Youth leader: Missions about who, where you are
    April 8 2011 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

    “All the money in the world will leave you wanting,” said David Nasser to youth at a recent event.  

    But students need to follow Jesus’ example of meeting needs, said Nasser, an author and speaker based in Alabama. Nasser was the main speaker April 2 at the Student Missions Conference at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. He said a lot of church members “need Jesus plus something else to be satisfied.”  

    The student event, which drew 210 students and leaders, coincided with the April 1-2 North Carolina Baptist Men’s Missions Conference, also at Calvary (see story, page 16). Using John 6:35 Nasser said that when Jesus claimed to be the “bread of life,” He was also laying claim to being the Messiah.  

    “Jesus is basically saying I’m everything,” Nasser said.

    People had followed Jesus because he had fed the 5,000 with a young boy’s lunch. He had also performed other miracles.

    “This is real life,” Nasser said, emphasizing that the miracles Jesus performed were real. Basically, Nasser explained, there were almost 15,000 people who forgot to pack a lunch. “The greatest preacher of all time walks into an environment where there are hungry people and He feeds them,” Nasser said.  

    “The next day … He confronts them with the truth.”  

    Nasser said meeting that immediate need usually results in the question, “Why do you care?”  

    This opens the door to share about Jesus.  

    BR photo by Dianna L. Cagle

    Youth get in a row boat and sing during Captain’s Coming at the April 2 Student Missions Conference at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. The game was part of a class on Icebreakers for students to use in their youth group or on a mission trip. See photo gallery.

    Worship for the youth conference was led by Giles Blankenship, minister of worship and college students at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville.  

    “I think it was very successful,” said Tom Beam, Baptist Men student missions and mobilization consultant. “We heard very positive comments.”  

    Breakout sessions  

    There were times for mission action conferences aimed at youth and their leaders. Students and leaders going with Deep Impact trips to Honduras and New York had to attend two training sessions to discuss travel arrangements as well as expectations and projects.  

    Brandon Powell, minister of education and students at Cross Road Baptist Church in Asheboro, brought his group of 18 that will be going on the Honduras trip. Powell also led their training sessions as well as a couple of conferences on effective evangelism.  

    Trips to Honduras and New York are overbooked said Beam. The cutoff is usually 100 people, but 104 are going to Honduras and 117 to New York.  

    “The good thing is the relationship that the N.C. Baptists have with the locals is incredible,” said Powell, who also is state coordinator for student mobilization. Powell has worked with youth since 1998 and is amazed “to see the desire that the students have to be involved with something.”  

    Powell said he tries to teach his youth that missions is not just who they are but where they are.

    “It’s just so cool to see them realize, ‘Hey, I can do this,’” Powell said.  

    Other sessions were taught on leading/participating in worship, planning a mission trip, human trafficking, icebreakers, evangelism, recognizing God’s gifts, etc. Powell said conferences where youth leaders could discuss what is and isn’t working are also helpful. At least two of the conferences were led by students.  

    “If you have a student that is passionate about something and you can tell it’s important to them, it’s important to connect them with a ministry they can … take ownership of,” Powell said.  

    Although this was the first time Baptist Men offered a youth conference with its annual meeting, Beam said it will not be the last. Next year’s event is slated April 14, 2012 in conjunction with the Baptist Men’s annual meeting again.  

    Beam set aside time to recognize people for participating in Challengers, a ministry centered around missions for teen boys and girls. The recipients were from Faith Baptist Church in Salisbury and Liberty Baptist Church in Thomasville.

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