Since 1997 youth leaders, and increasingly children leaders, have been gathering in Aviemore for a conference designed to encourage, equip and refresh those who minister to our children and young people. Check out www.deep-impact.org.uk for more information.
Many of our Union churches have attended over the years but this year we saw over 130 delegates (about 1/3 of the total number) attend the conference.
We were considering the theme of ‘Our reality and God’s perspective’ with our bible teaching coming from Rev Dr Ian Wills, of Parkhead Nazarene Church. A church that has seen God transform their reality over the past decade by becoming a hub of Kingdom activity in what is traditionally a very deprived ward of Glasgow.
The worship, seminars and interviews allowed delegates to think through their practice and consider afresh what God might be wanting to do through them.
As part of the conference, we gathered as BUS family and had a time of sharing, connecting and praying for each other. It was a really significant time where those working with the youngest amongst our churches could get together and get to hear the amazing things God is doing from Orkney and Tiree, down to those ministering in the lowlands of Scotland. Here is what some of them had to say….
Deep Impact is a great opportunity to take time to meet with God and with other children and youth leaders; to be refreshed and inspired for the year ahead. This year I found the main sessions with Ian Wills and the seminar with Lucy Moore to be particularly helpful, challenging and inspirational.
Mairi Greenshields, Glasgow
Deep impact 2018 was once again a fantastic opportunity to press the pause button on what can be a very busy month. The welcome and the networking is second to none for Christian youth workers, meeting old friends and new contacts, the vibe is tangible, people are excited about working for Jesus and serving in the kingdom. The delivery of the streams (seminars) is high quality and so for me, high value. The worship was led in a manner that took me personally to a place of reflection. In both the streams and the evening session, when I paused to listen, I heard from God, and this is where I felt real benefits and preparation at the start of a new year, knowing God has called me, as I am, to do this awesome job.
Barry Dougall, Denny
For me Deep impact was a really refreshing time. Taking time to stop and regain perspective as to why we do what we do, and what God is calling me to in the coming year. It’s great to have the space to connect with God and other youth leaders from across Scotland, and encourage each other with stories of what God is doing in the nation with our young people. Thanks again for all the hard work that was put into organising it!
Kenneth McKinlay, Orkney
Deep Impact 2018 empowered and encouraged me as a leader, reminding me that we are part of a much bigger family, community, and mission – one that is building the Kingdom of Jesus and raising the next generation. It also encouraged me to not limit youth work, children’s work and discipleship to my plans and routines — but to dream big, and remember that He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, through His power that is at work within us.
Abbie Nelson, Leven