Recently Carissa and I attended the “Accelerant Conference” in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, an annual youth event that has ministered to thousands of IPHC youth and youth leaders since it’s conception in 1998.
“Accelerant exists to challenge and encourage teens to know who they are in Christ and to live that out everyday in His presence and power.”
The Pizza Gathering that David and Hope Hammond organized for the LifePoint Ministries (LPM) youth and youth pastors during this event was well attended. David Hammond, LPM Discipleship Ministries Director, also serves on the “Accelerant Team,” planning and promoting “Accelerant”. I am grateful for their participation and support of this event.
Here are a few excerpts from two of our LPM youth pastors of their youth’s experience at Accelerant 2017:
“I would just like to say that for Anchored Student Ministries, our big take away from this year was about our purpose. We are all called to do something and it only takes one of us to step out of the land of fear and be courageous enough to follow our purpose. We had one group member give her life to the Lord and she was the youngest on our trip! We talked over the weekend and even tonight at church about leaving the last behind and striving to change your tomorrow. Accelerant is always awesome, but I feel like this year was over the top. Great speakers and powerful messages were spoken each time.”
Anchored Student Ministries
Ascend Youth from Elberton PHC had a fantastic time at Accelerant 2017. Our youth shared on Wednesday night what stood out to them the most throughout the weekend. Many of them mentioned that they decided to give their brush/pen back to God so he could create their masterpiece. For the next several weeks we will be covering in detail, the ways we can make sure God has control of our brush. We also had several students who said the sermon "What Are You Tied To" made them very aware of the things they were tying themselves to. I believe this weekend was eye opening for many of our youth. We are really looking forward to continuing these discussions and lessons to reinforce what they brought home with them from Accelerant 2017."
Ascend Youth Ministry
As we serve forward in LPM, I am very thankful for our conference and local church leadership that invest in the lives of the youth. There were approximately 90 youth and youth pastors from LPM churches attending Accelerant this year. Make plans now to take a group of teens to Accelerant January 26-28, 2018.
Thank you for serving the next generation of leaders for God’s kingdom!
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.