Trevecca Nazarene University

Mission Nashville teaches teens to serve others

The success of the inaugural year of Mission Nashville, with almost 400 teens attending, resulted in the addition of a second week this year. Youth groups from thirteen states participated in the two weeks of Mission Nashville held this month—a total of 49 youth groups and approximately 650 teens during the two weeks.

Participants spent their days serving the underprivileged in Nashville, working for The Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank, Hands-on Nashville, Graceworks, the Nashville Rescue Mission, and Operation Stand Down, among others. Mission Nashville and First Church of the Nazarene, in Nashville, also were partners in a sports camp for children living near the church, and youths attending Mission Nashville worked in that camp.
In the evenings participants gathered for a worship service. Tim Green, Trevecca chaplain and dean of the Millard Reed School of Theology, and J. P. VanDalsem, pastor to young adults at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas, were the special speakers in the worship services.
Church youth groups came from Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee.
Because of extra conferences at Trevecca next summer, Mission Nashville will have only week, June 23, 2014. Youth leaders who want their groups to be part of next year’s Mission Nashville need to plan ahead. Registration will begin in November 2013.