Follow is the International Wesleyan Youth Conference. This year it is being held in Indianapolis on December 28-31. The Follow conference reminds students across North America that every one of them matters, God is near, they are related to Christ and the Holy Spirit is the ultimate source of inspiration. It motivates students to embark on the journey of finding their purpose in Jesus and living life on mission.
“Why? Why would a denomination invest in a three-day event for the next generation? Why would adult youth leaders and volunteers spend the last week of the year with loud, radical teenagers and act like they enjoy it? Why would anyone want to endure waiting fifteen minutes for an elevator in an overloaded hotel? Trips to the location are long, meal times are rushed, and sleep is righteously coveted. There must be other reasons why many still sacrificially participate in Wesleyan Youth Conventions. Here is what I’ve learned in 26 years as to why Wesleyans attend.
Through his Spirit, God always does amazing things at these events. Sin is forgiven, lives are completely transformed, and marriages of adult volunteers are mended. Hotel employees meet Jesus, bodies are healed, minds are changed, and ministries are re-focused. Regardless of the details involved in conducting an event for 5,000 – 10,000, the one factor I always count on as the best feature of a Wesleyan Youth Convention is that the Holy Spirit always does his work.
There is nothing better in life and ministry than being part of something that is bigger than self. For some, worshiping with thousands of Christ-honoring students and their adult leaders at Follow 2014 will be one of the best church experiences in life.” -Jim Dunn, the executive director of Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division of the Wesleyan Church