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Teen Prayer Summit: Making Glacier View Ranch Home for the Weekend »
A record-breaking 144 teens, 39 sponsors, and 20 staff and volunteers trekked up to the snowy mountains last weekend to enjoy a Christ-filled retreat led by the Glacier View Ranch staff, and guest-speaker Tyler Morrison. Youth Department staff member, Shannon Werner, noted this was the largest Teen Prayer Summit she has seen in her four years working for the Conference.
The theme, “Home: finding our identity in Christ through His promises,” featured sessions containing two elements: “Gather” and “Engage”. As they "gathered," Tyler introduced the topic. Then they "engaged” in deeper discussion about how to apply the message to our lives.
Mikey Archibeque shared his thoughts on the “Gather” and “Engage” sessions saying, “Tyler’s message challenged and moved kids and sponsors at the event. The message of freedom in Christ and what it is to be His was powerful. The Engage sessions after the talks were great to debrief and internalize the message and see how it impacted them and then talk through what it could mean for our lives if what Jesus said about us was true.”
“The weekend of Teen Prayer Summit was a great experience for people with all different backgrounds to connect with God through through discussion of the Bible,” expressed Pastor Esequias, chaplain at Campion Academy. We focused on the importance of basing our identity and self-worth on God’s truth instead of others’ opinions.
At every meeting, a praise team headed by Azriel Posthumus and Eddie Hall, along with students from both Campion and Mile High, led out in songs that prepared their hearts for the message. Campion senior Joe Philpott, one of the musicians, said, “I enjoyed showing people my age that you can praise God through music.”
Cameron Sellers transformed the Elk Room into a place of interactive prayer for teens and sponsors where they could pray and reflect in creative ways.
In addition to the spiritual growth, they also spent time enjoying each others’ company. Ashley Halvorson, who has attended Teen Prayer Summit for two years stated, “I enjoy going to GVR Teen Prayer Summit because it gives you a break from school and gives you a chance to hang out with friends and get to know God more.”
Jonah De Oliveira, a freshman from the Boulder Church group commented, “It was great! I really like the talks Tyler gave and hanging out with friends.”
On Sabbath afternoon, they engaged in giant Jenga, a game of physical skill, indoor dodgeball, tie-dye, and s’more-making. Some went jeeping on the snowy trails while others enjoyed a restful Sabbath nap. Later that evening, their options included swimming in the pool, playing card and board games, or watching Lion King.
“Every aspect of the weekend was intentional, pointing to this year’s theme: Home. By looking into the story of the prodigal son, they were given a deeper understanding of being at home with Jesus. The definition of prodigal is “having or giving something on a lavish scale. ”We see the prodigal son not as prodigal because of the lavish life he [at first] lived when he was away, but because of the lavish love that was given by the father. Our prayer for each and every teen in this conference is that they understand the deep love God has for them and they experience the feeling of home wherever they go!” explains Jessyka Dooley, Assistant Youth Director.
Teen Prayer Summit 2019 was filled with spiritual growth, friendships and memories, and we encourage students to plan on attending next January.
Check out our updated website to learn more about next year’s Teen Prayer Summit rmcyouth.org.
-- Josie Reeves with Jessyka Dooley; photos by Jessyka Dooley