This last week I took my kids across the country to the University of Tennessee for our triennial youth ministry gathering, called CHIC. The acronym is not important, but what the event is, is one of the most important events I do in my student ministry.

This conference has all the ingredients that are important for a successful and amazing youth conference: There are solid morning seminars that practically help students put feet to their faith. Then there are the over the top activities for every type of kid; including sporting tournaments, bracelet making, spray paint walls, white water rafting, hiking, choir, etc. And to top it off, a world class evening line up. This year our students got to hear from Francis Chan, Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Gungor, and some of our denominational favorites.

The truth is that there are many youth conferences all over the country, and many of them are done with the same level of excellence, balance, and depth as CHIC. But CHIC is not like every other youth conference out there. There is another reason why this conference is so important that my entire yearly calendar submits to it.

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This post was written by Ben Kerns, a member of the ECC’s Speaker Team and as a Youth Ministry Network facilitator.

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