This year’s theme for our Student Ministry Fall Retreat is Encounter. It is truly amazing what happens when you disconnect a teenager from the world for a few days and connect them to an environment where they can have a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit. I am not talking about emotionalism or manufactured life change, but a true convicting and life-altering encounter with the Holy Spirit of God. I understand that my programs, events, games and attempts to be relevant for this generation will never produce real life change. But I believe in my heart of hearts that when a teenager gets a taste of what the Holy Spirit can do for them, they will never be satisfied with complacent Christianity.
Thank you, church, for your investment in the next generation. I am honored and privileged to be part of a church that has a passion for the Gospel today and a vision for the Gospel tomorrow. May we all encounter, afresh and anew, the Holy Spirit in our lives, and pray that we never take it for granted.
Pastor Nathan Hawkins