According to recent Barna research, many religious activities are at their lowest levels in a decade among 13-17 year olds in the United States, and although 1 in 4 teenagers still participate in organized religious activities, spiritual activities such as praying and evangelism are declining.
“We want to reverse these statistics, and we want to train our students in the tenants of their faith so that they will grow up as spiritually mature Christians,” said Merrie Johnson, senior consultant for student evangelism and ministries at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. “We want to equip students to not only make their lives count for Jesus Christ, but to stand up for what they believe.”
Johnson is leading the effort to launch a new outreach called “Tag! You’re It” that will focus on training students to be leaders and gospel witnesses among their friends, family and neighbors.
Students will learn how to: pray for their friends who do not know Christ, share Jesus without fear, defend their faith, and lead gender-specific Bible studies and small groups.
“Students can be the game changer; they can be the ones to set the example and to stand up for what is right,” Johnson said.
“Tag” kicks off April 19-20 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Other “Tag” conferences this year will be held June 30-July 3 and July 3-6 at Ground Zero Auditorium in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Oct. 25-27 at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.
Cost to attend the Myrtle Beach conferences is $240 per person, which includes program fee, meals and lodging at Sea Palms Summer Outreach. Cost to attend the Caswell conference is $127.
Registration deadline for the Myrtle Beach events is April 1.
Guest speaker for the conferences is Jack Easterby, campus director of the University of South Carolina’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and founder of The Greatest Champion Foundation.
For more information, visit www.tagevent.org, email [email protected] or call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5566.