Special to The Hays Daily News

"Wake Up" is the title for CrossCurrent Student Ministries' fifth-annual youth conference June 20 and 21 at Celebration Community Church in Hays. The weekend event is open to all incoming middle and high school students and their youth leaders.

The goal of the youth conference is to give students multi-media driven, relevant biblical teaching, to stimulate youth ministries no matter their size, and to encourage teens to grow into mature Christians. It is a non-denominational Christian youth gathering that reaches across denominational lines and stresses a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and living out his mission to the world.

At the conference, students and leaders will hear contemporary Christian worship music led by the Ignite worship team. In addition, the conference will be host to the popular Christian recording artists Everyday Sunday, a group featured on many contemporary Christian radio stations.

The conference will also include a game night, a dodge-ball tournament, workshops, lunch and supper on Saturday, and free lodging and breakfast. Members of Celebration Community Church serve as host homes to house all out-of-town participants.

All of the proceeds from the $40 registrations and all concessions go directly to missions. Celebration Community Church budgets $16,000 for the conference, so CrossCurrent Youth ministry can use the conference revenue to share the gospel and serve those who live in poverty in Mexico. As a result of the youth conference, Celebration Community Church sent more than 50 missionary students and adults to Mexico 2008.

Last year, more than 400 students and leaders attended the youth conference, and this year will be the first to be staged in Celebration Church's new 15,000-square-foot youth and children's wing, allowing all of the conferences activities to take place in one location.

The theme "Wake Up" comes from the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans that says "This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed." Romans 13:11 (NLT)