The heart of Converge

Written by Colin Piper, Scotland

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Perhaps 25 years ago I visited a Young Life team working near Washington DC. I was joining them on a weekend youth camp up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and on the Friday morning of the day we were to leave, we all gathered to pray. The leader asked for prayer requests, and a voice came from the other side of the room:
“Pray for a van to get my kids to camp”
Then a voice near me shouted across the room:
“You can have my van.”
There was silence for a moment and then the voice the other side of the room responded:
“How then will you get your kids to camp.”
This time there was no delay, as the guy near me replied:
“Don’t worry, I’ll figure it out.”
And that was it. Most people have almost certainly forgotten the exchange. Why should they remember it? But I did. That exchange has shaped my ministry ever since. The guy who didn’t just pray but took on himself the needs of his friend, (or perhaps total stranger come to that), got me thinking. What if every minister and ministry in every context, big or small, responded like that? What if we each preferred one another in love, and as Paul puts it in Philippians 2 looked not only to our own interests but also the interests of others? How different youth ministry would look!
It would be like heaven: a community of giving where all ministries and ministers give all they have to their fellow workers around them, safe in the knowledge that the others have their backs. And not like hell, where we compete, grab for ourselves and live in fear of our friends.
That is Converge: Preferring one another in love, with the same attitude of our Saviour, Christ Jesus. Read James’ testimony in Ghana and you’ll see what a powerful difference it makes.

Building Collaborative Youth Ministry

Testimonial by James Ezoah, Youth For Christ, Ghana Coast

I was struggling with youth work till I had the privilege to attend CONVERGE. My struggles stemmed from the fact that I worked alone as the YFC coordinator in central region. I never partnered with any other youth organization and most importantly, there was no youth ministry network where I could fellowship and learn from other peers.

Having had the privilege of being part of Converge, I got exposed to other youth ministries within the Converge network which led to some strategic partnerships and collaboration. This brought tremendous encouragement to my ministry as YFC coordinator in central region and revitalized our ministry outreaches. I have since partnered with Onehope, Alpha Ghana, NexGen, Church of Pentecost, Awana among other Ministries.

Learning Experiences 

  • Learning that we cannot do the ministry alone and we needed to come together as youth worker has been a tremendous eye opener.
  • I hadn’t acquired my knowledge on youth ministry, however, Converge meetings have really open my horizon on youth ministry.
  • The fellowship at Converge meetings has enabled me to understudy other colleagues in youth ministry

Partnership benefits 

  • Bible Society of Ghana, Bible League, Youth Alpha helped us to supply 2,159 Bibles to Upper Primary, Junior High, Senior High and Church Youth.
  • OneHope assisted us with 1400 Explorers. We were able supply churches, schools and clubs.
  • International Christian Youth works(ICY) has organized several training here in Ghana for youth leaders through partnership.
  • By God’s grace the Nzemaland was opened to ICY to train more churches because of the transformational testimonies among the youth.
  • We trained 1200 young leaders through NEXGEN.

Media

  • Cape F.M gave us the opportunity to be on air two times(one hour each) in a week to matters concerning the youth.
  • Coastal Television has given us same opportunity in Cape Coast.

Training National Youth Leaders

Testimonial by Chudruu and Munkhbayar Batsuren, Mongolian EA Youth Commission


Between 2016 and 2019, Mongolian Evangelical Alliance Youth ministry team worked with Converge leaders including Colin Piper, Sasha Kim, Bob Moffett and Alvan Tauli, to organise 10 training on “Call to Serve the Youth” to provide leadership skills to more than 400 young people, which contributed to the creation of the Christian Youth Platform Nationwide. Initially, the plan was reaching 300 participants.