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No One Is an Island

By Mike Toth

How does a movement start? By moving. Throughout the centuries Christianity has seen movements begin when a few people move in prayer, when a few people move in unity, when a few people move outside of the church doors. The Youth Rally, meeting every month here in London, is attempting to move in these three ways, and more.

The Rally, which is more of a description than a proper name, started three years ago when several churches decided they needed to branch outside of their buildings and find other people/churches in the community who would be interested in partnering together. The churches got together to pool resources and leadership to encourage youth to a fresh, dynamic faith. The fact that the concept of the Rally isn't brand new meant the churches working together made moving in unity and respect for each other paramount.

"We made sure from the beginning that pastors were involved and aware of what was going on,” says Jason Harloff, one of the Rally leaders. “We moved right from the beginning to suppress ‘sheep stealing;’ the goal is to get the youth to go back to their home churches and bring life they experienced at the event."

In order to make sure that no one church is predominant the Rally moves from site to site, with each church taking a turn at leading the service. This has the dual effect of making sure that the youth have the benefit of receiving from each church’s unique flavour, and helps to provide rest for the ministries who are not planning the service that month. While the basics of worship and a message are usually there, the different churches have emphasised food and fellowship, training and equipping the youth in ministry, one on one mentorship, prayer times, etc., in an attempt to reach the youth where they are.

One key aspect in the Rally’s quest to see Christ move in the churches and in the city is that not only are numerous churches involved, but the churches and youth attending come from quite diverse heritages, opening up the possibility of touching much of the city. The churches involved are:
  • CDI Revival Church
  • Champion Life Church
  • Faith Gospel
  • The Gathering Place
  • London First Korean Church
  • London Gospel Church
  • Open Door Christian Fellowship
  • The Sanctuary

Harloff states that we in the church, especially in youth groups, have been operating like small military units, such as platoons. "On our own, our units run out of resources or exist on meagre rations. By putting the platoons together we still maintain 'unit integrity,' but we contribute resources and knowledge and leadership, and become like a mighty army.” The basic principle of this army is: "One voice, one spirit, together in unity."

The Youth Rally meets on the first Friday of each month, from 7 pm until around 10:30. Youth sixth grade and up are encouraged to attend, and do not have to be a member of any of the partner churches. Contact any of the partner churches to find out where the next Rally will be.