IMPACT is a 3-day student conference focused on spiritual growth for students in 7th-12th grade.
During the weekend students will stay in homes throughout the community and gather for teaching, worship, and small groups. They will eat together, play together, and grow together as brothers and sisters in Christ. The cost of the event is $65 per student. There is a discount available for multiple students in the same family. If you have any questions, please contact Brendon Scoggin at firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPACT 2019 February 1-3
2019 Theme: One
Everyone is yelling; no one is listening. We live in a divided time. In this critical cultural moment, the church has an important decision to make. We can join in on the noise, allowing the tension to rip us apart, or we can be obedient to scripture, hold fast to Christ, and find unity in diversity through Him.
ONE is a conference calling the church to unique unity. Consider these words from the apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is ONE body and ONE Spirit–just as you were called to the ONE hope that belongs to your call–ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:1-6).
The church is the blood-bought bride of the king of the universe. He is our ONE God, and we are His ONE people. From Genesis three until this day, sin has been the separating factor between God and man and between man with one another. Only Christ can mend what has been broken. Only Jesus can unify a divided people. Only Jesus can make us ONE. And for anyone who is in Christ, Jesus has accomplished that work. The church has a role to play in this culture as a beacon of light. As a people from every tribe, tongue and nation, from every demographic and political persuasion, from every class and every background, we are called to be different than the world. Because even while we know and recognize our differences, in Christ WE ARE ONE.
Impact Conference Speaker
Kevin was born and raised in the small town of Pampa, Texas. Kevin received his B.A. from Wayland Baptist University in 2005, and his M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. He serves as Assistant Pastor of First Baptist Church Durham and leads the kids and youth ministries. Kevin has been married to Bekah since 2008, and they have two children, Henry (2013) and Elsa (2016).
Impact Conference Worship Band
Capitol Peak is made up of a group of worship leaders from Amarillo, TX. Steven Dolezal, Tyler Anderson, Tim Barnes, and Tanner Estes have lead worship at churches in Amarillo for the last decade and have a special passion for helping unite the local church in corporate worship. We are thrilled to be served by their leadership at IMPACT this year.
6:30pm–IMPACT Registration and Kickoff (Parents must be present to sign medical release form in front of notary)
6:30pm–Check-in at FBC Canyon “Office” Entrance Door (Eat dinner before arrival)
9:00pm–Depart for Host Homes
10:00pm–Small Group Time in Host Homes
7:00am–Breakfast in Host Home
8:00am–Personal Devotion in Host Home
8:45am–Depart from Host Home to FBC Canyon Worship Center
11:00am–Breakout 1 (Suicide–The Hope of the Gospel in the Deepest Pain OR Church Beyond the Youth Group–No Christian “Graduates” from Church)
12:00pm–Lunch in the Cave
1:00pm–Breakout 2 (Holding the Rope–How the Church Sends and Supports Missionaries OR Politics–How The Church Should Interact With The State)
4:30pm–Breakout 3 (Guys Only Breakout OR Girls Only Breakout) (Breakout for Parents)
6:00pm–Dinner in Ministry Center
8:30pm–Depart for Host Homes
9:30pm–Small Group Time in Host Homes
7:30am–Personal Devotions in Host Homes
8:30am–Depart from Host Homes
9:00am–Breakfast in Ministry Center
12:00pm–Students Go Home!
Suicide--The Hope of the Gospel in the Deepest Pain--DeAnna Sheets
Suicide is one of the most difficult realities a person will ever be confronted with. Whether suicide has come close to you or not, you can almost be certain that eventually it will. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10 to 34. In recent years there has been a 28% increase in the suicide rate in America. From 2008 to 2015, the number of attempted suicides among teens more than doubled. There are a number of factors that can contribute to suicide, but without a doubt, the gospel offers hope in all of them. In this breakout, DeAnna will help students understand factors relating to suicide and how the gospel gives hope even in the deepest pain.
Church Beyond the Youth Group--No Christian "Graduates" from Church--Ryan Bybee
Recent studies from Barna Research Group found that 59% of young Christians disconnect either permanently or for an extended period of time from church life after age 15. Much of the reason for that is simply that young people don’t think church is really all that important. It’s just sort of another hang out place to be around friends. As soon as it seems inconvenient or difficult to invest in the church, many students simply detach and never return. In this breakout, Ryan will show biblically why investing in a church at every age of life is necessary. Church is simply not an option.
Holding the Rope--How the Church Sends and Supports Missionaries--Drew Taylor
William Carey was a member of a small group of believers in the 18th century who banded together to launch what is known as the modern missionary movement. At the time the church had grown stagnant in missions. Carey was driven by biblical conviction to see that change. Carey traveled to India, where he would eventually settle and build his life, but upon arrival, he looked at his friends who were dropping him off and said, “Well, I will go down, if you will hold the rope.” Carey knew that the mission on which he was about to embark would not be possible without support coming from home. He needed prayer, he needed money, he needed love and care. Carey’s friends returned home, and they held the rope. This is the calling of the church in missions. We are called to send out missionaries and to support them well. In this breakout, Drew will give the biblical reasoning for why the church must hold the rope for missionaries and we should go about doing so.
Politics--How the Church Should Interact with the State--Brendon Scoggin
We’ve all heard and learned about the importance of separation between church and state, but do we really know what that means? How does that work when a Christian–who is the church–interacts with politics? What does it look like for a believer in Jesus to engage with the state? In a time of such heightened political sensitivity, we need to have answers to these questions. Thankfully, the Bible gives us answers. In this breakout, Brendon will give students biblical principles to guide their engagement with politics in a politically divided and hostile America.
The Sacred--Secular Divide--How to be a Faithful Christian in the Secular Workforce--Matt Jackson
God calls most of his people to labor in secular career fields. This is not by accident; it is God’s intention. Many throughout history have made the mistake of thinking God only “calls” people into vocational ministry positions. Furthermore, many have wrongly thought that vocational ministry positions are more valued by God than secular jobs. Such could not be further from the truth. God calls all Christians to himself, to live their lives in a variety of vocations for His glory. The plumber’s job is no less important to God than the senior pastor. The senior pastor is no more important to God than the plumber. This world is God’s world, and he calls his people to faithfully take dominion over it in a variety of ways for his glory. In this breakout, Matt will teach students how to view secular jobs as a calling from God, and how to be faithful to the vocational calling that you have been given, whether that is an engineer, an electrician, a teacher, or just about anything else.
Guys Only Mandatory Breakout--Brad Swygard
100 years ago the concept of a teenager did not exist. You were either a child, or you were a man. The modern adolescent is an invention of 20th century society. In a few senses, it is a good development. It allows young men and women to ease their way into adulthood while pursuing education. But in most senses it has been negative. Adolescence has not become a healthy transition to adulthood over the years; it has become a prolonged childhood. To be a man means to take on responsibility, and not just feed and water the dog responsibility. It means getting a job, working hard, pursuing excellence in all things, maturing relationally, solving problems, honoring and respecting others, loving well, pushing your limits, doing hard things. We need to be challenged as men. We need to be called to a standard. In this breakout, our speaker will give biblical teaching on what it means to be a man, calling all the young men at Impact to grow up, rejecting the modern notion of adolescence for the biblical teaching of manhood.
Girls Only Mandatory Breakout--Mackenzie McLain
The church is so much more than a hang out spot. It is a place where the most peculiar, spiritually rich relationships should be found. In this breakout, Mackenzie will detail both from the Bible and from her own testimony how the church (the people of God) have pointed her to Christ. That is the very essence of what the church is called to do–point one another to Jesus. Ladies will learn more about the beautiful role that the church plays in our lives from a female perspective.
Parenting Breakout--J.B. and Jennifer Boren
Parenting is no joke. It is a difficult calling from the Lord. As parents endure the many ups and downs of parenting, it is far too easy to begin reaching for some perfect formula that equals the perfect children. Such a formula simply does not exist. Parenting must be done by faith in the gospel, not by formula. In this breakout for parents, J.B. and Jennifer Boren will share gospel principles that must always be applied to parenting. All parents are invited to attend this breakout!