In 1996, Harvest Ministry Summer Team was in it’s first year. During the last three weeks of the summer, Harvest sang for events in Lawrenceville, IL; Belleville, IL; West Frankfort, IL; and Greenville, IL. In each of those ministries, we connected with the student ministry leaders who all had the same idea. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could get our students together in the winter for a spiritual focus weekend?”
In September of 1996, these 6 student ministry leaders met in Troy, IL to make plans for such a weekend. The name Fire-Up was born during this meeting and the date was set for February 1997. There were about 80 students and leaders who attended that first year. Most of those students were from the churches where the leaders were serving. (St. Matthew in Belleville; First UMC in Lawrenceville; St. Luke in Maryville; Trinity in West Frankfort; First UMC in Greenville, IL and Troy UMC in Troy, IL).
Each year, Fire-Up Sr. High Conference has met in Troy, IL. The focus on Fire-Up has always been on inviting students deeper in faith. Through small groups, seminars, worship times, prayer times and intentional invitation, the goal has remained the same – inviting them to follow Jesus.
Hundreds of students have attended Fire-Up over the years from countless communities and several different denominations. We praise the Lord for the way Fire-Up has been used to grow the faith in this generation.
A big thanks to the original core planning team who set the course: Sheila, Dwayne, Denny, Rick, and Sherry. A team of ministry leaders still meets once a month during the school year to plan for Fire-Up. This current year’s core team is Brad Lewis, Clint Benesh, Erin Swank, Brian Caringer and Tim Price. A huge thanks to the many volunteers, supporters and team leaders from Troy UMC who help make Fire-Up possible each year.
If you have High School students in your home or church, they are invited, along with all their friends, to Fire-Up Sr. High Conference! www.fire-up.org
Another shot of a Fire-Up Conference around 2005
Harvest leading worship during Fire-Up 2016
Fire-Up Conference 2017
The theme for the 2018 conference – FEARLESS – February 23-25, 2018.