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Why Stories of Transformation?

There’s that moment when you’re walking out of the “big interview” and you know the job is yours, and that means your life is really going to change. But there’s a better moment than that…

There’s that moment when you realize he’s going to ask you to marry him, and that means your life is really going to change. But there’s a better moment than that…

If you’re a youth worker, this moment beats all other moments…

It’s the moment when you know that somehow, some way, something you’ve said or done has changed everything for a teenager— God has taken that little mustard seed you planted and grown it into something huge. And you know that teenager’s story will never be the same. And that student’s transformed story, like a rock thrown in a lake, will ripple out into future history for generations…

There’s no better moment than that one… To know that we’ve been invited into God’s epic redemption adventure, not as a pawn, but as a son or daughter—and to have what we say and do actually matter for something that will last for eternity… Well, wow…

This is really the meaning of life—it’s the truth about our identity and our worth and our purpose. We are created to freely answer “yes” when God invites us into His adventure. And we are not merely a backdrop to what He is doing; we are “co-laborers” in His vineyard. We are working right alongside Him, invited into His “inner circle” as sons and daughters who are heirs of His Kingdom.

Our great calling is to play a role in others’ “story of transformation” as an outflow from our own story of transformation. And at SYMC, we’ll gather to throw fuel on that fire—to edge our way a little deeper into the freedom Jesus has won for us, and to find ways to more deeply impact others because of that freedom…