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5 things you need to know about The Ball

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At the start of 2015, any hint of a resurrection of the Youth Ball was nowhere to be seen.

Even so, a bunch of us got together to knuckle down on planning something epic for City Impact Youth to enjoy at SUMMIT this year. A few emails here, a few meetings there and BOOM – Wonder: The Ball was born.

We are now one week out from The Ball happening on July 11th and our people are hard at work to ensure all our 15+ and Young Adults have a memorable night, smack bang in the middle of SUMMIT.

The team are pretty excited for what’s going down so check the list to get in the know:

1. How much are tickets?

$25…   pretty cheap huh? These can be purchased at The Ball booths on Sundays, Wednesdays or during SUMMIT and are also available online. Tickets go up to $30 on SUMMIT Wednesday so get in quick! No door sales are available, so make sure you get one before the 11th! And gents, if you’re taking a date, be a lad and buy her a ticket. The ball ticket covers entry, entertainment, and everyone’s favourite – food!

2.Who can come?

The Ball is open to anyone older than the good ol’ age of 15 + Young Adults. As San & Tan put it – “no twelvies allowed”. It isn’t too late to invite your friends from school, other churches, sports teams, music groups – whatever! The more, the better!

3.What to wear?

Most of us guys don’t really think ahead about what we are gonna wear, but apparently ladies are the opposite. Who would’ve thought? So, the awesome gals in our ball committee have gone to Pinterest (pinterest.com/hollyy_pockett/wonder-youth-ball-15/) to create a look book to spur some ideas of what YOU can wear. Check it out today and then drop by your local op-shop or favourite online store to grab something beaut for The Ball.

4. How long will it go for?

Come along from 7pm on the night and prepare your feet to dance until 11pm. Then again, we did get a noise control complaint at the last youth dance party at 9:20pm – so I guess we will have to play it by ear!

5. Prizes on the night?

Flip yes, there will be prizes! We will have your usual King and Queen of The Ball this year with the added categories of ‘Life of the Party’, ‘Cutest Couple’, and ‘Best Dressed’.

That’s it for now, but if you want to follow our final announcements, keep on our Instagram and Facebook accounts!

See you at SUMMIT! 4 days people!

Eugene

 

Think About the Southies

“It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”. The author of that little quote remains unknown, however, one thing I am certain of is that the mysterious philosopher was not a South Islander on his way to SUMMIT!

In the short few days until our conference begins, take a moment to think about our southern counterparts, the ones whom endure the long journey to have a laugh over a Sanctuary Café latte.

Think of those from the DEEP south of NZ; the Invercargillites! Forced to take a yard broom in hand prior to departure to sweep the sleet from this glorious city’s only (gravel) runway. The ones who gain frequent flyer status for travelling outside of Southland more than twice in a calendar decade. The ones who risk a seventy percent chance of sharing the 1950’s airplane bench seat with a not too distant relative to Shrek, the un-sheared merino sheep, for the duration of the 9 hour flight.

Spare a thought for our mountain warriors, the ‘Queenstowners’. They are forced to endure Fergburger withdrawals for their entire stay in Auckland and guaranteed to become well acquainted with the agonising pain of ‘the meat sweats’. Required to spend months of mental and physical training, preparing themselves to breathe in the low altitude Auckland air for the duration of their stay in the big smoke.

Then there’s my town, the mighty Clutha. No traffic lights, no roundabouts, one ugly bridge! Our trip takes months, sometimes years of preparation; it’s actually a logistical nightmare. For most kiwis, a simple drive to the airport is nothing, no biggie, no worries. Well, not the Cluthans. You need to factor in market day (which is four days a week), sheep moving day and cattle moving month, all of which are sure to block the road for hours, sometimes days! Then there’s the weather; floods, landslides, snowstorms, heat waves. Actually, no heat waves! But you get the picture…

So, if you happen to notice a South Islander looking slightly red-eyed or disheveled over SUMMIT, hopefully you will have compassion!

Regardless of all of this, we can’t wait to reach our destination and find out what’s in store for us this year at SUMMIT.

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Perspective

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We are now days away from SUMMIT, so naturally I’m pumped and full of expectation. Also, being from Invercargill, I’m looking forward to some cooler weather since it’s SO hot down here…

When I think about SUMMIT, I think perspective. There’s something about gathering together as a family, setting time aside and just pressing into God. When we press into God, we can see further and our perspectives shift. The issues of life that seem gigantic are merely a bump in the road when we see them from God’s point of view.

I personally believe SUMMIT 2015 will be an eye opener!

I’m reminded of the story of Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6:8-17. Israel and Syria were at war, and Elisha had been getting revelations from God about all the enemy’s war plans. One night Elisha’s servant awoke and saw the army of Syria surrounding the city to capture Elisha. In terror he ran to Elisha and asked what they could possibly do. But Elisha could see something that his servant couldn’t. Elisha prayed that the servant’s eyes would be opened and in that moment the servant saw heaven’s army surrounding their enemy.

So often our vision is cast down by life and we can’t see clearly. Things happen and, like Elisha’s servant, we panic and think it’s the end of our world. But, when we look through spiritually opened eyes, we see that God is so much greater than the things we think are against us.

At SUMMIT, we are going to come together and have our eyes opened. There is more for us than anything that can come against us! As children of God we have heaven backing us!

#seeHimatsummit #seeyouatsummit #eyeopener

All about Ps. Jentezen Franklin

We are so looking forward to having Ps. Jentezen Franklin with us for SUMMIT 2015!

Find out a bit more about this awesome man of God below!

Ps. Jentezen’s Church:

Senior Pastor of Free Chapel in the United States, Ps. Jentezen is a man with a huge vision to reach people for Jesus, and to see them walking in all that God has for them. Free Chapel impacts thousands weekly with campuses on the East and West Coasts of the US. They are His Free CaFknown for helping people encounter God in a relevant way.  One of their favourite mottos is, ‘never hold back, live life together, believe the best in others’. They are passionate about honouring those who have gone before them as well as inspiring the next generation to live out their God-given purpose.

International Reach:

Ps. Jentezen’s TV programme “Kingdom Connection” is broadcast worldwide, including in Japan, Korea and Iran, with the goal of sharing the love of God and the benefits of His grace.  He is a sought-after conference speaker with speaking engagements lined up at Hillsong conferences in Australia and Europe as well as at SUMMIT right here in New Zealand! He is also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including Believe That You Can, The Fearless Life, Take Hold of Your Dream and Fasting.

International Missions:

Jentezen Franklin Media Ministries is involved in multiple humanitarian projects and missions initiatives. Their goal is to connect with the needy and show them the love of Jesus through acts of compassion. In Israel, they have established a Celebration Centre, helping to create faith communities for nine Messianic Jewish congregations. In the African nation of Haiti, they have built a huge food distribution centre, and a marketplace that will provide jobs for an estimated 2,400 local people. They have also built 100 homes for local Haitians displaced by floods. Jentezen Franklin Media Ministries is also involved in rescuing victims of human trafficking through their connection with Project Hope and the A21 Campaign.

Resources YOU can use:

Through his experience as a pastor, teacher, musician, and author, Ps. Jentezen seeks to help people experience God by inspired worship and the relevant application of the Bible in their daily lives. His website www.jentezenfranklin.org is packed with inspiring resources including daily devotions, studies and his very own Connection Magazine.

Don’t miss hearing this inspiring man of God at SUMMIT! We know he will come with a power-packed message from God that will launch us into our next season in God.

 

5 things we LOVE about PS JOHN CAMERON

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We have the pleasure of having Pastor John Cameron from Arise Church in Wellington kick off our week on Sunday the 5th of July. We are super-stoked to hear the word he has for us!

Here are 5 things we love about Ps John Cameron.

  1. Ps John is actually an Aucklander (well, he got saved up here anyway)

Ps John’s journey with God began at the age of 18 in a small hall based Pentecostal church in our very own city. Since then, he has gone on to pastor one of the largest churches in New Zealand, which has thousands of people attending every Sunday.

  1. Ps John LOVES people!

Ps John is a visionary preacher with a heart for the young and the lost. Ps John and his wife Gillian are at the forefront of running a successful youth focused outreach, which is run throughout Wellington’s high schools and universities.

  1. He Pastors an AMAZING growing church!

With 6 campuses based around the country, Arise church run their own Arise Conference and has now taken over hosting the Get Smart youth conference. The rapid growth of Arise Church under Ps John in the last 12 years has made waves around the world and is a testament to his faithfulness and vision to see our nation come to know the Lord.

  1. He has a focus on the next generation

His distinctive preaching style focuses on raising up a generation of actively perusing believers, while at the same time instilling faith and hope into the hearts of many.

  1. Pastors Peter and Bev LOVE Ps John

Well, that reason is enough for us to love him too.

How you can be part of SUMMIT 2015

I remember my first Global Impact experience; I think I was 15 years old. I slipped in, had an amazing time, then slipped out. I loved it and was blessed, but I couldn’t help noticing a group of people who just seemed to be that little bit more excited and that little bit more engaged than I was.

Fast forward a few years and I finally realised that those people who I had been noticing every year, were the people who had been involved in serving at the conference; making it happen, welcoming the people, filling the holes and bringing it to life.

I’ve come to realize that while watching a game of rugby is enjoyable, playing the game is even better. The same goes for serving at SUMMIT. There is nothing like being in the midst of the buzz, behind the scenes and practically involved in making every session the best session possible. The atmosphere is built on the prayers, preparation, expectancy and hard work of the volunteers.

Most of my greatest memories at conferences, and my most enduring friendships, have been forged in the midst of serving together. It adds something to the whole experience that you can’t quite get from just attending. If you get a chance, I would encourage you to be involved in one of the most amazing things we do as a church every year, whatever capacity, whichever area – you and SUMMIT will be richer for it.

#SeeyouatSUMMIT

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Get Ready For Reverend Chris Hill!

I was rummaging through my bedroom closet earlier this year and came across a few old notebooks with sermon notes from Global Impact 2010 – which was conference life before SUMMIT came along.

Reading over the notes, I was reminded of the first time I heard Rev. Chris Hill preach.

The place felt like it was shaking as his voice boomed loud across the Sanctuary. Sweat dripped as he leaned off the stage doing his legendary, “If you believe it say YEAH!” and the church erupted, stirred in their faith.

Five years on and we are prepping again to hear from this awesome preacher at SUMMIT 2015. If you haven’t heard him before – let me tell you straight up, you’re in for a treat.

Hailing from the US-of-A, Rev. Chris Hill has been preaching to millions over the past 20 years. From his early days running the youth ministry at Bishop T.D Jake’s 30,000 member church, he now leads The Potter’s House of Denver.

Rev. Chris, who is married to Joy and has two sons, also travels the world preaching the gospel in strategic ways and seeing Biblical principles applied in a vast range of areas in society.

This year he will be preaching at SUMMIT on Friday 10 July as well as at our Sunday services on Sunday 12 July.

I remember leaving Global Impact Conference that night in 2010 inspired and stirred but also wishing I had invited some friends to hear this awesome speaker. There is a Facebook event already so click the ‘Going’ button and then start inviting all your mates.

#seeyouatSUMMIT

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Get Ready For Reverend Chris Hill!

I was rummaging through my bedroom closet earlier this year and came across a few old notebooks with sermon notes from Global Impact 2010 – which was conference life before SUMMIT came along.

Reading over the notes, I was reminded of the first time I heard Rev. Chris Hill preach.

The place felt like it was shaking as his voice boomed loud across the Sanctuary. Sweat dripped as he leaned off the stage doing his legendary, “If you believe it say YEAH!” and the church erupted, stirred in their faith.

Five years on and we are prepping again to hear from this awesome preacher at SUMMIT 2015. If you haven’t heard him before – let me tell you straight up, you’re in for a treat.

Hailing from the US-of-A, Rev. Chris Hill has been preaching to millions over the past 20 years. From his early days running the youth ministry at Bishop T.D Jake’s 30,000 member church, he now leads The Potter’s House of Denver.

Rev. Chris, who is married to Joy and has two sons, also travels the world preaching the gospel in strategic ways and seeing Biblical principles applied in a vast range of areas in society.

This year he will be preaching at SUMMIT on Friday 10 July as well as at our Sunday services on Sunday 12 July.

I remember leaving Global Impact Conference that night in 2010 inspired and stirred but also wishing I had invited some friends to hear this awesome speaker. There is a Facebook event already so click the ‘Going’ button and then start inviting all your mates.

#seeyouatSUMMIT

Eugene

Why I am looking forward to hearing Dr. Elmer Towns

Every year we get to hear from some of the world’s best preachers and teachers, and SUMMIT 2015 is no different.

This year we have the privilege of hosting Dr Elmer Towns at SUMMIT. In all honesty, as a 21 year old, I hadn’t heard of this amazing man of God before, but now knowing a bit more about him and his life story, I genuinely can’t wait to hear him speak.

As a bit of a background, Dr Towns was raised in a Southern American home and was introduced to Sunday school in his first year of school at around 6 years old. He was raised a Presbyterian, sprinkled at age 12, but overall was a largely ordinary schoolboy. His full conversion to Christ happened in the summer after his last year at high school during a series of evangelical meetings. This was the start of a significant life for Dr Elmer Towns.

During Dr Towns’ first year at Bible College at age 19, he managed to land a role as Lead Pastor of a dying Presbyterian church. In his time there, the church was given new life and became a vibrant evangelistic congregation of more than 100.

After his studies, preaching, marriage and a whole lot more life experience, at age 26, Dr Towns’ teaching career started. He, however, was not satisfied with the quality of teaching material from the textbooks, so he started writing his own. Since that time, he has written many books, scholarly works and thousands of articles.

What I truly find interesting about Dr Towns is his lasting passion to see churches grow. He has such a passion for large churches, which started decades before the ‘megachurch’ became popular in today’s Christian world. This hunger to see churches grow and flourish formed a foundation for his ministries and books we see today. He has a forward-thinking ability to reach and evangelize to the unsaved as he believes that each generation and culture need to have different methods for the eternal principle of reaching people.

I can’t wait to hear his wisdom, knowledge and life experience. What an honour to have one of these great men of faith in our church!

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