Triennial Youth Conference 2017
“… and he has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Cor. 5: 19
With the aim of passing this ministry of reconciliation to the next generation, the Triennial Youth Conference of 2017 started from the 3rd of September in Sabha Headquarters Manjadi Thiruvalla. The Inaugural session was presided over by Bishop Dr. T. C. Cherian and was inaugurated by the President of Youth Board, Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Abraham. Over 600 young people stayed and attended the conference.
Dr P.C.Mathew, Director, Urban India Ministries Banglore led the conference and shed light on the theme “Reconciled to Reconcile.” As a family, they also took a seminar on the topic “Biblical Perspective of Marriage and Family”. Apart from these there were seminars taken by the experts in their fields. The seminar on “Modern Trends among Youth” was taken by Prof. Viji Thomas. When the students in campus deny the existence of God, the seminar “God and Man” by Rev. Aniyankunju Joy,Bangalore found relevance. The seminar on “Science and the Bible” taken by Mr. John T. Mathai, Hydrabad proved relation between the two. Rev. Alexander Iype,Chattisgarh explained what ‘mission’ is from his ministry experiences with reference to the seminar topic “Mission and Ministry”. A special session titled “Motivational Challenges” was led by Dr P. C. Thomas,Kollam. The session challenged the youth for Christ by experiences of the few people who stood for God in their secular jobs.
Youths from 13 Centres from different diocese came prepared for a Mega Bible Quiz. The Bible Quiz was conducted by Mr. A. G. Cherian, Kuwait Parish. After a strong Competition between the teams, Nilambur Centre emerged as the winners of the Bible Quiz. The 2nd and 3rd positions were received by Kottarakara and Kadambanad Centre respectively.
The testimony of Dr. Alex Abraham inspired the young minds in believing that God’s decision for them is better than their own. It spoke of a complete submission to God. The conference was a blessing to many young people as they took decision to be reconciled and to reconcile others with Christ. Many decided to fulfil God’s will through their lives.
The final day of the conference began with the Holy Communion presided over by Bishop Dr. M. K. Koshy. The presbyters Rev. Biju Thomas spoke about our church and its relevance while Rev. Achenkunju George spoke about the ministries under the Youth Board and Rev. Jacob Thomas spoke about the Department of Music and Communications. Also Prof. Viji Thomas spoke about the ministries of the Education Board. Prizes were distributed to the participants who won the Bible Quiz and the article writing Competition. Also during this time the Souvenir “Yuvadarshanam” was published by handing over a copy of souvenir by Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Abraham to Bishop Dr. M. K. Koshy. With the closing sermon by Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Abraham and prayer and benediction by Bishop Dr M.K.Koshy, the Triennial Conference 2017 marked its end.