2016 was an amazing year for Student Ministries.
One of our main goals for the year was to strengthen the lines of communication within student ministry leaders of the IPHC. The Lord truly blessed us in that endeavor, creating opportunities for networking and training throughout a number of IPHC conferences. We have built some wonderful friendships with pastors and leaders all across the United States! We believe that this network of support is crucial to the success of IPHC Student Ministries, and we look forward to continuing to build this support system!
The Student Ministries team enjoyed participating in the Family Discipleship Tour with the Discipleship Ministries team. The SMAT was able to participate in four of the six conferences and each event found new friendships and connections being made. We are continuing to ask ourselves how Student Ministries can minister to the entire Church family, not just the students!
As always, YouthQuest was a major part of our time during the summer months. This year’s YouthQuest was the first event that the Student Ministries team planned together and it was an overwhelming success. God spoke to many students throughout the event, calling some into ministry and filling others with the Holy Spirit, many for the first time! It was an amazing feeling to stand in the midst of 1,500 students and leaders, as one family, worshiping the Father together.
We are anticipating great things for 2017 as well. The Team is looking forward to our Student Ministries Tour, where we hope to further develop relationships with leaders in our conferences, as well as share resources and training. We are also looking forward to YouthQuest, which will be in conjunction with General Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Our goal for 2017 is to create training opportunities and resources that will truly benefit the local church. We believe that the Lord is calling students to a deeper relationship with Him, to benefit His kingdom. Our desire is to faithfully serve where God has called us, and to see the Church succeed so that others may know Him!
We look forward to seeing you in the coming year!