CI 2013: Catching Fire

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For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying of my hands.
– 2 TIMOTHY 1:6

a1The image of flame and fire is prevalent in Christian culture. The Bible is filled with this imagery, from the Burning Bush to the spirit of Pentecost. Candles are lit every Sunday at church. Our United Methodist logo prominently displays a red flame. Without a doubt, fire is a powerful symbol in our faith.

We wanted to take this great imagery of fire and put a metaphorical context to it. Inspired by John Wesley’s Aldersgate experience, a moment in which the Methodism founder’s heart felt “strangely warmed,” we wanted this year’s theme to spark a similar flame within ourselves and the youth.a2

We were also inspired by the modern metaphor of “setting the world on fire,” similar to the United Methodist call of transforming the world. We wanted this year’s theme to spark a new sense of changing the world for good through service in our churches and communities.

This year’s theme, “Catching Fire,” aims to spark a new passion for Christ within ourselves to spur ac-tion outside into the all the world. We envision this year’s theme to inspire youth to have a renewed commitment to love God and love other people and to be Christ’s disciples for building the Kingdom on earth.


“Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” – Matthew 22:37 NIV
Change starts from within ourselves. Let God enter our hearts. Let God enter our minds. Let us allow a spark to happen that will begin a new love for Jesus Christ.

“Rejocie always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18a NRSV
Love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Let us find active ways to show our love for Christ daily like through prayer, devotional time, and Scripture reading.

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:35 NLT
Love other people as yourself. Be kind and compassionate to everyone. Show the world that we are disciples of Christ through our love for each other.

“For this reason I remind you to fan the flame of the gift of God, which is in you through the laying of my hands.” – 2 Timothy 1:6 NIV
We are disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Take the in-ner enthusiasm within us and use it to change our communities. Serve the Church, serve others, and change the world.

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