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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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Fields of Faith

We can’t wait to worship God on our local football field in a few days! Can you hear our excitement? I mean honestly…how amazing is it that we get to have a student-led service in which Christ is glorified on our local high school football field?

This year, we are honored to be worshipping at Southern Nash High School. The local FCA clubs have worked together the last few years in creating a bond among our local schools. They are currently rotating Fields of Faith each year to maximize people joining together in worship.

We invite you to join us. There is nothing greater than seeing this generation leading all of us!

Wednesday, October 11, 6-8 pm, Southern Nash High School Football Field

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Shake It Up

YPC is a month away from our first event of the year, School Prayer Walks. I believe this will be our fourth year promoting prayer walks. Each year I am reminded why this is so important and vital to our community.

Lately I have been diving into the books of Acts. What a better way to understand the growth and structure of The Church than by reading about the first church! Acts 4 takes us to a great moment of church growth: 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers were gathered together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed’—

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

The place in which they were gathered together was shaken. Imagine being in a place of prayer with other believers and the physical building began to shake. It was similar to experiencing an earthquake. According to the amazing wikipedia, an earthquake is the shaking of the earth’s surface, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the earth’s lithosphere that creates seismic waves. Oh church! Does anyone see where I am going?

If only! IF ONLY we could come together in unity, in one accord and seek the presence of our Father. Together we pray against the darkness and the evil that tries to steal our young people. Together we pray for boldness to speak the truth. Together we pray for the hand of God to heal. Together we pray for God to perform signs and wonders. Together we pray. Just like the believers in Acts 4 we boldly come to the throne. In doing so, we create a release of energy that results in seismic waves. But I am not talking about a physical earthquake. I am talking about a spiritual awakening that shakes and disturbs the community we live in. A shaking that is so strong it ripples on and on and on. The size of the movement can’t be contained, for our God is bigger than we can imagine.

Yet, here we are. One month away from the start of another school year. And we simply need believers to come together in unity and in one accord to seek the face of our Father and ask Him to move in a mighty way in our local schools. Will you pray?

**School prayer walks are easy. Pick a school on the selected days. Show up, walk and pray, then go home. You can pray corporately with others or by yourself. We just need prayer warriors!**

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Welcome

Welcome to the Youth Pastors Coalition of Nash, Edgecombe, & Wilson County.

The mission of the YPC is to support the Tri-County community through service, spiritual enrichment, and social development.

We are a team of full-time, part-time, and bi-vocational youth pastors from all denominations and backgrounds. We have a love for community, passion for students, and excitement for Christ.

Our commitment of edifying Christ, serving community, and impacting a generation prepares us to be Kingdom-focused and Christ-centered.