Spiritual Formation’s Follow tour has ended.
But not before 6,000 students were given the invitation to follow Jesus as their Savior. Between ten stops in eight states and one Canadian province, more than 8,500 miles were logged as students from across North America came together to worship and hear messages that pointed them to Christ. Many were challenged to grow in their relationships with Jesus, while some decided to accept Him for the first time.
The Follow tour began in April 2011 and ended December 29-30 with two stops: First Wesleyan Church in High Point, North Carolina, and simultaneously at Skyline Church (Wesleyan) in San Diego, California.
Taking a detour from the traditional regional Wesleyan Youth Conventions, Spiritual Formation’s youth division took the conference on the road, hosting the events in Wesleyan churches and on college campuses. This allowed for building relationships with the local church, raising up new leaders, and most importantly, reaching more students.
God moved and students responded. A total of 510 students made first-time decisions to accept Christ as Savior, while 1,170 students rededicated their lives to Him. A total of 749 students answered God’s call to full-time Christian ministry, and over 2,500 students made commitments to “follow” Jesus and serve Him wherever He leads.
While the Follow tour has ended, the movement has just begun. The 2012 International Wesleyan Youth Convention is scheduled for Louisville, Kentucky, December 28-31, 2012. Before the dust can settle from the 2011 tour, the international convention will continue with the same call to “follow” Jesus.
“We believe that these students can shape the culture they live in,” says Rev. Scott Simmons, director of youth ministries for Spiritual Formation. “God can use them to bring the message of His hope and love to a desperately seeking generation. Follow 2012 will challenge them to do just that.”
To see the Follow 2012 promo video, click on the provided link.