Next week, the 2012 National Youth Convention will kick off in Louisville, Kentucky, including the National Fine Arts Festival, Kappa Tau, Ambassadors In Missions (AIM) Outreach and Bible Challenge. Nearly 11,000 guests have currently registered to attend this year's events.
Headquartered in the KFC Yum! Center Arena, August 6-10, Louisville 2012 is an opportunity for students to use their gifts and go "After the One." Fine Arts presentations begin Tuesday morning and conclude Friday night with a celebration service, announcing the top three winners in each category along with the award of merit.
Speakers include Rich Wilkerson Jr., Tim Ross and Student Missions Director Chet Caudill. Christian worship band Worth Dying For will be leading worship services throughout the week. Guest bands include Skyhook, Noel Rosa and a surprise musical guest that will be announced at the event.
"Louisville is going to be an incredible week, with more students participating in Fine Arts this year than in Detroit or Phoenix," says Rod Whitlock, student discipleship ministries director. "Teens will have the opportunity to receive useful feedback regarding their ministry gifts and engage in evening services with thousands of others from across the country. It's my prayer that they return to their churches better equipped and empowered to share the gospel."
According to Jack Trewern, National Youth Ministries events and Fine Arts coordinator, workshops will be available for students to attend, with two tracks: boot-camp style or as master classes. Boot camp is hands-on or interactive workshops, and in master classes students perform and are critiqued by a workshop leader, he says.
AIM outreaches will be taking place throughout the week in partnership with the Kentucky and Indiana districts. According to Caudill, District Youth Directors Brian Neugent and Steve Furr are excited to host teams from around the nation. AIM teams will be linked with 11 host sites where they will participate in community outreach and evangelism.
will include mini Convoy of Hope
outreaches and promotions, community service, sidewalk Sunday Schools, church
clean-up, door-to-door prayer, outreach block parties and VBS participation,
"We are praying that as students pour out their hearts in ministry, God will open their eyes to the needs of the people," Caudill says. "We are also believing for many souls to be saved and lives to be changed throughout Louisville and the surrounding areas."
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