Stuarts Point, New South Wales
Youth congresses have changed since the days of a fully catered week of motel-type accommodation with all meals and activities provided.
The young adults of Australia were certainly inspired to step out for Jesus when they arrived back to their homes. I believe that many of them will be used by Jesus to reach their friends and disciple them in 2016 and beyond.
“Converge” was advertised as a time where you could “Hang out with Jesus and your mates.” Young adults from all around Australia were amazed to see the power of Jesus take Converge to the next level during the weekend of February 12-15 at Stuarts Point, NSW. It was a bring-your-own camping gear event, with a price of just $79 for those who got in quick.
Converge was a refocus of the old youth congress model that had traditionally taken place every four years for the past 60 years or more. Congress needed a new face in Australia and Converge was designed to provide that. The Australian Union Conference (AUC) youth directors spent more than 12 months planning the event, and were delighted when more than 300 young adults, aged 18-30, attended and were blessed with perfect weather.
The weekend was built around three guest speakers, presenting nine inspiring and practical sermons, and lots of free time to build community in the Convergefest café or at the beach. Jeremy Anderson (“Next Level Living” USA), Pastor Pako Edson Mokgwane (associate youth director for the General Conference) and Pastor Murray Hunter (South Queensland Ministerial director) allowed God’s Spirit to use them in mighty ways.
“The young adults of Australia were certainly inspired to step out for Jesus when they arrived back to their homes,” said Pastor Jeff Parker, AUC youth director. “I believe that many of them will be used by Jesus to reach their friends and disciple them in 2016 and beyond.”
The weekend’s theme of “Next Level Living” was based on Luke 9:23: “Then Jesus said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.’”
Lives were changed, life-long friendships were formed; others gave their hearts to Jesus for the first time. God’s Spirit inspired over and over again through powerful testimonies, practical sermons and uplifting worship.
The young adults of Australia want more of Converge and Pastor Parker agrees: “It will be back soon. Watch this space!”