TM Evangelist-in-Training & TSoM Master Student, Deanna Monks, shared with us about a youth event she organized for the Diocese of the Arctic this past summer:
From August 18-20th, 2017 the Diocese of the Arctic hosted Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), in Yellowknife, at Trappers Lake Retreat Center. The theme was “Unity in Christ” – Phil. 2:1-4.
"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
We had seven youth; we were able to fly in five youth from across the diocese and two came from Yellowknife. There were six churches from Yellowknife involved in serving the Lord, so these youths could encounter Christ. We also had the honour of four leaders coming from TEC New Brunswick to join us in serving and mentoring as we led.
The TEC weekend consisted of times of praise, a few services, ten themed talks, table discussions, awesome fellowship, free time and delicious food. Each day had a theme: Die Day, Rise Day and Go Day. Die Day: death to self. Rise Day: New life and Resurrection. Go Day: celebration of the Pentecost message to go into the entire world and share the Gospel - as TEC is all about outreach.
The youth heard about the Bible, who Jesus is, why He died, why He rose, how we live out being a Christian and what that means for us. Each youth had the opportunity to choose where Jesus fits in their lives.
This was the first TEC in our area, so was also about developing and encouraging leaders. We had leaders from various church backgrounds and it was amazing how God brought such unity within the body of Christ. Throughout the weekend I was beyond amazed how God brought it together for His purpose and glory.
Judy, a youth who attended TEC commented,
“TEC2017 in Yellowknife was the best weekend I've ever had! [I] learned about things I didn't really understand [before] and made new awesome friends, also reunited with some friends I made during the youth conference last month! I'm glad I took the chance when I had it.”
Deanna grew up in Yellowknife, NT and is currently serving as the Youth Coordinator for the Diocese of the Arctic (based in Yellowknife). She loves Jesus and strives for surrendered and humbled obedience. Deanna has a heart for people (especially youth) to have a personal and thriving relationship with Jesus. She is training as an Evangelist through Threshold School of Ministry.