Why You Should Support the Local Teen Talent

Seventeen Days. SEVENTEEN!!!! We are 17 days away from our annual After Exam Jam concert, and we are pumped! I love this time of worship each year. There is so much energy from the students. It energizes me to see their God given talents on display honoring Christ. There is passion. There is love. There is worship. There is heart and soul. What more could you ask for from a concert?

This year will be the 6th year of the After Exam Jam. It is a vision started by local high school English teacher, Jessica Horne. She fiercely leads the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club at Nash Central High School. Over the years, the concert has grown and moved locations. She has also added additional support from school counselor, Heather Thompson, and graciously included the Youth Pastors Coalition. It is an honor to support the After Exam Jam.

So what is this grande event? After Exam Jam includes worship, dance, spoken word, and musical talent from students and young adults in Nash and the surrounding areas. There is a reception after serving pizza and other goodies. Don’t be fooled, it is more than a program and food. There is legit worship and praise to honor the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. All student led.

Why is the important and why does this affect you? Good question! I have been serving youth ministry for over a decade. There is one thing that still amps me up…student worship. In the midst of the crazy every changing world, students recognizing something greater than themselves and offering up worship makes my soul leap. Perhaps it is the student pastor in me? Maybe it’s the mother in me? Maybe it’s the Holy Spirit in me that says, “Yes Lord, Yes!”.

I also strongly believe in knowing your gifts and talents and using them for the Kingdom. How are we supposed to serve and grow the Kingdom if we never know what we are purposed for? Moments like After Exam Jam solidify in the hearts of young people who they are in Christ. What they were made for. Who they were made by. The glory of creation is magnified when the Creator is exalted.

I titled this blog, “Why You Should Support the Local Teen Talent”. I am passionate about the local teen talent. I am more passionate about the local teen talent that stands in awe of their Creator and offers praises to Him. You should be passionate about this as well. This is how we disciple and mentor the younger generation. Matthew 28:16-20 reads, “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

You are I are called to make disciples. We must work together to lift one another up, edify each other, support each other. This is why you should support the local teen talent. I can’t think of a greater moment to do so, than together with your bothers and sisters in Christ. United. Offering up praises.

Join us on Saturday, January 27 from 6-9 pm at Red Oak Baptist. We can’t wait to see you there!

-Pam Bailey, Youth Pastors Coalition


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