate that churches on Sunday morning are the most segregated time in America.  There are white churches; there are black churches.  Even in my own city of Wilson, racism and segregation runs deep in the psyche of people, even Christians.  I was so overwhelmed with joy with seeing white students worship with black students, eastern students worshiping with hispanic students.  It was a multi-ethnic blend, and it represented far better the multi-ethnic worship in heaven than our severely segregated churches on earth.  It demonstrates the unity and power of the Gospel to unite those who are different.  We are all saved by the blood of Jesus and we can worship him together regardless of our ethnicity.  Youth Week proved that.

The Week was Missions Minded

Whether giving food to the Hope Station, giving to the Wilson Pregnancy Center, or sharing the Gospel, Youth Week was missions minded.  The whole focus of the week is that we must put our faith into action, and our students did that.  It was amazing to see over 100 students go out into the city of Wilson to share the Gospel.  Their passion and enthusiasm were intoxicating and these students proved to their city that they are not content just sitting on the sidelines of the Christian faith.  These students demonstrated that the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus is something that they take seriously.

Youth Week was an amazing week, and I'm already getting questions about whether we will do it again next year.  In my experience nothing has quite brought a community of students together quite like God did with youth week.  For that I am thankful, and until next year may we continue to partner together to reach our city with the Gospel of Jesus!

Youth Week Sermon Videos

This week in Wilson, NC churches from across the city have brought their youth groups to worship Jesus.  The theme for this year is faith in action, and that is our heart behind this week.  We want to see teenagers from across our city rise to the challenge of sharing the glorious Gospel of Jesus.  Each night, different youth pastors in Wilson preached God's Word.  As the week progresses, the sermon videos will be uploaded on Youtube, but I will compile them and add them to this blog as they come out for easy reference.  Hope you are blessed by them!

Night 1 - Faith in Jesus - Justin Deeter

Night 2 - Faith in God's Plan - Daniel Ritchie

Night 3 - Faith that Works - Joe Strange

Night 4 - Faith that Shares - Brad Perry

Night 5 - Faith that Hopes - Justin Deeter

Youth Week: Faith in Action


I am super excited about an event coming up in the city of Wilson, NC.  It is an event called Youth Week and it is sponsored by WAYNET.  Youth Week is a time for teenagers from across our city to come together to worship the Lord Jesus together.  Churches form around the city a pulling together resources and energy to make this week happen, and I am incredibly excited to see what God will do through this week.  The theme for the week is "Faith in Action", and that is exactly what we are praying for.  We pray that these teenagers would realize the beauty of the Gospel, place their faith in Christ, and put their faith into action.  We are incredibly excited to have Dr. Alvin Reid join us on Friday to train us in sharing the Gospel and  to help us take the Gospel into the city of Wilson on Friday August, 17th.

Youth Week will be at Forest Hills Baptist Church August 13-17 from 6:00-9:00 PM every night.  On Friday, we are having a day in which we are sending out these students into the city and share the Gospel with the people of Wilson.  Here is a promo video me and some of the other youth pastors in the city, who will be preaching on the different nights put together.

If you are a student in the city of Wilson you are invited to join us!  If you have a youth group and you'd like to come be apart of youth week, you are welcome to come!  The event is free, and open to any and all teenagers.  All we ask is if you could pre-register.  You won't want to miss it!  If you have any questions, feel free to sent me a message. Be in prayer that God would work powerfully during this week and that He would get all the glory as we learn to put our faith in action!