Insyder: Brad Fain
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.