Friday evening, hundreds of students streamed to the front of the Indiana Wesleyan chapel auditorium to commit their lives to full-time ministry.
After a video greeting and Bible emphasis from renowned Bible scholar and speaker Francis Chan, the crowd had the opportunity to hear from speakers Jason Holt and Kevin Mincey, who both committed to full-time ministry as young adults and followed God’s leading into unfamiliar places.
Mincey, an inner-city pastor from Washington D.C., was called to lead the Grace Brethren Church in Winchester, Va., where he became the first black pastor to lead the southern church. When he came into the pastorate, his role was first to reunite the Winchester church with Apple Valley Grace Brethren Church, who had split from Winchester. Under his care, the churches have since reunited and are thriving under his leadership.
“God gave me the opportunity to be part of a ministry that needed to be reconciled,” he said. He encouraged students to get out of their comfort zones, as well. “God will take you from where you were comfortable to places you never thought you’d go.”
Jason Holt of Urban Hope, Philadelphia, Pa. told his story of a childhood riddled with anxiety and fear, transformed when God got a hold of him during an Operation Barnabas mission during his teen years. When he went into the ministry, God called him to the place he thought he’d never go: inner city missions.
“You’re going to meet a lot of opposition, but you have to remember the king is on the throne, and he will enable and empower you,” Holt said. “The culture out there has rejected Jesus Christ. We need people who will say, ‘I will go.’”
Jeff Bogue took the stage then to plead with students who had felt a stirring in their hearts that God was leading them to full-time ministry.
“Some of you felt God speaking directly to you. Your future is starting to change…If God is pressing into your heart…if he is calling you tonight, we want you to come.”
From all over the auditorium, students quietly streamed from their seats and signed their names in a book provided on tables scattered throughout the room, then joined others at the front, arms around one another, to worship and pray. Youth workers were then called up to pray over their students.
“It’s a holy and sacred moment,” said Bogue.
Momentum Youth Conference is the annual summer event for students, sponsored by CE National. This year, it is held at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. and includes five days of challenging speakers, ministry opportunities, and fun.
Momentum main sessions may be viewed live online via the Momentum Live Feed. (Click here to access.)