Week-long conference draws students from across state, with focus on discipleship and evangelism
CLINTON, Miss. (WCBI) – Teens from across the region and state spent a week learning how to be better leaders in their communities, schools and churches.
The excitement begins when students arrive at Super Summer, held annually at Mississippi College in Clinton.
The week-long conference places students in different color-coded schools determined by the student’s age and how long they’ve been coming to Super Summer. Ken Hall is a church consultant to the Mississippi Baptist Convention. He says Super Summer is unlike any other teen camp or conference.
“They are already following the path of Christ, but being surrounded by other like-minded students, they come here, they are hungry, they want to grow in their faith, they want to share their faith in the world, and be effective leaders. “Hall said.
Students must meet requirements to attend Super Summer, such as memorizing scriptures, attending church regularly, and sharing their faith. During the day, teens meet in their schools to study the Bible on topics such as making wise decisions, evangelism, and leadership. They discuss the material in small groups, called family groups.
Students could also choose breakout sessions dealing with current topics such as social media, the abortion debate and gender.
Gary Permenter is a Columbus-based lecturer who helped run the school for adults, known as the Plaid School. He has seen the lasting impacts of Super Summer over the years.
“It exposes them to other godly teens across the state that they might not otherwise know, so they learn, I’m not alone in this, there are other teens who love Jesus and want to serve him like I do, it gives them empowerment and inspiration to see other teens living the way they do,” Dr. Permenter said.
Every evening everyone comes together for worship and Bible study.
Students and youth pastors say Super Summer goes beyond the basics and helps teens lead in their communities.
“They go deeper into their theology and really understand the things of scripture and who God is, and they come into their student body, pour into them, and become a disciple making disciple,” said Austin Kimbrough, pastor of youth in West Jackson Street. Tupelo Baptist Church.
“It will help me be a better leader and know what I need to do, what role models I need, what type of character I need,” said Carter Smith of East Heights Baptist Church. in Tupelo.
“I think when we get out of here, we can take what we’ve learned and share it in the community, train other disciples and maybe invite them here one day,” said Autumn Cochran of the First. Baptist Church in Senatobia.
“We talked a lot about evangelism, and I think it helped me learn what to do when I talk to others and try to share the gospel,” said Mac Wilemon of West Jackson Street. Baptist Church.
Mississippi Super Summer is in its 35th year, and while some topics have changed over the years, those planning Super Summer say the answer to all teen questions lies in their faith.
Super Summer is for students who have completed eighth grade but are not yet in college. College students serve as team leaders in schools.