The second annual, union-wide Young Adult Worship Festival hosted record-breaking attendance this past Spring as it convened in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex [DFW]. Themed Jesus All. – the intent was to encourage next generations to put Jesus at the center of their lives.
“Spiritually, it gave me more reasons to sing about what I believe,” shared student Nethania Amanuel. “I want to be a bit more ‘Jesus-inspired’ in my faith.”
The festival launched with speaker Elder Russ Laughlin, Vice President for Spiritual Development, Southwestern Adventist University, and performances by the University Singers under the direction of Jonathan Wall. Dr. A Allan Martin and Pastor Leah Jordache led worship sessions accompanied by musical duo, The Only Way, performing an original worship song to round out the Sabbath morning worship experiences.
“The messages in each worship were excellent,” lauded DFW young adult Jorge Mardones. “The speakers and artists were on fire for Christ and their passion transferred over to us.”
The afternoon afforded attendees options for spiritual growth seminars with Pastors Jordache and Marland May, as well as a volunteer service opportunity at Mission Arlington, a community agency providing support to families in need.
“Serving the community allows us to develop our character and use our talents—to get out of our comfort zones,” shared collegian David Kuchurivskyy. “It allows us to pursue something that God is driving in us—to be involved and try something new that will help us become better believers.”
The festival culminated with an evening concert by YG Worship and award-winning recording artist, Chris August. All done with the desire to praise Jesus Christ, the concert engaged and inspired the audience with worship songs and August sharing his personal testimony.
Registered young adults were given a “swag bag” filled with books and resources to share what they learned at the festival and continue the movement to make Jesus the center of it all. With such great worship experiences, service/growth activities, and social opportunities, young adults are already looking forward to next year’s Young Adult Festival of Worship.
“The emphasis on Jesus as everything was very, very important,” reflected Leah Jordache, Southwestern Union coordinator of discipleship and young adult ministry. “So often we get confused about what our religion is about, or even what our lives are supposed to be about. We need to reminded that Jesus is everything, and when we are in Him, we have everything we need. That was the theme for the festival and I think it’s crucial, especially for young adults who are trying to live out their faith.”
Author byline: Oddie Olazaran is studying theology at Southwestern Adventist University and serves as the communication director for Younger Generation Church [www.YGchurch.com], the vibrant young adult ministry of the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church, Texas, USA