Danny Rangel, online and young adult pastor at BT Church in McAllen, Texas, says people ages 18–29 face what he calls “life’s big decisions” regarding beliefs, ideologies, college, career, relationships and marriage.
To help them navigate those challenges, BT Church hosted its third annual Move Conference on Aug. 25–26. More than 200 young adults attended — an increase of 40% from last year.
The mission of BT’s young adult ministry is to help young adults “move faithfully in the culture while following Christ,” Rangel said. The 2023 Move Conference expanded on that. Guest speakers and breakout leaders focused on topics including discipleship, faith in the workplace, mental health, finances, career mapping, social media as ministry and studying Scripture.
Olivia Thai, a corporate media executive from New York City, shared practical career counsel — including resume-building and interview tips — during a breakout session. Thai is a member of a NYC church planted by Rangel. Israel Mendez, a church planter from San Antonio, spoke on “Moving with Jesus,” focusing on spiritual disciplines and practices.
Holiness and revival
Luke Lefevre, author and founder of the Consecrate movement, delivered the keynote message on holiness and revival. Lefevre also participated in a question-and-answer session on revival with Rangel. Music was led by Dallas worship leader Chichi Onyekanne.
Young adults delivered short talks onstage. These mini sessions of “young adults speaking directly to young adults” were new this year, Rangel noted.
“I really believe this year we were challenged and encouraged to pursue Jesus to experience holiness more realistically,” said a conferencegoer named Angelo. “I definitely left refreshed and excited to seek out revival in my every day.”
“I wasn’t expecting the presence of the Lord to be there so quickly or be so strong, but Friday, as soon as worship started, I could feel Him and it was powerful,” added Jessica, another attendee.