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Hundreds gather for youth evangelism conference
On Saturday around 150 church leaders and youth workers gathered at City Church, Cambridge for the Youth Evangelism Conference.
The day welcomed individuals and groups from across the country to inspire them to a greater confidence in reaching young people with the gospel.
With two thirds of churches in the UK containing no youth ministry at all, the team behind The Youth Evangelism Conference UK (The YECuk) believe that change is needed: "It's clear that if we always do what we've always done, we'll always get what we've always got."
The YECuk, a partnership between Youth For Christ (YFC), Hope Revolution, Alpha, Urban Saints and Scripture Union, aims to champion 'this urgent cause and to equip the church to respond'.
YFC's Church Resource Director Phil Knox opened the conference by emphasising the importance of young people: "We believe in Jesus, we believe in young people, and we believe that together they can be spectacular."
He echoed the overarching sentiment of the day that teenagers can change the world and that young people are the best people to reach their peers.
Unity was an important part of the conference, with numerous denominations being represented by individuals on the day.
Jim Overton, YFC's Cambridge and District Centre Director said of the conference, said: "I refuse to believe that the most effective way for us to reach this generation is for every church and stream to do its own thing.
"Working in isolation is a luxury we can't afford. We need to listen to each other and work out together how to bring the good news to a generation that is lost without Jesus."
Hope Revolution's Phil Timson challenged the attendees to pay the cost of following Jesus "which is everything by the way", stressing that 'now is the time' for evangelism.