Young Adult Convocation

You Got Served

The Illinois Conference invites you to Young Adult Convocation, Saturday, May 17th, 9:45 AM, at McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. Hosted by Oasis and MyTown Ministries, featuring Damian Chandler and Okios Principle 2.0. Stay tuned for more info and service opportunities. For more information contact Oasis, oasiss07@gmail.com

The Illinois Young Adult Convocation is a delightful example of grassroot young adult synergy coming together to bring worship to GOD. The first “convo” was held last year and returns with leadership from Oasis, which began out of a desire to create a spiritual “refuge” for young adults. Networking for community service, worship, discipleship, and fellowship, these young adults have met throughout the year offering a spiritually refreshing break from the norm.

When I spoke for the convocation last year, I arrived to the art center which was buzzing with activity. Young adults setting up the worship band, preparing breakfast, transforming the theater into a space for worship, fellowship, and fun. Smiling faces were everywhere. Eager volunteers donning “Oasis” shirts were quick to greet those gathering. The theater was quickly packed with hearts seeking, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

oasisI was blessed by their enthusiasm, their desire to reach out to their peers. I was also impressed by their talent and their willingness to use whatever their gifts were for ministry. Over this past year, I have watched from a distance, curious as to the longevity of their vivacious zeal. It has been refreshing to see their devotion to Jesus and each other grow, albeit with the bumps and hiccups of authentic life together. There is a tangible spirit that is magnetic.

It reminds me of what I imagine the Acts 2 church was like. People saw what was going one with the 1st century church, and liked it. And each day more were added to the Jesus movement as a result.

If you get the chance, stop by the “convo.” Take a look around. Step into worship. Share a meal with them. Tell me what you find.

convo pic

Here’s just one shot from the convocation!  More up on Oasis’ MySpace page.  Would love hear all about convo and what is next!

About A Allan Martin, PhD, CFLE

Jeremiah 24/7
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5 Responses to Young Adult Convocation

  1. elisa says:

    oh Lord, please bless the meager offerings we bring. it is simple and plain, but we want to be true and authentic in our worship to you. father please bring people to “convo” who are seeking a relationship with you and may they find peace and passion during this time. please speak through damian and through the music and the conversations that happen. we are only doing this for your glory and honor and not for ourselves. we want catch a glimpse of how you see us and be used for you. thank you for oasis and for the community it has become. please let these relationships continue to grow and spread. amen

  2. Jason says:

    Amen to that.
    Looking forward to meeting some new people at “convo”.

  3. aamphd says:

    With family commitments on this side of the lake, we’re not going to be able to be there in person, however we are excited for the growing swell of Jesus fans that the convocation is gathering.

    My prayer is that GOD will be honored greatly by the time together at COD. May you all sense deeply His delight in you. Would love to hear comments about your time together here on the IGNITION blog.

  4. elisa says:

    thanks for your prayers allan – the convocation went very well. this year it was just sabbatch school and church. God really showed up and all who attended were blessed. damian chandler shared a moving message about seeing the “crowd” the way that Jesus does. he spoke from Mark 6 where Jesus fed the 4,000 after a long day of teaching. he had “compassion” on them and didn’t leave without feeding them physically. he ended with a call to see people the way that Jesus does and to commit to going and doing and being Jesus’ hands and feet. the photos at the end of the sermon showing people in need was almost more than I could handle. the worship music was powerful as OP lead us to God’s presence as well. Afterwards we shared a picnic on the lawn and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a blessing and amazing to sense the Holy Spirit in such a strong way.

  5. allan says:

    It’s excellent to hear that it went well and that those who came were blessed. Nice to see you all refining convo to make it enjoyable for the planners as well as for the attenders. Would love for you to blog a bit about Saturday night…🙂

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