Zealand leading students in worship at IYC2018.
By Carl Stagner
For the first time since 1980, Indianapolis, Indiana, was home to the International Youth Convention of the Church of God. Reflecting the local racing culture, the 51st pinnacle of youth ministry experiences capitalized on its proximity to the iconic motor speedway, with four days designed to put students on track for the race of a lifetime. Inspiring worship, top-notch speakers, dozens of breakout sessions, a 5K to support the fight against trafficking, and a day devoted to community service combined to create moments of lasting life change. Those moments may have passed, but eternity—brighter than ever before—lies ahead. The life change continues as four thousand students and youth leaders, who embraced life at IYC2018, return home to give life to their families, schools, churches, and across their communities. Continue reading
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Tagged 5K For Freedom, 5K4Freedom, CHOG TraffickLight, Impact Indianapolis, Impact Indy, IN, Indiana, Indianapolis, International Youth Convention of the Church of God, IYC, IYC Indy, IYC2018, IYCindy, life change, Spread the Word, student ministries, students, teenagers, younger generation, youth, youth ministry
Renovation at the new NSpire Church location.
By Carl Stagner
The Latin word spīrāre inspired the name of the Church of God in Westfield, Indiana, now known as NSpire Church. In the Hebrew and Greek, its meaning is understood as having to do with breath, life, wind, and the Spirit. Building up to IYC2018 (July 2–5), the church is preparing to work with IYC students by hosting an Indianapolis-area Impact Day project. As the church transitions out of a season of building and expanding, their partnership with the International Youth Convention is but an extension of who they already are. Leading into a new season of outreach, NSpire Church is breathing life into their community and will soon breathe life into the lives of teenagers attending IYC. Continue reading
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Tagged Brad Ruggles, community, expansion, Impact Day, Impact Indy, IN, Indiana, International Youth Convention, IYC, IYC2018, life change, Matt Gaylor, Nspire Church, outreach, renovation, service projects, students, teenagers, Westfield, youth