Photo supplied by Coopers Plains Evangelical Church
1. You are from Brisbane! How did you find out about NextGen (formerly KYLC)?
By God’s grace we had some older (and undoubtedly wiser) leaders in our young adult’s group who encouraged some of us to go. They had some connections to people in Sydney who told them about it. To be honest I had no idea what I was getting myself into - I just thought it’d be fun to go down to Sydney and attend a big Christian conference.
2. How did NextGen impact your Christian life and ministry?
I think only in retrospect I’ve been able to appreciate NextGen's contribution to my Christian life and ministry. Things which I take for granted now I was introduced to for the first time at NextGen. I really had no idea how to read the bible properly and that was made clear to me at NextGen. I hadn’t even heard of biblical theology before. All this stuff I took back to Brisbane to try and implement into the Young Adults group.
3. What kept you coming back each year so that you completed all 3 strands?
4. What would you say to someone who isn't convinced about NextGen?
I’ve already talked about how life changing the conference was to me personally but I guess one awesome story comes by looking at the bigger picture. Back then we use to fly down about 20 people every year to go to NextGen. It was great but expensive, and it limited the ability of people to go.
Because we all benefited incredibly from the teaching there, it was not long before a sister conference was started in Brisbane which is now called Ignite Training Conference. It teaches the same strand material and is now impacting a whole new generation of young people to read and teach the bible, locally in Brisbane!
So my encouragement for everyone down in Sydney is to not take for granted the great training that you have at your doorstep. It’s world class and majority of places around the world don’t have ANYTHING like it. So take advantage of it!
After graduating from Moore College, Iggy returned to Brisbane to pastor Coopers Plains Evangelical Church and is a board member of Ignite Training Conference.
Register for NextGen 2018!
Tickets and accommodation are currently available at: http://www.nextgen.kcc.org.au/