On behalf of the volunteers and youth ministry leaders who are dedicated to seeing students grow closer to Christ, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Tennessee Christian Teen Convention. TCTC was formed in 1983 by a group of youth ministers who had the dream of pooling the resources of statewide churches to create an event bigger and better than any one church could do alone.
The vision of TCTC has always been to reach out to the curious, call out the casual, and encourage the committed. What this means is that every TCTC will challenge students to go further in their spiritual journey. We do this through God-centered worship, drama, workshops, and speakers.
This year at TCTC we want to ask a question. When you look in the mirror who or what do you see? Once we look past the adjustments that need to be made to our hair, and the zit we wish would go away already, what do you really see? Or better yet, what do other people see when they recognize your face? Do they remember the claims you made about yourself, your humor, your latest status updates, or are you reflecting a more significant image?
The Gospel speaks a different message than our culture and the influence of our social media age. In the beginning God said let us create man in our own image. From the beginning we were designed so that others would see God in us. We have distorted that image as we embrace sin and rebel, pressing on towards our own pursuits. But Christ is calling us back to follow and embrace the image we were made to reflect. Will we live to promote us, or decide that it is time for #MoreHimLessMe .
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
-Nick Defore (TCTC 2017, Design Team Chairman)