The Awakening is designed for teenagers who are currently in high school (9th through 12th grades). If the teen has already started college, there are other college-aged weekends they can attend (or they can attend a Great Banquet).

The image of the “Awakening” comes from I Samuel 3:1-10. Samuel is a boy who ministers to the Lord under Eli, the priest. One night as Samuel is lying down within the temple of the Lord, the Lord calls, “Samuel! Samuel!”. Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him, so he did not recognize who was calling him. After the Lord calls Samuel three times, Eli perceives that it’s the Lord calling. He instructs Samuel to respond with, “Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears,” when the Lord calls again, Samuel does as Eli instructs, and hears from the Lord.

The Awakening is an orderly, structured weekend designed to bring participants to an awareness of each one’s need to accept Jesus as their Savior, and then begin to make Him Lord in all areas life. The focus of the Awakening is commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. During the event, one will be inspired, challenged, and equipped for a close, personal relationship with Jesus, and for Christian action in the home, school, work place, and community.

The Awakening is three days in which “sleepers” live and study together in a worshipful time of singing, prayer, and discussion. During each of the fifteen talks heard on the weekend, the theme of awakening to God’s call on one’s life is presented. Sleepers will examine more fully the reality and presence of Christ in His body of believers. Each one will personally experience the grace of the Lord through the prayers and acts of a loving, Christian support community.

One of the most important parts of the Awakening is the follow-up. Although the weekend lasts only three days, everyone is invited to use its lessons and principles throughout life. While attending the Awakening, each is challenged to:

  • Choose Jesus as personal Savior and begin making Him Lord
  • Strengthen one’s spiritual life through study, prayer, worship and Christian friendship

Following the three days, sleepers are invited to become intentional about personal faith through local church participation, small group studies, and reunion groups. Reunion groups are three to five people who meet weekly to examine individual goals of spiritual growth and to encourage one another to a life of discipleship.

This weekend experience is for anyone who:

  • Wishes to establish and/or strengthen their spiritual life
  • Wants to have a better understanding of a relationship with Jesus, the Christian life, and action for Jesus in the world
  • Strives to live a Christian life that bears fruit for God
  • Seeks to know Jesus as Savior and Lord and to make Him known.

We invite you to this exciting three day experience. Our hope is that you will take this opportunity to arise as you hear God’s voice in your life.

Our Awakening this spring will be split into gender specific weekends, following the model of the Great Banquet. Boys and girls will attend separate weekends.

If you are interested in learning more about the Awakening, please contact:

Awakening Community Lay Directors:  Leon & Beth Hessong                                                                                       Leon:  765-337-4998 *                                                                                                                             Beth:  765-404-0775 *