By May 24, 2015 8 Comments

YC2015 POSTYC Alberta is in the history books. “For King and Country” have left the stage at Rexall Place, in Edmonton. The huge roar of the massive crowd is still ringing in the ears of over 10,000 students, leaders, speakers, and volunteers.

YC2015overThe sounds are silenced, buses rolled out and sleep deprived teens are posting their pics to Instagram for all the world to see. There will be a few less students than normal in classes on Monday morning.

YC is LOUD and intense, flashy, entertaining, energizing and tiring and did I say LOUD?YC2015F

I am a big fan of YC and Mike Love’s Extreme Dream. (Read or scroll to the bottom to see the official aftermovie of YC2015)

3 Reasons Why A 61-Year Old Loves YCYC2015B

1. As a senior pastor I’m a big fan of what YC does for our teens. At North Pointe, 70-100 students get together on Friday nights at Anomaly Youth. When these same teens come to an event where 1000’s of youth are singing, worshiping, learning, cheering, texting, and having the time of their life they get a much broader impression of how deeply Jesus is affecting their generation.

They realize that there are multiplied hundreds of teens that are amped up about their faith.YC2015G

2. The guest speakers and bands at YC share a passion for seeing a generation transformed by the love of God and equipped to live in His purposes. That passion is contagious.YC2015H

Here’s some of the influential statements our kids heard:

“Jesus steps into our problem so we can step into our promise.” Elijah Waters

“We are not accepted by God because of our behavior, we are accepted because of His behavior.” Jeff Vanderstelt

“You were not born for the gutter! You were born for a greater purpose in God.” Danielle Strickland

“Don’t read God’s word to get through it. Read God’s word until it gets through to you.” Eric Samuel TimmYC2015R

“We’ve learned nothing at YC, that is NOTHING can ever separate us from the UNSTOPPABLE love of God.” Mike Love

The band, “King and Country” closed out YC.YC2015King

Their song, “The Proof of Your Love” says,

“Let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You and what You’re made of
How You lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof,
The proof of Your love.”

Our kids will be the proof of God’s love in the schools, clubs, teams and families.

O, I know they may not get it perfect, but neither did the disciples of Jesus. But he believed in them and I believe in the teens at North Pointe.YC2015D

3. Rev. Mike Love and his team have shown what a consistent, courageous, concerted effort can create. YC is a multi-denominational Christian youth conference, presented by Extreme Dream Ministries. This is year 21 for YC. That’s a long obedience in the same direction.YC2015Rexal

YC2015KYC2015IMany of the volunteers and the behind-the-scenes organizers were once a teen in a youth group that attended YC 2005 or YC 2006.

Multiple high fives to Mike! May his tribe increase.YC2015Mike

Thank you to Jeremy Gifford and Mark Lyte our Student Ministry pastors at North Pointe and to their team of peer and parent volunteers. You are our heroes! (Jeremy and Mark, get some rest on Monday…and Tuesday if you read this because you have both days off.)2015-05-24 08.45.22


APPLICATION: Did you have teens at YC?  Were you a volunteer? What was your experience like? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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