YEC 2023

The Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) is designed to equip and inspire students to share their faith. This year’s event will be January 15-16, 2023 at Falls Creek and the theme is “GRIT." Shane Pruitt and Brice Harney will be leading in the general sessions. The Robertson band will be leading worship. There will be many helpful breakouts for every person, and a goal setting session to help groups go back with a strategic plan to advance the Gospel. YEC will be a great way to start the new year focused on the cause of Christ!

NEW DATE: Mark your calendar for January 15-16, 2023

Theme

Theme: “GRIT”

What does it look like to share the Gospel today? It looks like GRIT! Because it’s radical obedience in a world that is radically disobedient. Are you born with GRIT? Is it in our DNA? Or…is GRIT created…refined in the fires of resolve, difficulty, and faithfulness? Maybe having it is a choice. A choice to be bold. A choice not to wait, but to seek out opportunities now to show and share the Gospel. To stand for our King and His Cause, no matter the cost, and never quit.

Jesus moved with relentless determination to the cross. Never has more GRIT for the sake of love ever been seen. Imagine what our communities would look like if students began to follow Jesus with GRIT? Can you see the change that could occur in their schools when they stand and take action with our Lord’s command to seek and save the lost? It’s time for us all to stop going soft on the Great Commission, prepare to STAND with Jesus, and live out Jesus’ mission with GRIT!

Verse: Ephesians 6:10-14

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power… put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then…

Location

Falls Creek Baptist Conference Centers in Davis, OK

Falls Creek Conference Centers
6714 HWY 77D
Davis, Oklahoma 73030

Personalities

Shane Pruitt

Shane Pruitt

Speaker

Robertson

Robertson

Band

Brice Harney

Brice Harney

Illusionist

Registration

Steps to register your group for YEC

  1. Register your group online starting this summer, June 1, 2022! (Registration button is below)
  2. Secure lodging by calling cabin owners and finding a cabin that will fit your groups’ needs for the weekend.
  3. Download the YEC 2023 Release Waivers and have each individual attending the conference fill it out and return it to you signed.
  4. Every church/group will be required to have valid background checks on file for ALL sponsors over the age of eighteen. Please fill out the background check compliance form and bring it with you to on-site registration.
  5. When you arrive at camp on Sunday for On-Site Registration, you will need to bring the following to the North Lobby in the Tabernacle (where Falls Creek Summer Camp registration is on Mondays of camp) between 2:00pm – 5:00pm January 15th.
      • 2 copies of your student and adult release forms (merged alphabetically in 2 separate sets, one set is for you to keep & one set is for the Falls Creek office.
      • Completed Background Check Compliance Form
      • Groups will receive wristbands at on-site registration for each participant that a release form is turned in for
      • Please only send Group Leader/Sponsor(s) to on-site registration
      • Check or cash only at on-site registration
      • Checks should be made out to Oklahoma Baptists
      • Any questions you may have for our staff

Adding to your Current Registration

If you need to purchase additional tickets for the conference, please click the registration link below and purchase the additional tickets that you are needing. There is not a way to login and edit a current registration. Please use the same church and contact information and we will combine all tickets for each group before on-site registration. Please email csnedeker@oklahomabaptists.org with any questions.

Pricing Structure

$15 – Super Early Bird Registration Rate (June 1 – Aug 18)
$23 – Early Bird Registration Rate (Aug 19 – Nov 30)
$30 – Regular Registration Rate (Dec 1 – Jan 2)
$35 – Late Registration Rate (Jan 3 – Jan 15)

**Prices DO NOT include food or lodging. Each group will be responsible for providing food & lodging.

 

Online late registration will close January 2nd at midnight. There will be late registration at the door with cash or check.

Meal Information

Meal Packages will be available to be purchased through registration. Meal ticket deadline is a firm cutoff on January 4th at midnight. Participants with meal packages will receive meal wristbands at on-site registration. Meal packages are $19.50/person and will include dinner on Sunday and breakfast and lunch on Monday.
For those that purchased meal plans, the menu will be available here prior to the event. Please be mindful that the menu is subject to change. Meals will be pre-packaged.

Lodging Information

Each group will be responsible for securing lodging with cabin owners. You can search for cabins through the Falls Creek Cabin Database (*please note that prices listed are summer camp rates and churches will have different weekend rates) and contact cabin owners for more information. There is a Cabin Availability spreadsheet on the Falls Creek Conference Center website that could be helpful as you search. You can call the Falls Creek Conference Center ((580)-369-2101) to inquire about hotel rooms or renting pods in the Ada Lodge. You could also consider making plans to stay with another group in their cabin. Groups are not required to lodge on the Falls Creek grounds.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that there are no refunds or transfers with pre-purchased tickets. This is necessary to allow us to sell discounted tickets in the future and most importantly help insure wrist bands are not floating around camp that aren’t tied to release forms, background checks, etc.

Breakouts

Called to Ministry – TBD

Discover or deepen your call to advance the Gospel through full-time Christian service.

Is God calling me? It’s the foundational question that must be answered by anyone considering entry into ministry or mission’s leadership. God is calling out a new generation of kingdom leaders who will accelerate the fulfillment of the Great Commission in this generation. This breakout will help students cut to the heart of the matter and give them tools to work through the call process.

 

Culturally Christian – TBD

How to share the Gospel with those who claim to be Christian, but probably aren’t.

What is a cultural Christian? In our culture today we see many people claim to be a Christian, in fact, 240 million people in the US claim to be a Christian. The issue is that although many people claim to be a Christian we don’t see evidence in their lives. How can you help others examine if they know Jesus personally, better yet why does it matter? Come and find out!

 

Digital Outreach – TBD

Learn to effectively use technology like social media, apps, texting, and more to share your faith.

You have an extraordinary opportunity as digital natives to impact your friends with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Social media gives you an instant audience with hundreds, if not thousands, of your friends and peers. 95% of the 25,000,000 teenagers in America have smart phones and regularly use social media. Your generation has the opportunity to advance the Gospel farther and faster than any generation before you. Let’s work together to discuss ways we can leverage amazing digital tools to communicate the greatest story (the Gospel) so that all of your friends have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

EVANGELISM 101 – TBD

NEWBIES START HERE: Learn what evangelism is, what the Bible has to say about it, and how to take baby steps in doing it.

[Breakout #1 Only]

The average person may not even know what the word evangelism means, yet it is central to the Great Commission that Jesus gave us. In this one session only breakout we will learn not only what it means, but also examine how evangelism is a major part of the storyline of the Bible. If you are new to evangelism and sharing your faith, this is a great way to start YEC!

 

Everyday Ideas – TBD

Learn useful and straightforward ways to share your faith in your school and community regularly.

One of the greatest mission fields in our world are middle and high school campuses. They can also be one of the most challenging unless you see where God is at work and jump in to work along with Him.  We will be talking about ways to do that as a group or individual on your campus. Don’t just survive middle school and high school help change it!

 

Fearless – TBD

Conquer the plague of fear with the cure of confidence in declaring the Gospel to your world.

As Christians we know we should be sharing the Gospel regularly, but why don’t we? #1 reason…? FEAR. Are you afraid you don’t know enough? Afraid people will think you’re a religious nut? Afraid you’ll say the wrong thing? Afraid you don’t know where to start or not make sense? Afraid you’ll be made fun of? If you answered yes to any of these this breakout is for you! Don’t miss the opportunity to get the confidence you need to boldly share the Gospel!

 

Four Chair Discipling – TBD

Help yourself and others move to the next level of their relationship with God.

[Breakout #2 & #3 Only]

Jesus commands us to reach and take responsibility for others, helping them grow in maturity. Join this movement in doing what God calls us to in taking he Gospel to those in need and helping them in their spiritual growth. This breakout gives you tools to advance the Kingdom by making disciples.

 

Front-runner – TBD

Become a youth leader that effectively leads youth to know, own, and make their faith known.

[Adults only]

In the trenches of youth ministry we often find ourselves going through “the motions”. You have seen successful ministries in the past, maybe you’ve even been part of them, but for some reason those models just aren’t working anymore. This session is for you. Join us to find practical ways to breathe life back into you, your leadership, and your ministries!

 

Gifted – TBD

How to discover, develop, and use your spiritual gifts and talents as Gospel platforms.

Got talent? Big or small…each one of us has a platform that can be used to share and expand the gospel of Jesus Christ. What’s your plan to cultivate and use it for THE Cause?

 

Influencer – TBD

Move from being influenced to being an influencer for Christ in a post-Christian culture.

Gen Z taking a look at their own generation, and discussing practical ways to reach their peers with the gospel. Find out what it means to be the Next Generation, but the church of today.

Out-Reach is In-Reach – Matt Moseley

Play some games with us and take them back to your ministry as a new outreach tool.

 

InTENSIONAal – TBD

How to embrace kingdom ethnicity and in a divided world with the hope of Jesus Christ.

[Breakout #3 Only]

At no point have all the different ethnicities on Earth been reconciled. But it shouldn’t be this way. God’s people are the only people on earth who have experienced true reconciliation. This breakout will show you how to enter into the ethnic tensions of our day with the hope of Jesus!

Out-reach is In-reach – TBD

Come play some games with us and take something back to your ministry to be a new tool of outreach for your community.

Take advantage of a time to play some games, meet new people and hopefully gather some ideas you can take back to your church. Outreach is us stepping out and sharing the good news of Jesus. During this breakout we will play games and discuss how you can do outreach while inviting them into your area of ministry.

 

A-team – TBD

Advancing the Gospel with Friends in Your Small Group

Your small group is a great place to introduce friends to Jesus. A small group centered on evangelism makes you part of a Gospel-advancing team! Come discover how you and your friends can make your small group a place that has eternal impact. Be disciples who make disciples! 

 

Personality Type – TBD

Learn various styles of sharing the Gospel that fits your personality.

Experience multiple methods of sharing the Gospel and pick the one that matches your personality. You will leave understanding why sharing the Gospel is every Christians role; with tools to share the Gospel; and the experience of practicing each method.

 

Practice What You Preach – TBD

Put your money where your mouth is concerning your lifestyle matching your message.

Have you ever had a person randomly ask you, “Hey, are you a Christian?” Learn how you can easily live your life in such a way that you can model the Gospel.  We will learn how to walk the Gospel, so you can talk the Gospel.

 

Preparing for Missions – TBD

How to be ready to serve with excellence on the mission field short or long term.

You’ve made the decision to GO. Now what? How do you prepare spiritually and practically for the adventure that God has for you? What are ways you can be a missionary even now as you wait? Join us as we help you get prepared for your mission trip locally, nationally or internationally.

 

Proof for Christianity – TBD

Understand other worldviews and providing evidence for Christianity with gentleness and respect.

How do we know that God exists? Is the Bible trustworthy? How can we share the gospel with someone in the LGBTQ community? Do faith and science contradict each other? These are some of the most important questions that skeptics ask Christians when they are sharing their faith. Come to this breakout session to learn how to give answers to these questions and others with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

 

Rejected – TBD

Learn about the worst that can happen and reaching people who don’t want to hear the Gospel.

We are commanded to go and share the Gospel, but what happens when people reject you? Rejection is a natural part of sharing the Gospel. Find out how to handle and be encouraged in the face of rejection as well as how to continue to reach people that don’t appear to want to be reached.

 

Sharing Your Story – TBD

Discover how your testimony is key to inviting others to Christ & learn how to share it with excellence.

West Decision Room

Sharing your personal salvation story is extremely important! Firstly, it turns the gospel from purely theological to intensely personal. Secondly, it demonstrates the life-changing power of the gospel firsthand. Thirdly, it’s hard to argue with a transformed life. Don’t miss learning how to share your story in a compelling and authentic way!

 

Social Success – TBD

Learn how to be a social person and bring it the Gospel through natural conversations.

In a world where so many people have a deep need to be heard, you can learn to serve the people around you by becoming a great listener. In our time together, we will be focusing on the simple skills anyone can learn to make an immediate impact in their world. This breakout will be a combination of learning simple skills and then practicing them so that you will have the confidence needed to start a conversation anytime, anywhere with anyone and feel confident that it will go well.

 

Sports Outreach – TBD

Use sports as a platform for the Gospel, whether you play or not.

The Gospel is more important than playing time, accolades on the field of play, and championships. Being a good teammate means living out your faith daily. When you’re done and finished playing were you faithful to present the Gospel. Come learn how to leverage the time you spend in sports to reach out to the lost!

 

Sharing the Gospel with Kids – TBD

Learn how to share the Gospel with kids effectively and responsibly.

Children love teenagers! It’s that simple. Teenagers have incredible influence with children, and opportunities to serve them in ministry are abundant. In this breakout we will examine the simple approach of effectively sharing the gospel of Christ Jesus with children.

 

Witnessing Controversy – TBD

How to navigate a Gospel conversation through the vast number of social & political controversies.

[Breakout #1 & #2 Only]

Ever tried to share your faith and it just turned into a big argument? Scared to share Jesus because our world is so politically charged? Jesus called us to make a difference, not a point. This breakout will help you know what to do when controversial issues come up during Gospel conversations.

Schedule

Sunday, January 15

2:00 – Registration Open / Settle in
5:00 – Tab Doors Open
5:30 – General Session #1
6:45 – Dinner
8:00 – Breakout #1
9:00 – Breakout #2
10:00 – Group Time
11:00 – Lights out

Monday, January 16th

8:00 – Breakfast (Cabins or Cafeteria)
9:00 – Group Time
9:30 – Tab Doors Open
10:00 – General Session #2
11:30 – Breakout #3
12:30 – Lunch (Cabins or Cafeteria)
2:00 – Tab Doors Open
2:30 – General Session #3
4:00 – Dismissed

Why come to YEC?

  • Motivation for students and adults to share the Gospel
  • Gives your students the best evangelism training experience in OK
  • Engaging general sessions
  • Breakout sessions that will interest every kind of teenager.
  • Perfect training opportunity for upcoming mission trip teams.
  • Groups will leave with a custom outreach blueprint.

Does your group need GOSPEL URGENCY? At YEC we’ll INSPIRE them to understand WHY it’s important to share the Gospel!

Does your group need GOSPEL FLUENCY? We’ll give them the information they need to have CLARITY of what the Gospel actually is!

Does your group need GOSPEL STRATEGY? At YEC they will learn how to APPLY what they know about the Gospel and skillfully engage in Gospel conversations!

Does your group need GOSPEL MOBILIZATION? We’ll help them ACTIVATE all they’ve learned about evangelism and actually DO IT NOW!

What students should come? All of them!

  • Core students go deeper.
  • Fringe students encouraged to go all in.
  • Evangelists find their happy place.
  • Scaredy cats are in good company.
  • Unsaved hear the Gospel and can respond.
  • Entire groups leave united in a common goal.

At YEC students will learn how to follow in Jesus’ footsteps in sharing the light of the Gospel to the lost world around us with clarity and confidence!

By the end of the conference church groups will leave with a CLEAR action plan with measurable goals in how they will advance the Gospel in their community. We cannot wait for YEC and hope you and your group will be there!

What are people saying?

One of the best youth events ever! It doubled our Sunday attendance.

Shane Norton

FBC Marietta

I had a student lead a friend to Christ within 3 hours of YEC ending!

Jake Anson

FBC Ardmore

My group was so excited to get back to share their faith. You guys set us up for a win!

Justin Turney

FBC Pawhuska

It is probably the best YEC I’ve ever been to, and I have been going for 20+ years.

Coby Sherrill

FBC Atoka

One of our students got saved at YEC, took the 48 hour challenge, and her friend got saved!

Justin White

FBC Terlton

After YEC our students decided they wanted to double the size of our youth group over the next year.

Chase Rosado

Chandler Southern Baptist

Had a student share her faith with an entire classroom at school after YEC.

Jesse Peters

FBC Marlow

We had 3 students accept Christ at YEC and several make decisions to speak with their lost friends.

Michael Tucker

Paradise Valley, Lawton