By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer
LAFAYETTE – For the second consecutive year, the Cajundome is the site for the annual Youth Evangelism Celebration.
The largest gathering of Louisiana Baptists each year, YEC is scheduled for Nov. 23-24 and will feature high-energy music, inspiring messages, fellowship and much more. Due to on-going renovations at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria, and an unknown date of completion, the Cajundome will be the home for YEC through 2017.
The theme for this year’s YEC is Moments, based off Psalm 119:32.
This year’s lineup includes:
- Acton Bowen, a speaker and New York Times best-selling author who has served in the local church, led a city-wide student Bible study in Gadsden, Ala., and was the host of x|roads TV, a worldwide broadcast viewed weekly by millions of teens and adults in every city in America and over 170 countries around the world on network television. Bowen is now co-host of Top3 on the JuceTV Network and a regular contributor on Fox News Channel where he serves as a correspondent on Faith and Religion.
- Isaac Wimberly, a worship pastor at the Village Church in Texas, is a featured “spoken word” artist.
- Meredith Andrews & Vertical Church Band, a collection of musicians who play every week throughout Chicago, Ill., as part of Harvest Bible Chapel. Meredith Andrews is a contemporary Christian music artist, songwriter, and worship leader. She has won two Dove Awards.
- Jared Hall, a comedian and illusionist who has shared the stage with Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Switchfoot, David Crowder and other Christian artists.
- DJ Vow, Combining turntablism and creative techniques. DJ Vow quickly turns any event into an unforgettable experience. DJ Vow has toured and traveled with artist such as: Lecrae, Tedashii, Derek Minor, and many more.
- Voice of the People, a band formed out of the worship ministry of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga.
Tickets for the event are $50 per student.
Last year, nearly 7,000 students attended YEC. By the end of the two-day event, 233 students made decisions for Christ. Of those, 67 accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, 111 made re-commitments to Christ and 13 indicated a call to Christian ministry.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Monday and ends at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday. This is a different schedule from past years’ events that normally began on Sunday night. Moving the start of YEC to Monday night is due to a Cajundome conflict in scheduling.
For more information, visit the YEC website.