Last weekend Ministério Biblio do Ivoti hosted the their First Youth Conference. It was great to have about 300+ people attend each night. The youth conference began with setting up and decorating the church. It took many hours to get it all set up but it was also a great time to see the youth and the youth staff serving.
Setting Up for the Conference
The conference theme was the “My place in the World”. It was a great conference and we had people who were trying to imitate the promotional picture for the conference. During the second night we even had one guy who repented after listening to one of the sermons.
Imitating the promotional Banner
I was excited to see our church and specifically the youth serving in so many different areas during the conference. The first area was setting up, the second was greeting people when they arrived, the third was serving food at the cantina during intermissions, and the fourth was cleaning up after. Not only was the conference about finding your place in the world but the conference was actually an opportunity for our youth to serve.
Welcoming Conference Attendees
I was so excited to see 5+ churches represented by the youth who came. The conference was for the youth but not limited to only the youth coming. I was encouraged to not only see the youth staff from other churches but also many members from Ivoti and other churches who also attended.
Praying during the conference
Other churches also had an opportunity to serve at the conference by leading worship, leading in corporate prayer, and even performing an evangelistic play. The Saturday afternoon session featured an evangelistic skit by students from the local Word of Life Camp. I thought that it was great to see all of these men and women interacting with each other to act out the gospel work in a person’s life.
Evangelistic Skit Saturday Afternoon
While greeting and being hospitable some of our youth, me included, would sit by the door and open the door for those who arrived late or went outside to take a phone call. I took an action shot of Tati, myself and the lady who sold books at the conference sitting by the front door while we were listening to a session Saturday night.
Greeters Focused on the Preaching
In most youth conferences that I have been there is a din that never seems to leave the conference even during the preaching. However, this conference was a little different. I think that this can be traced to two different reasons in my mind. The first is that the youth in Brazil has a wider age range and there were more youth that were older (for those in the US think college age and unmarried under 30). These older people are more likely to sit and listen quietly and to not tolerate younger people talking while they are trying to listen. The second reason was that the main conference speaker was a very dynamic communicator. Tiago Mattes, is a pastor in Sao Paulo, and was the speaker at the youth conference. He is from around here and is a very effective communicator.
Tiago Mattes bringing the Word