MOORE—On Fri., Sept. 9, young adults and college students crowded into the sanctuary of Moore, First for an evening of worship, fellowship and teaching. The conference, hosted by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), spotlighted the Logan Walter Band and speaker Ed Newton, pastor of San Antonio, Texas, Community Bible. There were more than 870 students in attendance, and 35 BCMs from around the state were represented at the event.
The night kicked off with worship and dove right into a session titled “Sacred Singleness” with Newton. During the session, he spoke to the students and leaders about the blessing each stage of life can be, challenging them to fulfill their God-given purpose in each of these stages. He closed the first session by stating, “My prayer is not that you squander your time of singleness, but rather that you would invest your life in the Kingdom every moment of every day.”
Between the event’s two sessions, students participated in a time of fellowship that included an exhibitor fair featuring Southwestern Seminary, Disaster Relief, Gateway Seminary, BGCO Conference Centers, DaySpring Villa and LifeWay Bookstores. Students were provided food catered from popular eateries such as Sonic, Chick-fil-a, Taco Bell and Papa John’s Pizza. Games and activities were enjoyed throughout the area, with plenty of space for students to sit and converse.
Newton closed the evening with a session on the Gospel Message. He gave a brief invitation, and during an extended time of worship, he opened the altar up for any students who wanted to come down to pray. BCM Directors dispersed among the aisles, and soon, many were paired off with their students in the lobby to talk and pray. At least three professions of faith have been reported from the evening, and many students knelt at the altar as the Logan Walter Band led the room in a time of worship.
Cris Lowery, BGCO BCM specialist, said, “Momentum was a great experience for college-aged young adults and the leaders who care about them. The atmosphere created when hundreds of Christ followers come together to focus on God through worship and biblical challenge is amazing. Getting to be part of that experience is incredible. It reaffirms the reality that young adults have a heart to connect with God and the passion to follow Him with reckless abandon.”
This was a year for record attendance for Momentum, and students left the evening with revitalized spirits and a renewed sense of purpose, ready to take their campuses by storm for the Gospel. As students exited, the Gospel left with them ready to be shared in their communities, dorms, classrooms, and homes.