. The conference was called ITYCL (India Transformation: Young Creative Leaders) led by Rob Hoskins and his team, and held at the New Life AG church (Reverend D. Mohan) in Chennai. I really admired their hearts to want to serve the local churches of South India in releasing them in their creativity. Rob and his team had done extensive surveying and researching in order to offer the optimum chance to equip and release the emerging leaders of the Church in South India.
The conference was two power packed days. I led worship along with Andy and the wonderful team from NLAG (the band here is so good!) and it was amazing how kindred our hearts of worship were. Definitely a shout out to Pastor
Chadwick, and Pastor Theo who not only hosted Andy and I, but really were a blessing to me as we led the musical charge together.
The conference was split up into four streams. Now before I mention what the streams were, let me firstly say that there was a rigorous process in selecting the young influencers of culture within these fields. An average of 50 in each stream, so as to allow for a comfortable dynamic of interaction with us the facilitators of the streams. So these leaders were identified.
Each of our streams had to leave with a deliverable in mind. Now here were the four streams and their leaders:
- Worship and Music – Andy Skarda and I
- Creative Writing – Tommy Tenney (Author of best seller God Chasers et al.)
- Film – Chris Bueno (Carmel Studios – “Fireproof”, “Facing the Giants” et al.) and Phil Cooke (Change Revolution, Cooke Pictures, TWC Films)
- Technology – Andrew Statezny (Technical Pastor of LifeChurch.Tv)
Needless to say it was an honour to be in such good instructive company, and also to be a part of what they were doing. I was super blessed by the hunger of my Indian brethren who were so hungry to learn so much in these fields. It was indeed humbling both to sit with such a calibre of speakers and to teach such wonderful world changers who are making a
difference in what is soon to be the most populous nation on our planet.
One highlight apart from the conference was the great time I had with the NLAG TnT night which was aptly called Jump Start: apt because it was jumping off from the start! I got to “spit game” and emcee a little bit with their wonderful worship band… But what a wonderful night of worship they had! I was so
inspired by the hearts of these worshipers, that as I stood at the back with Andy, I observed even those who were hidden way at the back were worshiping just as intently as those in front of the blaring speakers. I loved the passion!
Thanks again to my friend Andy Skarda for the opportunity to join him in what was definitely an excursion that will impact me for years to come!