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Impact Camp brings together more than 500 students for week of spiritual growth


Music and worship are always a major part of Impact Camp, a week of intense spiritual growth for students.

By Roger Alford

Students enjoy activities as part of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board's Impact Camp.

ROME, Ga. – While most of the Christian world talks about the need to reach the next generation for Christ, Georgia Baptists are actually doing it.

Consider the latest Impact Camp, where 514 students from 27 different churches came together for a week of intense spiritual growth on the campus of Shorter University.

“Fifteen of those students made first-time decisions to accept Christ and another 33 said they were feeling a call to full-time ministry,” said Chris Trent, the “Next Gen” catalyst for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.

The aim of Impact Camp is to create an atmosphere in which students are able to grow spiritually. It’s done in small groups with trained leaders who engage the students in Bible-based conservations intended to promote intimacy with Christ.

“Ask anyone who has been – there’s no better place to see students grow in their walk than Impact Camp,” Trent said.

The latest Impact Camp, geared to students in grades 6-12, was held June 7-11.

The Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s next generation team has been helping churches strengthen their ministries aimed at members of the next generation, including time-tested initiatives like Vacation Bible School for children and high-energy camps for teens.

Levi Skipper, lead church strengthening strategist for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, said he wants to see churches prepare their students to be able to share the Gospel with their peers.

“We are going to revive calling out the called in our ‘Next Gen’ ministry,” Skipper said. “We have already established an online mentoring program for teens who sense God's call.”

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