Raise a Banner

Western students attends three-day Red Rocks Church conference

Morgan Aragon / Staff Writer

The Red Conference in Lakewood, Colorado. Photo by Morgan Aragon
The Red Conference in Lakewood, Colorado. Photo by Morgan Aragon

Lakewood, Colo.—The  Red Conference, hosted by the Red Rocks young adults’ ministry, welcomed over 400 young adults aged 18-29 on Mar 3-5 for three days of world renown speakers, worship sets, concerts, community, and fun. Several current Western students and alumni attended the conference to be encouraged in their faith.

Young adults poured into the church building with their Red Conference lanyards, red bracelets, devotional materials, bible, pens, and notebooks, eager to grow their faith, and for some people ,to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time.

Western student Will Stark drove from Gunnison all the way to the Lakewood Red Rocks Church campus to attend the event. “What made the trip worth driving four hours from Gunnison was the ability to connect with people in a way that’s meaningful. Everyone there is kind of in the same stage of life: a bunch of college-aged students trying to figure out their responsibilities, and more importantly figuring out the purpose of their lives,” said Stark.

The conference began on Thursday night on Mar. 3 with world-famous Hillsong New York Pastor, Carl Lentz. Lentz and Chad Veach are known for their faith influence on pop-sensation, Justin Bieber. Bieber cancelled shows early last year to attend a weekend with Lentz at his church in New York. Lentz kicked off the night, at the Red Conference, with a powerful message about accepting God’s wonderful embrace that he offers everyone. “The reality of being a Christian is dying to your flesh day in and day out, submitting control of your life, but saying not my way but your way, Jesus” said Lentz.

That night Christian Rap sensations, Andy Mineo and NF, put on an electrifying concert for the conference attendees. The conference continued throughout the weekend with messages from well-known speakers such as Shawn Johnson, Julia Veach, Chad Veach, Nick Nilson, and Jessie Davis.

The conference attendees had an opportunity to make a difference in the Denver community through the Red Conference’s Generation Outreach Event on Friday afternoon. Over 400 young adults spent over four hours volunteering at the Boys and Girls club of America, Food Pantry of the Rockies, and the Hope House. Volunteers spent time playing with kids, cleaning facilities, and brought a light of Jesus in these communities.

The weekend ended with passionate young adults leaving the church with a desire to make a positive difference in the community. Raise a Banner, the theme from the conference, comes from the book of Isaiah Chapter 13 verse 2, which says, “Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles.” The conference was dedicated to making the Denver Community a beacon of hope, and hundreds of young adults set out to make that difference.

“The biggest thing I learned from the Red Conference is that God uses everyone if you let Him. You don’t know what will change a person’s life. Whether that’s a heartfelt hug or a simple song of surrender: He uses it all,” said Stark.
The Red Conference is held every March and is open to anyone ages 18-29 years old. Red Rocks Church is hosting a Women’s Conference in Lakewood on Apr 28-30. For more information on this conference visit http://www.redrockswomensconference.com. For more information of Red Rocks Church visit http://www.redrockschurch.com. For a recap video on this year’s Red Conference please view it at https://vimeo.com/158524153.