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Disciple Now to bring area churches and youth together for a weekend of worship, mission work

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By PETER SAWYER

This month, over 200 teenagers will gather at LaFollette Church of God for the second annual Disciple Now event. The youth will come from several churches of different denominations.
“I’m just very excited about the opportunity to get together,” said Shane Carney, youth leader at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church. “With all these churches coming together from different denominations, it’s going to be a great time in the Lord.”
By March 7, 260 youth from 17 churches had registered to attend, Carney said. However, Carney is optimistic more churches will participate.
“Around the time the event arrives, there will be 20 or more (churches),” Carney said.
Disciple Now will be held on March 22 and March 23. This year, Disciple Now’s theme is ‘Exchange.’ The theme is based on Mark 8:37, which says, “For what can a man give in return for his soul?” (English Standard Version).
The local youth leaders’ purpose for the event is to disciple youth by “educating them about Biblical principles,” and “getting them out being the hands and feet of Jesus,” Carney said.
To accomplish educating youth about Biblical principles, three services will be held at LaFollette Church of God. NASCAR Chaplain Christian Chapman is scheduled to speak and music group Brightgray will lead worship. Both Chapman and Brightgrey were at Disciple Now last year. The first session will be held Friday night at 7 p.m. The second session will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Youth will have the chance to engage the community in mission’s projects from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 23. The projects include activities such as mulching and painting. Participating in service projects will motivate the youth to serve on their own and be “the hands and feet of Jesus,” Carney said.
IABC member Rhonda Wallace is organizing mission projects for Disciple Now.
“It’s basically the same thing we did last year,” Wallace said.
Teenagers from different youth groups will be divided into teams that will go into the community with chaperones. Teams will engage in projects at 16 locations in the community. Locations include Rainbow Acres, LaFollette Nursing Home, LaFollette Middle School, Jacksboro Middle School, Campbell County High School, Valley View Elementary School and the Teen Pregnancy Center.
Teenagers visited many of these locations for mission projects last year during the first Disciple Now event.
“They were all eager to have us back,” Wallace said. “A lot of the same places have a lot of the same needs this year because it’s springtime needs.”
After the youth finish the ministry projects, they will eat dinner. The final worship service will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday.