More than 100 young adults gathered in the Charlotte, N.C., area for the second annual Awaken Conference, January 31 to February 2, 2020. The conference originated from a desperate need for programming that equips and empowers young adults for real life outside the church walls. Most of the attendees were young professionals from the southeast, and some came from as far as Texas.
The beauty of God’s Kingdom was seen there, as is often seen in this age group, a mix of early-20s to mid-30s. It was a diverse, loving crowd from many different backgrounds and professions with one obvious connection: they were there for a reason.
The theme for the year was “On Purpose, with Purpose, for Purpose.” Everything at the event was intentional, from the breakout sessions to the keynote speaker, Benjamin Lundquist. In this generation, there is such a longing to find purpose. Lundquist pointed out that, “Our purpose is found in being loved by God. Too often, we think of purpose as being our profession, when, in reality, our job is a vehicle in which we do life. However, we find fulfillment and meaning in a relationship with God.”
The weekend was a great success, and in all the work to put the event on, there was a huge benefit in hosting for the second year. One attendee said, “Such a great event! Awesome speaker, thought-provoking breakout sessions, talented music team; a well-rounded, powerful weekend!” Another said that it was, “Spiritually refreshing! We believe our young adults have the vision to push this Church and Gospel message forward, but we need to empower and equip them to do so. Together we can change lives.”
Carolina | April 2020