Taylor Youth Conference is This Weekend

By Jared Hammond Published: Apr 09, 2014

Taylor University’s 2014 Youth Conference begins Friday, April 11, and will continue through Sunday, April 13. Hundreds of high school students and youth leaders from throughout the Midwest are expected for a full schedule of worship services, small groups, games, a service project, and a concert.

The theme of the conference is Justified. It is based on Galatians 2:16 which states, “yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”

This year’s featured speaker is Jeffrey Dean, a Christian youth speaker, pastor, counselor, and author from Nashville, Tenn. Dean has more than 20 years of experience working with teens and has traveled across the country speaking to over three million people. He speaks at churches, conferences, prisons and public schools.

Christian rap artist Derek Minor will be the featured concert guest Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Minor started producing music in 2006 with the stage name PRo. His second album Redemption reached Number 8 on the Billboard Gospel chart and 31 on the Top Christian chart. He is also a co-founder of the record label Reflection Music Group.

“We really want to just love on these kids, be hospitable, and show them what being in a Christian community is like,” said Youth Conference co-director Allie Sleeting. “We want them to grasp the idea that they're enough on their own and they don't have to earn everything because it's already been done for them.”

Students will break into small groups to discuss questions presented by Dean, the featured speaker. Students will also have the opportunity to work on a service project. “We hope they gain a better understanding of what justified means, what having a faith that doesn't require works means, and how that can spur on acts of work and worship in turn,” said Sleeting.

Tickets to the Derek Minor concert will be sold at the door of Rediger Chapel/Auditorium. The cost is $8.00.