Insyder: Brad Fain

Posted by: in Insyder, Interviews on June 18th

Youth Pastor Name: Brad Fain

Youth Group Name: The Crowd

Church Name: Atlanta West Pentecostal Church

Location: Lithia Springs, Georgia

InsideOut: How many people do you have in your youth ministry? 188

Brad Fain: Average age? 16

IO: Do you have a prayer meeting for the youth?

BF: We have youth prayer every Tuesday night.

IO: Do you have a lot of visitors?

BF: During the first seven months of the year we have had almost 200 guests in youth service!

IO: What do you do for outreach?

BF: Our largest outreach event is our Annual Lock-In. We have this event every January, and this year more than 500 attended! We’ve had concerts, inflatables, basketball and volleyball tournaments, and video game tournaments. You name it; we’ve done it.

IO: Tell us about your facility and how have you gotten to that point?

BF: We have “The Crowd Room.” This is our own 250-seat sanctuary, and it has become a place where God is welcome and youth are being filled with the Holy Ghost, repenting, and making life changes. God has allowed us to grow from a smaller youth group, setting up a portable stage every week, to making “The Crowd” the place of choice every Thursday night for over 100 teenagers.

IO: What do you do to retain those who join your youth group? Bible studies? Small groups?

BF: We are excited about Bible studies, and after our last Lock-In, 34 guests requested to know more about God! We have break-out sessions once a month where age-appropriate topics are discussed and dissected. Lots of fun!

IO: Is there a “hangout” for your youth outside of church?

BF: They like to frequent the mall, which is an excellent outreach tool as well.

IO: Do you have a worship band? If so, what style do they play?

BF: We have a worship band that does a large variety of contemporary worship. Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, Israel, David Crowder Band, and more are often heard in service.

IO: What style of music does your youth group like?

BF: The kids listen to all kinds of music. We have a very large group of skater or grunge kids, and then we have a large group that enjoys the more contemporary and gospel styles. Hey, it’s The Crowd; we have a little bit of everything!

IO: Do you have a youth choir?

BF: We have an unbelievable youth choir! Bethany Jones is our director, and it is a highlight of our year when we do a choir tour in our surrounding states.

IO: Do you guys do crowd breakers?

BF: Crowd breakers are not an every service thing. Yes, we do them sometimes, but we tend to focus more on getting into worship and then the preaching.

IO: Do you meet on the same night as the midweek service for the whole church? What day is that?

BF: Yes, and that day is Thursday

IO: In your services, have many young people received the Holy Ghost?

BF: In the first seven months of this year, more than 20 have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in The Crowd!

IO: What did your youth group think of Youth Congress?

BF: Those who went absolutely loved it. Many had to start back to school so they missed it. I think this year was one of the deepest moves of God I have ever experienced at Youth Congress!

IO: How many youth staff members do you have?

BF: Eight, including myself and my wife.

IO: Do you have a youth bus ministry?

BF: We have a committed driver and a bus. After we secure a leader and work out a schedule, the bus’s wheels can go round and round. We really feel like this is going to be an excellent outreach tool.

IO: Do you guys have a Web site?

BF: Yupper! You can check it out here.

Hot off the Press

Holiday Chaos

This time of year is often understandably busy. We work to balance our everyday responsibilities with those that come with… Read More


  As a child, I grew up with firearms in the house. Proper safety practices were taught passionately. The dangers,… Read More

The Gardener

When I was in elementary school, each grade from kindergarten to the fourth grade was required to participate in the… Read More
View More Posts