YC Alberta is in the history books. “For King and Country” have left the stage at Rexall Place, in Edmonton. The huge roar of the massive crowd is still ringing in the ears of over 10,000 students, leaders, speakers, and volunteers.
The sounds are silenced, buses rolled out and sleep deprived teens are posting their pics to Instagram for all the world to see. There will be a few less students than normal in classes on Monday morning.
YC is LOUD and intense, flashy, entertaining, energizing and tiring and did I say LOUD?
I am a big fan of YC and Mike Love’s Extreme Dream. (Read or scroll to the bottom to see the official aftermovie of YC2015)
3 Reasons Why A 61-Year Old Loves YC
1. As a senior pastor I’m a big fan of what YC does for our teens. At North Pointe, 70-100 students get together on Friday nights at Anomaly Youth. When these same teens come to an event where 1000’s of youth are singing, worshiping, learning, cheering, texting, and having the time of their life they get a much broader impression of how deeply Jesus is affecting their generation.
They realize that there are multiplied hundreds of teens that are amped up about their faith.
2. The guest speakers and bands at YC share a passion for seeing a generation transformed by the love of God and equipped to live in His purposes. That passion is contagious.
Here’s some of the influential statements our kids heard:
“Jesus steps into our problem so we can step into our promise.” Elijah Waters
“We are not accepted by God because of our behavior, we are accepted because of His behavior.” Jeff Vanderstelt
“You were not born for the gutter! You were born for a greater purpose in God.” Danielle Strickland
“Don’t read God’s word to get through it. Read God’s word until it gets through to you.” Eric Samuel Timm
“We’ve learned nothing at YC, that is NOTHING can ever separate us from the UNSTOPPABLE love of God.” Mike Love
The band, “King and Country” closed out YC.
Their song, “The Proof of Your Love” says,
“Let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love.”
Our kids will be the proof of God’s love in the schools, clubs, teams and families.
O, I know they may not get it perfect, but neither did the disciples of Jesus. But he believed in them and I believe in the teens at North Pointe.
3. Rev. Mike Love and his team have shown what a consistent, courageous, concerted effort can create. YC is a multi-denominational Christian youth conference, presented by Extreme Dream Ministries. This is year 21 for YC. That’s a long obedience in the same direction.
Many of the volunteers and the behind-the-scenes organizers were once a teen in a youth group that attended YC 2005 or YC 2006.
Multiple high fives to Mike! May his tribe increase.
Thank you to Jeremy Gifford and Mark Lyte our Student Ministry pastors at North Pointe and to their team of peer and parent volunteers. You are our heroes! (Jeremy and Mark, get some rest on Monday…and Tuesday if you read this because you have both days off.)
APPLICATION: Did you have teens at YC? Were you a volunteer? What was your experience like? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.
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I’m so excited for my son to experience YC next year! I have so many wonderful YC stories. My husband and I were Youth Leaders for several years and loved YC. We pray what students experienced will be locked in and seep into their hearts.
I am stoked about this event; I admire my friend Mike Love for his 21 year commitment to make this happen; and for our own youth pastors – Jeremy and Mark and their team of volunteers – who make a difference for good in the lives of our teens.
I have attended YC a few times before. This is my first time as a behind-the-scenes volunteer. I did security – ok, maybe not so behind the scene, but visible enough to show these kids that they are safe, and that they can have a wonderful time because we volunteers are there to watch over them and keep them safe as much as possible. Yes, I am beyond exhausted, but it’s so rewarding though. Hats off to all the volunteers and youth leaders, to pastors Jeremy and Mark for all of your hard work. To God be the glory. To all the youths at North Pointe, see you all next year!
Hi Jon. Thanks for volunteering. Every role counts and that makes every person important. Being exhausted after YC is like a badge of honour. See you at North Pointe!
This was my son’s first year at YC and as a parent, I couldn’t be happier and more thankful for the opportunity! We have been with Northpointe for about 4 years now, and I am a single mom of 3. While my 2 youngest and I love going to church, my 14 year old struggles with finding his way, and whether God truly exists. The YC “unstoppable” theme video was a true win for him to be intrigued so he agreed to go. Every night after picking him up, he talked and talked (and showed me lots of videos) about what a good time he had. He met some new friends, and best of all we bonded over him building confidence and the power of God’s word. He’s already talking about wanting to go again next year and inviting some of his non-church friends! Special thanks to all the amazing volunteers who put in their time to make this event happen!
Thanks Lyndel for posting this. I shared your comments with our youth pastors and with my friend, Mike Love, the Director of YC. I am glad that YC was such a great experience for your son. I trust there will be many more great experiences and discoveries about Jesus for him in the future.
I am so thankful for the support of Northpointe to send my teens, and a few other boyz of the hood we once lived in to go with my teen son. Seeing that impact was so rewarding! I think they have gone now 4 years in a row. I too am a single mom, and I have seen my own two teens moved by YC. Thank you Northpointe for your support!
You are welcome. Wow, 4 years in a row. Its good to know that the impact of this weekend effect has influence through the years.